I have farmed all my life-family gardens and farming with my grandparents/parents. Family gardens included greens, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash, green beans, and onions. My wife and I have been participating in farmers markets for 11 years. We have expanded greatly since starting in 2009. Crops include: potatoes - 4 acres, sweet potatoes – 2000 slips, asparagus – 800 crowns, green beans – 3 varieties, 10 rows, 100 feet long, lettuce/kale/collards, repeated sowing year round, peas (snow and sugar snap) – 10 rows, 50 feet long, broccoli - 400 plants, cabbage – 300 plants, corn – successive plantings, May to July – 300 ears/planting, squash – yellow/zucchini/acorn/spaghetti/butternut – 50- 75 hills of each, tomatoes – 250 plants, peppers, pumpkins – 75 hills, eggplant – 100 plants, planted fava beans for the first time in 2015, cucumbers – 120 plants Fruits Raspberries – 40 plants started in 2011, 200 plants started in 2012. Pear trees (6), Apple trees (12), peach trees (6), cherry trees (4), all planted in 2012. Bees – started with 3 nukes of bees in 2013. Now have 40 hives, splits and swarms Chickens – over 200 Golden Comets My wife and I are now full-time farmers/baker/jam& jelly maker. While our farm is not our primary income, it is a big part of our lives. We take great pride and get great joy from our farming. We have met so many people and made so many friends through the tailgate markets. We marvel at all we produce with just the two of us working the farm. We marvel at all the people that buy our fruits/veggies, jam/jellies/bread/honey and where all it goes. Therefore, our farming is huge for our quality of life and our communities’ quality of life. We sell to 6 different restaurants. The income from our farm continues to increase every year and amazes us. As a result, my farming enhances my life.
Dairy & Eggs
fresh flowers, edible flowers
Fruits & Berries
apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, strawberries, raspberries, black raspberries, elderberries
Meat, Fish & Fowl
arugula, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chinese greens, collards, cucumber, eggplant, fava beans, garlic, green beans, green onions, hot peppers, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, onions, peas, pole beans, potatoes, radish, salad greens, salad mix, spinach, sun chokes, sweet peppers, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, summer squash, pumpkins, winter squash, rhubarb, sweet corn, microgreens
Organic (not Certified), Free Range