John Pendleton's dad Albert started farming in the Kansas River Valley over 60 years ago on land that once produced mostly potatoes and peas for the local Kaw Valley Cannery that Albert's dad managed. Being a city boy, Albert always wanted to be a farmer, and after WWII, came home to follow that dream. Albert and his wife Lorita, along with their three sons, Jim, John, and Scott, farmed what most call "regular farm crops" in the valley. They raised corn, wheat, soybeans, and milo. They also developed a small feedlot, and fed about 500 head of cattle each year. In the early 1970's (during what is known as "the farm crisis") the Pendleton's, along with many farmers looked for alternative crops to help with the income on the farm. The couple planted their first 1/2 acre of asparagus in 1970, and now the farm grows a wide variety of vegetables, bedding plants, and cut flowers. Through the last 30 years, John and Karen raised their three children on the farm that has kept everyone busy on a much more diversified operation. Today, with their children grown, John and Karen continue the market farm, witch occasional help from Liz, Margaret, and Will. Pendleton’s Country Market is a diversified family farm, located just off Hwy K10, between Eudora and Lawrence. The farm is nestled in the rich Kaw River Valley, and grows vegetables, bedding plants and cut flowers. The family wants to make their customer’s visit to the farm fun and educational, and offer PYO vegetables in season. Pendleton’s Country Market provides quality locally produced items with personal service and honest prices. They are environmentally responsible, using only biological pest controls in their greenhouses and many land conservation practices in their growing. Pendleton’s sell their flowers, plants and produce at the Lawrence Farmers Market, The Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery, through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and of course at their home farm market.
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