WASHINGTON, Ind. — When Amy Holstine and her husband,
Marvin, opened their first Produce Patch Farm Market in 1995, she never dreamed
that they would have enough business 18 years later to open three additional
She noted that her passion for growing plants comes from her
background of being raised on a vegetable farm in Ohio.
After receiving a degree in agricultural economics from Ohio
State University, Holstine accepted a job in Washington in southern Indiana,
where she met Marvin, whose background was in grain crops such as corn and
After they were married, they realized there wasn’t a lot of
potential for expansion in his current farming operation, so she dragged him
into the produce business, she noted.
The four stands are located in Jasper, Loogootee, Montgomery
and Washington and serve consumers in three different counties.
Holstine said most of the produce for sale at the stands is
grown at their family farm. They plant about 30 acres of sweet corn each year to
ensure there will be enough of the crop to stock all four of the stands for the
The Produce Patch is very particular about the quality of
its sweet corn, Holstine stressed, because it is the farm stands’ signature
Besides the acreage that’s planted in sweet corn, she noted
that her husband, along with their kids, Lucas and Abby, and other employees
also plant between seven to eight acres in cucumbers, green beans, potatoes,
squash, tomatoes and zucchini.
However, she added, to have enough produce to last the
entire season, they have to do a lot of different plantings, especially of green
beans and sweet corn.
“We plant green beans every week,” she said, noting that
once the bean is harvested from the plant, it is done and will produce no
Holstine shared that one of the reasons she believes the
Produce Patch has done so well since the first location was opened is attributed
to the public becoming more conscientious about eating healthy and buying
locally grown food.
She has even added flowers that she grows herself at the
Even though she is not able to grow it herself because of
timing issues with the flowers, she has started getting locally grown asparagus
from Knox County to provide consumers with more options for fresh produce.
“I love asparagus. I put it on the grill with some olive oil
and garlic salt. It’s amazing,” she said.
More information about the Produce Patch Farm Market can be
found at www.producepatchfarmmarket.com.