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Hale Family Farm

Our family farm specializes in growing a wide variety of heirloom and heritage varieties of tomatoes.

“Our grandparents, William and Edna Hale, started the farm in Farmington, Missouri in the 1940’s, raising cattle and crops, and barely making ends meet.  Our father, Ron Hale, labored on the family farm growing up, often without “luxuries” like shoes in the summer or heat in the winter.  In 1992, after his daughters had graduated from high school and Ron had retired from the Navy, he was finally able to return to the land he loved and begin growing organic produce and alfalfa hay with his son. For several years, Ron was able to farm the land and get involved with a number of regional organic and slow food initiatives that were just getting started, including Slow Food St. Louis and Fair Shares St. Louis, and he co-founded the Farmington Farmer’s Market. Then, in 2008, Ron died in a farming accident at age 61 and family farm operations came to a tragic end.”

“A decade later, Ron’s children set out to continue his legacy. After nearly two years of cleaning, clearing, planning, building and planting, Hale Family Farm is now producing the next generation of specialty produce using organic methods.  In addition, to heirloom tomatoes, we will be offering unique varieties of cucumbers, radishes, eggplant, melons, a range of sweet, spicy and mild peppers, and lots of variety in fresh herbs, leafy greens and lettuces. We are also ramping up production of wildflower honey and pasture-raised chicken eggs, so look for new products to be added in the future.”

“You can browse available produce online, and can place an online order for pickup at the farmers market, or at the farm.”

Visit Our Farm!

Location

2521 Highway OO, Farmington, MO 63640

Visiting Hours

Order online to schedule produce pickups on the farm! 

Shop with us.

Buy our products online here!

Farmington Farmers Market
814 E Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640

Wednesday (2:00pm-5:00pm)

Saturday (7:00am–12:00pm)

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A Look at Our Farm

More About Our Farm

Farm Size

120 acres, with half an acre in vegetable production.

Conservation Practices

  • Cover crops
  • No synthetic chemicals
  • Compost
  • Nutrient management plan
  • Drip irrigation
  • Integrated pest management

Additional Practices

  • Approximately 60 acres of our land was previously leased by a farmer for conventionally raised row crops. We have transitioned all 60 acres to hay fields over the past 12 months.
  • We raise the following chickens: Dominque, Crested Cream Legbar, Speckled Sussex, Welsummer, Golden Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Silver Spangled Hamburg, and mixed breeds of the above
  • Bees are never fed white sugar, if needed, they get supplemental feed with their own residual honey from de-capping their comb during harvest
  • Chickens are never debeaked

Herd Size

30 chickens

2 bee colonies (40,000-80,000 bees)

Animal Feed

Rotation

Chickens have access to all 120 acres of the farm, and move themselves to wherever they would like to forage. 

Products

  • Heirloom and heritage varieties of tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Greens
  • Salad mix lettuces
  • Cucumber
  • Radish
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Fresh herbs
  • Eggs
  • Honey