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Welcome! on March 14th, 2009

Welcome to This Old Farm’s Website! Here we strive to bring you the information needed to make local, sustainably grown food products as accessible as possible. This Old Farm was first started in 2000 to bring good, clean food to area families from Erick and Jessica Smith’s 88 acre farm. We continue to do that today. We are small enough to care about each and every family. In an effort to make good food more accessible, we have now expanded to process locally raised meats and to represent 20 different farms through a farm alliance so that we can bring clean, local food to not only our traditional retail families but to commercial markets as well. Through the alliance, we are large enough to supply your commercial, school, or wholesale needs for good, locally raised foods. Buying local is one of the greenest things you can do and we want it to be easy to source product. It’s our passion. While you are here, sign up for our e-newsletter. We will keep you up to date on what’s new in local foods and healthy living.

Many Blessings,
Erick and Jessica Smith

Farm Photos on March 13th, 2009


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We Need YOUR Vote! on September 9th, 2014

This Old Farm is participating in the Chase’s Mission Main Street Grant. We need 250 votes to be considered for the viewers to view our application.

To VOTE, please go to www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/9689

This grant is for $150,000. This grant would be used to help GROW This Old Farm and our services for our Farmers, Alliance Members, as well as our customers! This grant would help keep our expansion costs down, which in turn means that we can expand our facility and our services to you without passing on the cost to you through increased fees! A win-win for us all!

Please take a moment to VOTE for This Old Farm and be a part of our Future! Helping Farmers grow one farm at a time!

Thank you for your continued Support!

Updated Cutting Instructions on September 8th, 2014

Please note that as of September 1, 2014, the updated cutting instructions will take affect.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kristy, Farmer Account Specialist at 765-324-2161.

SNAP & EBT on September 8th, 2014

This Old Farm is happy to announce that beginning October 1, 2014, we are now authorized to accept SNAP and EBT cards for your families healthy food purchases. We can also fill your order and send it to one of our local partners for pick up.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call and speak with a Shannon, our Director of Order Fulfillment, 765-324-2161.

Family Business on June 7th, 2014

This Old Farm began as a single farm operation supporting some of the needs of one farm family.  Today it supports over 20 individuals and their families as well as many alliance farm families.  I once asked how the farm could be self sustaining, but I am blessed to now see that one operation grow to not only be self sustaining but also supporting multiple families.

On Friday, I had three employees say thank you for their jobs.  Not often do you hear those words as an employer.  But boy were they needed after a very long and hard week.  The folks that work alongside me to provide you with Good Food, work hard.  Their jobs are physically and mentally taxing.  The respect I have for them is great.  Each one is needed.  To see a family business grow to a community business is an outreach of the care and passion we have for Good Food, nutrition, and love of the family farms that we support.

Return the thanks that my employees were willing to pass along after a hard week with a prayer for all those in America that work diligently to provide food for our table.  Thank you to all of you for supporting Good Food Access and growth of the Family Farms raising our meat and vegetables here at This Old Farm.

Jessica

Sunrise on the Farm. on June 7th, 2014

June 6-2014 071As the sun rises, the produce fields welcome you to harvest.  Produce is often picked before the sun rises or just at day break.  That is when we get the freshest, crispest product before the sun takes a toll and moisture is lost.  The crew on the turnip harvest day a few weeks ago shown above consisted of 5 men, 4 children, and myself.  I took the kids as a crew and Joe took his adult male crew.  Together we pulled baby white turnips up out of the sand as fast as possible.  They were moved to a refrigerated truck to protect their pale white covering and delicate leaves.  At the front of the farm they were taken to be washed, hydrocooled, and boxed prior to an even larger truck arriving on the farm to move them into cold storage.

Over a decade ago, land was purchased in order to grow Indiana produce.  It took that whole decade to prepare the ground and build the infrastructure to make sizable harvests a reality.  Operating capitol,  equipment,  and pack lines take time to gain.  But it is the growth in fertility and relationships that are most delicate and important to a good crop.  While This Old Farm has marketed for a number of other produce farms, 2014 marks the first sizable produce planting of our own.  The sheep have been cordoned off to a rotating pasture up front.  Hay is being harvest on the middle field.  And the back is now brimming with green rows as far as the eyes can reach.  That first turnip harvest a few weeks ago was just a primer for the 90,000 heads of green romaine that will be harvested in the next few weeks.

When the kids asked for a garden this year I chuckled knowing they were going to have more “garden” opportunities than ever before.  While they don’t hit the fields daily, they haven’t complained on the days they are requested.  In fact they loved harvest day.  It does a body good to get up early and feel the dirt before sunrise.  Now that the cows are off the farm, the produce calls longingly for not only the hand that will harvest it, but the families that will enjoy it.  Ask your grocer today to carry Midwestern lettuce harvested by This Old Farm’s dedicated hands, both big and smallRomaine Straight From the Field    Romaine straight from the field.  Nice solid heads grown organically right here in Indiana.  Bok Choy and Kale also available for purchase this week for your wholesale needs!

Jessica