Plowboy Produce Auction
For everyone who wants to see a lot of Amish produce in one place, then Plowboy Produce Auction is the place to be! There is also locally grown non-Amish produce here, so you get the best of both farmers. The Amish have signs on the road telling you what they have, but sometimes they have things that are not on the sign. At Plowboy Produce Auction, they bring what they have for you to the same place. You don't need to track down the Amish people to see if they have what you are looking for. The Produce Auction is still an auction, so you have to go to their office and get your number to bid. This number identifies you as the winner of the produce when the auctioneer says the produce is sold to you, the buyer. Bidding is easy, and the auctioneer is not difficult to follow. Upon winning your produce, you can pay for it at the same office window you got your number. The auctioneer helpers will turn in the winning numbers to the office that indicates your win! Kids also love to hear the auctioneers talk, so bring them with you!
The auction report sets the value of the produce statewide and estimates the cost of each vegetable and fruit you can buy from a commercial produce stand. The auction amounts start with the bottom allowable price from the market report and rise as people bid the price up. If you are lucky enough to bid on individual produce with a lot of quantity, you might get a real bargain over the same produce from a standard grocery store that imports its produce from other countries. There is also a table of "first come, first serve" baskets of various vegetables and fruits you can buy right then at the Produce Auction. The amount of produce is often confusing to a non-auction bidder used to grocery store offerings. We will try to demystify the terms and amounts in the table below.
The types of Amish gardening and seed propagation
The Amish in Ethridge usually have two gardens. One for themselves and the bigger garden to sell produce to customers. The yard around the Amish homes is considered land that can grow vegetables, so you may see gardens grown right up to the front and back doors. The Amish have no use for play areas when work can be done. The home usually has many children who have daily chores to water and tend to the garden. When the harvesting begins, they will help pick and clean the vegetables for canning for winter. This is why they have so much additional produce at their stands by their homes. The money they get will buy more rings and jars for canning season and other items. Some of the Amish vegetables will be used for seed saving for future use. Many Amish families own greenhouses, so they start seedlings faster and get transplants in the ground quicker than the seed would grow on their own. Having the Amish come to Plowboy Produce Auction is a great way to see the best that they have to offer under one roof.
The seasons of Amish fruits and vegetables in Tennessee
The Amish people's produce is not offered year-round like a grocery store that imports items from other countries. Their produce is grown within their season of growing. We will give you a reasonable estimation of when you can expect the produce you want to be ready for harvest. Remember that greenhouses can produce vegetables and fruits ahead of the growing season. You can find produce at Plowboys Produce Auction ahead of schedule, so call, email, or message them to see what is coming to the auction.
Apples, Beets, Broccoli
Fall Apples, Beets, Beans
Cabbage, Greens, kale
Cabbage, Collard Green
mustard greens, onions
Collard Greens, Cherries
Corn, Cucumbers, Grapes
Eggplant, Herbs, Kale
Eggplant, Peas, Grapes
Honeydew, Kale, Lettuce
Herbs, Honeydew, Kale
Mushrooms, Okra, Peas
Lettuce, Beans, Mushrooms
Mustard Greens, Pears
Mustard Greens, Okra
Peaches, Peppers, Plums
Peaches, Peppers, Plums
Sweet Potato, Raspberries
Squash, Sweet Potato
Tomatoes, Winter Squash
The Amish furniture sale is also held at Plowboys Produce Auction every spring, around March, and draws a large crowd because this sale only happens once a year. Keep up to date with us and like Plowboy Produce Auction on Facebook to see if they will offer two shows or when the next sale date will happen!
So what is the difference between the auction and going to the Amish farms?
The main difference in buying directly from the Amish people is that you must know where to go and what the farm has to offer. You never know if the people before you bought all the produce or if they still have any left. Plus, we have asked the Amish for produce, and they went out and got it from their garden and put it in a bag without being cleaned or prepped. At the Plowboys Produce Auction, the produce must be cleaned and packaged consistently with commercial sales. This means no bad or rotten produce makes the cut, while on their farm, you may get a bad apple every so often. Now you won't find peanut brittle, chow chow, jellies, molasses, and other Amish-made goods at the produce auction, so we recommend both bidding at the auction and buying directly from the Amish. There have been plenty of times the team here at Amish of Ethridge mentioned we were looking for something, and the Amish farm we were sold us their own supply. You will find the Amish can meet your demands or tell you where another Amish family has what you want.
The Amish signs by the road tell you only a small sample of what the Amish people offer or specialize in. We have bought eggs and even dog collars from Amish who didn't have it on their sign. Just don't cause a traffic accident by stopping on the road to read the sign. Bring plenty of cash and coin, and don't go on Sunday, and you will be ok to shop directly from the Amish people here in Ethridge, Tennessee!
Enter your address into your GPS and come over to Plowboy Produce Auction and hear the auctioneer's banter to get people to bid on the best Amish produce you can buy! Below is a small photo gallery of photos we have taken as an example of what you can find at the produce auction!