J. Sparks Farms
Hydroponic Tomato and Vegetable Farm
We are almost open for the 2015 growing season! Come see us at our new hours or
at Greene Street Market Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Bailey Cove
Market at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.!
Welcome to the healthy, eco-friendly world of hydroponic farming! To
introduce you to our operation, we are working hard to protect our Earth
while supporting the needs of the population. In order to keep up with the
demand for fresh and healthy produce, we are using the best system for this:
the hydroponic method of farming.
When you come to visit the farm, you will see a wide variety
of produce. The crispness and flavor on our varieties of leaf lettuce cannot
be found on your typical grocery shelf. By June 1st you will see many
varieties of vegetables at our on-site market that we pick fresh daily. The
following is a list of the fresh vegetables that we grow:
- Green leaf lettuce
- Red leaf lettuce
- Romaine lettuce
- Swiss chard
- Green beans
- Baby French green beans
- Purple hull peas
- Silver queen corn
Local Food Highlights
- North Alabama consumers spend $2.4 billion buying food each year-of
which approximately $2.2 billion is sourced outside the region.
- Direct sales from Alabama farmers to consumers account for .2% of
farm sales- half the national average. This suggests a significant
potential for growth in direct sales.
- State residents purchase $11 billion of food each year, including
$6.5 billion to eat at home.
- If Alabama residents purchased 15% of their food for home use
directly from Alabama farmers, this would generate $980 million of new
income for the state's farmers annually.
Source: Ken Meter- Crossroads Resource Center
- Green, Red, Yellow bell peppers
- Variety of other peppers
- Fresh herbs
- Variety of the best tomatoes