Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week we talked to Owen Davis, an apprentice at Flying Plow Farm. Flying Plow Farm is a small-scale farm based out of Cecil County that grows a diverse range of crops with help from their draft horses. Flying Plow’s integration of animals, crops, and people allows for a sustainable farm that nourishes both the local community and the land they grown on.
Interview by Dana Holloway.
How did you start working at Flying Plow Farm?
I went to Appalachian State for Sustainable Development, focusing on Sustainable Agriculture. I linked up with Flying Plow Farm through ATTRA, which helps connect farmers and apprentices. I checked out the farm, and I really liked it and its people.
What made Flying Plow stand out to you?
I liked how they were using draft horses in the field, and I wanted to work with them. I also wanted to learn how to grown a variety of crops for CSA shares and to sell at markets.
What does Flying Plow grow?
Flying Plow Farm is a vegetable farm first, but the chickens, horses, and cows are all integrated into the system.
What is your favorite part about being a farm apprentice?
I get to do so many tasks, so many different things – it never gets boring.
What is the hardest part about being a farm apprentice?
Sometimes it’s hard to stay attentive and energized. A lot of times, we work 20, 21 days without a full day off.
What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
I like how this market is right in the center of town, because it’s easier to get the people walking around. It’s not out of the way like some farmers markets.
What’s the hardest part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
Keeping the spray bottle for the vegetables filled – I’m sacrificing my hydration for vegetables.
Do you have any tips for people coming to the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
If you’re looking for vegetables, come earlier than later. With the afternoon heat, it’s hard to keep the vegetables at their freshest.
Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?
Farmers Markets are important because they support local, sustainable agriculture. They are also right out in the public, so people get to see different types of food they could try. The money they spend is more streamlined in the local economy, not divvied up and sent out.
What time did you get up this morning?
What’s the first thing you thought of this morning?
“It’s market day!”
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Eggs and oatmeal.
What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?
My favorites are the beets, but the carrots are probably the bestselling item.
What’s your favorite item from another vendor’s stand at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
I really like the strawberry rhubarb pie from Nomadic Pies.
Peaches or nectarines?
Bare feet or shoes?
Bare feet, but I have to work in shoes.
What do you snack on while at the market?
The carrots make a good snack.
What are you going to eat for dinner tonight?
Eggs and chard.
What’s your favorite place in the whole world?
North Carolina beaches.
Learn more about Flying Plow Farm and its mission at http://www.flyingplowfarm.com/.
(Photos courtesy of Flying Plow Farm).