The Johnson Family Farm Market Garden was officially started in 2016 in a former garden plot that had lay fallow for many years. We tried our hand selling produce at the farmers market and had so much fun we’re expanding even more for the 2017 season.
Stop by our booth Wednesday afternoons at the Sandpoint Farmers Market and at ABC Farmers Market Friday afternoons throughout the season. It’s our hope to become a solid member of the local food movement and provide our community with fresh, organically-grown produce. Visit our Garden page for more information about what we’re growing and how we grow it.
The Johnson Family Farm had its beginnings in 1957 when Roy and Helen Johnson purchased these 80 acres for $3,750 (a hefty sum at the time). To help make payments on the mortgage, Dad and his two eldest sons did some logging using a 1938 Ford flatbed truck that is still with us today. The Johnsons had four sons, all raised in the Old House that was originally a company kitchen for Humbird Lumber workers in the early 1900s. You can read more about The Farm’s history on our post about the Old House Demolition Project.
Three Generations and Counting
The Johnson’s third son, Steve, has lived on the Farm for nearly sixty years! Recently retired as a life-long area public school teacher & principal, Steve (usually referred to as Farm Boss on the blog) raises beef cattle for market and maintains the hay fields. One of Steve’s daughters and a granddaughter also call The Farm home, along with a few other residents all pitching in to help this special place grow.
The Farm is also home to cows, horses, bunnies, chickens, dogs, and some surly cats.