|Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM|
Yesterday (June 26, 2012), I, Emily the Intern, representated Hard Earth Farm at the August Locally Grown Farmer's Market at the Jewish Community Center in Evans, Georgia. August Locally Grown works like so: Farmers post what wares they have online, customers place their orders, and then the customer collects their purchase on Tuesday at their preferred August Locally Grown location.
Some Tuesdays, there are people such as my respectable self who sell produce right at the pick-up site. The Hard Earth Farm straight-to-you fresh-ware that Tuesday were black-eyed peas, blue lake green beans, yellow pear tomatoes, and kale; all of which, I might add, were grown organically and hand-picked.
The nice customers were of very diverse ages--some were venerable, some were young children and some were from every generation in between. A few stopped to chat with me while purchasing and/or waiting for their significant other to pick up a purchase. There was a polite, middle-aged gentleman who owned an 80-acre farm and raised chickens but had trouble trying to manage a garden as he was the only full-time employee. Another man, this one venerable, had planted an entire acre of corn and was at the market hoping to sell some of it.
The most trying part of the experience came from talking to one man who was accompanying his brother and who clearly had no interest in purchasing anything. It was, of course, my fault--I corrected him when he asked whether I had graduated. "Actually, I'm in college," I explained.
That opened up a storm of questions from him as he tried to regain the semblance of an all-knowing adult. I did my best to politely answer every question of the interrogation, but I was also attempting to attract more customers. This was quite difficult with him standing directly in front of the stand, blocking the kind folk's view of the produce. Fortunately, he left with his brother, allowing the customer who'd sent a cursory glance at the stand to browse at leisure.
All in all, it was a pleasant experience, and we sold all of our tomatoes--yay!
For more information about Augusta Locally Grown, click on this convienent link: