Editor’s note: This week, to tie together our previous issue theme of My Economy with the upcoming theme on Sharing Food, we’re publishing a five-part series featuring vendors from the Goshen (Indiana) Farmers Market. Photographs are by Deborah Haak and words are by Elisabeth Wenger.
Kate Lind of Sustainable Greens, which she and her husband James farm, is a charter member of the Goshen Farmers Market, which started in 2000. Her table overflows with everything from cut flowers to infused vinegar, potted plants, vegetables, and their famous salad mix. Kate can count up at least six other farmers—some who’ve stayed in the area and some who’ve moved across the country—who got their introduction to salad mix and market gardening by working for Kate and James. The market is a real community meeting place for Kate. “I love when my customers get pregnant, and then week to week they get bigger and bigger, and then they start coming with their baby, and then that baby grows older and starts walking and talking…” she trails off. That’s how a community is formed—farmer passing on knowledge to farmer, parents passing on practices and relationships to their children.