Photo by Jessica Keller: Daniel Wolff, owner of Underground Produce, sells veggies he grows in Maple Valley to a customer at the Queen Anne Farmers Market, Thursday. Wolff grows his produce in Maple Valley while living in lower Queen Anne and working other jobs. For more Queen Anne and Magnolia Farmers Market photos, see pages 4 and 5.
Photo by Jessica Keller: Daniel Wolff, owner of Underground Produce, sells veggies he grows in Maple Valley to a customer at the Queen Anne Farmers Market, Thursday. Wolff grows his produce in Maple Valley while living in lower Queen Anne and working other jobs. For more Queen Anne and Magnolia Farmers Market photos, see pages 4 and 5.

After working a 9 to 5 job for a number of years in his 20s, Queen Anne’s Daniel Wolff was ready for a change, preferably in the open air, doing something about which he felt passionate.

That turned out to be farming, and now the Seattle transplant grows vegetables primarily in a greenhouse and on small plot of land, about an acre in size, in Maple Valley. Every other Thursday throughout the season, Wolff will sell the fruits of his labor at the Queen Anne Farmers Market throughout the season at his Underground Produce tent.

“I’m just excited to be selling in Seattle,” he said. “I mean, I’ve dreamed of being in this position for, like, almost 10 years.”

Wolff moved to lower Queen Anne three years ago, although he has been farming for about eight, first learning in Hawaii before transitioning to urban farming in Chicago.

“It’s just the opposite of what you expect to do in a big city like Chicago,” he said.

After moving to Washington, he began farming in Bremerton but is transitioning his entire operations to Maple Valley this year.

“I farm in a very dense capacity,” he said.

Wolff said he hasn’t had trouble growing his crops in small area, adding if he knows if his soil is healthy and what to plant next to other produce and how to manage natural pests, then he knows he will do well in any location.

Wolff said while his opening day stand featured his early spring crops, including beets and lettuces, he’ll have a variety of other veggies throughout the season, from tomatillos to tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini.

He said the vegetables he grows reflect his personal taste in what he likes to eat, adding his focus is growing high-quality produce sold at an affordable price.

“Whatever I have available is what’s going to market that week,” Wolff said.

While his farm up takes the most of his attention in the summertime, he has other jobs, including freelance medical writing, to help pay the bills, and he is a musician in a band, as well.

“So, I’ve got a lot of things going on, but farming is my passion,” he said.

While summertime keeps Wolff busy between his farming and juggling his other jobs, he is content with his career path farming on the small acreage in Maple Valley.

“So far, I’m into the size because I like wearing different hats, and I like variety, and I like doing different things,” he said. “It may seem kind of small, but to me, it’s a big deal.”