Hall Town Produce hosts annual farm event

Bill Nachman - Posted on Aug 17, 2011 - 03:31 PM

Hall Town Produce Farm, located off Hall Town Road, White Marsh, didn’t let a poor crop of corn and potatoes stop it from scheduling its third annual farm promotion from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Because the corn and potatoes were hard hit by the drought, owner Bruce Leigh said this year he and his cousin, Barry Leigh, will offer generous samples of watermelon, a crop that has benefited from the very dry weather. The dry weather "makes them sweeter," Bruce Leigh said.

The promotion will include "pickin’ and grinnin’," Bruce Leigh said, with local musicians invited to bring their instruments along. They can jam, and guests also can listen to the music of a local band led by Sammy White.

Also, the promotion is a good way to draw attention to their business, Bruce Leigh said, especially since it is set back a bit from Route 17 on Glebe Hall Road. But once customers find the place, he said, they often become repeat customers of the produce stand, which only sells produce grown on their farm.

Barry Leigh said many people like locally-grown produce. The cousins—with the help of Barry’s wife, Connie—grow all types of fresh produce on 20 acres of family land at White Marsh.

Among some of the crops they grow are heritage watermelons, hot and sweet peppers, cabbage, kale, squash, collards, potatoes and corn. Tomatoes and beets have been growing well this year, Barry Leigh said.

A wide array of produce will be for sale during Saturday’s event, and they have set up "an honor system" for people to leave money at the farm stand if the owners are out gathering crops in the fields. "People are honest," he said, and some even write down what produce they purchased with the money they left on the counter. "One woman left an IOU."