From helping out in his family garden as a child to owning a farm today, Kenny Davis has always been familiar with the process of growing and selling fresh produce. For him, it gradually turned from a drudgery into a successful passion that led to the establishment of GoldenRed Sunflower Produce Farm.
“I bought land next to me in 2012 that had open spots but not big enough for row crops. So we started buying, coming to the farmers’ market and selling,” Davis said. “It just grew and grew from there.”
Now Davis and his family grow almost everything they sell, but everything they buy comes from another vendor in the local market, which means everything on their stand is as fresh as possible.
“Almost everything here was picked (the day before), and if it’s something we’ve processed, it’s processed from fresh produce,” he said. “We don’t add anything to preserve it.”
Not only is everything fresh, but there are plenty of products to choose from at the GoldenRed stand. According to Davis, they sell most produce and fruits, baked goods, jams and jellies, sauces, pickles, and more.
One of Davis’ favorite parts about this business is that he gets to do it alongside his family, as his 92-year-old mother makes many of their products and his teenage grandchildren help run the stand.
“I did it for my grandkids because it gives them a job and I can pay them without giving them money,” Davis said. “And I do it because it keeps my mom going, because she really likes doing that stuff.”
Davis also said he enjoyed conversing and getting to know customers who stopped by the booth.
“I love meeting and interacting with people. People will come back and say it was the best watermelon they ever tasted or the best corn they ever had. It feels good to know that I can do this for people,” he said.
To learn more about GoldenRed Sunflower Produce Farm, visit their Facebook page here.