Cosmic Apple Growers

When did you start your farm/studio/business?

Cosmic Apple Growers started in 1996.

What motivated you to do so?

Jed was working at the Painted Apple Café and realized he could grow better basil than available from Sysco. He started growing in a greenhouse attached to a rental house in Driggs.

What keeps you motivated?

Growing the best food possible for the People of the Tetons!

What, so far, do you feel you do best?

Our customers tell us our food tastes better than anything they have ever had. Our Cosmic Mix, tomatoes, strawberries and carrots are sought out. We are proud of our high standards for produce, our consistency, and our reliability.

What can folks look forward to at your booth this week and the coming weeks?

Upcoming veggies are carrots, tomatoes, summer squash, sugar snap peas – in addition to the delicious greens. And, as always, Emily’s smiling face!

The Homestead Institute

When did you start your farm/studio/business?

We purchased 10 acres and moved to Idaho in 2016. We then started our farm, The Homestead Institute, in Rigby, Idaho in 2018. This is my first year participating in the Farmer’s Market. I chose Driggs to start, but may expand in the future. We’re in the process of building my first high tunnel/greenhouse, and getting ready to rebuild the ditches and level the ground for irrigating so there’s still lots to do!

What motivated you to do so?

I love growing things, and I love helping people have more of a connection to their food supply. I feel more people should be involved in local food, in one way or another.

What keeps you motivated?

My family and helping others succeed with their own gardens and anything else they are doing to be more self-sufficient. My wife Rosie and our seven kids are a big help and support me in chasing my dreams and building our farm and homestead. The kids are fun and they never seem to slow down. Each of them help grow the food we sell each week by planting, weeding, watering, harvesting & take turns helping with the market as well.

What, so far, do you feel you do best?

I enjoy testing new techniques & trying to grow things that are a challenge. I like the challenge of growing warm weather crops such as tomatoes, melons, peppers, eggplant, and artichoke in our colder climate. I enjoy growing and sharing unusual varieties of vegetables, especially heirloom tomatoes. We also raise pigs for meat, and chickens for meat and eggs. My goal is to have a fully-rounded homestead that will include bees, turkeys and milk goats.

What can folks look forward to at your booth this week and the coming weeks?

Heirloom tomatoes! Also, sweet corn, hot and sweet peppers, onions, beans, broccoli, cabbage, chard, kale, beets, carrots, spinach, lettuce, eggplant, and garlic. I will also supplement my farms produce with fruit and veggies from some other local gardens and from western Idaho such as cherries and apricots. We also offer eggs and later in the season will offer pork by the package as well.

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