|Beds of lettuce|
I visited Edwina and Selvin Harrell, of Crooked Cedar Farm
in Blythewood to purchase my collards for New Year's Day. They were optimistic about the winter growing season and hoped that the
weather would be kind to the garden this spring and summer. My visit was before the lows on several nights of near 12 degrees F°, torrential rain, and snow.
|View of the garden looking toward the chicken house|
I enjoy visiting their farm and seeing the neat beds of
vegetables and flowers. Their enthusiasm
for continuing to farm, in spite of adversity, inspires me. Mrs. Harrell always talks about the baby
plants she is caring for, or soon will be caring for when they sprout, and Mr.
Harrell discusses his latest construction project or the antics of the
Mr. Harrell has verdant patches of greens he feeds the flock
of approximately 70 chickens to make sure they get greens in their diet. When I visited, Mrs. Harrell was slightly
exasperated with her chickens, who weren’t laying as many eggs as she would
have liked, but when I followed up to ask about both plants and chickens
survived the cold, Mrs. Harrell said, “The chickens seemed to like the cold. We
are getting almost five dozen eggs a day now.” She said they covered all the plants and most of them survived the weather.
This fall, they have had an abundant harvest of collards,
Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. Kale is
nearly ready, and I love their perfect beds of baby spinach and lettuce. They have had some difficulty getting the lettuce
to grow this year, possibly due to bad seed, cold weather, or dry weather in
the early fall, but they continue planting with the spirit of optimism every
farmer must possess to succeed. The
spinach and lettuce should be ready for harvest and customer’s tables soon.
Visit Crooked Cedar Farm at the Soda City Farmers Market in downtown Columbia on Saturday mornings, or contact them at their farm at 786-4841 and at 1464 Lawhorn Road in Blythewood. You may also email them at email@example.com
; Mrs. Harrell emails customers about available produce.