The Dutch Heritage Market, run by John and his family, travels to the Binford Farmers Market from Wayne County to sell locally grown produce. Starting from 58 acres of land, now the family has about an acre and a half that they grow themselves. The rest they buy and sell with about 5 farmers in their area, to keep up with customer demand. "It's very rewarding to sell something right off the farm to someone here at the market," John said. "I didn't realize [at first] how much people appreciate it."
John only sells top-quality products and the farmers he works with use very few chemicals or none at all. Organic farming matters a lot to John and his family. He would love to see all the produce on his table be chemical free. "It's a movement gaining speed," said John Lapp, speaking about organic farming. In the past 5 years, he's seen a push for organic farming. Dutch Heritage Market was one of the first vendors at Binford Farmers Market to sell pesticide-free produce. He believes that if the customer is willing to put in that extra dollar for something organic, than the tables would turn and the organic produce would soon become top seller. John says it will be cheaper to grow too.
Setting up for the farmers market seems easy, if you arrive after everything is up and running. But preparing for the morning takes a lot more time behind the scenes. John said they're up on Friday morning, working till about 10 at night to bag everything up and get it ready. With all the different produce they sell from apples to blackberries to squash, okra, and pumpkins (which these are only a few!) it's clear to see how much work they put in to making the most out of their farm. Despite all the hard work, John says "It's such a peaceful lifestyle, and we really enjoy it."