Farmers Market Focus: Conifer Corner offers everything from fresh raspberries to jerky

Staff reports | September 7th, 2016 2:31 pm

Conifer Corner, owned by Deanne and Eric Garver, of Factoryville, has been coming to the Pittston City Farmers Market for the past three years.

Each week, the Sunday Dispatch will feature a vendor from the weekly market. Check out Conifer Corner at the market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through November.

Question: What do you grow?

Conifer Corner: Raspberries, vegetables and evergreens. (We make) salad dressings, jams, raspberry juice and jerky. In the fall we have Christmas trees, centerpieces and wreaths, which we sell at our farm in Factoryville.

Q: When in the year does your planting process start?

CC: Spring.

Q: What is the best part of being a farmer?

CC: Watching the plants grow.

Q: What is the hardest obstacle of farming?

CC: A steady income. This year our raspberries were hit with the spotted wing drosophila fly (fruit fly), which ruined a lot of our crop.

Q: Was there a specific year, moment or event that was especially difficult?

CC: (This year) getting full-time help.

Q: How did the weather affect your crops this year?

CC: All of our crops were grown in controlled greenhouses except evergreens. Weather gave good growth on evergreens.

Q: Any advice to the amateur farmer?

CC: Don’t forget to water and feed.

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Staff reports

Farmers market coordinator Mary Angelella contributed to this report. Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or email sd@s24530.p831.sites.pressdns.com.


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