When NP and I decided to start farming, we knew we wanted to do pretty much anything besides row crops and feedlot/confinement style operations. For one we couldn’t possibly afford to enter into that type of operation. Taking out hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, just wasn’t our style. Second, we wanted to spend our time working directly with the plants and animals, not cooped up in a tractor*. We wanted a farm that was diverse and flexible and as such, could weather a changing world and a changing climate. And most importantly, we wanted to grow FOOD that our friends, our family, our neighbors could actually EAT. Food that WE could feel good about eating. I’m talking about fresh fruits and veggies and reasonable servings of wholesome proteins.
That’s where farmers markets come into the picture. Farmers markets have allowed us to sell vegetables and pasture raised meats directly to the people who will then eat them. This is not only satisfying to NP & I but also has allowed us to enter the market without taking out a loan for equipment and has allowed us to grow as we are able.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share a little bit about the markets where NP & I sell our meats and vegetables.
The first market that we ever attended as a vendor was Produce in the Park in Atlantic, Iowa. We were first drawn in by all of the posters around town and quickly fell in love with the atmosphere and the variety of vendors and products that we found at the market. It was clear that this was a place where a community was being fostered and built. Food has a way of doing that.
This will be the 6th year of operation for Produce in the Park and will be Brun Ko Farm’s 5th year vending at this particular market. PIP is on Thursday evenings from June through September. At PIP, you will find wide variety of vegetables in addition to locally raised meats, eggs, baked goods, handmade soaps and crafts. Another neat aspect of PIP is all of the activities going on too!
The other market that we will be attending this year is The Elk Horn Farmers Market. This market is smaller but still features a variety of vegetables, meats, and handmade soaps. This year the market has also added a Service Organization category. We are looking forward to see what different products that category will bring to market!
We are so looking forward to seeing you at market this year!
Brun Ko Farm
*Don’t get me wrong, we couldn’t do what we do without good ‘ol Ollie tractor but we are grateful to have a good variety of tasks each day/week/year