Hello and welcome again to both returning and new readers!
This week I am happy to say I have the pleasure of touring this farm several times a week! Babe + Sage Farm, distinguishable by its windmill logo and its half-rhyme name, has grown dear to me since my college career started winding to its end. I began my internship at the beginning of May with my supervisor, Chelsea, the manager of both the farm and the Green Market. At my first Saturday market, I heard someone say “my sweet Chelsea!”, a locution that does not only sound like a number one hit, but also appertains to her fluid kind and caring nature that circulates seamlessly to and from her family and work life. I have firsthand experience with Chelsea’s irrepressible passion for getting local, sustainable food into the hands and onto the tables of the surrounding communities. Her inexhaustive efforts to promote the Market and support their vendors is not only admirable, but crucial. In a time where good, whole foods are so hard to come by, Chelsea and her husband Bobby have committed their energy to making their farm as well as the Green Market as accessible as possible, especially to lower-income families. I spent much of the summer aiding Chelsea on her mission to increase awareness about locally grown organic produce, but simply telling people to come to market isn’t enough. That’s why committed farmers like Chelsea and Bobby put so much effort into their beautiful, organic produce- to create a healthy, sustainable, nutrient-rich, and affordable environment for the community and their family!
For those readers who are unaware, I have been splitting my internship time with the Green Market and Babe + Sage Farm. You can catch me playing with the Tripp, the child made of smiles and parrot talk (he just turned 3 so whatever he hears, he enthusiastically repeats immediately) at both the Market and the farm! At the beginning of May, you probably could have seen me stomping carelessly through scallion rows without paying much mind to compaction and you probably could have also convinced me to harvest potatoes without gloves- who knew how many things you needed gloves for? But since then, I have learned a LOT about the processes of growing summer crops. I think my favorite lil’ bit of knowledge I have gathered is that tomato plants are divas (talk about high maintenance, sheesh). Anyway, through this experience I have met some pretty cool people, such as Lauren, the assistant farm manager that tends to her chickens and pigs on the property- I highly recommend you strike up a conversation with this funny, intelligent farmer when you buy some of her delicious eggs and pork at market!