Squash Hands

I call it squash hands. The mysterious transformation of the skin on my hands after I cut up a butternut squash. It gets orange and tight and feels like I dipped my hands in gorilla glue. Like all things that ail me, I took to google. Turns out it’s a real thing...

Howe Meadow Season Finale

27 markets 79 varieties of tomatoes 14 volunteers 13 tents 4 vehicles stuck in the mud 2 wasp nests 3 portapotty locks 4 keys locked in cars 1 coyote sighting 36,473 customers 387 SNAP transactions 1 pie party 72 vendors 17 farmers 23 cooking demos 27 musicians 18...

A Salute to Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone and the best kept secret of Countryside Farmers’ Markets. I would run out of fingers if I tried to count the number of times my day has been saved by volunteers. It’s hard to express the level of dedication and the ways in which...

Farmers’ Market Eve Anxiety

Managing a farmers’ market is not as glamorous as one might think. There are ins and outs I never thought I would encounter in my lifetime. Fueling up and maintaining a diesel vehicle, becoming an absolute aficionado at ratchet straps, teaching someone how to...