We cannot even grow house plants, so becoming vegetable farmers was not in the cards.
That’s why we have animals. (Besides, you can hug a cow, but you can’t hug a cabbage).
So vegetable farms--and farmers--are a bit mysterious to me. I know several and like most. But they all have this annoying habit of not letting you know that they are about to run out of an item. For example, last week, we unexpectedly couldn’t get any lettuce mix or spinach from our regular, local farmer. I asked about it and she said “Oh, we won’t have any more until next spring.”
Or sometimes there is a gap as the farmer shifts from, say, the greenhouse to the field. I understand the logistics, but am amazed that it never occurs to them to give their buyers a heads up. Or a vegetable is listed as available, but doesn't show up -like microgreens last week.
Of course, it’s possible that I do the same. We are, after all, endlessly overworked, tired and stressed. So what may seem obvious to me may come as a surprise to someone else. Perhaps my real issue with veggie farmers is envy. They get 4-5 months off every year!
Randy Robar, co-owner of Kiss the Cow Farm