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What and How We Grow For You

What We Grow

At Yellow Wood Farms we are dedicated to providing a diverse healthy local food diet throughout the year. We preserve our own harvest throughout the summer in a certified kitchen to provide vegetables in the off season. In addition, we work with our neighbors and other Missouri farmers to provide food items to our shareholders that we do not grow ourselves. We work very hard to source only sustainably grown food from farms with our similar environmental, social and healthy food priorities. We have visited each farm and they are our family, neighbors, and friends.

Produce Planned for 2011 Subscription

  • Salad Greens
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Swiss chard, Kale & Collards
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Red Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Beets
  • Onions

  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Corn
  • Watermelon
  • Winter Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Plums

 

Please keep in mind that this list is our plan and Mother Nature often has a way of not following our plan. We may have a bumper crop that is able to be purchased in bulk quantities, or we might not have adequate yields of a particular crop to put in the shares. On the other hand, one of the other farms we work with might have an unanticipated crop available and you might be pleasantly surprised to see something unexpected.

How We Grow

We understand our customers concerns with conventional agriculture and have them ourselves.  In fact, prior to “certification” being required by law, Tricia was an organic farmer.  Now, we look at it a little differently. Instead of following regulations created by a government agency, we choose to do what is best for our farm by making decisions based on our soil, our family, our customers, our employees, and the delicate environment we live in.

We work with our whole system through constant scouting of the fields for bugs.  We are looking for not only problem pests but also beneficial insects.  A grower needs to be careful because even "Certified Organic" pesticides kill them all.  We want our beneficial population to thrive and are willing to have some crop loss in order to ensure that. 

With that said, if we can control a pest problem by treating a few plants per acre we will do it to avoid crop failure.  Many pests can be controlled by simply pulling them off and squishing them, which is always our first preference.  Flea beetles however, jump off too quickly and we have sprayed "certified organic" pesticide more liberally when we could not find any beneficials, in order to save a crop. 

We do our best not to use chemicals, especially once the plants are in the ground.  For weed control we use many methods... we use straw mulch, cultivation, hand weeding, biodegradable mulch, landscape fabric and very little herbicide (again, NOT usually when the veggies are in the ground.)  We find that a combination of all of these methods work to improve our soil and plant health while protecting aquatic life, your vegetables, and our employees’ bodies.

Our fruit tree production is the exception and that is unfortunately due to our climate.  With our extremely humid summers many fruit trees are susceptible to fungal diseases and pests that are next to impossible to control "organically."  In order to avoid spraying fruit as much as possible we have planted disease resistant varieties that are specifically adapted for our area.  While our fruit is delicious, it may not be the prettiest because of our choices.

Our customers are looking for a higher quality food that does not have chemical residues on them.  We are dedicated to providing that for you to the best of our ability!  Conventional produce bought in the grocery store is sprayed by a calendar, many times every 7-10 days, to avoid fungal or pest problems.  The problems are more prevalent because they grow a couple crops in the same location, year after year.  We grow 60 different crops and have a 5 year rotation schedule to avoid pest and disease build up.

If anyone has a specific question regarding our growing practices we welcome questions and will do our best to address your concerns. Feel free to email us with questions and we will respond as promptly as possible.