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Carrots, Strawberries, Lincoln, and the Plancks at Town Farm

Posted 6/2/2014 6:55pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.

Hi Friends –

It's summertime, and this is how we know:

carrots & strawberries

carrots & strawberries at Town Farm

Now, if there remains any doubt about who runs this farm, and why we have such delicious produce to sell, and how our dear crew gets paid, let it here be made abundantly clear that Oona is the one who keeps this enterprise alive and kicking.

Last week, while she was busy working (and parenting), Silas and I took off on a multi-day, 70-mile bicycle journey along the Potomac River, steeping ourselves in Civil War history and the speeches of Abraham Lincoln.


Along the way we stopped for a visit with two expert farmers and all-around wondrous people – Chip & Susan Planck – who ran Wheatland Vegetable Farms for decades in Loudoun County, Virginia. I worked for Chip & Susan for a bunch of years, starting at age 17 when I stepped into their greenhouse (fresh from NYC) and, staring at all the plants, perplexed, said, You can tell a difference between them?

One great fact is that Nate and Jen (of Crimson & Clover Farm in Florence), and Jeremy Plotkin (of Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst), also started their farming careers at Wheatland, so the Pioneer Valley owes a mighty thanks to Chip & Susan for all the young people they've taught over the years!

Chip & Susan

gettysburg address

From Chip and Susan's we made our way to D.C. and the Lincoln Memorial. We felt small and great in that magnificent chamber. As Silas said when we stepped away from Lincoln and the words of the Second Inaugural: It's hard to leave.


So: carrots and strawberries and so much more at Tuesday Market tomorrow. Come on the early side for strawberries (though next week, we'll be swimming in them!).


Hey, Tuesday Market is 1:30 - 6:30 every Tuesday, and Town Farm is always there.