Mitch and Ann Smith, and their granddaughter, Haley, grow peas on their 32-acre farm in Nettleton and sell it to the public. The family has been doing this for the past 10 years.
The highlight of this tradition is that they allow customers to “pick on halves”. “The public comes to pick and they get half of what they pick and I get half and they don’t pay anything,” Mitch Smith told the Daily Journal. “That works good for people on a fixed income. We try to plant five rows and skip two rows so the older people can pick on the outside”, says Mitch.
“We started it for older people so they could come and pick their own,” said Mitch Smith. “They come out here and say, ‘I remember picking peas as a kid.’ Not many people do this anymore, but I kind of feel like it’s coming back.”
“Last year, we had some ladies come to pick who were on canes. We have people 85 years old out here picking”, shared Ann.
In one week, they have had people who picked 263 bushels of peas out of the Smiths’ fields and they’re still picking.
The Smiths also have a couple of acres of corn and plan to plant turnip and mustard greens too.
The Smiths’ way of helping people is commendable and it is amazing to see how a plot of land can change lives.
They are making memories through this beautiful tradition and it’s a reminder that when we can help others and have the resources for it, we should. It’s good to give. You receive more that way. There’s no doubt to it.
“We have people come and bring their grandchildren to the fields with them,” Mitch Smith said. “They’ll be laughing and singing. We build relationships with people. It’s very rewarding.”
People helping other people. The best thing ever.
Story Credit: djournal.com