Chris Fischer picks up tips for us from farmers/fruit growers Ralph and Ethel Sherman and visits with them at the West Tisbury Farmer's Market.
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Male: So then, I started buying vegetables from you two years ago when I didn’t have this thing and I remember when I first met you, asked who is Ralph and who is Ethel. Ethel: Yes you did. Male: I couldn’t tell. Ethel: You couldn’t tell? Male: No I’m just kidding. So that kind of started our relationship right? Ethel: That’s right. Male: And I used to buy a lot of vegetables from you. Ethel: Oh yeah. Male: What’s that? Yeah you’re growing cranberry beans this year? Ralph: Down there. Male: You’ve started them already? Ralph: Yeah. Male: Can we see your other garden? Ralph: Yeah, why not? Male: Corn, iceberg lettuce. Ralph: Yeah. Male: And then the peach trees. Ralph: Yeah, peach and apples, there’s two apples. Male: Oh this is an apple, sorry. Just about ripe. Ralph: See I got to take one off. Male: What’s that if you can get three together, you get one off? Ralph: I’d take one to two because they only hit each other and don’t do good. Male: So then last year we had a stand across from you, Molly and I. And I remember the first time we showed up we didn’t have a table. We just had the tailgate and some crates. What did you think of us when we showed up like that? Ethel: That was wonderful. I remember one time, he’d be waiting on one of his customers, very serious. I went over to him and I said, “would you smile please?” Male: I probably told you to bug off or something right? Ethel: You probably did. Male: I think you’ve even thrown things at me from your stand before. Ethel: No. Ralph: I would. Ethel: I insulted you. Male: No but I’m pretty sure when customers walk towards me and you throw rocks at them to keep them away. What’s your day like when you do the market, what time do you get up? Ethel: Ralph gets up first. Male: He said he sleeps in to about 6:00. Ethel: Yeah and then when he’s through in the bathroom and it’s my turn. Male: So, 7:15? Ethel: Oh no. Male: I thought it took you a while to look that good? I usually get up about five minutes later I’m out the door. Ethel: I know I can tell by your hair. It’s all over the place. Why don’t you comb it once in a while? Male: I will cut the roots off, or most of the roots and then I can dunk all of the lettuce head to get all the dirt like that off. You have to be gentle because otherwise it gets bruised and it doesn’t look or taste as good. Ethel: He has a lot more than last year? Male: I think I said I love more variety last year. Ethel: You started picking on me. Male: No I thought you were saying that we were looking meager this year. Ethel: Oh no you look wonderful. Male: Okay good. I’m going to say it’s the first market, it’s early. Ethel: Yeah that’s right, that’s why Ralph has lettuce -- Male: That’s why you have strawberries and lettuce. Speaking of variety. Ethel: A little charming with that, you know. Male: Thank you. Ethel: It’s all right. Male: Good morning! Hey Bob, how are the potatoes? Bob: Good. Male: So we were thinking I’d buy some ingredients from here and then make a salad and then we could eat it together, me, you, Ralph and Jake. Ethel: Okay. Bob: These are 120 days, that’s a lot of -- Male: Thank you Bob. Bob: Thank you. Male: Do you eat garlic? I’ll go with the dill. I’ll get some tarragon too. All right Ethel I’m going to buy iceberg from you. This is for dinner. So I want to use something from the island obviously for our meal. What do you recommend? I want to do like a salad, but I guess -- I don’t know six ways? I guess three pieces if there’s two on each. When was it caught? Male: It came in yesterday. Male: It’s pretty good when you know who caught it. Yeah that’s perfect. We’re going to get some eggs for our salad. Sorry about that. Perfect! So we’ve met pretty much everyone responsible for growing the food for this meal, including ourselves. We met the chickens for the eggs and we have herbs from our garden. We bought the potatoes from Bob Daniels at the market. Iceberg lettuce is right here from Ralph’s garden, -- that was cut right