The farmer is an optimist, or you wouldn’t be doing it. It’s like, ‘Next year, it’s got to be better.’
Farming is just something that gets in your soul. Agriculture is difficult, but sharing it as a family, sharing it as a community — it just makes you want to stick with it. I think that’s what it’s always been about for the Kercher family.
The pandemic has actually made things much busier for Kercher’s. We’re on more than 30 acres, and people want to go outside and to support local businesses.
We did have the hayrides last fall, but we asked people to wear masks. It made people happy, and it gave them some sense of normalcy. And we just really had a large turnout all year.
Goshen has very supportive people. It’s such a nice, Midwestern town — not too big, not too small. Everyone knows you.
– Maureen Kercher and daughter Mollie Kieffer, owners, Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards
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This summer, we're taking a look at some of the small farms and urban gardens you'll only find in Goshen! More stories to come through September.
Written and edited by Wendy Wilson
Original publish date April 2022
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