Pearl Farm

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Farm Name: Pearl Farm
Contact Person(s): Michael Pearl
City: Parkville
State: MO
Zip: 64152-3640
Farm Description:

The farm is about 90 acres located in Platte County, Mo. We have allocated 10 acres for vegetables. We grow over 30 different vegetables and row crops.

What makes your farm unique?: Growing
We utilize or organic farming practices....we don't want to eat harmful pesticides either!

We believe in providing fresh, seasonal, local veggies from our farm to your home/office. We believe people should have a relationship with their food, one that gives back to both you and the land. We believe in transparent farming practices and being open and honest about all inputs used on our farm. We do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, or any genetically modified seed.

We use composted and aged animal manures as fertilizers, physical barriers and crop rotations as pest and disease deterrents, and only use organically-approved sprays. Some of the seed we use is certified organic, some is not. Depends on availability, cost and performance, ....... we prefer to use organically certified seed.

Farm History
In 1813, Milton Paxton was born a slave in Kentucky. Milt was a farm laborer for the Paxton family. Around 1839, Milt was brought to Platte County, Mo to work on their plantation. It was Milt’s dream to someday own his farm. However, that dream was deferred. Milton, after being freed changed his name from Paxton to Pearl. Milton had a son named David Pearl that was born a slave in 1852. Dave was eventually freed, it was common in those days for slaves to make extra money by exceeded their quota of cutting and bundling of hemp. David worked and saved enough to buy 87 acres in 1892.

Since then, 5 generations have farmed making one of the oldest continuously producing farms in the nation.

Food Safety
We are certified through the Produce Safety Alliance, making food safety one of our biggest priorities. We have a Farm Food Safety Plan.

Stewards of the Land
We have taken care of the land for over 125 yrs, growing on some of the most productive ground in the world. We will continue taking care of the land for another 125 yrs by amending soil, rotating crops, using non-GMO seed and biological pesticides.
Specialty Items: Heirloom Tomatoes,(Brandywine, Cherokee Purple,Striped German,Jet Star...) Fingerling Potatoes, Garlic,Leeks, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Kale, Basil, Watermelon,Eggplant, Peppers, Okra, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower,Beets
Where to buy?: Antler Room, Joe's Cellar, Dave's Wiener Wagon, 39st Cafe
Farmers Markets Where You Sell?: Wed/Saturday Overland Park Farmers' Market 7am-1pm April-Nov
CSA Distribution Info: Overland Park Farmers Market. Saturdays 7-12pm
CSA Share Structure: Lets Keep it Simple!
May 7th-Oct 15 26 weeks, $100.00 deposit.
Shares run for 26 weeks ....mid May-Mid October for $395.00 $100.00 deposits are due by April 15th and the remaining balances due upon the first pick-up.
CSA: What can shareholders expect in their share?: Shares will consist of about 6-8 items per week, average about $15 per week! Our shares will comfortably feed 3-4 people. If you need more we will get it to you!!!
Spring: Beets, salad greens, potatoes, peas, swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, new potatoes
Summer: Green beans, tomatoes, watermelon, onions, cabbages, potatoes, cucumbers, squash
Fall: Pumpkins, apples, kale, radishes, sweet potatoes, collard greens, winter squash, watermelon radishes
Exceptions to Farmer Pledges: If we have a crop failure or exhaust our inventory we will barter with one of our neighbors.
Farm Phone : 8162848037
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