January 8th Farm Box
Hi friends. Here we are the second week of 2019. How has your year been?! Ours has been incredible, we’re ready for this year! We wanted to take time to introduce ourselves again and re-introduce all of the local farmers that we get our produce from.
I’m Katherine or Katie (you can call me both). I actually will respond to ‘Chandler’s mom, or even ‘Farm Cart.’ That handsome man down there is my husband Jason. And this picture to the left sums up how we got here.
While my father, Tom Shepherd, was farming here in Carpinteria for over five years, Jason and I started The Farm Cart… a super cute little produce stand located in downtown Carp. Everyday we would go to his farm, harvest all of the produce with our own two hands and then take it to our little wagon where we would sell to our friends & family. It was a challenging first few years. We didn’t really have a plan with our business, I didn’t have any sort of business back ground or even a college degree. We just went with the flow. A turn of events led to my dad having to move farms and he found himself downsizing from his 40 acre farm in Carpinteria to a five acre farm up in Gaviota.
This was the almost breaking point in our business. We we’re scrambling to stock The Farm Cart with the best organic produce around so we reached out to some farmers we knew thru farmers market. Initially Jose Alcantar (Alcantar Organics) was our main dude. We harvested at his farm daily and then we discovered Alex Frecker. We we’re introduced to Chuy at Sunrise Organic Farm, John Givens, and Steve Sprinkels. Of coarse we were still getting things from my dad when possible. We made the rounds and picked up daily at their farms to keep ourselves in business and our customers super stoked. I think everyone really enjoyed the new variety we had going.
Since planting our roots with these farmers it’s been almost smooth sailing. We no longer have to harvest our own produce every single day but we still do a ton of the behind the scenes work. We have our own one acre garden at Pacifica Graduate where we like to play with our kids, taste the plants, and enjoy the earth. We work tightly with an organic distributor to source produce from the valley that cannot grow here (sweet potatoes, apples, stone fruit, grapes & more). We have an INCREDIBLE team right now and our family is going to let them run the show for three weeks this summer while we take our first ever vacation with the munchkins. I might even have them look over some of my emails and proof read some of my stuff. Because as most of you know, I send out lots of errors and typos lol!! But hey, I’m human and trying to keep up with this life I got given. So scroll down below to see just a little bit about our favorite farmers and as always browse our recipes.
With lots of love,
Katie, Jason, Chandler and Bodhi