Sunfood Farm

In case you didn’t already know my dad loves to garden, so much in fact that he has slowly begun to share his produce with others. He started out by taking lettuce to local Dyer Dairy in Georgetown where they sold it along with their milk, cheeses, meats and other goods. Then a couple of weeks ago Scott & White hospital held their first farmer’s market as a part of their wellness program and my dad was invited.

In preparation for the event he asked my help with brainstorming a name and designing a logo for his growing farm. The name was inspired by some quotes from the Omnivore’s Dilemma; in the book, Pollan spends a week at the infamous Polyface Farm where he discovers that farming is {in the simplest of terms} harvesting the sun’s energy into a form that we can consume. Therefore sun energy + plants = sunfood.

The farmer’s market went really well…ours was by far the best looking table {I should have ironed the table cloth}. There were about 20 vendors total; a couple selling grass-fed beef and jerky, one selling eggs, a couple with dairy and cheeses, many selling various fruits and vegetables and one table with nothing but home-canned pickles.

My dad enjoys experimenting with different varieties of vegetables in order to discover new, tastier produce that is best suited to grow in the hot, central Texas climate. This definitely proved to be advantageous for our table because we had things that nobody else had! Most of the other produce tables had red potatoes, yellow squash, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. while our table consisted of two varieties of garlic, sweet Texas onions, fingerling potatoes, Swiss chard, rosemary and sage.

My dad also came up with this great idea of selling pre-made baskets of mixed vegetables along with a recipe for making a simple soup. Each “Sunfood Soup in a Sack” contained one pepper, some potatoes, an onion, a tomato, a couple cloves of garlic and a bunch of Swiss chard. All you need to add is your choice of a piece of meat!

We both had a fun time and it was definitely a great first farmer’s market experience. I can’t wait for the next one!

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One Response to “Sunfood Farm”

  1. Whitney Says:

    I LOVE this post Brit!!

    That is so awesome.

    Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? This is a must read for you!

    Love ya!
    Whitney

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