Behind the scenes of farming

Jocelyn Turner
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Shannon Jones (left) and Bryan Dick show off some of their hand-tended tomatoes that will be showcased during Open Farm Day on Sept. 16. 

Amherst Daily News

RIVER HEBERT – Have an interest in farming or just wondering what exactly goes into harvesting those tasty vegetables you buy at the market every week? Farmers across the province will be answering those questions and others during Open Farm Day on Sept. 16.

“It’s a chance for the public to see the farms in Nova Scotia and a chance for farmers in Nova Scotia to share their farms,” said Shannon Jones, a farmer at the Broadfork Farm in River Hebert. “The regular consumer can see what’s happening with agriculture or where their food comes from in the province.”

Some of the unusual vegetables include purple carrots, yellow carrots, as well as orange carrots. They also have a wide variety of tomatoes, some of which mature green, red, orange, yellow, purple and blue.

“We like things that people can’t find in the grocery store,” said Jones.

“Because (grocery stores) aren’t necessarily selecting for flavor,” said Dick.

The farmers will also be showcasing some of their tools, which include the broad fork, the namesake of their farm. Their farm will be open to the public on Open Farm Day, Sept. 16, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Their farm is located on Boar’s Back Road in River Hebert.

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Daily News, Broadfork Farm

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT, Nova Scotia, Back Road

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