This has got to be a World Record zucchini, don't ya think?
Located in Rayville, Missouri, the Stockton's named their farm, Ida Belle Farms after Bobby's grandmother. This is their first year with the Gladstone Market. I've had a great time getting to know Bobby & Liz Stockton this year at the market, so I couldn't wait to visit them at their farm.
|Ida Belle Farms|
It was easy enough to find. About two blocks off the main street, we found a quaint, blue farmhouse. Liz graciously greeted me and my co-worker. As we started towards the garden, here comes Bobby who had been eating lunch.
She toured me through her, neat, tidy garden spreading out before us.
|Stockings hold the cabbage center together|
|Tomatoes came on early this year|
Ida Belle Farms has a greenhouse where Bobby and Liz grow flowers in the springtime. Plans are underway to construct a high tunnel in the fall allowing them to start plants earlier.
Bobby and Liz enjoy giving back to the community. They have signed up with the Society of St. Andrew to pick up excess produce from Ida Belle Farms at the end of the market day or glean their fields to donate to local food pantries. Liz has worked to make this available to all the vendors at the market.
The next time you're at the market, take a moment to talk with Bobby and Liz. Liz also posts on her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IdaBellsGarden. Thank them for making the drive down each week into our community and into our hearts!