Let’s talk about summertime at Johnnie Farms……….the warm breezes, the lush
vegetation, dinners out on the porch watching the farm animals run and play in the fields as the breezes smell of the sweet blooming flowers.
Sounds lovely doesn’t it? It is, it truly is a blessing. There is nothing more serene than having all the farm chores taken care of, the cooking and canning completed and the house clean and ready for guests. It gives everyone a sense of relaxation and makes the entire family want to go outside while they eat, play and run around the yard.
The farm animals are the same way. We look at our livestock as sort of
pets. They love to be brushed, talked to, petted, scratched under their
chins and fed the extras from the garden. Watching them roll, run and play
in the field with each other is a special treat……….until someone decides to make a break for it. Freedom, sweet freedom……it beckons like nothing else.
Let’s talk now about a little jail break we have from one of the lush green
pastures for a little jaunt over to the neighbors across the hard road (yes the
hard road!!) We purchased a few wee little piggies from our friends over
at Renegade Farm. They were so little and cute, just balls of wiry hair
and little grunts. Then they started to grow and become obnoxious little
teenagers. The girls were the worst. They were from the same
litter. The boy, he remains sweet and friendly and is preparing for his
debut at the Putnam County Fair in a few weeks. Back to the girls….those
two just love to run together. Across the field, under the fence, in the other
pasture, up onto the front porch, in the flower gardens, on the back porch, in
the horse stalls, and roll into the little mud holes that dot the fields.
All was good, we let them explore, after all a little extra dirt never hurt
anyone. Then out of the blue, we come home to a phone call from the
business down the road and across the street. “Do you all own two girl
pigs? If you do they are out!” Hmmmm, I believe we are now
known as incompetent farmers who can’t even keep a pig in a poke or yard or
field. We are now working hard on the fences and thinking electric fence
may be the way to go with these two. Stay tuned for more adventures of
Penny and Penelope…the rotten ones!
Artie and Joeyell Chestnut are the owners of Chestnut Farms in Leon, WV. They raise several different vegetables and berries. Blackberries, raspberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, potatoes, garlic, onions and more. They have a high tunnel so will be able to provide crops later in the season that other producers. They joined the Putnam Farmers Market in 2013 and will be bringing produce in July.
We are currently growing Yukon Gold Potatoes, Radishes, Beets, Shallots, Garlic, Napa Cabbage, Mini Bok Choy, Sweet Banana Peppers, Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cabbage, Broccoli, Peas, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Pickling Cucumbers,
We had a new blueberry vendor join today and setup with some beautiful berries. I personally bought 6 pints! Two other vendors turned in applications and were accepted so will be setting up soon. Tim Harper of Harper Farm and the Irvin Family of Melton Farm. Welcome back guys! This year has been slow but vendors will have corn, beans and melons ripening next week so will be bringing a better variety of produce for everyone to enjoy! See you all at the market!
Hi! on behalf of everybody at the Putnam Farmers Market I would like to welcome you to our new blog! It has been a month in to this season and things have been great! We have a steady flow of vendors returning and a few new faces. This season promises to be one of the best yet. There are a lot of events coming up that I will discuss in future entry's. This blog will be a place for news, upcoming events and a few other surprises a long the way . I am very excited to bring you this as the market has become very important element in my life. I started coming to the market in 2010 as a seller for Payne's Produce and every year since I have been under the blue tent with a supply of tomatoes and corn that never seemed to last long. Last season I took on the responsibility of market manger and I really enjoy interacting with the vendors and customers. I really love the market and I want to see it grow and expand in to something that will touch each person in the community the way it has me. Our market started out as a little seed and with each year that passes we grow a little bit more, and with some love, dedication, and hard work we will continue to grow and blossom in to the beautiful flower that we already are.