I stopped by the Cooper-Young farmers market Saturday, located in the parking lot of Tsunami restaurant, to buy my weekly ration of greens and sweet potatoes and was happy to discover that a handful of local growers are back after the cold Christmas break.
Also on hand were Michelle Naef and her two-year-old daughter, Zoe. Here they are talking to Thomas Dodson, who explained how the cold snap hurt his crop of kale.
“It will be a few weeks before my kale really comes back,” said Dodson, who farms in Forrest City, Arkansas. “Usually the cold snap doesn’t come until the first week of February. It was early this year.”
Although the extreme cold didn’t kill Dodson’s plants, it did blacken the edges of the leaves. “So we just have to wait until new leaves grow in,” he explained.
Van Cheeseman, who was also selling produce at the market, said to expect tender lettuces like endive and spring mix in the new few weeks.
Other vendors were on hand too, including Shoaf’s Loaf and Donnell Century Farm from Jackson, TN, which sells farm fresh eggs and responsibly grown beef. I love his ground beef, and the fajita meat is delicious too.