HOMETOWN PASADENA wrote up a great little article about The “Front Porch Farm Stand” and how we are growing a more local community by reducing our “food print.”
Homesteading in the Year 2012
….Products for sale on the porch, though, do not only come in the leafy-green variety. The Dervaes have cultivated relationships with various farmers and artisans in the area. Cold-pressed olive oil from a 100-year-old grove arrives once a year; a woman in Eaton Canyon calls when her plums are ripe and the Dervaes head over to harvest them; raw honey and almonds come from Bakersfield; a family friend and farmer, Sergio, contributes citrus; and one small business delivers breads, while another one supplies freshly roasted coffee. Oh, yes, and don’t forget the organic chocolate bars, Anais points out with a smile.
… People often call or come by seeking information about organic gardening, what to do about garden pests, or advice about caring for poultry. The Dervaes welcome one and all, eager to share their knowledge. They host “Film & Food” nights and email about “Surplus Sundays” when leftovers are available and offered at discounted prices. Additionally, Father Jules is often booked for speaking engagements; Jordanne has made a short film on urban agriculture that was viewed on Oprah; and Anais teaches food canning at the Westridge School. Life is rather non-stop for the Dervaes, but it seems that’s just the way they like it.
Anais relishes the community aspect of their shop. Notes are clipped to a stand on the porch indicating orders, even an I.O.U.
One day, a woman who’d had car trouble didn’t have the money she needed to pay for her order, so she said she would come back the following day and began to leave. Anais said, “Wait, here’s your bag.” The woman reiterated that she didn’t have the money. Anais said she understood, and that she should still take her produce now so she could enjoy it while it was still fresh. According to Anais, it took more than a couple of times to convince the woman to agree, but this is the sort of relationship and community connection Anais and the Dervaes relish and strive to foster.
Front Porch Farm Stand
Open Sunday – Friday 10 AM – 8 PM Closed Saturday
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This Sunday celebrate the first (non rainy) SPRING weekend and new shipment of water saving ollas which include TWO new “smaller” quart sizes. These quart size OLLAS are great for small pots and small planting area.
Purchase OLLAS and we PAY your sales TAX (local pick up only)
Don’t forget to check out our selection of heirloom, non gmo seeds, self help books, garden & homesteading supplies.
Hope y’all stop by and swap howdies. Maybe sit a spell for coffee and muffins?