Forrest Pritchard is a full-time sustainable farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding a BA in English and a BS in Geology from William & Mary. Smith Meadows, his farm, was one of the first “grass finished” operations in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for nearly two decades. Pritchard's first two books received starred reviews from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and NPR, and his latest book is set to debut in 2018.

9 responses to “A Death in the Farmers Market Family”

  1. Stacey

    A very nice piece, Forrest. Sad to hear of Jimmy’s passing, but glad you shared it with us. I look forward to getting back to market and catching up with everyone.

  2. Claude

    This is a great story that is truley from the hart.I only knew Jimmy for a brief time,But was a very nice guy and am I sad to hear of him passing.I sure hope Busters can continue on,Everyone would be sure to miss them at market.Keep your chin up Paige,Were here to help you if you need.

  3. shelly

    You said it exactly the way I feel about our Farmers’ Market. Thanks for sharing. Is it okay if I share with others via our Mkt. newsletter? Sorry to hear about Jimmy.

  4. Roland's Farm

    We’ve just read your wonderful tribute to your good friend. Very nice!
    Jean and Francis

  5. Brett Cottrell

    Thank you for writing this. My wife and I were shocked and saddened to learn the news yesterday. We loved having him in our community, learing about fish and fishing from him and his smiling, salty drawl. Last night my wife and I were going to make a chicken dinner, but instead we made rockfish chowder withsome of Jimmy’s fish we had in the freezer. We ate quietly and gave thanks to Jimmy for being a part of our lives.

  6. Ellen

    Thank you for the tribute. I am a regular customer of Jimmy and Paige’s fishstand. They are always so kind to us, and even though we’re part of the blur of the farmers market customers, they always take time to talk with us about our week and about the fish. When we first started visiting the market, we weren’t sure if we could afford the rockfish filets. So, Jimmy happily sold us the top part of the fish that contained the spine and taught us how to cook an easy, very affordable meal. At the market yesterday, in place of the Jimmy and Paige’s stand, flowers sat on a table along with a sign that shared the news of Jimmy’s death. I wept. Though we’re not part of the kinship of farmers that you describe in your post, we feel very lucky to know the farmers and fishermen who bring food to our table.

  7. Jackie

    What a beautiful remembrance. Thank you for sharing it, along with the great photos from your day on the water.
    I got to know Jimmy while working next to him and Paige at the Courthouse Market and will really miss him. As a part-time market employee, I’ve seen a bit of those market friendships. My condolences to you and all of Jimmy’s market family.

  8. Sandra

    Thank you for a beautiful remembrance and for sharing a part of that with those of us who love the FARMERS at the farmer’s markets and appreciate knowing more about who they are. After all, this is a critical relationship for all of us–knowing who the people are that provide our sustenance.

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