In the spring of 2012, Robert Schubert heard that veteran organic vegetable growers Chip and Susan Planck were parceling out their storied Wheatland Vegetable Farms for sale to interested farmers. Having searched long and hard for good agricultural land close by the Washington, DC metro area’s vibrant farmers markets, Schubert seized the opportunity. With starts from neighboring greenhouses, Robert and his field staff began planting row after row of hakurei turnips, onions, mixed lettuce, peppers, squash and, of course, heirloom tomatoes, which are the enduring legacy of Wheatland.
Anchored by our slot at the Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market and aided by participation at newly launched The Farmers Market at Maryland (University of Maryland College Park farmers market), Lydia’s Fields quickly established a reputation for delicious, organically grown (sometimes called “ecoganic”) vegetables. Our highly successful first season included a few weeks of figs, which was a preview of things to come, as we intend to add several varieties of fruit, including strawberries, blueberries, plums and persimmons.
Lydia’s Fields grows fruit and vegetables in harmony with nature and shares our knowledge of small-scale farming with anyone curious to learn more about healthful, locally grown produce.