Earlier this week, our intern Jasmine sat down with one of our vendors to learn about our unique business structure. Berea Farmers Market is a cooperative, but what does that mean? This is what Jasmine found out...
The Berea Farmers Market as cooperative means vendors working together and pitching in where they can. The Berea Farmers Market as a cooperative exhibits horizontal leadership rather than hierarchical. Vendors are focused on collaborating and cooperating in order to support each other as opposed to competing with one another. The way the cooperative is structured can serve as a model to some businesses because they are a member based organization where everyone has a sense of ownership when voting on important decisions. All of the people work together to make the Berea Farmers Market thrive and grow.
Alec and Tabea Fourman - Sunny Wolf Farm
Alec and Tabea Fourman are farmers of the Sunny Wolf Farm, located in Rockcastle County, who were inspired to become farmers in order to know where their food was coming from. On the Sunny Wolf Farm, Alec and Tabea raise chickens and pigs who live unconfined and are fed non gmo feed. From sausage, ham, and bacon to wings, drumsticks, and thighs, various choices from the Sunny Wolf Farm are available to purchase at the Berea Farmers Market. They chose to raise chicken and pork on their farm because they recognized a gap on what the Farmers Market had to offer customers. A recipe recommendation from the farmers of Sunny Wolf Farm:
Sunny Wolf Dates
Dried Dates of Plums (without the pits for ease)
Fry bacon until almost crisp but not brittle. Remove bacon and place on paper towels to drain – keep the bacon grease in the pan. While the bacon is frying prepare your dates – remove the pits. I like to cut the dates in half. Warm up the dates in bacon grease (low heat they will burn if not watched closely!) plump them up and warm through. Alternatively, pour a little bit of hot water over the dates in a bowl but you will lose a lot of flavor.
Assemble your appetizer: Take a piece of fruit, an appropriate sized piece of bacon (some taste testing will tell you your favorite ration quickly but start on the smallish side and work your way up) and put both together with a food pick. If you feel especially fancy you can fill the date with a piece of almond but believe me this crispy, salty-sweet deliciousness does perfect by itself.
For more information about the Sunny Wolf Farm, contact Alec and Tabea Fourman at