Gaylord market becomes a second home for Pinconning couple

Connie and Joe Rash have been selling tomatoes and other produce grown on their Pincanning farm at the Gaylord Farmers Market for 57 years.  Both are retired, but plan to return each summer to see the friends they've made over the years.

Gaylord – For 57 of the 58 years Joe and Connie Rash were married, Gaylord played a vital role in their lives.

Every week (sometimes twice a week), the Rashes drive 90 minutes each way from their farm in Pincanning to the Gaylord Farmers Market. When the market closed for the season in October, Joe and Connie decided to pull out.

“I’m 84 years old and I think it’s time,” Joe said.

Since 1965, the couple has sold asparagus, tomatoes, squash, peppers, onions, greens, beans, cabbage, cantaloupe and everything else grown on their 50-acre farm to market customers.

“We started selling tomatoes in Bay City for 10 cents a quart,” Joe recalls. “One guy came in and said, ‘That’s too much,’ and another guy said if I went to Gaylord I’d get a quarter. So I said that’s what I’ll do.”

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