Trading at the Farmer’s Market

Every year for the last 4 years I have traded raspberries for broccoli.  One of the women at the farmer’s market makes jelly to sell and she and her husband grow lots of broccoli and a few other vegetables and sell the extra at the market.  About 6 years ago I got my first box of broccoli to freeze.  I would get three bagful for $5.00 and that was enough for us.  Then the next year I talked with her and we worked out a deal to swap for raspberries and that is what we have done.  Last year I gave them some of my plants that were growing outside the area we want them to stay in and she was very pleased.  This year when we came home and I dressed the raspberry bed I found 8 plants in the clothes line area so I dug them up and potted them.  As the year has gone on I found we lost a lot of the bearing cane this winter so altho I didn’t lose any raspberry plants I will have a much smaller crop this year so I called my friend and told her what had happened.  She said she still wanted to trade for the plants so today we arranged to meet at the Farmer’s Market to swap.  She had a big box of first cut broccoli crowns, Beautiful!!  I wanted to pay for them but she would not take the money, she wanted the eight plants I had and a promise that next year I would have either plants again or berries or both.  There was nothing else I needed at the market so we went to the feed and seed store in town and got some Seven, two handles and some bean and summer squash seeds and come home.  By break time we had washed the already clean broccoli, blanched it and got it into the freezer.  I got 13 quart bags chucked full of broccoli spears and one crown for dinner tomorrow, wonderful trade for 8 plants  I no longer needed.  And my small chest freezer is getting full with beets, beet greens, spinach, cauliflower and now broccoli so winter is looking well fed and we haven’t even started the canning yet.   This is the best part of farming.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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