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also a crossroads where a new generation of sustainable agriculture producers who specialize in products like salad greens and root vegetables interface with multigenerational fruit and vegetable farms. I’ve always raved to friends and customers in Columbus about the meat producers there as well. When we started Wayward we were really naive about what it was possible to produce with organic method practices, especially on a new farm. I thought that we were somehow recreating the wheel with our methods. I didn’t especially think that we had a lot to learn from our fellow producers and farmers who used conventional practices. Instead, I found they were championing our success through sage advice on topics like marketing, infrastructure and, most importantly, patience. Farming is really a lesson in accepting both failure and success. All of the producers at Worthington share one characteristic above all: We are optimistic. We believe the industry and the social movement is growing in size and, more importantly, becoming more transparent to the consumer. We are there every Saturday morning getting to know your families and exchanging ideas to make the system stronger. Best of all, the food at Olde Worthington Farmers Market is fantastic in quality and quantity. I look forward to reconnecting with friends, customers and colleagues this summer. Best wishes, Adam Welly, co-owner of the Wayward Seed Farm Marysville, OH For more information about the Olde Worthington Farmers Market visit owba.net. And to learn more about Adam Welly and the Wayward Seed Farm, visit waywardseed.com .