For 107 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 500 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 and bakery -- Jim (Pop), Valvoreth (Nanny), Judah (son), Daphne (granddaughter, Commerce market), Jeremy (grandson), Beth (daughter-in-law), Rick (grandson-in-law)... just to name a few. Many of our other family members work with us seasonally, too.
Are we ORGANIC?
We are not a certified 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 natural methods first to combat various pests and disease. We, as do other organic and conventional farms, limit ourselves to using very few pesticides, but we 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 107 years. Additionally, we believe in, support, and implement our local university's extension research and appreciate the information they provide us.
If your concerns stem from the EWG's 'dirty dozen' or 'clean fifteen' lists, we certainly appreciate you taking the time to research your food. As a consumer - you have that right and we all should know more about where our food comes from. However, we'd encourage you to take a look at this article, and again, remember - when choosing your food, eat FRESH. The health benefits of eating fresh far outweigh the risk of pesticide residue.
Additional articles that we've found helpful include: Dirty Dozen info + The Truth about Fruits and Vegetables
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.
Concerned about pesticide residues? In December 2018 the USDA released it's annual pesticide data program summary. Click here to learn more.
While we do not us glyphosate at Jaemor, we encourage you to check out this article from the EPA if concerned.
Do we grow GMOs?
There are only ten Genetically Modified crops available in America: Cotton, Corn, Canola, Apples (2 varieties), Alfalfa, Potato, Papaya, Squash, Soybeans and Sugar Beets. We do not grow any GMO apples or squash on our farm, however the corn used for the corn maze is considered GMO. 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 U.S.
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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 similiar to ours.
For more information, we recommend visiting this valuable resource.
Should you be worried about pesticide residues on fruits and veggies? See what the experts have to say: http://t.co/6GUj89F5fb— SafeFruitsAndVeggies (@SafeProduce) February 20, 2015
Are there any environmental benefits to organic farming over conventional? Watch this video to find out: http://t.co/R77BPOS4iz
— SafeFruitsAndVeggies (@SafeProduce) February 20, 2015