Three of the newest vendors at the Taneytown Farmers’ Market — Cedar Hedge Farm, Dalton’s Produce and Lydia’s Market — are more than just summer produce stands. For them, the market is a family affair.
Cedar Hedge Farm, owned by Natashia Doan of Taneytown, offers vegetables, hanging baskets, annuals and crafts. After many years in real estate, Doan decided to pursue her passion for homesteading full time. She purchased the farm through a special farm program for beginning female farmers.
Her children — Noah, 17, Chase, 15, and Jordan, 9 — help out with farm chores and running their booth at the farmer’s market. Doan said, “Our farm is Cedar Hedge Farm, which is growing into a successful business with help from my loving, supportive family and extremely dear friends.”
The kids enjoy life on the farm as well. Jordan loves the animals, Chase enjoys watching the baby animals grow up, and Noah said he enjoys the sense of accomplishment he gets from farming.
Dalton’s Produce, owned and operated by the Dalton family from New Windsor, offers a variety of vegetables, cut flowers and crafts, as well as jams and jellies. Jeff Dalton and his wife Christina have been involved with the Taneytown Farmers’ Market for two years.
The large garden they plant and tend with the help of their two children, Logan, 11, and Lexie, 4, provides them with a variety of produce they sell to the community. Lexie helps her dad with the planting and Logan helps with the harvest.
Lydia’s Market sells fresh-squeezed lemonade and a variety of treats including Rice Krispies Treats, cinnamon bread and pretzel treats. Lydia’s Market is the brainchild of Lydia Inman.
It’s not surprising that one would find a fresh-squeezed lemonade stand at a farm stand. What is surprising is that Lydia is just 8 years old. Her mom Sarah Inman said, “When the idea of a farm stand first came to Lydia, she wanted to sell some of the produce that we were growing in our gardens.” When garden produce grew scarce, Lydia came up with the lemonade and treats idea.
The entire family pitches in to make this endeavor a success. Sarah Inman said, “Lydia plans the treats as we look at recipes together throughout the week. I, of course, help her shop and organize herself for the market, but she does the cooking with my oversight. I also have to squeeze the lemons, that’s too hard for her.”
Lydia is learning pricing, profit margins, math and how to make change. Her mom said, “She does not use a calculator, so it’s all mental math.”
At the farmer’s market Lydia learns customer service and professional interactions with others. Lydia is having a lot of fun at the stand. She said, “I think it’s really neat, my favorite part is meeting new people”. That will serve her well in the future. Lydia wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
Other vendors include Paradise Gardens, offering a variety of vegetables, herbs, annuals and cut flowers; Whispering Breeze Farms, which has local specialty cheeses; Amber’s Bake Shop, which serves up a variety of muffins, cookies and scones; Yarn’N, which offers crocheted and knitted items; Wellness Warriors, which has a variety of fruit smoothies. Gabby’s Goodies offers a variety of baked goods, and JoEssa’s has blended teas and coffees.
The Taneytown Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays through the end of September, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of New Beginnings Christian Learning Center, at 501 E. Baltimore St. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/TaneytownFarmersMarket/posts/?ref=page_internal.
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