What a busy weekend. Friday and Saturday we spent selling our tomato plants at the Raleigh Farmer's Market. It is a lot of work but fun. Craig and I always enjoy seeing our long time customers, some whom we see only once a year but we feel like they are old friends. It is great to hear how well our plants did for people last year. It is gratifying to hear so many people thank us for what we do, and how excited people are to get these plants.
This is our 13 years selling our plants at the market. Each year our customer base grows as well as the number of varieties we offer. Craig has worked hard to preserve so many old varieties of tomatoes.
Sunday was the cooking class and talk at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. It was wonderful. I have been to a lot of Craig's garden talks and this was the best. He shared the stage with Alex Hitt, who runs Peregrine Farms, and was the first local farmer to grow and sell Cherokee Purple in the early 1990s. The food that was prepared by Marilyn Markel was amazing, made with what is in season now - radishes, baby beets and beet greens, baby leeks and spinach, all grown and supplied by Alex. They are making plans to have Craig and Alex back in July to talk about and eat heirloom tomatoes. Watch the Southern Season website for more info.