brighton farmers market

We thought we were toast.

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I remember our first day at the Brighton Market like it was yesterday.  It was almost 3 years ago to the day and we had just purchased our farm a few months prior.  We were thrilled to have been accepted as vendors at the market and we had high hopes that it would be the perfect home-base for our business. 

We hoped to make a great first impression and start out strong, right out of the gate. We planned to bring a little bit of everything that first week. But we had some mishaps along the way including with a family of foxes who settled in on our farm and picked off most of the chickens we had in the fields the week before the market started. 

We planned to bring eggs, too, but the hens were too young and hadn't matured enough to start laying yet. And even though we had pigs on the farm, they were still weeks away from being ready to go to the butcher. So, no pork either.  

So we needed to make do. Which meant that we brought the handful of broiler chickens that had managed to evade the foxes and 12 heritage breed cockerels (which we quickly learned is a type of chicken that no one wants to buy).  And. That. Was. It.

We thought we were toast. But, I bet you can guess what happened next? If you're thinking that we sold out of cockerels, then guess again. No one even knew what those things were!

What happened was that we fell in love with our market. Folks could could tell we were new (I have no idea what tipped them off....) and they made a point to come over to introduce themselves and offer support and encouragement. The shoppers were and kind and caring and were genuinely interested in what we were doing and why we were doing it.  Even the other vendors, like our neighbors and "Market Moms" from Newbury Park Pastries and Pasta Classics, took us under their wings and showed us the ropes. It all just felt right. 

From that very first day onwards, the Brighton Market has been our home. It's where we've come into our own as farmers and it's where our business has flourished. And It's where we get to connect with YOU and serve you with the best of the best, week after week.

Your Farmers, 
Jenney and Greg

The Kitchen Dance (plus another great free guide for you!)

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As you've probably noticed by now, we write a lot! We write these fun newsletters every week where we share about what it's really like to be organic livestock farmers here in Rochester, with the highs and the lows and a seasonal recipe to inspire you in the kitchen. 

We post to social media almost every day with more stories from the farm and photos to give you a glimpse of how we raise our animals and what our every day life on the farm looks like. 

And, we also create guides for you like the Thanksgiving Recipe Guide or our the Ginger Storage Guide because we admire your enthusiasm for cooking with local organic ingredients and we LOVE supporting you in eating well!

So...yeah. It's safe to say that we write a lot. Maybe, more than a lot?  Who knows.  But, have you ever wondered who is writing this stuff anyways?  Is it Jenney or Greg or a combination of them both? Sometimes people ask us if we ever hire this stuff out? 

As funny as it sounds, it is all made possible by what our parents call the "Jenney and Greg Kitchen dance."  The kitchen dance is what happens every day when Greg starts cooking while I'm off doing something and then without saying a word, I'll start adding a little of this or a little of that. When we're really in our groove, there's very little need for explanation or verbal communications. And just like that, we've created something amazing together in the kitchen. I'm hoping that you get to dance like this with someone in your life, too? 

Well, the truth is, we do the "kitchen dance" every week with this newsletter. We have brainstorming sessions where we come up with concepts together months ahead of time. Then, I'll usually start writing a few paragraphs and then pass the computer to Greg so that he can literally finish my sentences or my paragraphs and tie the concept together with photos and subject lines. 

It might not be the most efficient way of writing and there are definitely times when we step on each other's toes (hah!), but our business and everything that comes from it including THIS NEWSLETTER is a true reflection of our partnership and our shared vision for our farm. 

So, we've done it again and worked together extra hard this week to make you another awesome guide. We want to help you get the most from your indoor Brighton Market trips and made a guide so you know where you are going (the location switched so we're indoors now!) and which vendors you can expect to see when you get there. If you're newer to the indoor market or interested in checking it out for the first time, this is a must have!

Download the guide for FREE here and let us know what you think!

Your Farmers, 
Greg & Jenney

PS- If you know of someone in your life who might also benefit from the guide, please share this post with them!  We want it to be a useful resource for everyone in our community!