Shore Good Farm on Hog Creek in Preston

Meet Jack Stieff, Caroline County native and owner of Shore Good Farm outside of Preston. Jack is a storyteller, marketer and businessman with decades of experience and stories. He’s fourth generation in the cajun-creole peanuts and products business and he’s creating a village of sorts – with old buildings and stuff and plants and vegetables and old tools and antiques. He brings the past alive by showing people how to do things – “people don’t know how to hoe – here’s how you do it” and “nobody slices cucumbers right” and “what do you think this thing is for?” It’s a wreath maker, an asparagus buncher, a seed sorter, a butter spinner, a watering tape, etc.

building
garden
colored cans
asparagus wrapper
flower border
how to weed

the right way to slice cucumbers

wreath maker

Jack’s vision is to bring tourism to Caroline County – to build upon the agricultural history and to show people how things are done. Garden clubs visit and he talks about bus tours too. He has sheds filled to the brim with all kinds of stuff. It’s like stepping into the past, because the past is all right there in front of you.

We walked into the watermelon field next to his garden and he showed us how they keep the fields weeded and watered (tape watering under the roots, as opposed to irrigation which evaporates and waters weeds in between rows.)  Within view of his farm are hundreds of acres of watermelon and cantaloupe.

There’s not one weed in his garden, and it’s because he scrapes that sawed off hoe around every single day (you slide it, you’re not supposed to chop, but slide that hoe around before the weed seeds germinate, not after they’re thick – aha!) – in between all of the plants and rows – scrape-scrape-scrape. The man doesn’t stop moving, and he doesn’t stop talking. The sheds are piled high, but the shed floors are clean and weed free – scrape-scrape-scrape.

Jack can be found on Hog Creek Rd in Preston (410-829-2747) and if you ever need kettle corn or peanuts, or want a lesson on what life is like on a farm in rural Caroline County – nobody can show and tell it quite like he does. A living legend, right here on the Shore.

watermelon truck

squash on fence

wall inside shed

seed shack

right-sized hoe inside seed shak

sunflower

~ by kbosin on July 30, 2014.

4 Responses to “Shore Good Farm on Hog Creek in Preston”

  1. there’s even a special tool called a scuffle hoe, which is how I learned about keeping weeds down… a regular how works just fine, though, as I’m sure you saw… when held at the right angle…

    love this post.

    Patti

    “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha ________________________________

  2. Happen to be in the area today with my mother-in-law. She wanted to stop by and pick some flowers. What an experience. This stop to pick flowers was the highlight of my day. Story teller is putting it mildly. He captivated my attention and had me eagerly waiting for the next story. Can’t wait to go back and pay Jack a visit and learn some new things and hear another story or two or three.

    • Excellent – he is a fascinating man! So glad you stopped and even happier that you took the time to tell us!! Hope you go back – let us know!

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