Meet your farmers!
Each week we feature one of our market vendors. Get to know the people who grow your food! This week is also National Farmer's Market week, promoting the importance of markets in our communities: farmers markets stimulate local economies, preserve rural livelihoods, increase access to fresh food and support healthy communities.
One of the consistent themes we're hearing from our farmers is that they do it to support their community, and the family of Marble Mountain Farm are definitely doing it for the love. They believe it's the best way to effect positive change in a local community and minimize their own impact.
Nestled in the foothills of the Marble Mountain wilderness, Hollis and Ross raise two children and grow high quality, certified organic food and medicine on about two acres of idyllic farmland, which they've been farming for almost five years. True to their ethics, they live off-grid, generating all their own power via hydro and solar.
When asked what Ross means by "medicine", he responded "Food is medicine when it's grown with an eye toward nutrition. Grown properly, it's also medicine for the earth." In honor of that, Marble Mountain is proud of its "clean dirt and clean water". In addition to produce, they also grow herbs such as nettles, yarrow, arnica and yerba manza, of which Hollis is fond of making into herbal remedies.
They sell in the Mount Shasta and Happy Camp farmer's markets, in stores "down the river" in North county and at Berryvale Natural Foods, and like other farmers, they say farmers' markets are the best way for farmers to really make ends meet. By being able to sell retail they can get the best prices for their produce and can also offer more variety. Stores tend to like their cabbages all the same size, says Ross, but at the market, you can sell whatever you have and people can choose what they need.
You'll find Marble Mountain Farm easily in our market - they're the very first produce booth, the one that seems to have a really long line as soon as the market opens. The love of what they do, and their care for planet, people and community shows in the food they offer and clearly, we're grateful for all you do for us. Thanks so much for being part of the Mt. Shasta Farmer's Market, Marble Mountain!