Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Plough + Stars Farm
Aug08

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Plough + Stars Farm

As much as I love jewelry, crafts and pottery, it is a refreshing change of pace to bring you Plough + Stars Farm as our vendor review for this week.  To me, this is what a summer market like Barr Street is all about…delicious, homegrown, fresh produce.  And while Plough + Stars may be only in their second year, they act like pros and have the veg to prove it. I grew up in Noble County on a couple acres of land and watched on as my parents tilled through fresh dirt every spring to plant their (in my opinion) gigantic garden.  And although I had no problem stalking through the rows and making lunch out of fresh green beans, snap peas and cherry tomatoes, you couldn’t pay me enough to be responsible for the maintenance of that land.  So, I have much admiration for the Rash and Tyree families, who have come together as neighbors and created not only a sprawling and beautiful produce farm, but a career in selling their goods. I contacted Seth Rash with the burning question, how in the world do you make this work? It takes neighborly comradery, money and oh so much time. This is what he had to say, “Farming is a lot of work, but if it is the kind of life that suits you, it is deeply satisfying and rewarding.  I (Seth) have a genetic disorder that is causing me to lose my vision.  Growing vegetables, besides being something I just love to do, is an outlet for me and a way to keep me connected to the simple treasures of hard work, the beauty of the earth, eating great food, and time with family.  Scott and I both have young children and watching them grow up on the farm is amazing.  We’ve been growing vegetables for a long time but this is only our second season as Plough & Stars Farm.  We are learning all the time and still have a lot more to learn and discover about small scale, sustainable agriculture.  The challenge of starting and growing a farm keeps it interesting and engaging.  Our expectations at the beginning of Plough & Stars Farm were pretty guarded in that we weren’t sure what, if any, financial success we’d have.  We imagined that we might (a very guarded might) be able to go full time at this at some point in the future but that day could be a long way off. We realize how fortunate we are to have access to such a vibrant, successful market like Barr Street and think the folks at YLNI do a great...

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