FERNDALE, Wash. — Jayson Small had been talking about the potential for a mini farmer’s market outside FrinGe Brewing on 3rd Avenue in Ferndale for several months when the COVID-19 pandemic began and things started falling into place.
Small said he had been talking with the co-owners of FrinGe Brewing and was slowly evolving a plan to set up a produce stand outside when he suddenly found himself out of work and realizing the food supply appeared to be in jeopardy, both due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. While late in the planting season, Small said he quickly scrambled to plan and begin planting a 3-acre section of the family property on Northwest Drive.
Small’s family has been providing fresh produce and fruit from their property on Northwest Drive for years. But, as Jayson explained, his parents are enjoying not having to work so hard these days and Jayson is putting the land to use.
Small’s Victory Gardens produce stand sprang up last week and the plan is to be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 11am to 6pm through September.
The current offering includes fresh assorted lettuce, sugar snap peas, bok choy, zucchini, radishes and cilantro. “Most everything was still in the ground this morning,” Small said. The selection will be entirely dependent on what he is harvesting. “For instance,” Small explained, “I will have different squashes available later in the year.”
During the interview with Small and Scot White of FrinGe Brewing for this story, Ferndale-based entrepreneur James Pitzer pulled in and began setting up his StrEAT Food food truck to begin serving meals. StreatFood and Small’s Victory Gardens are both located outside of FrinGeBrewing on Wednesdays.
Small said he really expects the location to become better for all the businesses. Fresh beer, fresh produce and made to order meals are likely to appeal to the same crowd who seek out better things.