Father’s Day, does it always fall on a Sunday? Sundays are our Farmer’s Market day, so we watched all of the daddy’s with their children, young and old. Channel 5 news was there, a local news outlet here in Northwest Arkansas and they interviewed Paul, Oliver and Isaac about Father’s Day and what they were going to do for their Dad. I have a link posted. We were the first to this market with tomatoes. Lest you forget we sell at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, every Sunday, from 9am-2pm. Also, I take that back about the first with tomatoes, that accomplishment was shared that day. Another vendor had tomatoes also, they weren’t quite ready, but it’s important to be first. The people are tomato hungry right now and I don’t blame them.
Paul and Isaac at the farmer’s market on Father’s Day.
Later in the day we sat and prepared garlic to cure. Here is Shiori doing an amazing job.
Today we were supposed to welcome two WWOOF’ers coming from Little Rock area, originally from Japan, Shiori and her friend Kyohei. Unfortunately someone hit her car as they were preparing to leave town. So, we will welcome them on monday instead. In other news, Farmer’s Market take two tomorrow. Paul, the kids and I will b e standing out in GORGEOUS weather hustling. I’m so glad the weather will be nice. Last week, if you read, rained and only a few people showed up. Hopefully the crowds manifest themselves tomorrow. Also, to all of the Mother’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day! I can’t forget to call mine tomorrow, I’ve been so busy, I didn’t even mail a card…I feel bad Mom. I LOVE YOU. It’s because of her that I have a green thumb. What a true inspiration she has been in my life. Shiori, Kyohei, we will see you Monday afternoon. To all of my other WWOOF’ers past, I hope your journeys are going well. Thanks for the post cards ; )
Our first Farmer’s Market experience was a fun one. There were only a few vendors there because there was rain in the forcast. We decided to go to break the ice and meet some of the vendors. The rain kept the folks away, but there were a few diehards who came out, umbrellas in hand. We mad a whopping $25. It’s no fortune, but it’s a start.
We have had a wave of exceptional help lately that has been a positive force in this whole circus. I can say “Thank you” until I’m blue in the face at them, I still don’t think it would do justice to the amount of appreciation that Paul and I have. Thank you again though, for good measure.
Everybody, meet Rose.
She has been a tremendous help for us these past few weeks.
This particular day we harvested the seeds from my spring cilantro and seeded a new bed with them.
Everybody, meet Beth.
Also a big help. Beth is interning on the farm.
Everybody, meet our county fair Grand Champion!
Everybody, meet our first place winner!
Now in this picture are more volunteers, Jason and Jen. I don’t have better pictures of them, sorry Jen and Jason. They too are a great help. This is a picture of the work party today.
So we went to the Washington County fair on Saturday to check up on our winnings. Paul and I got a few blue ribbons and a handful of red for our overripe produce, which isn’t bad. The big winners were Oliver and Isaac. Isaac won a blue ribbon for his sunflower seed head as did Oliver. Oliver also won the purple rosette grand champion ribbon for the junior field crop division. I am so proud. I was strutting around the horticulture building like a spring chicken, I’m surprised I didn’t win a blue ribbon for my strut.
It’s County Fair time! Yesterday Paul, the kids and I loaded up a basket full of farm grown goodies and headed to the Washington County fair grounds to enter them into the competition. Both of the kids entered sunflower seed heads. Paul and I entered in a plethora of things like okra, several varieties of tomatoes and peppers, onions, garlic etc. Oliver is so excited to go and see if he has won a ribbon. Calvin Bey was there, who is the local garden guru in these parts. He greeted me with a nice hug and said “Go look at the baskets and see if you can guess which one is mine!” What he’s talking about is a basket filled with five different things you the exhibitor have grown that you have not submitted in any other category. Well, I looked at the baskets from far away and I could already tell that it wasn’t fair. Calvin had blown away the competition again. Stunning would be an understatement. I told him in jest that it’s not fair to others who enter things in the fair…he’s that good. The man had blueberries in his basket, BLUEBERRIES! Who has fresh blueberries right now? He said that this was probably going to be his last year entering things, but I know he’s fibbing. You can’t keep a good man down, but you can try harder next year to have bigger onions.