We're back at it again with another selection of farm love stories to help you celebrate Valentine's Day. We see these vendors every week, so it's great to learn about the love they have for their farm and their loved ones in their lives. Farmers Markets are filled with an amazing community of people filled with love.
Green Bow Farm
Christina and Matt met in college, long before they ever thought of farming, as art majors at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. During that time, Matt began a work study job at the Henry Art Gallery and was able to leave his long held restaurant job as a sous chef. This started a 12 year career in the arts as a preparator or "art installer." Christina worked at PCC after college and remained there through the birth of their first two boys, leaving only to move to Ellensburg in 2012 to begin farming. They came to farming because neither Christina or Matt had a desire to make a living as working artists and wanted something more, particularly based around their passion for food and where it comes from. Shortly after their third son joined the party, they got busy building a farm business, or rather, the farm business began building them.
Oddly, farming and art making are very similar in their challenges and processes which Matt and Christina's artist friends are quick to point out. They feel that they never left the arts, but rather refocused their creative energy into a piece of land. A true connection of passions, which makes them both find it so satisfying at the end of each day.
Stop by the Green Bow Farm booth at the West Seattle Farmers Market year-round.
Present Tense Farm
Neil and Jayme met the summer of 2010. They both had the charming idea to work a full season on a mixed vegetable farm in southern Oregon. Living in camper trailers aptly named “Avocado Terry” and “The Canned Ham”, Neil and Jayme spent 8 months planting, weeding and peddling the harvest together at the Saturday morning market. Farms are intimate places and naturally, they got to know one another pretty well. Neil and Jayme knew they enjoyed each other’s company when their free time was spent together at local swimming holes, riding bikes or sharing the largest cookies ever created from the corner cafe down the road. Serendipitously, they fell in love with farming too and began Present Tense Farm in 2013 on one leased acre. Things have since expanded, but you can still catch Neil and Jayme selling vegetables together every Saturday morning at the Magnolia Farmers Market and Sunday mornings at the West Seattle Farmers Market.
Windy Acre Farm
In the Summer of 2016, Farmer Chris decided to go outside his comfort zone of farming to step foot in the streets of Seattle during the 2016 Pride Festival. Andy, a friend, invited Chris to hang out with himself and Cameron, Andy’s childhood friend. They took a tour of the city, taking it all in. The bustle of the big city, the sights to be seen at Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. The day consisted of much laughter and joy as friends reconnected and new relationships were formed. Who knew that a random invite from a friend would fertilize the soil of newly formed friendship to the blossoming love story it is today?
Chris, being the farmer, put Cameron to work right away. The first few dates consisted of weeding and plotting where the new tomato crops would go. Even though Cameron works a full time job as a Veterinary Assistant, he spent his days off helping on the farm. Although the days were long and hot, Cameron never quit coming to the farm every moment he could. He knew that there was something special about this farmer (even though Chris “forgot” his wallet half the time so Cameron paid for lunch).
The summer/fall seasons consist of Cameron spending every day off working with Chris at the farmers markets. The winters are spent debating on what seeds to order for spring. During their off time they love to spend time with family and friends, snuggling with their two dogs, Manny and Kohlrabi, and attending Seahawks games together.
Connecting with customers and embracing their new found love has made them determined to make each year better than before. The wedding is being planned, the sun is shining and the seeds are being planted for their most prosperous years to come!
Stop by the Windy Acre Farm booth at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market starting in April, and Columbia City Farmers Market starting in May.
Nick and Sarah met seven years ago and started Spring Time Farm one year into their relationship. At the time, Nick ran a nonprofit that farmed urban spaces. After a series of cross country bicycle trips, Sarah had set to installing a large garden. She had had her eye on Nick for some time and asked him to come to dinner to consult about quack grass. That thinly veiled move actually worked, and after about a year of dating Nick somehow convinced her to start their own "real" farm together out in the county. The first year of farming and running a business together was an exercise in incremental success and frequent communication breakdowns, but they are now into their sixth season as Spring Time Farm and the second season farming on their own property.
They convey that they are very privileged and happy to be able to work for themselves and outside most days and are deeply committed to the long term health of their farm's habitat. And are still looking for an organic solution for quack grass...
Stop by the Spring Time Farm booth at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market starting in April.
Stories written by the farmers themselves.