How did you get into farming?
I always thought I would have a horse farm – and not a produce and chicken farm – until I started working in the kitchens of small fine dining restaurants back in the late 1980's. These restaurants bought from local farms, and the experience of working in these establishments turned me into a foodie and got me going to farmers markets. I had always wanted to have a farm of my own since the days of my horse farm and racetrack experiences, so when the foodie in me combined with the horse woman, a produce farm was formed.
In 1993, my now husband and I moved to a farm house with a lot of land and started a garden which had way too much food for us, so we decided to try and sell it at a local farmers market. The following year we started a "market" garden that was 25' x 75' and set up shop at the Richmond, Indiana farmers market. The Richmond market was a big market back then with over 50 vendors and 2,000 people coming through on any given Saturday. We started out very part time as we both had other jobs, but after four years of part time market farming we went full time. That’s when we started farming more than two acres and became certified organic.
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