Wolfberry Hawthorn Farm was an idea for many years before it came to fruition and became a full fledged farm. It began with an idea to grow as much of my own food as possible, and with that thought in mind, I delved into pushing the limits of what could be grown in our hardiness zone. This, along with my love of plants, nature and environmental stewardship became Wolfberry Hawthorn Farm.
I focus on growing the less common and unusual varieties of produce and enjoy teaching people about different kinds of produce and encouraging people who want to grow their own gardens. On the farm I try to reuse and upcycle as much as possible, such as old windows from the house being used in the construction of the propagation greenhouse. I have worked to create habitat on the farm for a wide array of wildlife, which has helped to balance out many of the pest issues. In 2020 the farm became Certified Naturally Grown. This certification follows organic standards, but is peer reviewed and more affordable to smaller farmers. Being that the farm is just under 2 acres, and is just outside Durham city limits, it is considered an urban farm and has been a stop on several tours for different organizations looking to showcase urban agriculture.
I’m excited to be joining the Midtown Farmers Market this year. Throughout the season you will find a wide variety of items at our booth in the market. I sell hundreds of varieties of plants, and keeping with the theme of the farm, my tomato and pepper varieties are not ones you’ll find at the box stores, and even from most small nurseries or farmers. You’ll also find culinary and medicinal herbs, fruiting plants, a small selection of house plants, and an array of plants native to the triangle area. I will also be bringing all kinds of interesting and delicious produce, including more common things like strawberries, blackberries and kale, but also less common items such as edamame, burgundy okra, sunchokes and ground cherries.
I look forward to seeing you all at the market!