Even though Saleem Madyun has been farming for his entire life, he has been selling mostly organically-grown produce near the Rockaway senior living facility in Southampton on Wednesdays for about three years.
“ I enjoy the camaraderie up here, speaking with some people whom I have not seen in decades, and they often know more about me than I know about myself,” he said.
Mr. Madyun even offers a discount day for all of his patrons, not just the seniors. He uses heirloom seeds if or when he cannot get organic ones. He has starburst “rainbow” carrots, Ethiopian mustard greens, blue kale, curly kale, Asian greens and even curry trees.
“ People who have anxiety, high blood pressure, gout and arthritis can use the curry plant to help heal them,” he said.
Mr. Madyun believes that every farmer on the island has experienced the problem of thieves stealing some of their crops at night, also known as night farming. To solve the problem, he urges the Government to crack the whip more and pin these thieves down, as they are destroying people’s livelihoods in many cases.
People can catch Mr. Madyun and his produce on Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. and going until the stock runs out.
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