We get asked all the time "can we come out to the farm"? "Can we pick your own at your farm"? First of all, we're very flattered and we appreciate your interest. We're still new at the farmers market game and we're not trying to bite off more than we can chew. However, it did occur to me that it might be nice to invite all of our awesome customers out for a yearly tour - that folks would appreciate seeing exactly where their food comes from. Already having that notion in my head, when we were honored with the opportunity to host a PASA Field Day on our farm I thought it would be a great chance to invite everyone out, see how things went and see if it's something folks would be into. In the the case of this tour, your $25 registration fee will support one of the landmark Local & Sustainable Food Advocacy groups on the whole East Coast, PASA. They are the voice of so many small, family-owned farms in the Mid-Atlantic and they host a terrific annual conference that I've attended regularly since starting our farmers market venture. I hope you'll consider joining us on this tour. It's catered by some great local food purveyors in our backyard, PLUS... by attending, you'll get an awesome, behind the scenes glimpse into the new and exciting crops you can expect to see at farmers markets in the future, such as the mysterious cruchberries and schnozberries of blogs past! Please comment or email with any questions about this fun day in rural Adams County!
Here's a quick run down on a some publicity we were fortunate to have received of late:
Food Alliance recognition is popping up here and there, including a mention in Food CEO magazine, and this YouTube clip with some spiffy shots of our beautiful orchards, a little dialogue from our friends Brian Synder of PASA and Joan Norman at One Straw Farm, plus some footage shot at our Kenilworth Farmers Market:
Gaining Style Points
Our customers are always the most stylish folks on their block, Philadelphia Style Magazine proves it, ranking our Heirloom Apples as no. 4 on their list of the top 10 fall eats! Thanks, Philly Style!
Upset Alert! Washington Gardner Tomato Challenge
It was a close match, but we were narrowly edged out for top honors in the Washington Gardner Magazine Tomato Taste Test, 2010. In a survey of over 100 tomato maniacs at the Silver Spring Farmers Market August 28th, our very own Green Zebra tomatoes were edged out by the Lemon Boy tomatoes of our friends at Down to Earth Farm. One measly vote was all that separated us from the honor. Our 27 votes tied for third place with our other friends (and market neighbors) at Sligo Creek Farm whose Sungold tomatoes were also a big hit. Oddly, my favorite variety, 'Cherokee Purple' didn't fair as well. I would have voted for Spiral Path's tomatoes, but what do I know anyhow? What a fun idea and thanks for the folks at Washington Gardner and the Montgomery County Master Gardners for organizing this event!