Sunday, June 01, 2014
During the depression, my father's family started growing vegetables, and keeping bees to produce honey that they sold on the venerable eastern market in Detroit. My father left high school during World War II to expand the family presence on the market (my grandfather was working 70 hours a week building Jeeps, my grandmother was working as a book keeper for a machine shop.) Sometime in the 1950's the family stopped market gardening and shifted honey sales to wholesale. Markets declined for 30-40 years and with them small family farms struggled. Over the past 10-15 years farmers markets and family farms have undergone a renascence. A google search will likely tell you where your nearest markets are.