The backyard garden he and his wife, Margie, started as a hobby in 1984 was suddenly a safety net.
What started as selling a few vegetables on a card table outside their home along Route 462 in Hallam has turned into a little pocket cash to help pay their taxes and be comfortable while they live off of Social Security.
Today, on the shelves of the bright green stand, locals stock up on tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, herbs, potatoes, watermelon, homemade pizza sauce and salsa, and local honey.
“I’ve spent my entire life in a garden,” Ron says. “You think you’ve mastered something, but you find you always learn.”