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How We Grow

Starting a small farm was never our first intention, but somehow we ended up on this path to discovering where our food came from. We did not realize that our food would soon come from us! One thing that was always certain when we planted the first seeds in our little homestead garden in 2017 was that we wanted to be sustainable in many ways. We were interested in growing organic seeds into organic produce, in creating a landscape of biodiversity and a culture surrounding our growth that planned for the future.

Our produce and cut flowers are grown with organic practices and sustainability in mind. What does this mean? Organic differs from conventional farming in many ways, but the most important one is that we believe the soil is a living part of the farm. It needs to be nourished, favored, and cared for above all. Without healthy soil you cannot grow healthy vegetables! 

Our vegetables, fruits, and flowers are not sprayed with pesticides, and we try our hardest to use mechanical techniques like hand-picking, weeding, hand tools, row covers, weed barriers, and flame weeding to deal with potential issues like insect pests or plant diseases. We apply compost in the spring and late summer to return nutrients to the soil as well as growing cover crops in the autumn to act as green manure for spring plantings.

All of our produce is started from seed right here at the farm. We do not import plants or transplants because we want authentic, organic produce. Our flowers are never imported and always grown in our home soil.  

At this time, we are not certified organic, and we are not sure if we want to become so in the future. Why? Because that would not only raise our prices due to fees paid by us, but a label does not truly tell you what is happening with your food. We believe that getting to know your farmer and seeing for yourself what is happening on the farm is the best way to know exactly what kind of product you are purchasing! We currently practice all organic guidelines posed by the USDA. We also try to look into more regenerative ways of farming under the permaculture guidelines such as using locally produced soil amendments and fertilizers, planting around the future of our farm, rotating crops, planting cover crop, and sharing our bounty with our animals. 


our vegetables

Our produce is grown amongst our cut flowers on our one acre plot. We grow a diverse variety of seasonal vegetables. They are grown out in the sunshine and all plants are started from seed by us - we do not supplement with transplants! 

At this time we do not have a high tunnel greenhouse to produce out of season veggies, so everything that we sell is grown in season during the time of year that suits that particular vegetable or fruit best. We pick at peak ripeness and make sure that all produce sold to our customers is perfectly fresh. The garden is supplemented with green manure and compost during the spring and fall. We use weed barrier fabric to control weeds and provide sanitation as well as the use of organic straw for mulch.

During the season you will find produce such as carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, salad greens, spinach, arugula, Asian greens, peas, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, eggplant, squash, herbs, peppers, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, apples, kale, and cabbage. These are just a few things that we grow!


our flowers

Our cut flowers come in shades of warmth, something that we believe embodies our brand and makes for a beautifully neutral and happy mix of blooms for bouquets. Our flowers are currently sold on the farm and at local farmer's markets in the surrounding area.

We grow many varieties and are always looking to expand. Currently you will see flowers such as sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, gladiolus, snapdragons, lupine, cornflower, foxglove, hollyhocks, peonies, calendula, ornamental cabbage, and more when in season.


friends of the farm

When we first started our farm, our minds were alive with the possibility of the different animals that we could host here. Amateur chicken keepers already, we knew that having laying hens was a must. Our farm has hosted a few different animals in its short lifespan already like ducks and even a calf. Chickens will always be a staple here at Under A Tin Roof.

We currently have just under 60 laying hens and 1 rooster. They live here at the farm in their own coop with an enclosure that allows them to access the outdoors. This enclosure is mostly used for days where we are traveling or to protect from predators as our flock free ranges the farm 99% of the time! We release them to the fields at sunrise and lock them up safely in their coop at dusk. This allows our birds to spend their time as they like, able to dine on bugs, grubs, and dirt as they please. 

WHY FREE RANGE CHICKENS?

There are so many reasons! For us it feels right, ethically, to allow our birds to roam free on the property. It also results in the highest quality egg you can find. The yolks are a deep orange-yellow color that you simply cannot get from a factory farm hen. Because our flock is small, we believe that you are still getting the high quality product from a "backyard chicken" here just like you would if you kept them yourself. 


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the country store

Open seasonally, the Under A Tin Roof Country Store is home to a variety of homegrown produce and free range eggs from our farm, handmade products made by us, and locally sourced handmade goods and produce from our friends and neighbors. You will find that everything we offer is according to season, which makes our food both special and incredibly fresh! You won’t find food any more local than this. Stop by and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and baked goods. We’d love to meet you!

LOCAL VENDORS

We grow the vegetables, fruits, and flowers, but we know that we simply cannot do it all! That’s why we carefully select products from farms and small businesses to offer our customers so they can get a truly local experience. Our vendors include locally made soap and utility knives, raw honey, garlic, berries, pastured raised meats, heirloom seeds, and more. We love being able to partner with likeminded people who raise their food with sustainable practices in mind.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOP

Want to know which seasonal vegetables we have in stock each week, if we are offering baked goods today, or when we drop a new product? Keep up with our Country Store by subscribing to our newsletter or checking our Facebook page for shop updates.

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