Produce vendor, Pear Tree Hill Farm, shares their story and vision of farming:
“We are two folks who want to be farmers. In fact, it has been our life-long dream to be so! We love the lifestyle, the outdoors, and the gratification we get from working hard. We are doing our best to improve our soil and to maintain our land for the benefit of our crops, our customers, our environment, and for ourselves.
We fully believe in wholesome, high quality produce and the safe, responsible production of it. It is our passion. We can’t help it – we love to eat deliciousness – and we are happy to have all join us on this farm-to-table journey!
Never in our wildest dreams did we ever expect to have our own little piece of heaven right here on Earth. Located in Pulaski County, we are just minutes away from the New River, the Little River and the beautiful Claytor Lake. Our 8+ acres features verdant pastures and a prominent ridge line with a commanding view of the valley and surrounding mountains.
What started off as a whim became reality in April of 2012 when we broke sod for establishment of a market garden. We have attended classes, seminars, and workshops to gain knowledge of best practices for small-scale, bio-intensive yet sustainable organic production of produce, fruit and bees, emphasizing quality and safety. We grow several different varieties of seasonal vegetables (including heirlooms), we have apple, peach, plum and pear trees, blueberry bushes, brambles, and we manage a top bar bee hive system.
The work we do is hard, labor-intensive, and so worthwhile. We hope that all enjoy the fruits along with us.”