How long has your family been coming to Farmers’ Market?
We’ve been at the summer market for 38 years, but we always gardened at home, even before Vernon and I got married. Vernon and Dwayne are first cousins. We have two daughters that also work with the garden, but they work full-time off the farm, too.
What is your most popular market item?
Eggs and rutabagas are probably the best sellers, but we have such a wide variety of things. In the winter we have potatoes, squash, garlic, turnips, onions, and more. We don’t have a big cooler, so everything we have at market is either fresh or stored the “old fashioned” way in a root cellar. I think it changes the taste of things when they’ve been cooled.
Who cracks all those walnuts?
Dwayne does the walnuts and popcorn. Black walnuts have a really unique flavor and taste a lot different than the English walnuts you commonly find in the grocery store. Cracking them is a lot of work, though. We also sell the walnut shells and scraps as bird food – the birds really love it.
What do you have in that “soup in a bag”?
We package up the right amounts of cabbage, potatoes, onions and turnips that just need to be cut up and put in your soup. We also have a wide variety of dried herbs to flavor it – only $1 a bag.