Thursday, May 29, 2008

When the market goes to the farmer, instead of the farmer coming to the market

Market managers or board members visit every vendor that sells at the market. In the case of growers, we visit twice during the season. That way we can be sure our vendors are selling only what they produce or grow and our vendors get to share their labor of love. Today Marilyn Thornberry and I visited a number of vendors to the east including Flintrock Bison Farm. Rudy Long's 180 Highline chickens were pretty sure it was feeding time when we visited. Even when we walked over to survey some of the Long's 400 buffalo, they scurried along behind us - ever the optimists. Fact is, Rudy doesn't often give them feed. They're free-range and get most of their nutrition in the fields.