Root vegetables such as parsnips and carrots were harvested last week and stored in the squash barn at Sherman's Pioneer Produce. Today the fresh greens were harvested, washed, and packed for delivery. Because the packing shed also burned down, Liz and Dale Sherman have generously offered the use of their processing facility to wash and box up the produce as well as store it in the walk-in refrigerator.
"I look at is as I always have when we have some insurmountable project ahead, some crazy harvest, a huge field to weed, whatever it was that seemed like too big, too much, too overwhelming. One day at a time, one step (forward) at a time. And so…we’ll get it done." -Farmer Georgie Smith
One week after the fire, the Willowood crew and local volunteers have harvested and packed one of the largest orders they have ever received. Let that sink in for a moment. More than double the normal orders came in showing the obvious love and support our regional culinary community has for Georgie and the high quality organic produce she grows on Ebey's Landing.
Today also brought our local NBC affiliate to the farm to do a story about Willowood and how they are continuing with such success after such a loss. Here is a link to that story: http://www.king5.com/news/local/family-vows-to-rebuild-iconic-whidbey-barn-destroyed-by-fire/422887640