We’re so thankful for our relationships with our local Texas farmers and artisans. We’d like to introduce you to them here.
Acadian Family Farm
For the last 30 years, Rod and Nanette Ardoin of Acadian Family Farm have been farming organically. Their current farm is located near Fort Cobb Lake in Caddo County, OK. As of March, 2013, all of their 80 acre farm is now officially Certified Organic with ODAFF (Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Forestry).
Berry Best Farm
Deep in the heart of LaRue, TX, Berry Best Farm grows some incredibly sweet, organic blueberries. They are a family owned and operated farm with 55 acres of pure blue goodness that’s a delight to the eyes, and happens to be one of the healthiest foods on earth. They grow over five varieties of Rabbit-eye blueberries and hand-pick the fruit at the moment of ripeness. They’re serious about their commitment to the environment and to farming organically.
Eden Creek Farm
Eden Creek is owned by Kristine Orth, an incredibly energetic and friendly lady that loves growing and sharing her beautiful herbs, greens, veggies, and delicious peaches and plums that she grows on their land in Blooming Grove, TX. She also has a menagerie of animals with fun names like Tinkerbell, Wilbur, and Squeaky. Each time we visit Eden Creek, we find ourselves pleasantly tired and full from drinking tall glasses of cold, raw milk and Kristine Orth’s golden zucchini pie (which tastes better than any apple pie) on their patio under the stars.
Emerald Aquaponics Farm
Emerald Aquaponics in Anderson, TX, is run by Clint Kripki. They are a small family farm with an aquaponic greenhouse, producing a variety of produce for the local market. He is one of the leaders in Texas with aquaponics and is pushing the envelope on providing greens all year round.
Garden Harvests is cultivating 5 acres in Waxahachie, TX. Jessica Longoria runs the farm with her mother-in-law, who started the farm almost a decade ago. 7 years ago, Jessica got involved and started doing the work of the farm. She currently does most of the labor.
Greer Farm in Daingerfield, TX is a unique rural haven tucked away from the stresses of urban America. The farm consists of lush pastures and towering pine and hardwood trees nestled in the slow moving world of Northeast Texas. They raise vegetables and herbs, hay, fruit and berries, flowers, pine timber and fullblood red and white Maine-Anjou beef cattle. They also offer unique culinary experiences through private dining, catering and Farm to Fork cooking classes. We particularly love their beautiful organic blueberries that are a huge hit in the summer months.
Founded George and Elizabeth Strohmeyer, G and S Groves is currently growing all kinds of organic citrus fruit. We just love their slogan: “From our Texas trees to your table.” They are committed to bringing the very best citrus to you, and we love that.
Thank goodness we found Garrett and Stacie Gundermann – they have already provided such amazing produce variety for us this year. The Gundermanns met in high school, got married in 2009 and recently had their first child. Garrett is a 4th generation farmer. Their farm started with a peach orchard, and the family added other fruits and veggies in the mid-1990s. Now they grow everything from peppers to peaches to figs to eggplant on their land down south in Wharton County, TX.
The Home Grown Farm
The Home Grown Farm in Waco, TX is a small family farm run by Brandon Tull. Brandon is a second generation farmer, and the family farm produces a variety of vegetables, all natural meat, eggs and bread. The Tull family was raised in the country and were taught from an early age how to care for animals and take care of the land. It has become a deep desire to apply those teachings from so long ago and share it with their family and friends.
HWY 19 Farms
HWY 19 Farms near Athens, TX is a small family farm run by Bobby Bevers. Bobby is one of the first farmers we have had the opportunity to “incubate.” When we incubate a new farmer, we give them the peace of mind that they have a partner to “go to market” with, freeing them up to focus on what they do best – growing delicious, organic food. Bobby and his crew are currently cultivating 8 acres of land, growing everything from watermelons to pumpkins.
Johnson’s Backyard Garden
Johnson’s Backyard Garden is a certified organic vegetable farm about 5 miles east of Austin, TX. Year-round, JBG grows over 60 types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, including their beautiful rainbow carrots that we love! Since they began as a literal backyard vegetable garden in 2004, JBG has grown to over 60 acres of farmland, serving the Austin community and beyond.
Larken Farms in Waxahachie, TX began in 2000 as a hobby for Ken and Laura Jo Halverson to try out their “green thumb” at growing peaches. What started out as a hobby has turned into a full-time orchard. Larken Farms has over 7,000 trees with 30 varieties of Texas and California peaches, Santa Rosa plums, Asian pears, and blackberry bushes. They practice organic methods for growing all of their fruits and vegetables.
Mexas Farms is located in Princeton, TX, and run by Paul Sacco. The name Mexas farms is a combination of the words “Mexico” and “Texas.” After spending so much time in Mexico, Farmer Paul wanted to keep a bit of it with him. Mexas Farms is on several acres of land, and is also home to many animals. They grow some of the most awesome Elephant Garlic we have ever seen!
Morrison Organic Farm
Based in Cleburne, TX, Jacky and Cindy Morrison of Morrison Organic Farm began farming organically 25 years ago. We’ve sat around Jacky and Cindy’s dining room table, and we can testify that this couple hand-picks almost everything themselves and genuinely cares about the produce they’re sending to your table – lovely zucchini and squash, okra, and more.
My Father’s Farm
Pedro Schambon and his wife Dayana run My Father’s Farm in Seguin, TX, which is a 52 acre farm, including over 25 working greenhouses. What makes the people at My Father’s Farm unique is that they partner with a ministry in San Antonio to employee local homeless people to come work on the farm. They are passionate about giving back to the environment and community by producing products in a way that is chemical-free. My Father’s Farm provides our produce shares with vibrant, organically grown microgreens.
Sand Creek Farm
Farmers Ben and Alysha Godfrey run Sand Creek Farm, a family farm in Cameron, TX that supplies us with our wonderful aquaponic lettuce and more. Aquaponics is a system for farming fish and plants together in a mutually beneficial cycle. Sand Creek says, “Everything we offer to your family is also what our family eats. In fact, that’s how we became farmers. We wanted healthy foods, free of chemicals, free of antibiotics, free of GMO’s, free of soy, and full of nutrients.” Sand Creek says they are “soil and grass farmers” more than any other kind of farmer because everything they eat starts with the health of the soil. They believe the art of farming is a beautiful symphony of attention to detail and timing.