Photos by Liz Kirchner
FamilyFarmers  Janet and Francis Webster and daughter make farming a family affair. Growing  hydroponic greens, a bounty of produce and flowers from their garden in nearby Fairlawn, selling at the market was easy.

It’s leisurely on opening day of the Radford Farmers’ Market and Sheila Puckett of Fairlawn and Donna Deaner of Alpenglow Farm in Riner, in camp chairs and the shade of their neighboring tents, are chatting surrounded by honey, fresh eggs, organic kale chips, bunches of mint and a decanter of fresh lemonade.

University studies indicate that a farmer harvesting greens on an early spring morning and selling them to someone in town a few hours later fits with many farm philosophies of direct interaction with its customers, fulfilling a farm’s economic as well as personal goals, and at 10 a.m. in sun and a light breeze, there hasn’t been a…

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