Today, Sarah my sous-chef and I paid a quick visit to one of our farmers, Earl Groff at Groff’s Farm in Bird-in-Hand, PA. Spending a little time with Earl away from the hustle and bustle of the farm stand allowed us to catch up and learn a little history of the farm. The property was purchased by his parents in 1946 and has been in the family ever since. Earl grew up on the property where the farm lies (his son now lives there) and moved off the property, just a mile down the road, a short time back. As Earl described it, he’s spent his entire life in one mile!
We were at the farm to pick up some beautiful French Breakfast radishes, watercress and first-of-the-season asparagus–very exciting!
We walked around the farm and explored the green houses and growing fields. It was a great opportunity to spend some time on a true Lancaster County family farm. A range of topics and vegetables were discussed, but one thing in particular that stood out was the devotion of Earl and his family to continuing on the tradition of farming on their family land. The Groff family has been farming this land for the last 62 years and as Earl poignantly stated “I think we still grow some pretty darn good stuff!”
In today’s overly commodified food system and one in which the source of one’s food is often unknown and from far, far away, we are glad that we are can do our part as part of the food community of Lancaster County to support our local farms and take part in preserving their farming tradition.
Each time you make a purchase, you are using your buying power as a vote–make it one that counts and one that will impact your community.