HOMEGROWN Life: The cantankerous Steve “The Farmer” Parker
Hello all you simple minded people out there!
For those of you that don’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Steve “The Farmer” Parker. I include “The Farmer” part because that is what people inevitably end up calling me, along with a whole host of other less savory names.
I grow about 35 acres of vegetables out here in Lunenburg,Mass, a small town located about 40 miles outside of downtown Boston. Being so close to town allows me to direct market all of my crops at retail at the Central Square, Cambridge and Union Square, Somerville farmers markets, as well as through my 200 member CSA.
I am a bit tired right now, being about halfway into the season, so I am going to keep this very limited. I am a single Dad, having my 5 year old son, Stephen, Jr. half time, and I am trying to keep tabs on him as I write this.
Other quick facts about me:
- I have been farming for 19 years.
- I play guitar and sing in a band,”Steve the Farmer and The Murder Balladeers”. We are quite bad.
- My favorite ex-girlfriend story as of late has been about one who called me and told me “I went to see my therapist to talk about your drinking. She says you’re an alcoholic because you drink enough to get to sleep, and then you wake up early because the alcohol wears off”, to which I replied: “well, lets see…I have three drinks a night and am getting 5-6 hours sleep, I think I will have 4 so I can get 8”. We promptly broke up.
- I dont care what anyone thinks, my beer of choice is Bud (cans, of course).
All right all, time to sleep!
I grow vegetables on 35-acres in Lunenberg, MA. My farm – Parker Farm – has been operating for 19 years and, if it doesn’t kill me, I’m planning to farm this land for many years to come.