Friends In Need
Even since the farm’s inception in 2006, the needs of the community have always been in mind. Any southerner worth his salt knows the importance of okra, so when the Reeves noticed that local demands for the vegetable weren’t being met, they jumped at the opportunity. What started as an 8 acre okra farm has now grown into a 45 acre farm filled to the brim with interesting produce.
You wouldn’t expect a farm in northeastern Texas to sell to speciality Indian grocers, but Reeves Family Farm isn’t most farms. They’re one of the few, if not only, growers in the region to cultivate fenugreek (known as Methi in India), a winter pea integral to many dishes in Indian cuisine. Without local farms like Reeves filling these needs, it can be extremely difficult for speciality grocers to get their hand on fresh, niche crops. It doesn’t stop at fenugreek however; they also have their hands full growing unique items like shishito peppers and watermelon radish, not to mention culinary standbys like squash, zucchini, cantaloupes, and sweet onions.
As one of the winners of the 2017 Cultivating Change grant, Reeves Family Farm clearly has a keen eye on sustainability. They promote organic practices as much as possible, and use cover crops (plants specifically grown to manage soil, pest, and disease issues) on multiple areas of the farm. It’s been so successful in fact, that the cover crops have eliminated their need for fertilizer!
Since opening their farm store in May 2018, Reeves Family Farm has been able to open up local products to the wider community. Aside from their own produce, they work with a dozen farms around the area to supply local fresh food items to chefs and families throughout Collin County. Their partners are focused on sustainability too, with one farmer supplying beef soup bones along with her ground beef in order to ensure no part of the animal goes to waste!
Sustainability shouldn’t end at the current generation, and there’s no better way to foster a love of produce, hard work, and responsible practices than by starting at home. By involving their children in farm life, Aaron and Stacy are putting the “family” back in family farm. “After all,” says Aaron, “I don’t want them to be afraid to get their hands dirty.”