Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week, we talked to Shanna Smeltz from Rambling Roots Farm, a sustainable, husband & wife operated farm in Chester County.
Interview by Dana Holloway.
What does your farm grow?
We grow vegetables and raise pastured chickens, pork, and lamb.
How did you start farming?
My husband Phil began farming about seven years ago with a friend in Kennett Square. Four years ago, we broke off and stared our own farm, and that’s how it all began.
What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
Interacting with our loyal customers who get really excited about certain vegetables.
What’s the hardest part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
Having to leave the farm when we’re busy to get to the market. It’s hard being totally off the farm when there’s work to do.
Do you have any tips for people coming to the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
Be open to trying new things and feel comfortable asking questions about how to make and store the produce. We’ll have ideas for you! And make sure to consider the hard work that goes into what you’re buying.
Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?
People get to connect to what they put in their bodies and have a greater appreciation for what goes into farming. The food doesn’t travel far at all to get to the table and has higher nutrients. There’s also less waste and less fossil fuels used.
What time did you get up this morning?
What’s the first thing you thought of this morning?
“I’m really tired, can I sleep for more 10 minutes?”
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?
Today, probably the tomatoes. I like our heirloom tomatoes or carrots the best.
What’s your favorite item from another vendor’s stand at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?
Probably Rex Farms’ peaches.
Peaches or nectarines?
Bare feet or shoes?
What are some “must-have” items to bring to the market?
My money pouch and water.
What do you snack on while at the market?
Our sugar snap peas raw, or any of our other veggies.
What is a hidden talent of yours?
I’m good at finding stuff.
What are you going to eat for dinner tonight?
What’s your favorite place in the whole world?
Floating down the Brandywine.
Thanks for talking with us, Shanna! Stop by Rambling Roots Farm’s stand to pick up some fresh veggies or eggs. They’re at the market every Friday from 2-6.
Learn more about Rambling Roots Farm here: http://www.ramblingrootsfarm.com