|LINDY, REPRESENTING, AT CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET.|
STILL EARLY IN THE GROWING SEASON.
KEEPING THEM DOWN ON THE FARM
|SOMETHING EDIBLE (I THINK IT'S ITALIAN PARSLEY) IN FOREGROUND.|
GREENHOUSE FILLED WITH SEEDLINGS IN BACKGROUND.
In recent years, Matt and Lindy, among their many interests and talents, began an organic farm business (B&G Produce) with Lindy's parents on the family farm outside Pierre.
|MATT (THE HAT, BACKGROUND CENTER) PICKING SOMETHING FOR US TO TASTE.|
Matt and Lindy then co-founded Capital City Farmers' Market, which they operate downtown Saturday mornings along with a variety of vendors. B&G Produce not only offers the expected farm-fresh, organically grown staples like radishes, spinach, and potatoes, but they include in their repertoire beautiful fresh flowers as well as unusual specialty produce that isn't traditionally grown in South Dakota.
|I THINK I'VE GOT THE THYME.|
|MATT. SHOWING US AROUND.|
Jerry, Linda, and I drove out to the farm last Thursday afternoon to see all that B&G has going on. We couldn't have found it without Linda — even if her directions were a bit creative. We drove out of town and then were to turn past the water tower at some point (if we went over the ridge we would have gone too far) before turning right on a dirt road (just past a sign for something) and then right on another dirt road and then left down yet another dirt road at the end of which we would find the farm. And we did it all on the first try. The day was glorious and we passed wild pheasant, pronghorns, and deer along the way.
LOCAL PRAIRIE GRASSES AND MORE, GROWING SIMPLY TO ENRICH THE SOIL.
|NEPHEW AND UNCLE SHARING THE BLISS.|
We were overwhelmed by the size of the B&G operation, which includes vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees. We got to breathe in the fragrance of chocolate mint and other herbs the names of which I can't remember because that's too much like cooking for me (remember, I consider it cooking when I open a package of microwave oatmeal).
|MATT DISPLAYING SOME FRESHLY PICKED (AND RINSED) POTATOES.|
And, if you've never tasted a South Dakota potato freshly picked, you don't know what you're missing. It was like eating an apple. (And that may be news to nobody but city boys like me.)
|I COULDN'T RESIST (BECAUSE MATT WASHED IT FOR ME).|