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The Dart: Family enjoys bringing their farm to local tables

NATCHEZ — Nearly every Saturday morning, David Regan loads ice chests full of fresh cheese, milk, and pork onto a truck and drives a little more than an hour from Liberty, Mississippi to Broadway Street in downtown Natchez for the Farmers Market.

When The Dart landed near the pop-up market on the Natchez bluff Saturday Morning, Regan and his 11-year-old grandson, Taylor, where earning part of there hard-earned living selling groceries to those walking by.

Regan said he and his wife, Mary Jane, who run the T&R dairy farm in Liberty, have participated as regulars in the farmers market for approximately eight years.

Regan had been dairy farming for most of his life, from the time he was 12-years-old, he said, adding he is teaching his two grandchildren, Taylor and 14-year-old Bryant, to do the same.

“(Farming) is all I’ve ever done,” Regan said. “When I was 12-years-old there was a dairy farmer near where I lived. I went over and got a job and have been doing it ever since.”

Regan said he and his wife took over her family’s 100-acre dairy farm 25 years ago, where they process various flavor cheeses, including jalapeno and habanero cheese for those who prefer a little spice in their life.

Taylor said he and his brother, Bryant, have also started growing a vegetable garden while they’ve been out of school so they would soon introduce some fresh fruit and vegetables at the farmers market, including snap beans, potatoes, tomatoes, radish, cucumbers, squash, collard greens, sweet corn and watermelon.