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Dear New Farm,
Our farm (Callahan's Produce) in Port Angeles, Washington is doing
pretty well. We just started going to one of our local farmer's
markets in September (we have two here in Port Angeles). At first
it seemed like a lot of bother having to pick everything and get
the tables and the canopy ready. Most things here at the farm are
U-pick. But getting the customers here wasn’t enough. We had
to go to them.
Our Port Angeles downtown market is open Wednesday afternoon (not
through the winter) and Saturday 10-2 (year ’round). It seemed
like so many of the vendors have regulars, people who come only
to their stands, and come every week. Pretty soon, we started getting
more folks looking our produce over and now we have some ‘regulars’,
too. Our vendors are so much fun, too, and even though we may all
carry similar products, new vendors are always welcome. And we sort
of let one another know if we brought something maybe they don’t
have, or if we run out we know another booth still has some. I think
the customers appreciate that too. It's a fun, social time.
Food swapping is my favorite time! I love the huge snickerdoodle
cookies our one lady brings from 50 miles away in Port Townsend.
We have music and go and visit other booths. I’m so glad we
started going! Yes, it’s a lot of work, picking and digging,
cleaning and trimming, packaging and tying, loading and unloading,
setting up...but when customers come back and tell you they want
your carrots or loved your salad greens, ask if you brought any
of those great sweet snap peas, it’s worth it. We do work
hard, but we feel proud to offer great-tasting, great-looking and
great-for-you produce. We tell our customers at the market about
the farm, and that we are open seven days a week and are only five
minutes away from the downtown farmer's market.
Our customer base has grown here at the farm, we know, just from
the two months we have done the market; it looks like we are going
to have to plant a whole lot more in 2005! I have about 30 pounds
of garlic and well, let's just say "hundreds" of daffodils,
tulips and iris to go in the ground in the next few days. Anyone
wishing to email us, don't expect a real quick answer back; it's
seed research time too. We have over 30 kinds of salad greens at
this point, some of which we are going to be “experimenting
with winter-cropping” in our southern-facing hot house. Here's
to sore muscles and dirty hands!
Port Angeles, Washington