Bud's Farm Market

Bud's Farm Market Tomatoes and Vegetables Grown without the use of Synthetic Fertilizers or Potentially Harmful Chemica Better for you! Better for the World!
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Saving the World from tasteless, rock hard, chemically laden Tomatoes, One Tomato at a Time!

Delicious, Sustainably Grown on my Farm, Good for You !!! Mon-Sat 9-6. Sun & Holidays 11-53501 S Weinbach. Just South of...
06/05/2024

Delicious, Sustainably Grown on my Farm, Good for You !!!
Mon-Sat 9-6. Sun & Holidays 11-5
3501 S Weinbach. Just South of the Levee
Across from Salvage Candy

I was planning on opening for the season next Friday, May 17, but my plants told me I was getting fat and lazy, and that...
05/11/2024

I was planning on opening for the season next Friday, May 17, but my plants told me I was getting fat and lazy, and that I needed to stop loafin’ (Yes, I talk to my tomatoes. Doesn’t everyone?!? 😗) Any way, I will be open tomorrow, Sat, May 11, 9-6, and Sun (Mother’s Day), May 12, 11-5 with my tomatoes only. I will post expected due dates on my cucumbers, squash, and peppers as we get closer. As always, my stuff is grown using natural fertilizers, and without any potentially harmful pesticides. And it’s Fresh & Delicious !!!BTW, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers out there!

After years of top secret research, in conjunction with the brain trust that is Purdue University, Bud’s Farm Market is ...
04/01/2024

After years of top secret research, in conjunction with the brain trust that is Purdue University, Bud’s Farm Market is happy to announce the creation of a new type of vegetable. Since Tomatoes and Sweet Corn are widely recognized as the two most popular summer veggies, it only makes sense to combine the two in what we are calling the Sweet CorMato ! It’s Genius !!! (I don’t understand why no one has thought of this before?!?) The plants are looking great, and I expect them to be ready when we open for the season in early to mid-May. Can’t wait to see everyone ! No Foolin’ !!! 😁😉🤣

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year !!!  🎄🎅Without you, I could not continue to do what I love doing. I can...
12/24/2023

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year !!! 🎄🎅Without you, I could not continue to do what I love doing. I can’t thank you enough 🙂

Wishing Everyone A Very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving !!! 🍗🦃🎉🥳 And a huge thank you for another great year !!! I...
11/23/2023

Wishing Everyone A Very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving !!! 🍗🦃🎉🥳 And a huge thank you for another great year !!! I look forward to seeing everyone in the Spring !!!

Unfortunately, they couldn’t take this year’s photo in front of Mr. Spider due to a huge wasp nest inside of him. Now th...
10/08/2023

Unfortunately, they couldn’t take this year’s photo in front of Mr. Spider due to a huge wasp nest inside of him. Now that cooler weather has set in, I’ll get this season’s Mr. Spider back in place soon. Thanks for coming out again this year, girls. It’s always fun to see you!

Shared by one of my customers. The triplets come out every year for photos and pumpkins.
10/08/2023

Shared by one of my customers. The triplets come out every year for photos and pumpkins.

Shared by one of my customers. Beautiful!
10/08/2023

Shared by one of my customers. Beautiful!

A lady came in about 2 weeks ago, marveling about the size and beauty of one of the gi-normous, multi-colored Rainbow Mu...
09/18/2023

A lady came in about 2 weeks ago, marveling about the size and beauty of one of the gi-normous, multi-colored Rainbow Mums. “I use to have one like that. Maybe even bigger.” Our conversation continued for a few minutes, and after stating for the third time that she used to have a big, beautiful mum, I finally got my cue that I was supposed to ask her what happened to it. “Earlier in the summer, my husband came in from working in the garden all hot and sweaty, and proudly exclaimed that he had just finished w**ding. ‘That one w**d in the corner was really stubborn. It was as big as a bush. I had to get the shovel to dig it out,’ he explained.” She tentatively and cautiously, asked which w**d? You have probably figured out by now, that hubby had dug out her gi-nourmous, big-as-a-bush, beautiful, multi-colored mum that she had been nurturing for maybe 5 years or so! Oops. 😗

07/19/2023
People frequently ask why my tomatoes taste so much better than others “homegrown” in the area. I know I’ve joked in the...
07/13/2023

People frequently ask why my tomatoes taste so much better than others “homegrown” in the area. I know I’ve joked in the past that it’s me, but honestly it’s not just one thing. It’s a number of things including the process, such as growing them without the use of chemical fertilizers, or spraying them with potentially harmful chemical pesticides (Yea insect exclusion netting!)

