CYCFM: Where Are you from?
PY: My parents are originally from Laos.
CYCFM: When and why did you begin farming?
PY: Our farm is located in Toone, TN. My parents have been farming since they were children in Laos. They lived in a small collection of poor villages and farming was every villager's job. The villages were too poor to have shops so everyone farmed for a living whether it was raising crops, cattle, or building straw/wood homes.
CYCFM: What is your favorite crop to grow?
YP: Our favorite crop to grow is Asian greens & herbs (lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, sawtooth herb, etc).
CYCFM: What is your favorite dish to eat?
YP: One of our favorite dishes to eat is freshly baked fish stuffed with herbs partnered with homegrown sticky or jasmine rice and a choice of boiled greens.
CYCFM: How do you relax?
PY: Ying and Lor (Pang's mother and father)watch Thai soap operas 1-2x a week as a way to relax. But if it rains, they go fishing.
CYCFM: What is your favorite part about the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market?
PY: My favorite part about the market is the atmosphere and the authenticity of vendors. You can really tell if someone grew or made something if you have the eye for it.