Everyone that knows me knows that I have to have some kind of project going on. This time, I have decided on something that I have wanted to do for a long time(I hear snickers from my college and high school friends right now) plus, it is going to be a hands-on a learning project for Little Buckaroo.
It all started about 10 years ago when I met Big Buckaroo. He was running marathons then and EXTREMELY health conscious. We always talked about growing our own food one day and having a little farmstead.
Problem # 1, we lived on a mountain state park and we were surrounded by woods. We did not think that state parks would be too keen on us cutting down trees (um, yes that is illegal) and clearing for a huge garden and area for animals. So, we just dreamed about our little homestead that we would have one day.
Problem #2, at the time I could not keep a houseplant alive, so thinking of growing a garden that actually produces food seemed like a joke. Big Buckaroo was sure he would starve.
Fast forward until now, we are now at a park where our house in on 8 acres with pasture area and a large garden area. I have worked and grown many wonderful things from pumpkins to squash to jalapenos over the past 3 1/2 years. Plus, we have run pastured poultry and pigs for meat and have laying hens.
So, here is the exciting news....... Little Buckaroo and I (with the go ahead from our small town mayor and city council) are starting a FARMER'S MARKET! It will be held behind the cute old Town Hall in our little city. Thankfully, we have a lot of highway traffic that will bring in many customers.
We are very excited. Little Buckaroo is already planning his garden spot, deciding what to plant that will sell best. He will have his own booth and learn not only the hard work of planting and cultivating, but commerce and face-to-face sales. Littlest Buckaroo will have a token garden spot but will probably just sell lemonade.
We are working on getting growers right now and I am going to the state farmer's market association conference in a couple of weeks.
Do you visit farmer's markets? If so, what do you like best? What do you not like?
The Park Wife