T.L Fruits and Vegetable Farm

Caldwell, West Virginia

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After retiring from the school system in Texas, Tommye Lou Rafes turned her long time love of gardening into a farm business opportunity.  When she moved to Greenbrier County for her husband’s job she left the you-pick berry farm she started in Oklahoma behind. She has launched yet another successful business enterprise here in the Greenbrier Valley, T.L Fruits and Vegetables.  The T.L stands for “tender loving” or Tommye Lou as her family calls her T.L. for short.  Between her two fruit orchards, berry bushes, asparagus patch, and grape arbors, T.L Fruits and Vegetables has around three acres in production. 

At this time Tommye sells exclusively through the Monroe Farm Market.  She sells a variety of vegetables and fruits online to customers in Monroe, Greenbrier and Kanawha Counties. T.L had great success with her kale and fresh herbs this year.  “ I use fresh herbs everyday in my cooking”  says Tommye “I encourage people to buy them through Monroe Farm Market, they are much higher quality than you find in the supermarket and a good alternative to using excess salt in your diet.” Tommye doesn’t have hired help but she does have two exceptional volunteers who come out every Wednesday during the growing season and help her harvest, wash, and pack her produce.  

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Tommye continues to improve her land every year by adding perennial fruits and vegetables and is committed to never spray synthetic chemicals, fungicides, or herbicides on her land. T.L follows organic practices and uses crop rotation to increase fertility and control pests on the farm.  “ I hope whoever inherits this land, be it a child, a grandchild or someone else, will continue to love it and give back to it as I have done” Tommye says.

Join Monroe Farm Market to get a delivery of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables with convenient pick-ups in Lewisburg, Union, and Charleston, WV.  Www.Monroefarmmarket.com for more details and “like” T.L Fruits and Vegetable LLC on Facebook!

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