It’s variety selection. It’s the Southern IN heat and humidity, as well as the soil. It’s also the fact that I actually grow my tomatoes (for 28 years now!). They aren’t “homegrown” where ever (?), shipped in via an auction, and resold in the some steamy, hot asphalt parking lot. (Don’t be fooled by the imposters!)

And, it’s working with the team from Purdue who visit my farm on a monthly basis. 2 PhD’s and a Master’s candidate watching over my crops while conducting their various research projects gives me invaluable assistance and insight. Thank you Wenjing, Samatha, and Isabella !
Don’t let the summer pass you by without enjoying truly locally grown, fresh fruits and veggies!

06/27/2023

Video of car gas tank exploding on west bound I-69 just west of the Weinbach overpass

A lady came to the farm the other day, sort of complaining that my tomatoes were waaay too BIG.“Were they any good?” I a...
05/26/2023

A lady came to the farm the other day, sort of complaining that my tomatoes were waaay too BIG.
“Were they any good?” I asked
“Oh yes. They were delicious. Best I’ve tasted in a long time. They were just bigger than my sandwich bread” she replied.
I told her, you just need a bigger sandwich.
“You’re not funny” she said in her best non-amused teenager-type attitudinal, slightly sarcastic way.
“Actually, not only am I funny, but I’m also pretty dang good looking,” I replied, at which point she start laughing.
Hysterically!
So, I guess that means I actually am funny? 🫤
This Memorial Day Weekend, remember to say a prayer for those who have given their all for our country, and thank all of the veterans as well as active duty types out there for all they do. Maybe even make them a sandwich - you know, with a really BIG (and delicious) tomato !!! 😊 Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend

Summer Hours May 20-Early SeptemberMon-Sat 9-6Sundays & Holidays 11-5
05/20/2023

Summer Hours
May 20-Early September
Mon-Sat 9-6
Sundays & Holidays 11-5

Saturday, May 20, Opening Day for the 2023 Season!  The tomatoes are looking great, as you can see from the photos, but ...
05/08/2023

Saturday, May 20, Opening Day for the 2023 Season! The tomatoes are looking great, as you can see from the photos, but I don’t think I will have enough to meet demand for another 2 weeks. The fire truck next to Mr Spider belongs to Salvage Candy across the road from the farm. TJ thinks it attracts more attention sitting in my field. It’s just a fun photo op for all to enjoy. 😊 I look forward to seeing everyone!

People are already calling, posting, messaging, texting, and stopping by the farm asking about the tomatoes. Unfortunate...
04/03/2023

People are already calling, posting, messaging, texting, and stopping by the farm asking about the tomatoes. Unfortunately, we still have 4-6 weeks before we have ripe tomatoes. I know, I’m getting anxious, too. 😊

12/25/2022
Wishing Everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving! And to address these vicious rumors that all I do during the w...
11/24/2022

Wishing Everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving! And to address these vicious rumors that all I do during the winter is lie on the couch napping through football and basketball games, I offer the following evidence. Wenjing Gaun, PhD and Samantha Anne Wilden, PhD have been down to set up data collection devices for a series of experiments they are working on. The link to the project is here https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2022/Q1/extending-the-season,-improving-food-security.html , if you are interested in more info on their work. (I have named the devices E.T. and E.T. Too as they are “phoning home” with data back to the mothership at Purdue.) I have also cleaned out one of the greenhouses, prepped the soil for the winter, and changed the plastic. I am working on doing the same for the second house. Finally, if anyone needs a new pet, this unwanted visitor showed up on the security camera recently. I have occasionally smelled them off in the distance, but this is the first time I have noticed them this close to the barn. This is adding new urgency to rebuilding and sealing the barn off to critters. 🫤 Thank you to everyone for another great season! You make it possible for me to continue to do what I love. Have a Great Holiday Season! 😁

