We are currently putting together our massive seed order for 2009. I'll be writing more about this soon, especially with regards to the requirements of organic certification, but for now I have this request:
Do any readers have specific items, produce, or other farm products they'd like to see available at market that have been hard to find? Last year we got a tip from a friend who wanted to see fresh edamame, and that worked out quite nicely, as we were the only ones at market with it and people just went bonkers. We're putting in twice as much this year. We really try to focus on diverse, interesting heirloom produce (you won't find many round, red tomatoes on our farm) and so are especially interested in customer desires.
So send us an email, or preferably post a comment, with your ideas and requests. Specific varieties, types of produce, other farm products...what can we grow or produce that you can't find or would want to buy from us? Given that we're certifying this year, is there something you can find already but not organiclly? At the least, maybe I can answer a question about WHY something isn't common. For example, carrots are relatively rare in part because they are not very well suited to central Missouri's thick clay soil, and so are hard to grow in a quality that customers will pay for. So bring on the questions, suggestions, and feedback so we can better serve you. And for non-locals, send in your ideas anyway, because maybe you know of a trend we don't, and your ideas about good farms and markets are still useful.