This week’s Farmers Market Spotlight features two farming friends, Debbie Hanson and Bruce Snyder, from Hanson Family Farm. Debbie and Bruce have been attending our hospital’s farmers market for seven years.
Each week they bring a popular selection of produce that includes potatoes, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini and beets. And, their freshly picked corn is a bestseller at the markets they attend.
For Debbie, farming runs in her blood. Her parents started the Hanson Family Farm in 1946. Originally her parents only farmed to provide food for Debbie and her brother. However, over time, the Hansons expanded their family farm into a business. Even though the farm is family owned, Debbie’s friend Bruce lends a hand when they’re tabling at local farmers markets. As an experienced farmer himself, Bruce has been helping Debbie and her family with their farm for the last 10 years.
Having grown up on a farm, Debbie and Bruce both know the importance of eating freshly harvested food. “You’re always getting fresh products with us,” Debbie says. “Our produce is farm to table fresh.” She also says that since the produce is ripened in the field and picked by farmers as soon as it’s ripe, you’re buying it when it tastes the best. “It’s very different than if you were to purchase your produce from the grocery store,” says Debbie. “By the time it gets on the shelves at the store, it’s not guaranteed fresh.”
You can chat with this farming duo, Debbie and Bruce from Hanson Family Farm, this Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Carroll Hospital’s next farmers market.