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.
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