14 responses to The Plowboy Produce Auction at Ethridge, Tennessee
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    Comment on Great Story (June 26th, 2014 at 07:24)

    Great Story

    Really nice story and I was very surprised to read that they were Swartzentruber and traveled to AL to fix up Susan’s farm. I was also surprised to hear they had over $1 million in sales! Impressive.

    I’ll definitely have to read more about this community. I am not familiar with this settlement, other than noticing the name in passing.

    Many thanks for this post!

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    Comment on The Plowboy Produce Auction at Ethridge, Tennessee (June 26th, 2014 at 07:44)

    Great info! We traveled through the areas talked about in this article last May. It is kind of like hearing “the rest of the story.” We wondered where/how they sold the bulk of their products, etc. Thanks!

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    Comment on Roma Beans (June 26th, 2014 at 08:27)

    Roma Beans

    I had only passed by this auction before, so I was curious about the story as well.

    It sounds like the members of the community have a lot of faith in Ayers-Kelley.

    On a related note, a reader has been asking if Roma beans can be found for sale in this community. If anyone knows I know she’d appreciate hearing about it.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Symbiotic... (June 28th, 2014 at 15:18)


    Farmers Markets are win-win for everyone in this community, it seems…a symbiotic relationship, for sure. Ayers-Kelley and the Amish seem to have a good thing going, judging by their auction receipts and the way the Amish pitched in to help her after the storms. I hope it continues!

    We have a local farmers market in our town on Sunday mornings from June through Sept. in the parking lot of the local commuter train station (it would be too full of parked cars during the week, or even on Sunday if something “big” is happening in Chicago (it often IS). It’s a pleasure to shop there and come home with locally-grown food (muskmelons, tomatoes, corn, etc.) and bakery items baked by small, independent bakeries. Our FRIENDS group (from our library) even sells used books there on occasion. Buying “local” is a good thing!

    Alice Mary

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on The Plowboy Produce Auction at Ethridge, Tennessee (June 28th, 2014 at 15:21)

    Ooops. I meant “Saturday” in reference to the parking lot being full on a non-weekday!

    Too bad it wasn’t held on Saturday—maybe then the Amish could come up this way once or twice a summer (not gonna happen on ANY Sunday!).

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Chicago Amish market (July 8th, 2014 at 08:56)

      Chicago Amish market

      Alice Mary, you might try to Google Amish market in Chicago. Are you interested in produce, eggs, meat, cheese, bakery or jams?

      (or look on the Rise ‘N Roll Facebook for the Chicago schedule)

      (schedule for July 1-5, 2014)


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      Comment on Amish at Chicago Farmers Market (July 12th, 2014 at 22:22)

      Amish at Chicago Farmers Market

      Amish people from Indiana take their baked goods to Wednesday farmers markets in the Chicago suburbs of:

      (Palos Heights Farmer’s Market)

      http://www.oaklawn-il.gov/residents/farmer-s-market (Oak Lawn)

      and Riverside Farmers Market


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    Comment on Ploughboy Auction location (June 29th, 2014 at 07:12)

    Ploughboy Auction location

    Do they have an open market on Saturdays at the PloughboyAuction Location building? If so, what times? If not, is there another open market on Saturday in Etheridge or within 20 miles of Etheridge for an open market (Amish produce?) Thanks VHF

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      Comment on The Plowboy Produce Auction at Ethridge, Tennessee (July 8th, 2014 at 09:40)

      Vicki, the auction takes place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the months of May to October, according to:



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      Comment on Produce in Ethridge (July 8th, 2014 at 10:49)

      Produce in Ethridge


      Some farmers take produce over to the auction building on Saturdays to sell as a small farmers market. I drove by there this past weekend and there were a few sellers there.

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    Comment on Pumpkins at Plowboy Produce Auction (October 8th, 2014 at 11:10)

    Pumpkins at Plowboy Produce Auction

    An article, “Pumpkins: The harbingers of fall,” talks about the pumpkins, squash, and gourds now in season. Horse-drawn wagons have a drive-thru lane at the Plowboy Produce Auction.


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      Comment on Ethridge Amish Pumpkins. (October 8th, 2014 at 12:40)

      Ethridge Amish Pumpkins.

      That article was interesting Linda. Looks like it’s been a banner year for pumpkins, the auction owner says over $300,000 worth have been sold. I enjoyed learning the different names for pumpkins – “Atlanta Giant” or “Jaradale”.

      Also Lawrence County it says is one of the top pumpkin counties in the state, no doubt a chunk of that is Amish production out of the Ethridge community.

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    Comment on Produce Auction (August 8th, 2018 at 19:08)

    Produce Auction

    Hello, Since most of the information is from 2014, are you still having the produce auction on MWF? I am interested in buying squash, zucchini, and peaches to can and enjoy over the winter. Thank you. Susan

    Aug. 8, 2018

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    Comment on Veggies (August 27th, 2018 at 12:20)


    The produce auction is Mon, Wed, and Fri, April through October. Their phone number is 931-829-1114.

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