Squash, potatoes, and the market

With Thursday’s market done, we started thinking about Sunday’s market. That meant picking squash and potatoes, then sorting and cleaning.

Most of the produce I picked did not pass the test, due to size, blemishes or disease. Chris, one of the managers, insists that nothing go to waste, especially things that they have spent money on, such as their squash and potato plants. So, all of the seconds get set aside for pig food. The farm will be acquiring them in the next few days. This means that one task on the to-do list is to build a pig pen.

The ones that do pass the test get fine sorted again, and washed. The day was spent in the rain at a waist-high wood table that has a mesh top. Bins of potatoes or squash are dumped on, hosed, scrubbed, and put back in the bins. It took hours.

Dinner was left over potatoes and kale, interrupted by chasing the chicks in the house back into their pen.

Sunday morning there were weather reports of 50 mph winds coming in, and the ends of the new green house have yet to be secured. The question was, whether or not to go to market or stay and finish the green house before the wind could undo all of the work already done. Some discussion later, and calling in some extra help, we were able to get to market.

Sunday’s market is in Everett, a few miles away. Since the weather is cold and rainy, not as many vendors showed up. This was good for Skipley, as there was not much other produce available.

Farmer's Market display

Farmer’s Market display

I learned a few tips from Gil, who is constantly rearranging the display. He says movement draws in customers, which from what I observed seems to be true.  Gil would chat with people interested in buying plants, while I would help weigh out produce for others, and the 5 hour market was soon over, with the take being $353, a good market for the farm.

There are still more potatoes to be dug and more squash to be picked. The chickens and ducks need new enclosures, and a seemingly endless list of projects that need to be accomplished. With it been raining for newly 3 days, the winter projects can start as well, such as replacing the utility sink, and organizing seeds.

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