Fairfield is home to Prairie Sun Farm, and Jeff and Carol Rast. What began as a backyard garden passion eventually grew into over a 1-acre garden. Specializing in items ideal for farmers market sales, you’ll find Carol in a protective sun bonnet every Tuesday at the Ketchum farmers market.
Using natural methods (strictly organic, but not certified on paper), she and Jeff engage in sustainable land practices. Wise resource allocation is their priority. A couple of greenhouses have allowed Carol to grow tomatoes, peppers and other hot-weather items in a location that can get frost any night of the summer. At her table you can expect to find lettuce, mixed greens, radishes, several varieties of herbs, some eggs, jellies, jams, honey, small loaf breads (pumpkin, carrot, gingerbread) and even her own dog treats. Late June she has peas, beans and strawberries. Cherry tomatoes arrive in mid-July, as well as onions, squash, peppers and specialty beets. Make sure to purchase a big bag of her carrots – many of her vegetables and herbs are heirloom and specialty varieties. The carrots are so naturally sweet they are the perfect afternoon snack.