The Local Voice

“Who’s Your Farmer?: Taylor Murchison” (from TLV #152)


Hometown:  Bryan/College Station, Texas

What brought you to the area? Family

How did you get started in agriculture? Family (a recurring theme)

What is a typical work day like? Glug coffee before seven, drive the W at sunrise, reliably late, reasoning session before fieldwork or into town to connect dots and cultivate relationships. Lunch at the farm is always better than in town. Try to end the day in good company, with good food, and a plan for tomorrow.

What do you do on a rainy day? “Rainy-Day” Projects (what I didn’t get to last week/month)

What’s the best thing about working on your farm? Our friends

What are you most proud of this year so far? Clearing and breaking up an additional three acres for vegetable production and finally hitting the nail on the head with the onions.

What are you most looking forward to this season? Edamame harvest!

Funniest / strangest thing that has happened on the farm lately: Snakebite Dog and the Mutant Cucumbers.

What’s your favorite vegetable? Peppers!

What’s your favorite insect? Sure isn’t the Squash Bug.

What’s your favorite music to listen to while digging in the ground? Michael Hurley, Jerry, and our work songs

Ever dug up (or found) anything strange / interesting / valuable? Purple Potatoes!

Name an uncommon vegetable that people should try: Wrinkly Crinkly Crumply Cress

Tell us one thing about farming that most people probably don’t know: Ya don’t need triple-thirteen to get it done.

Is there anything you’d like to see change about the way food is consumed in our community? Eat local, ya’ll.

Name one piece of equipment you could not live without: Ho-mi (Korean Hand Plow.. can’t beat it.)

Tell us one thing you’ve learned that you didn’t know when you first started farming: That, usually, I just don’t know.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten? Our tomatoes on Kerry’s bread for breakfast at Taylor Farmer’s Market.

Local Recipe: Eggs on a Blanket (from Amelia & Trey McCain)
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