Gaylord market becomes a second home for the Pinconning couple

GAYLORD — For 57 of the 58 years that Joe and Connie Rash have been married, Gaylord has occupied a pivotal role in their lives.

Every week (sometimes twice a week), the Rashes have been making the 90-minute drive each way from their farm in Pinconning to the Gaylord Farmers Market. When the market closed for the season in October, Joe and Connie decided to step away.

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

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

“We got started in Bay City selling tomatoes for 10 cents a quart,” Joe recalled. “I had one guy come in who said ‘That’s too much’ and another guy who told me that if I went up to Gaylord I could get a quarter a quart. So I said that is what I will do.”

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