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  • on 14.04.2010
  • at 12:35 PM
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Farmer’s Market 0

Growing up in a nation of privilege, many young people have a false perception that somehow a paycheck is owed to them for merely showing up. Many go to work with cell phone in hand, texting everybody and their dog during working hours. But we’ve found one young lady who understands hard work, without a cell phone in hand.

The kind of work that’s been passed down for generations, gardening. This may not be a chosen field for many young people, but we’ve found at least one who’s willing to work hard, produce, and enjoy the harvest of her hard work.

Kelsie Huber is carrying on a loved family tradition. Having grown up with two Grandpas who both gardened, and helping her grandpa (Willie Huber), she’s learned the art of gardening. Two years ago, Kelsie decided to start her own business, raising a garden and selling the produce at local Farmer’s Markets. She explained to her parents that she was 14 and was soon going to need a car. So, she started planting seeds in February 2008 in her home, raising bedding plants, planting them outside in April and May.

In 2009 she explained to her dad it was time for him to give up part of his corn field for her sweet corn patch that her growing business demanded. Kelsie enjoys being outdoors, planting bedding plants and seed potatoes, sowing seeds, setting onion bulbs. Kelsie’s garden grew and so did her profits. Maybe it’s her hardworking, tight fisted, German heritage, but in 2 years she’s gotten the car, she’s worked so hard for. Kelsie believes there is a demand for fresh home grown vegetables, fruits, and also organics. This year’s expansion includes a greenhouse on the farm.

Wondering what’s on the menu? Sweet corn, onions, potatoes, peas, green beans, tomatoes, rhubarb, turnips, radishes, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers, asparagus, zucchini, cucumbers, blackberries, and this year red raspberries, as well as pears. Kelsie enjoys doing the work herself, getting up early to avoid the sun’s heat and meeting a variety of different people at the Farmer’s Market.

So the next time you think of the Farmer’s Market as the old guy with the DeKalb cap, you might just be surprised to find the farmer’s daughter. Check out Huber’s Homegrown Garden Goods the next you visit a local Farmer’s Market.

By Marybeth Swigart

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