Published on May 29th, 2019 | by TLV News0
Local Q&A: Who’s Your Farmer? – Jones Family Farm
Name: Jones Family Farm; run by Robert and Jordan Jones with the help of their one-year-old daughter, Reagan.
Hometown: Jordan was raised in a small town around Columbus, Ohio; Rob grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. We met in Southaven, Miss., and we’ve been together ever since!
What brought you to the area? Rob is a full-time student at Ole Miss; we had been praying for a long time to find somewhere to build a farm and family nearby and ended up in Water Valley!
Are you a full time farmer? Both Rob & I are full time farmers!
How did you get started in agriculture? I started my first garden after my parents’ divorce to help put food on the table; Rob has always enjoyed working hard, so farming was always a good way to see hard work pay off.
What’s a day on the farm like? We get up at 5 to go pick, get Reagan up, and make breakfast, then either go to markets or produce stands to sell some fresh produce.
What’s the best thing about working on your farm? Being able to spend time and work as a family, as well as the flexibility that you don’t get from a typical 9 to 5 job.
What are you most looking forward to this season? Just being able to serve the community with good produce that I’m also happy with feeding to my family.
What’s your favorite crop? Reagan’s is tomatoes, Jordan’s is the peppers, Rob’s favorite is watermelons.
What’s your favorite music to farm to? We love the Bobby Bone’s podcast show.
Ever dug up (or found) anything interesting? We found an old marble, and about two weeks ago, we found a fitting to a old mule hitch.
Name an uncommon vegetable that people should try: Ghost peppers, new to our farm this year.
Is there anything you’d like to see change about the way food is consumed in our community? Absolutely! Most people don’t realize where their food comes from, so general education and getting in touch with local farmers to know more about fresh wholesome food.
Name one piece of equipment you could not live without: Transplanter.
Tell us one thing you’ve learned that you didn’t know when you first started farming: I’ve learned a lot about cattle and how they benefit growing a farm.
What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten? It’s so hard to choose since we eat so good on a daily basis!