Vendors At Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market
Market Vendors Named Farm Family of the Year
Port St. Joe, FL—October 26, 2011—Dorothy and Willard
Barnhart of Barnhart Farms, regular vendors at the SaltAir Farmer’s Market in
Port St. Joe, were recently named the 2011 Jefferson County Outstanding Farm
Family of the Year.
The Barnhart family, which owns a total of approximately 162
acres in various parts of Jefferson County, harvests about 50 acres at any one
time. Planting from seeds, the family rotates crops according to need. Some of
the crops that the Barnharts raise include: broccoli (which is in season at the
moment), collard greens, turnips, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, squash, various
sorts of peppers, spinach, Red Russian kale and two types of okra.
The Outstanding Farm Family of the Year award is presented
annually to the local farming family that the agricultural community feels best
exemplifies rural values.
Willard Barnhart said he was overwhelmed by the recognition
of the award. “I had no notion it was coming,” Barnhart said. “I was surprised
to be named. It was the farthest thing from my mind.”
The Barnharts have been regular vendors at the SaltAir
Farmer’s Market in Port St. Joe for 4 years.
“We’re thrilled that the Barnharts have been recognized by
the community for their efforts,” said Lorinda Gingell, one of the organizers
of the SaltAir Farmer’s Market. “The Barnharts have become a cornerstone of the SaltAir Farmers Market
with their fresh fruit and vegetable offerings”, said John Parker, Treasurer of
the market .
Most recently, the Barnhart’s son David has been leading the
expansion from the family’s traditional focus on vegetables into grain. The
Barnharts recently planted and harvested organic wheat with a protein level of
16 percent. This organic wheat is still available for sale and can be bought in
The SaltAir Farmers’ Market takes place on the first and
third Saturday of each month from April through November from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
at the City Commons Park. Purchase some of the Barnharts’ fresh produce, as
well items from other local vendors, including locally harvested Gulf seafood
and artisan offerings. For more
information, visit SaltAir Farmers Market on Facebook or www.saltairmarket.com.