Mother Nature sent us a pre-Halloween trick, but also left us with a treat!  The trick was having a freeze shortly after...
10/20/2022

Mother Nature sent us a pre-Halloween trick, but also left us with a treat! The trick was having a freeze shortly after a full moon. (An old farmer’s tale states that tomatoes ripen on a full moon.) So yes, after the full moon I had a bunch of tomatoes begin to ripen, but then I had to pick everything I could to protect them from the freeze. The treat is that I will have delicious tomatoes for the next 6 weeks or so. Tomatoes for Thanksgiving anyone!? Back to fall hours. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4. 😊

Down on the Farm - Yes, I do have more tomatoes, sort of.  I plant tomatoes 3 times throughout the summer.  The first tw...
09/11/2022

Down on the Farm - Yes, I do have more tomatoes, sort of. I plant tomatoes 3 times throughout the summer. The first two plantings produced very well, and have since played out. The third set was planted shortly before the hot week which stunted them. The big summer storm then blew the blossoms off creating a void right now. I will only be around on weekends until the late tomatoes begin producing again. Once the tomatoes start ripening again, I expect to have them through October, and possibly into November. Text (preferred) or call before coming to the farm during the week. The best looking mums in the area are in. Pumpkins will begin showing up this coming weekend. Otherwise, the new bridge construction crew is finishing up their work for the summer. They had to put down about a half mile of wooden track pads to get semi-trailers into the field to get the pictured barge and drilling equipment in the pond. Quite an operation. They expect to be back next summer to perform drilling across the Ohio river on a barge and tug boat. Another crew used the pictured large drone and LIDAR to map the creek behind the farm. The technology allows them to “see” through the vegetation to get a topologic view of the creek bed. All of the data collected now goes to the engineers to develop the actual bridge and approach road design. For those who tune in for my usual snarky posts, I just couldn’t come up with anything this time. Sorry. I’ll work on it 😁

If you are like me, you have experienced a range of emotions from shock to anger to disbelief and more regarding the sit...
08/04/2022

If you are like me, you have experienced a range of emotions from shock to anger to disbelief and more regarding the situation in Ukraine. People have been asking all season long what is growing in that field, and now, what are you going to do with all of those sunflowers. I am going to donate all proceed to the United Nation’s World Food Program for the benefit of the Ukrainian Refugees. I am suggesting a $ 1.00 per stem donation ($10.00 suggested minimum donation for photo shoots). I had originally planned on this being a U-Pick Operation, but because of the recent rainfall, and because this knucklehead planted the seeds to close together, I will cut the flowers as time permits. You are still welcome to pick your own, if you so choose. The flowers were not due to begin blooming for another few weeks, but I guess this is Mother Nature’s way of saying Ukraine needs our help now. I know a lot of people are struggling with gas prices and back to school expenses and such, but if you can fit it in your budget, I’m sure the Ukrainian people would appreciate our support, no matter what size. I will continue this project through the end of the season, but I think the sunflowers will be in their peak for the next 3 or 4 weeks. Thanks, and I hope to see you soon!😁

People have been asking about all of the construction equipment and activity on the farm. This is the next step in the c...
06/12/2022

People have been asking about all of the construction equipment and activity on the farm. This is the next step in the construction of the new I-69 bridge, and they are using my farm as a field office and staging area. The access ramp will be located about 3/4 of a mile east of my farm. There are currently 3 crews boring over 100 holes 100-200 feet deep, 2 inches in diameter until they find bedrock, testing the soil structure every 5 feet down. They have to test all along the route from I-69 down to and across the river. An additional 3 crews will start work soon. The entire process is expected to take 6-8 months. They will even have to bore holes in the Ohio River, working from a barge. This company has been working on the I-69 project from just north of Evansville all the way up to Indy for over 8 years. They say this is the deepest and most difficult work they have encountered thus far. In 3-4 years as actual construction begins, these holes will be expanded as per engineers specifications based on the core samples being taken now. All of their crews have been very agreeable to work with, going out of their way not to interfere with my farm market. I will post more photos as they give me additional tours of the job site. Stay tuned, and, oh yes, TOMATOES! 😊

