Besides the McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market, what’s your favorite thing about Greenpoint?
The coexisting of hardworking Polish immigrants and 20-something hipsters.
What’s the best part about being a small farmer?
The best part of being a small scale farmer is making our own business decisions, and involving our family, friends, and customers in the business’ growth and success.
What’s your biggest challenge as a small farmer?
Cash flow. We make 75% of our income between May and October and unless we budget carefully we may have to heat the entire house with wood instead of propane during the winter.
Do you have any noteworthy quotes that keep you motivated and/or positive?
We have a few, actually:
“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff” -Remy the Rat from Ratatouille.
And whenever we feel “stuck” we look at this quote which is on our bulletin board: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell.
Tom’s favorite quote from the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:
Sonny: Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.
What’s your favorite animal to raise and why?
Sheep. They are beautiful, quiet, easy to care for, and do a great job of fertilizing and keeping the pastures cleared.
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