Grown Here at Home: Franklin County farmer looks back on the season

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FRANKLIN CO., Va. It's winter, which means the farm stand at Woods Farms is closed. They just about sold out of everything before ending the season.

All that's left are a few apples, potatoes, and some canned goods.

Although there are are still things to do in the off season, it’s a good time to reflect on how the year went.

“Last season was a good year. We didn't have a huge crop of peaches. We had a good crop. We had a good crop of apples. The gardens were very good,” said Mark Woods, owner of Woods Farms.

Since there's no guarantee of how each season will go, you've got to make sure you play your cards right.

“We lost our cherries and didn't have the late peaches like we would have wanted, but you know, you see that coming so you back off on one side, like investing fertilizer and stuff into the cherry trees. They got killed so you take that fertilizer and apply it over here to your garden,” explained Woods.

Mark says having a successful farming operation is all about going with the flow. You've got to take the good with the bad and be willing to try new things. But there is one thing that will never change.

“With it being a small farm you meet your customers and you have that customer relationship that I can beat any big chain store out of,” he said.

Which is something that makes all the hard work worth it at the end of the day.