Share-Life is a sole proprietorship in Saline County, Missouri, near Marshall, owned and farmed since 1929 by our family, currently Rosie and Jim Thomas, Jr., with Jim Thomas, Sr.. On our 10 acres of land we grow Certified Organic produce that we distribute to our CSA customers, Columbia Farmer’s Market customers and restaurant partners.
“It’s not the amount of rain – it’s that it rains every day.” That is why CSA customers are mainly getting potatoes, onions and kale (and some peppers and cukes from the hoop houses) lately, instead of green beans, okra and cabbage, says Jim Jr.. “We’ve got the corn planted, but we’re not sure what’s going to happen with it.” So much depends on getting some sunny days between rainfalls – just a few days without rain will let the summer vegetables thrive. If it doesn’t rain on your 4th of July picnic, get ready to make some Purple Potato Salad with our Majestic Purple potatoes. And about that kale: one of our customers’ husband doesn’t like kale. Or at least he didn’t, until he tried Creamed Kale. Now, he can’t get enough of that vegetable!
The other week, a customer came by and said, “Your vegetables are the best tasting in the whole market!” We thanked him for his kind words and he said, “No, really! They really taste the best!” We think the quality of our soil helps our vegetables taste the best. Here in Marshall, Missouri we’ve been utilizing good soil practices for 15 years, and it shows in the taste of our produce.