The Community Market Place recently added new vendors, Doug and Janetta Tesch, of Tesch Farms in Bethel.

The Tesches began with five acres and a small garden, but after finding enjoyment and togetherness in growing fruit and vegetables, they expanded their growing each year.


The Community Market Place recently added new vendors, Doug and Janetta Tesch, of Tesch Farms in Bethel.
The Tesches began with five acres and a small garden, but after finding enjoyment and togetherness in growing fruit and vegetables, they expanded their growing each year.
In 2005, the Department of Agriculture introduced them to plasticulture farming. This type of growing allowed them to produce more by impeding weeds, conserving water and preventing nutrient depletion.
This, in turn, led to the expansion of their farm.
They are now farming 40 acres and have joined forces with the Noble Foundation as cooperators and have been awarded a Farm Diversification Grant which has aided them in their resources and knowledge.
They are in the process of erecting a greenhouse with the intentions of growing bedding plants for the fall, a spring vegetable garden and even growing vegetables throughout the winter months. Their goal is to produce fruits and vegetables without the use of harmful pesticides.
The Tesches will be at the Community Market Place every Saturday and will provide tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, sweet and hot peppers, green beans, purl hull peas, okra, blueberries, blackberries, cantaloupes, brown eggs and pie pumpkins throughout the growing season.
The Community Market Place is open 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Saturday and is located at the corner of Seventh and Bell.