Farming Practices

How do you farm?

For many years, conservation experts have focused on using minimal tillage or “no-till” farming practices.  We use many of these same methods in lieu of continuous tillage which causes soil erosion and breakdown in the natural soil structure.  Because we are dedicated to preserving our land, in the fall, we plant all vegetable fields with a cover crop.  Cover crops prevents soil erosion and builds organic matter which is essential to plant growth.  Furthermore, in the spring, cover crops provide a wind break for young plants and reduces weed growth to help vegetable plants flourish during the growing season.

 Is your produce organic?

Our main focus is to grow the best tasting, highest quality and healthiest produce through the most environmentally friendly and socially responsible way.  Through sustainable farming practices we use both organic and conventional methods.  When we determine that it is absolutely necessary to use a pesticide, we choose the safest product for that particular situation.  Although not well known by the average consumer, there are still many spray products and biological controls available to an organic producer.  Therefore, we choose from the many products available to both organic and conventional farming methods.  Please be assured, as parents of two children, we only use products that we feel are safe for them and our customers.

Do you grow Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)?

The vegetables we raise on our farm are non-GMO.  However, based on our research of GMOs, we feel GMOs are safe for consumption and we do not hesitate to feed GMO products to our family.

How do you approach food safety?

Our management team has been certified with the federal government food safety standards measured by the USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).  Based upon GAP standards, The Produce Patch has developed our own Food Safety Plan.  We follow GAP throughout our entire growing and packing process.   All employees have been trained to adhere to the procedures and criteria set out in our food safety program.  Please be assured that when you buy from The Produce Patch, you buy safe produce.

 

Five locations open 7 days a week

Washington, Indiana

2 Locations

405 South State Rd 57
Washington, IN 47501
Phone: 812-257-0805
Open: mid April – mid September
Hours: April Flower Season
9am – 6pm Mon-Sat
11am – 5pm Sun
Vegetable Season
9am-7pm Sun-Fri
9am-8pm Sat

HWY 50
Washington, IN
Phone: 812-698-7853
Open: mid June – mid August
Hours:
9am-7pm Sun-Fri
9am-8pm Sat

Loogootee, Indiana

609 West Broadway
Loogootee, IN 47553
Phone: 812-295-4189
Open: mid June – Labor Day
Hours:
9am-7pm Sun-Fri
9am-8pm Sat

Jasper, Indiana

Newton Street
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812-787-0823
Open: mid April – mid October
Hours:
9am-7pm Sun-Fri
9am-8pm Sat

Newburgh, Indiana

8120 High Pointe Dr
Newburgh, IN 47630
In parking lot of
Bob’s Gym & Fitness Center.
Phone: 812-486-8101
Open: mid June – mid August
9am-7pm Sun-Fri
9am-8pm Sat