The most common problem when writing a seasonal magazine based on market farming and speciality crops is finding a way to be a few steps ahead of your subject, in this instance a plant.
With Crop Stories, we are never ahead. We are producing a batch of content that, hopefully, arrives as a crop becomes a regular feature at market. But given our newness, our limited budget, and production schedule, we produce said content in the months before the crop is actually harvested. Hopefully we'll advance the game. It's not likely, but maybe one day.
Case in point, our upcoming Radish issue. When I visited Front Field Farm to interview farmers Jacqui Cogburn and Alex Rilko, I did so in February, a few weeks before the last frost and, therefore, a few weeks before the first radish planting. Despite having no radishes around to photograph, I still needed pictures of farmers doing their farming thing, so I photographed the couple transferring onions into a field.
There were a few radishes around. Jacqui and Alex unearthed a bed of overwintered daikons. They weren't worth selling, but we sampled them anyway: quite peppery but limp from a cold winter.
What follows are photos not included, save one, in the upcoming Radish issue, but offer a brief glimpse into the lives of two farmers, quickly planting a crop at the end of a long day, bathed in late winter sun, hustling to finish the last bit of work before nightfall.