by Lisa Tome
The growing season has been kind to Stephen Fisher.
"We were so busy this spring that we couldn't plant fast enough," said Fisher, an Amish farmer who moved his business from southern Lancaster County to the 2800 block of Biggs Highway near North East earlier this year.
"We had our produce stand up on Route 272. Business was getting aggressive. So we started looking," said Fisher.
What he found, so far has proven to be harvest-friendly land.
"The tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are doing good," said Fisher. "Everything looks good."
He grows most everything sold at his produce stand in Cecil County. He will buy from other growers in order to meet demand.
Shotgun Boyer, a customer from Fair Hill, was at Fisher's stand last week.
He had gotten some tomatoes and was dropping money into Fisher's "cash register", a black metal box where people are asked to pay their money and help themselves.
"They have good tomatoes here. I paid my money," said Boyer. "It's a good deal that they trust people. (Those who don't pay) they have to face God. In the long run, I don't want that on my conscience," said Boyer.
Fisher said like Boyer, people pay for what they take. "There's a lot of honest people. Every once in a while we have a little problem. But it's not much to complain about," said Fisher. "Everybody's so happy to have this stand here."
He said he is also looking forward to the fall growing season. He plans to sell winter squash, pumpkins, and other hearty root vegetables. "We'll be open until Christmas if the weather is good. Once Christmas comes, we'll shut down for a couple months," Fisher added.
Fisher will open for his second spring season next year. He promises that he will have flowers, bedding plants, and hanging baskets ready to go.