The Pittston City Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday, and each week, the Sunday Dispatch will feature a vendor from the market.
This week, Paul Pauliny, the owner of Paul Plum, tells readers a little more about his business. The farm in Wyalusing has been running for 35 years and has attended the market in Pittston for 15 years.
Question: What do you grow?
Paul Pauliny: Apricots and plums are my favorites, but also grow peaches, apples, pears and tomatoes. Paul Plum grows for the weekly farm markets. For example, we have over 50 cultivators of plums, so several will ripen each week. Eighty-five percent of the plums are of the Asian type. Asian plums are usually more roundish, multi-colored, and have diverse flavors. European plums are mostly purple with classic plum taste.
Q: When in the year does your planting season start?
PP: Dormant fruit trees in March, tomatoes in late April.
Q: What is the best part of being a farmer?
PP: The outdoor life.
Q: What is the hardest obstacle of farming?
PP: Weather. Birds, raccoons, opossum, turkeys, etc.
Q: Was there a specific year, moment or event that was especially difficult to get through?
PP: (This year) is the most disappointing of the years as a grower. Apricots and Asian plums were in full bloom the third week of March, then April came with killing freezes, destroying the crop. Peaches, apples and pears were also hurt.
Q: Any advice to the amateur gardener?
PP: Keep trying. Accent adversity.
Farmers market coordinator Mary Angelella contributed to this report. Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.