Our Practices

For 104 years our family has been producing fruits and vegetables for our dinner table - and yours! Five generations of Echols have grown peaches and other tasty and healthy treats using conventional methods all while keeping our environment and land use at the front of our minds. 

Our family strives to produce the highest quality product for everyone. We want our children and grandchildren, as well as our customers, to have healthy fruits and vegetables on their plates. It is our hope that our farm will continue to sustain and provide for future generations of our family -- and yours.

In the day of curious consumers -- we all deserve to know where our food comes from. We believe that local and fresh is best, and invite you to know the farmers. We have 350 acres of land in production at our farm. Jarl (son) and Drew (grandson) work daily in the fields to grow our peaches, strawberries, blackberries, apples, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables. Other family members run our markets & bakery -- Jim (Pop), Valvoreth (Nanny), Judah (son), Tim (son), Daphne (grandaughter, Commerce market), Jeremy (grandson), Beth (daughter-in-law), Rick (grandson-in-law)... just to name a few. Many other of our family members work with us seasonally, too.

Are we ORGANIC? 
We are not an organic operation, however our top priorities are our soil and water, both of which we take frequent samples of and monitor carefully. Our farming method is referred to as integrated pest management. We begin by using all organic and natruald methods first to combat various pests and disease. We, as do other organic and conventional farms, limit ourselves to using very few pesticides, but will apply synthetic chemicals in the case of losing our crop to pest or disease. Again, we only spray when there is an issue (only applied when needed and target specific pests and/or disease).

We are heavily regulated by USDA, EPA, FDA and our state's department of agriculture. Not to mention - we believe in protecting our family's land, which is how we've been able to grow produce in the same area for 104 years. Additionally, we believe in, support, and implement our local university's extension research and appreciate the information they provide us.

Please Note: Certified Organic operations can and will use pesticides. There is an approved list from USDA of both synthetic and non synthetic chemicals for growers to use on their crops and still grow certified organic food. There is a common misconception that organic means pesticide free - that is not always the case. Organic is a production term. It does not address the quality, safety or nutritional value of a product. Click here for pesticide regulation information for organic produce.

Do we grow GMOs? 

Of the 16 crops we annually grow at the farm, there are only two that are GE (genetically engineered), also known as GMO (geneticaly modified organism) crops. These two crops are sweet corn and squash. {As of 2014, 90% of American grown corn was GE}. At this momemnt in time there is NO such thing as a GMO peach, strawberry, blackberry, cucumber, or bean on the market place. In the past 18 months two varieties of apples (granny smith and golden delicious) have been genetically engineered to not turn brown as quickly once the fruit is cut. However, these seeds have not matured enough yet for the crop to be harvested for US markets, nor do we grow any GE apples on our farm. If you prefer non-GMO items when shopping for your family, be sure to check this list to understand what GE seeds are actually available for purchase in the US.

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Growing safe (and nutritious) fruits and vegetables for our family and yours since 1912!

Below are two videos from other farmers whose stories and beliefs are very simliar to ours.