Eat Local, Eat Fresh

Buying local supports your local farmer, encouraging them to keep growing.
The customer gets the freshest produce available,
with the knowledge of where, exactly, their food is coming from.

The Story

After spending 20 years behind the computer, I was burned out.  I had to find something different.  I had to find something that wasn’t “work.”  Something about “if you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life.”  I started brainstorming.  After some time, it became clear.  It had to be outside and rewarding.

A year before my son was born, I started taking a keen interest in our food supply, and started a garden.  I wanted to produce the best food my family could eat, so I started researching, reading and absorbing any information I could find.  During this time, I discovered Permaculture and regenerative agriculture, and started those practices at home.

I believe that growing your own food is one of the most rewarding things you can do.  I encourage everyone to start their own garden, even if it’s just a few pots on your patio.

In January of 2018, I made the decision to start a micro farm.  I tarped the plot to start the transformation.  The next few months were dedicated to research, digging permanent beds, moving wood chips, pulling weeds and starting seeds indoors.

I am still working my “day” job for the time being.  It is a dream of mine to transition into farming full-time, and intend to do so within the next year.  I’m all in on this new adventure, it’s been fun, exhausting, rewarding and trying, and I’m sure there will be so much more.

The Goods

Green Beard Growers strives to have the freshest produce available to our customers.  For this reason, our weekly selections will vary, but our staple crops include:

Lettuce Mix a blend of red and green lettuces with an auxiliary green that will change throughout the season to keep things interesting.

Spicy Mix a blend of mustard greens and arugula for a spicy alternative.

Spinach baby spinach for salads as well as full sized for cooking and juicing.

Arugula a peppery green great alone or mixed with other greens.

Find The Goods

Westfield City Market every Saturday (9am – 1 pm) from June through August.

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