Peekskill Farmers Market: Hi Jeff! Thank you for the tour. We’re so happy to finally get up here and see the property.
Jeff: Took ya long enough. I’ve only been inviting you for two years.
PFM: Yes…well….um…hey look donkeys!
Jeff: Aw they’re my babies. Come on I’ll introduce you.
Jeff calls all his animals honey, sweetie, and baby
Jeff: I’ve been here for about ten years. But I grew up in this town and my family always had animals. I worked on neighbors farms, learned how to fix equipment, and take care of animals. I had a different property before I came here but I fell in love with this place as soon as I saw it.
Jeff: Laughing SLEEP! Nah not really. Animals still gotta be fed. I’m up around 4am every day.
PFM: It’s a hard life being a farmer.
Jeff: Yeah it’s hard but there’s nothing else I’d want to do. I love my animals. Even the ones that are meant for eating live good lives while they’re here. We treat them all with kindness and respect. We talk to sweet to them. Pet them. They have a good life while they’re on my land and I won’t tolerate anyone working here being mean to my babies.
PFM: I’ve heard stories about big farm businesses being cruel to the animals. That’s another reason why it’s good to buy from your local farm.
Jeff: You bet. I only have as many as I can care for and sell in a season. There’s a balance that works. The right amount of animals on the property at any given time. The right amount of people working with them. The right feed. Everything costs money, and time, and energy. But I mean to do it right. Happy animals, happy customers, happy life.
PFM: Thank you so much for the tour Jeff. It’s beautiful here.
Jeff: Tell everyone on the website that I can’t wait to see them again on opening day.
PFM: I’ll tell them! See you June 3rd.