I was ecstatic to hear about the recent opening of Greg’s Homegrown Farm Stand in Suseong-gu, selling fine homegrown organic vegetables, home-cured smoked meats, and preservative-free desserts.
On a bitterly cold Saturday in January, I dragged my friend out of the warmth to go check out this new business in town. We arrived at lunchtime specifically to try the BBQ pulled pork sandwich I’d seen advertised on the store’s Facebook page. We were not disappointed! Lathered in lovingly homemade bbq sauce, the tender pork was snuggled into a fresh baked Korean heirloom whole wheat bun and stacked high with a red and green cabbage slaw. One bite and I was transported back to my home state of Missouri, where Kansas City arguably produces some of the most renowned BBQ restaurants in America. I devoured every morsel and my messy fingers were a testament to its deliciousness.
Greg’s Homegrown offers a variety of fresh products including homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies.
The farm stand is there to provide residents of Daegu a place where they can purchase quality local organic products to use at home for a reasonable price. For sale in the farm stand are hard to come by American staples including an authentic marinara sauce. Greg’s one liter jar was thickly made of tomatoes, onions, hard-cured anchovies, and organic oregano and basil. Also available for purchase are crisp pickled green beans; spiced tangerines from Jeju preserved in raw sugar syrup with cinnamon and clove; Korean sauerkraut; candied Korean ginger; mulberry and bush cherry jam; apple-smoked, grass-feed beef jerky; and a hot sauce he called Pepper Candy.
In addition to these store cupboard goods, Greg’s Homegrown offers a variety of fresh products including homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. And on the day we were there, he had slices of organic pumpkin pie with a vanilla and lemon zest meringue topping. The lemons fresh from Jeju. The real jewel in the store though is found in the cooler section, where shoppers can pick up some delicious home-cured smoked meats including bacon and pastrami.
His farm stand offerings will constantly change in the coming months based on what’s been freshly harvested.
Greg grows his produce on a small farm outside of town where he has an extensive variety of organic herbs, vegetables, and fruit. He explained that his farm stand offerings will constantly change in the coming months based on what’s been freshly harvested. In the future, he hopes to offer red and green okra and homemade pesto using organic basil. Also one day he hopes to add some bee hives to produce the honey for his baking, oh and maybe some chickens too.
When we arrived in the middle of a weekend lunchtime rush, Greg was busy making some homemade organic, vegan rye crisp-breads. ‘It’s a new recipe I’m trying out,’ he said. It was visibly evident to me that Greg is extremely passionate about what he does and enthusiastic about providing the people of Daegu with locally produced, organic, farm to table food. In an age of mass production, it’s a blessing to have such a local homegrown business on our doorsteps.
Location: 19-gil 2 Beomo-ro Suseong-gu Daegu 42087
Winter Hours: 11am to 5pm daily. Closed Mondays
Facebook: Greg’s Homegrown
Written and Photographed by Gwendolyn DeSilva