Q. You have been a vendor with the market since the beginning, why did you
decide to join a brand new market?
Paul & Susan: Our children were grown up and we found ourselves with a lot of extras. The Liberty
Lake Farmers Market is close to us.
Q. Why farming? Has this always been a “calling” for you?
Paul & Susan: It is a family tradition with both our families. (Paul): I started at 14 with 2 acres of
corn. So it is in the blood.
Q.You sell eggs and produce. You had a big endorsement on your eggs this year
can you tell us about it?
Paul & Susan: Our eggs are now Animal Welfare approved. This is a process we were able to finish
Q. There is an old saying in the Spokane area that you donʼt plant until the snow
is off Mica Peak. What is the reasoning behind that?
Paul & Susan: The thought was that if the snow is melted of the mountains then it was safe to plant
because there would be no frost at night.
Q. Is there any validity to this saying anymore?
Paul & Susan: There is no hard and fast rule. If there no frost at night it is safe to plant.
Q. When is the best time to plant?
Paul & Susan: April 1st fro the early crops like cabbage, carrots, beet, peas. After May 15th for late
crops like tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and squash. This, of course, will depend on the
weather for the year.
Q. Where would you like to see the market in 5 years?
Paul & Susan: It would be nice to see the market grow to 100 vendors. With half of those vendors
being local small farms.
Q. For a the first time small home garden what would you recommend?
Paul & Susan: You should always grow what you like. Beyond that the easier crops to grow are
squash, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, beets.