When I previously announced that I would be opening for the season on Friday, May 27, 9 am, I didn’t realize these guys ...
05/22/2022

When I previously announced that I would be opening for the season on Friday, May 27, 9 am, I didn’t realize these guys were following my page. How do I get them to unfollow me? 😁. This is the most aggressive they have ever been. They jumped the outer fence, and went right up to the greenhouse before I could scare them off. Who can blame them. The tomatoes are as delicious as they look!

Opening Day Friday, May 27, 2022! Tomatoes are looking great! I would open sooner, but because I grow them in an all nat...
05/08/2022

Opening Day Friday, May 27, 2022! Tomatoes are looking great! I would open sooner, but because I grow them in an all natural method, it takes a little longer. This method provides a better tasting tomato, and tomatoes that are better for you and our environment. Unfortunately, the numerous cloudy, overcast days have slowed us down a little. This seems to be the new normal - 3 years in a row now! I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Given that people are calling, texting, emailing, and even stopping by the farm, I guess it’s time for an update. We are...
04/18/2022

Given that people are calling, texting, emailing, and even stopping by the farm, I guess it’s time for an update. We are getting close, but, as these are the first two showing color, we are still 3-4 weeks away from opening for the season. I’ll post an exact date as we get closer. Thanks. I look forward to seeing everyone! 😊

This is the last in a series of ”What the Heck Do You Do All Winter” as from here on, it’s all farming, all the time. I ...
03/27/2022

This is the last in a series of ”What the Heck Do You Do All Winter” as from here on, it’s all farming, all the time. I unexpectedly had to replace the plastic on one of the greenhouses; fortunately, I hadn’t planted anything in it yet. It wasn’t scheduled to be changed until next year, but Mother Nature had other plans. High winds ripped it up! The tomatoes are looking great! It’s too early to give an exact opening date, but I estimate mid-May. Lots to do between now and then-planting the next crop, seeding the next crop after that, and taking care of the first crop. Hope you all are doing well, and I look forward to seeing everyone again!😊

Here’s another edition of “What the heck do you do all winter”.  After several unexpected repairs (the tractor pto shaft...
02/13/2022

Here’s another edition of “What the heck do you do all winter”. After several unexpected repairs (the tractor pto shaft was unknowingly damaged last season and 2 greenhouse fan motors and 1 vent motor decided to malfunction [1 motor is only two years old; another one was purchased last year; no warranty; the joys of farming 😊]), I finally got half of the first greenhouse planted. I only planted half so far to try to mitigate the natural gas expense. I’m hearing horror stories over the price increase. Prior to that, I spent several weeks cutting down saplings along the creek bank that runs through the farm. Saplings on a farm are a major problem, especially along waterways and fence rows. If you don’t control them, they will become trees in 3-5 years that become beaver dams or sun blockers which creates even larger problems. I will (almost) be glad when football and the Olympics are over so I don’t have an excuse not to go out in the cold and get some work done. Sooo looking forward to spring. Stay warm and safe!

01/21/2022

IU 68. Purdue 65. Life is good. 😁

…and the seeds were all nestled snug in their beds (with their new, more powerful & efficient LED grow lights, watered b...
12/24/2021

…and the seeds were all nestled snug in their beds (with their new, more powerful & efficient LED grow lights, watered by their upgraded irrigation filtration system)…. Wishing Everyone a Safe, Happy & Healthy Merry Christmas with Best Wishes for the New Year!😊🎄🎅🎉🥳

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving! FYI &TMI, it’s only noon, and I’ve already od’ed on junk food;...
11/25/2021

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving! FYI &TMI, it’s only noon, and I’ve already od’ed on junk food; but as Tom Brady says, it’s a cheat day. ON YOUR DIET, because he would never do that on the football field. Right!? Right!? 😊

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