Wow look at that beautiful stall! You must have sold all those beautiful vegetables and made a ton of money at market last weekend! Right!? Unfortunately the answer is no. Not trying to be a Debbie Downer here but I took more than half of these amazing veggies home last week. Why is that? Two reason. One, not enough people come to the farmers market. Two, those that do come don't seem to be buying a lot of produce. Trust me, I know it's tough to get up on a Saturday morning and come to market especially if you have kids in tow. But, I think an easy thing to do is try to commit to coming to the market at least once a month or every other week. And when you're at the market, actually buy something! We're very appreciative of those who do buy from us and are cooking at home. If you're not sure what to do with some type of produce or a different cut of meat or a special type of bread, just ask! As vendors that's what were there for and want to help you as much as possible. So if you can, please please please go to your local farmers market as often as possible! Thank you so much for your support!
I could never get everything done on the farm alone. Ross (my husband and co owner of the business) works off farm full time as a hardware engineer at Lenovo. He's one hard working dude. He's usually up early before going into work doing farm chores and comes home to time up loose ends at night. Usually Sunday is a big work day for us so Ross can do tractor work and finish up other projects. Even though he's not here during the day, we would be lost without him! I'm on farm full time with my most excellent crew. Raj, Jakop and Sarah help me keep this place running from day to day. Raj has been with us the longest and has been here since the primordial stages of the farm when we didn't have a proper pack shed or equipment or adequate fencing. Give this man a medal of honor for sticking it out with me! Jakop is back for his second year (god bless him too) and it's Sarah's first season with us. They help keep me sane (which is not an easy task) and are really tolerant of all the issues we have as a fairly new farm business. I'm thankful for the hard work they put in and really amazed by how all our hard work is really making this place look like a proper. grownup, for-real-deal farm.
I think it's either the third or fourth time I've tried to revitalize my abandoned blog on my website! It's hard to keep up with (obviously) but I can definitely say that I desperately want to make regular posts so you can see what's been happening on the farm. I'm going to make an honest go of regularly posting this year, fingers crossed I'm able to keep it up! Some updates: We're heading into our sixth year of farming (which is bananas) and have a wonderful three person crew helping us this year (Jakop, Raj and Sarah). We're still selling at the Carrboro Farmers Market and Chapel Hill Farmers Market and are starting to sell more stuff wholesale through Farmers Collective, Root Cellar and Weaver St Market. Overall farm life if going well. Ross is still working off farm full time but with the help of the crew we are really cranking out the veggies and cut flowers and... for the first time ever, it seems like we are staying on top of things (I probably just cursed myself by saying that out loud). One really exciting development this year was the start of the Piedmont Wholesale Flower Market. My farmer gal pal, Kelly, over at Color Fields Farm and I wrote a RAFI grant to start a wholesale buyers only market specifically for local cut flowers growers. We're heading into third month of markets and it's so wonderful to see so many local flower farmers in one place each week with such over the top beautiful, fresh flowers. So far, things are going well and I'm excited/nervous/terrified/but mostly excited to see how the market continues to grow. That's it for this week! Fingers crossed I can at least keep this up for a month and make a few more posts for the year.
Ross and Jillian Mickens are the owners and operators of Open Door Farm located in the North Carolina Piedmont.