I have farmed all my life-family gardens and farming with my grandparent/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 8 years. We have expanded greatly since starting in 2009. Crops include: potatoes - ½ acre, sweet potatoes – 900 slips, asparagus – 800 crowns, green beans – 3 varieties, 10 rows, 100 feet long, lettuce/spinach/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 300 blueberry plants at River Road Farm – started caring for/selling in 2015, strawberries – 200 plants started in 2015, 150 plants started in 2013, 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 12 hives, splits and swarms Chickens – 103 Golden Comets – 80 eggs per day My wife is now a full-time farmer/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 very minimal help. We marvel at all the people that buy our fruits/veggies, jam/jellies/bread/honey and where all it goes. We have shipped jams as far away as Oklahoma. Therefore, our farming is huge for our quality of life and our communities’ quality of life. We answer many questions at the farmers markets from people who want to know more about farming, baking, and other aspects of what we do. We provide recipes to customers using the produce we grow. My wife has participated at the annual “Folk Festival” demonstrating the process of sour dough bread making. We are now selling to restaurants that increases our footprint. Our 2 main customers are the “Fork in the Road” food truck at the “Lazy Hiker” brewery and “The Bowery” on Main Street in Franklin. The income from our farm continues to increase every year and amazes us. As a result, my farming enhances my life and I have arranged my job to maximize my time to farm.
Dairy & Eggs
Farm Tourism & Events
guided farm tours
fresh flowers, edible flowers
Fruits & Berries
apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, strawberries, raspberries, black raspberries
arugula, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chinese greens, collards, cucumber, eggplant, fava beans, garlic, green beans, green onions, hot peppers, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, onions, peas, pole beans, potatoes, radish, salad greens, salad mix, spinach, sweet peppers, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, summer squash, pumpkins, winter squash, rhubarb, sweet corn