Owners of S&G Farms share story and hardships of a blackberry business
July 3, 2016 - garden totes
Steve and Gina Sinclair, owners of SG Farms in Ripley, have been constant merchants of a Dyer County Farmers Market for several years now. Priding themselves on their vast collection of homegrown furnish and fruits, a integrate has dedicated vast hours towards ensuring that a peculiarity of their products are abounding in both ambience and integrity.
Upon entering a couple’s 14-acre farm, located during 269 Jeff Webb Road, visitors are immediately greeted by rows on rows of ripening blackberries, that devour a vast apportionment of a couple’s sum acreage; a truly miraculous steer to behold.
According to Steve, a plantation is means of producing roughly 10,000 quarts of blackberries any year, a series that binds as prolonged a furnish grows clever and continue permits.
After marveling over a fame of a farm’s black solid luster, visitors are afterwards led down a weather-beaten mud highway heading to a heart of a farm. There lies a vast wooden strew lined with totes of creatively picked red potatoes, a few tractors both new and old, and one lonely, nonetheless merciful, shade tree, that fulfills a daily charge by providing Steve and Gail with a cold place to rest after a prolonged day of toiling divided in a fields.
While Steve grew adult a farmer’s son, it wasn’t until 2012 when he found his job in a fields. With a enterprise to be closer to his parents, Steve left his life and business in Memphis to come behind home to Ripley. A fourth-generation farmer, Steve picked adult his family’s blackberry bequest and ran with it.
“We were customarily going to squeeze 3 acres of land during first, and customarily grow blackberries,” pronounced Steve. “But we were offering this plantation during such a good price, we customarily went with it.”
Abandoned and unloved for many years adult until a Sinclairs purchased it, a land indispensable unconstrained amounts of affection. With a crowd of hurdles forward of them, swell on a plantation was during a delayed start, as Steve and Gina spent many of their time prepping a land and clearing out weeds before they were ever means to start planting their initial foliage or blackberry bush.
A loyal family affair, Steve’s relatives Lynwood and Geraldine Sinclair helped get a plantation adult and going, while bringing over 100 years of total knowledge to a table.
Overcoming all obstacles, a Sinclairs was finally means to acquire a farm’s initial collect of blackberries in a early open of 2014.
“We have sole blackberries everywhere,” pronounced Gina. “We haven’t sole them to any grocers, though we sell them during Farmers Markets in Dyersburg and Covington, and on an particular basement to growers from other areas.”
While blackberries are certainly a honour and fun of a Sinclair family, they are not a farm’s customarily golden ticket, as, over a years, a Sinclairs have stretched their plantation to residence a accumulation of uninformed furnish including tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, squash, a accumulation of peppers, zucchini, purple carcass peas, and most more.
“We are constantly harvesting one crop, and commencement another. Typically, we will transparent a margin after collect and afterwards plant something new so we have a far-reaching accumulation of vegetables from early open until late fall. There are customarily a few months where we aren’t flourishing anything, and that’s customarily in late November, December, and partial of January. It creates for a flattering uncanny vacation time,” laughed Gina.
While blackberries are certainly a honour and fun of a Sinclair family, they are not a farm’s customarily golden ticket, as, over a years, a Sinclairs have stretched their plantation to residence a accumulation of uninformed furnish including tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, squash, a accumulation of peppers, zucchini, purple carcass peas, peaches and more.
“We customarily take a vacation in November, though once we get behind a work doesn’t stop customarily since it’s winter time,” commented Steve, jolt is head. “No, in a winter we have to get all prepared for a open again. It’s a lot of work all a time.”
On a slight during a farm, Steve says that he will spend from sunup to dusk operative on a farms, entrance in as late as midnight on many occasions. Gail, who owns a business aside from a farm, says she clocks about 4 or some-more hours a day in a fields as good as a hours spent offered a furnish during internal markets. That’s time on tip of what is spent during Gina’s possess business.
According to Steve, one of a biggest hurdles that a integrate faces on a plantation is gripping a internal wildlife from ravenous a vast apportionment of a farm’s harvest.
“We use Worry-Free organic insecticide on all of a crops,” pronounced Steve. “It unequivocally helps out a lot. Our biggest plea is gripping a Japanese beetles during bay, and a raccoons. we have a solar-powered electric blockade that helps a lot, though it still a problem that we face from time to time.”
Since a family began offered their products during a Farmers Market in Dyer County, they contend that they have gifted good success that goes palm in palm with flourishing demand. While a family is locally famous for carrying some of a blackberries that we can find, they are experiencing a vast volume of certain examination from a open for their other products also, including their uninformed red potatoes and tomatoes.
“There is a disproportion that we can ambience with a uninformed tomato and potato,” pronounced Steve. “The potatoes that we buy during a grocery store are typically one year old, and have been stored for a prolonged time in a potato house, though a potatoes that we offer are creatively grown and pulled. They have a honeyed taste. Our tomato plants are all grown during opposite times to safeguard freshness, and that is what allows us to yield people with a peculiarity product.”
The Sinclairs can be found during a Dyer County Farmers Market any Tuesday and Saturday from 5a.m.-1p.m. (or until they run out of food!), and can also be contacted during 731.612.3505.