This week on the blog we want to share with you the story of one of our dearest friends from the market, Ben Seaborn! Ben is the friendly face you will see working the Arrowhead Farms booth each Wednesday in the Barn at Homestead Manor.
Ben is a seventh generation farmer in Middle Tennessee, and his daughter will make the eighth. He’s been farming his whole life, but Arrowhead Farms has been a certified business for about four years. The farm is located in Centerville, Tennessee and is run by Ben and his wife Emmy, his daughter, and his younger sister and her children. It has been in the family for 25 years, dating back to when his mother and father purchased the land. Ben eventually moved back home and bought a house on land adjacent to the farm.
Ben describes a typical day on the farm to begin around 6am. The family begins with chores, they feed and water the livestock, and then they spend most of the morning picking produce and tending the fields. During the hot summer months, the afternoons are spent playing in the creek! The peak seasons for the farm happen during the Spring and the Fall. However, they are producing a variety of products year round like tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, green beans, garlic, blue potatoes, corn, lettuce, squash, baby carrots, radishes, pumpkins, melons, and berries. Eventually, the public will be able to visit the farm themselves and pick their own berries! The family also raises pigs and chickens, so they sell chickens and meat. Additionally, Ben’s father has been a commercial bee keeper for 30 years, so you can also find some local honey at their booth!
Are you wondering… where did the name “Arrowhead Farms” come from? We were wondering the same thing! According to Ben, you can find actual arrowheads on the farm that they pile up and collect every year! If you want to learn more about the business and see pictures, updates, and exciting news, be sure to follow Arrowhead on Instagram here, and check out their Facebook here!