Every Saturday, there's a farmer's market in downtown Bryan. The Howdy Farm is a usual vendor at the market, so this week I decided to tag along to see what it's all about. It was a beautiful (but rather chilly) morning to sell at the market but it was such a fun experience! I got to meet and interact with a lot of people, customers and vendors alike. Every person I talked to was very sweet and extremely interested in what we do at the Howdy Farm. Not to mention, everyone who stopped by our booth thought all of our veggies were beautiful!!
At today's market we had lots of green veggies & herbs to sell: Romaine Lettuce, Butter-head Lettuce, Basil, Cilantro, Chives, and Lemon Grass. We practically sold out of butter-head lettuce because everyone thought it was too beautiful to pass up! Even I couldn't pass on the beautiful Romaine. As you can see to the right, I was able to nab one head before the market came to an end.
It's kind of crazy to think I've been a part of each step in the process of producing lettuce:
I was there to plant the seeds in the seedling trays
I was there to take care of them in the greenhouse
I was there to transplant them on to the farm
I was there to help harvest
And now here I am selling/buying the lettuce at the market
Like how crazy is that?? I made that (well I helped).
I still can't believe I literally made food: from the seed to the actual food. I'm a food science major, so I understand the processing science behind creating food products seen in grocery stores, but that has noting on the actual growing of food grown straight from the ground. To me, food science is an important science and I love my major more than anything, but nothing compares to the traditional way of getting food. Honestly, I can't wait to get my own house so I can attempt my own little version of the Howdy Farm in my backyard. I think that would impressive.
I've learned so much throughout this internship and I'm still learning everyday. Although my internship will be ending soon, I can't wait to come out to the farm and help out as much as possible in the future!