Because of your support, our friends at Garden Harvests in Waxahachie, TX are fulfilling their dreams. In fact, one main reason for the recent change in produce shares is to support farmers like this, to be able to take smaller farmers under our wings and not make it mandatory to grow huge numbers to sell to us.
Garden Harvests is a family partnership of Jessica Longoria and her mother-in-law, Fina, who started the farm almost a decade ago. Together, they’re cultivating 5 acres in Waxahachie, TX. Jessica got involved 7 years ago and started doing most of the labor, while Fina joins her in the early morning before it gets too hot. Between the two of them, they’re able to harvest everything they grow, usually about an acre per person. Pretty amazing!
When we talked with Jessica recently, she could barely hear us over the weed-eating she was doing and welcomed a break from the heat to talk…
“We were so thankful for the rain we got on August 18th,” she said. “We were really struggling, because the rain kept passing over us.” Jessica said they’re currently growing a crop of green beans which are planted with 50 x 100 ft rows on one acre and 30 x 100 ft rows on another half acre. They’ll all be harvested by hand by Jessica and her mother-in-law.
Jessica and Fina are looking forward to planting some delicious greens, like spinach and kale, this fall. They’ll also be growing zucchini and potted kale when the soil cools in late September.
We can’t wait to have some fresh goodies from Garden Harvests in our produce shares this fall. Thank you for all of your hard work, Jessica and Fina. We appreciate you so much!