Meet the Yoder Family of Abundant Acres in Athens, TN. Dean and Carmen Yoder have five children ages 15 to 24, including Judson, at right. All are involved in the growing and selling of the produce they raise. You’ll see them primarily at the Ebenezer Road Market and sometimes the Lakeshore Park Market.
The Yoders grow a large variety of vegetables and strawberries, using sustainable farming methods.
“Our goal is to bring you fresh, top quality vegetables that are nutrient dense and full of vitamins,” said Dean Yoder. “We use farming methods that build the fertility of the soil by sowing various kinds of cover crops throughout the year. Only soil amendments and fertilizer of a natural type are added to build the soil structure. Weeds are controlled to a large part by the ‘sweat of the brow’ method,” he said. “We use no synthetic herbicides or pesticides.”
RECIPE for Kale Chips: Carmen Yoder said one of her family’s favorite snacks is Kale Chips. Kale is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and calcium! Here’s how Carmen prepares it:
“Wash and trip the kale. Tear the tail leave into smaller pieces, however big you want. Put olive oil in your hands and rub both sides of the leaves quickly, and lay them on a plate. Sprinkle salt on them, and garlic powder if you want or other seasonings. Put them in the microwave from 90 seconds to 3 minutes, until crispy,” she said.
“You could also do them in the oven at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. They’re so good they melt in your mouth!”