Q: What did you dream of being as a kid?
Believe it or not, a farmer - my grandparents had a farm so I was always around it. They mostly had vegetables but occasionally chickens or a pig.
Q: How does your personality play into your business?
I am impulsive, in a good way, I am not afraid to act. I am constantly moving and adapting. I have to make quick decisions and let them go.
Q: At what moment did you decide to open a business?
I became a single parent for three young children and I needed to make ends meet. Farming seemed natural.
Q: What inspired you?
We (my mother, father and four brothers) lived off the land growing up. Farming was a good transition to continue to use what this land offers rather than abuse its resources.
Q: Describe the biggest challenge of owning a business in the town of Barnstable?
The biggest challenge would have to be getting people to understand and then actually having them follow through. There are so many agricultural and health reasons to buy locally, but let’s keep it to business.
1. Buying locally keeps the money here on Cape Cod strengthening our regional wealth
2. Strengthening our regional wealth will help protect us from a global recession
3. Cape Cod Organic Farm provides depleting jobs in this economy
We employee 20 people in the summer; Mothers, Fathers, college students, my children, and unlike the big companies, I know them all like they are family.
Q: Describe the best thing about owning a business in the town of Barnstable?
Meeting all my neighbors. It’s great to hear stories of how the farm is important to each individual and their families.
Q: What is one thing you would never change about your business?
Being organic, I would never think of farming any other way.
Q: What is your business’ greatest asset?
Without a doubt, my employees. Especially Rosalie, shes my right-hand-woman.
Q: What is your favorite spot in town?
Sandy Neck...although I can’t remember the last time I was there. I'm too busy!
Q: What’s one thing the community should know about you?
I am incredibly persistent.
Tim Friary founded in 1995. Find out about his Winter Egg Program and get a recipe for winter squash soup on his website: http://www.capecodorganicfarm.org/index.html