Saturday, July 25, 2015

Perseverance Farm

Perseverance Farm

I got to try some new vendors at the Morgantown Farmers Market recently! Let's chat about Perseverance Farm. I consulted my good friend Lisa to find out more about this vendor:
Perseverance Farm is run by Dr. Mary Ann Favjan, aka the Tree doctor. Their farm is mainly wooded, but that doesn't stop Mary Ann from using the cleared area to grow more niche products for the market, while also using the trees to her advantage. When not studying silviculture as a research forester or volunteering with the local MARS (mountaineer area robotics team) group, you might find her making homemade tortillas for the market. She also brings various herbs, hickory nuts, grilling wood, baked goods, some veggies, and jams. Since joining the farmers market a few years ago her market products have developed and filled a wonderful small niche gap.
Some of the products she tends to have are:
  • Vegetables
  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Herbs
  • Eggs
  • Firewood
  • Baked Goods
  • Dried Vegetables 
  • Jams/Jellies
  • Pecans
  • Hickory Nuts
  • Buckwheat
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Fresh/Dried Hops
  • Jicama
  • Hand-rolled flour tortillas
  • Hickory Wood Chips 
Perseverance FarmWhen I was at the market, she had two varieties of garlic, mint, kale and a few other things. I never really differentiate between the different kinds of garlic when I purchase it. But because it was right in front of me, I read about the Georgian Fire Garlic. She noted it had a fiery flavor when raw, but sweet when cooked.

I cooked some of this garlic up with scallions and ground sirloin from the market for a delicious filling for some cabbage wraps. But I couldn't stop myself from eating bits and pieces of cooked garlic - it's just sooo good. I could put garlic in absolutely anything (well, just about). What are some of your favorite items from Perseverance Farm?