LAZY WILLOW FARM
Farmer Ben Legette grew up in Wilkes County, just outside of Washington. He tried college in Atlanta, but it didn't fit him. He left for London and culinary school, but the restaurant life didn't suit him either. Back stateside, catering around his hometown, he began growing vegetables to cook for clients. Working the land, that seemed to stick; he'd found a calling. Lazy Willow began up highway 17 in Tignall, near John Cooper's Harvest Moon Farm, before Ben bought acreage just outside of historic Washington, nearby his parent's home. With a focus on storage crops like potatoes, onions, and garlic, Ben has made the sloping land productive over five years with the help of his sister, Melissa, and mother, Sandra. Working together, Lazy Willow is becoming more than a business. As Ben constructs a home of his own on the land, it's also a homestead. Fruit trees and guinea hens and bleating sheep aren't for sale; they're for family consumption.