Hobbit Hill Farm
By Jennifer Graham
Have you heard of the Hobbit? Turns out the Tolkien character is non-fiction.
Perched on the hill beside the Grand Pré Winery, you’ll find the “Hobbit Hill Farm” stand. It’s built into the ridge of the garden plot that produces the veggies on the table. There you’ll find items like Swiss chard, kale, onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, beans, flowers, herbs, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuces, and maybe even a cookie jar. The bunches are big, and prices range from 50 cents to $3.
You rarely see the Hobbit. Prices are marked on the boxes and he trusts that you will deposit your money into the cashbox on the table. Nothing gets sprayed. The insects are kept at bay with natural remedies. The bunches are picked as needed so everything is fresh. If you are there at the right time you might meet him as he picks and puts out fresh produce. Otherwise you will only taste the work of the Hobbit’s hands and heart, and this is his preference. He grows because it brings him joy. And because he wants people to experience the gifts that Mother Nature provides for us.
From sunrise to sunset, his toil is love. His reward is your health and happiness.
Actually, that’s your reward. His only reward is a good night’s sleep.