About Our Farm
What do we grow and where do we sell?
Peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, Asian pears, apples, blueberries, blackberries, watermelons, cantaloupe, canary melons, grapes, and a variety of vegetables. We sell at 6 farmers markets. We do not sell produce at our farm, and we are not operating a CSA this year.
About Our Farm
Our farm is nestled on a fertile ridge top in Anderson County, near Norris Tennessee. We have been in operation since 1970. Over the years we have had quail, cattle, hogs, and a variety of produce. Currently we only grow fruits and vegetables. We have been selling produce to farmers markets and restaurants in the Knoxville area since 1999, and have operated a CSA and u-pick berries in the past. Our motto is quality and taste first. Our entire organization is graded to this end, from our seed selection, to our soil maintenance, to how fresh we can deliver the produce. Except for its size, it's the same family garden and orchard we've always had. We take pride in saying that it's "home grown"!
Mountain Meadows Farm believes in maintaining a healthy eco-system. Our farm uses a system called Integrated Pest Management. IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. We plant non-GMO seed and seek disease resistant varieties of fruit and vegetables to grow. We work hard to enrich and build our soil to feed our plants naturally by planting cover crops, "green manure". We believe in working with the land by rotating crops to help manage pests. We use bio-degradable or organic spray when necessary, to maintain the wide array of fruits and vegetables for our customers. We use drip irrigation to minimize soil erosion, mold problems, and water use. Our soil is rich in humus and micro-nutrients, and has the earth worms to prove it. This provides you with the healthiest, best tasting produce.
We are the Meadows family. Ernie and Sue Meadows bought the farm in 1970. Initially they raised quail and cattle. Then they took on the commercial hog farm business for 25 years. At the same time, Ernie worked for TVA as a landscape architect, with a degree from UGA. Sue was the farm business manager and home maker, with a B.S. in business from UT. In the early 90's, they sold all the pigs, retired, and traveled all over the world. Ernie loves to swap travel stories, just ask him. After some time they had the itch to farm again. The fruit and vegetable sales started as a hobby by Ernie and Sue to share the extras from their abundant garden, orchard, and berry patch. It grew every year and now the whole family is involved in the business, with David and Shannon joining the farm business in 2008. David has a BS in English from UT, and is a prolific writer, foodie, and avid sports fan. Shannon has a BS in Exercise Science from Auburn, and a MEd in Education from Auburn, with certifications in Elementary Ed, ESL, and, PE & Health. She has lived and worked in Denali National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Busan, South Korea, Atlanta, GA, and traveled to over 30 countries in 5 different continents, in search of mountains, culture, and good food.