Yeager Farms Produce

  (Fairland, Indiana)
Asian, Indian and Specialty Produce
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They're Baaaack!

It's hard to believe the market season is almost upon us.  The propagation shed is full, the little high tunnel has been retrofitted to be a cold frame and the tomatoes are being hardened off to be planted this weekend in the high tunnel known as Mama Bear.  But the best thing? The bluebirds are back.

The bluebirds are a by-product of my attempt to attract purple martins.  I made gourd houses and as soon as they were hung, a tree swallow took over.  Throwing rolled up socks at him did nothing to deter him. Hmmm, time to do some research. All the internet sites gave basically the same advice: build him a house.

So off to lumberyard with bluebird box blueprints in hand to buy cedar board.  After some sawing, nailing and uttering some words my mom wouldn't  much care for, I had a bluebird box.  And it worked.  He seemed quite pleased with his new home.

That fall I noticed some new birds....bluebirds were inspecting the box.  Needless to say, more houses were built over the winter.  The first year, both the tree swallows and bluebirds did great.  Then came the house sparrows.  No amount of patrolling kept them from harassing the bluebirds and tree swallows.  I even bought a pellet gun, but nobody's going to confuse me with Annie Oakley.

This year we bought PVC boxes. We'll use a couple of the cedar boxes to trap sparrows. So far, so good.  A bluebird pair has claimed the PVC box and the sparrows don't seem to care for it.  If any of you out there have experience with the PVC boxes, it'd be great to hear from you.

The martins?  Well, that didn't work out.  But we've enjoyed the tree swallows and bluebirds so much, I'm not the least bit disappointed.  As the saying goes, two outta three ain't bad.

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Welcome to Yeager Farms

Greetings from Yeager Farms Produce in Fairland, Indiana.  Yeager Farms has one full-time farmer, Kathy, and one part-time farmer, Gayle, who still has her day job. 

Here at Yeager Farms we specialize in Asian and Indian produce such as bitter melon, snake gourd, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, Indian eggplant,  chilies and malabar spinach.  Or in the words of one of our fellow growers, we grow 'the weird stuff'.  If nothing else, the bitter melon is an attention grabber at the farmers' markets, so we have the explanation of how it is used down pat.

In the winter we go back to more traditional produce.  A variety of lettuces, greens, spinach, radishes, turnips, and cilantro are available.   But to keep us in shape, we also have an Asian stiry fry mix.

So how did a farm in Indiana with a German name start growing Indian produce?  Well, Gayle works with a lot of people from India.  When they found out she lives on a farm they asked her to grow their vegetables.  The first year we had about 15 bitter melon, 15 snake gourd and 20 okra plants in a 25 X 50 foot patch.  Now it takes over 2 acres for all the plants. 

After deciding this farming thing might work out, it was time for a name.  Having heard stories about how Gayle's Grandpa Yeager would spell out her name with lettuce and her brother's name with carrot tops, Kathy suggested naming the enterprise after him.  Seemed like the right thing to do since he purchased the land in the 1920's and did a bit of truck farming himself. 

Thanks for visiting our blog.  We hope you enjoyed your stay.

 

 

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