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On Tuten Farming’s Facebook page, there is a request from a former resident of Madison, now living in Auburn, Ala. Vicki Brown writes: “I’ll pay double for some Tuten acre peas…just sayin.’”
The reply comes from Sharon Underhill, who keeps the page updated for her family’s business. “Ms. Vicki, as much as we love yah, we refuse to deliver that far away.”
Underhill extends an invitation for Brown herself to travel back to Madison to come get the vegetables.
In addition to acre peas, there are requests for zipper peas and other vegetables that the Tuten family grows.
The orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Some may choose to go to the Tuten Farm, on Highway 14 South and pick the vegetables themselves or some may choose to pay a little extra and have the Tutens gather the food for them. If you are fortunate, you may just catch up with Lisa Tuten, wife of Timmy, on a day when she has some farm fresh vegetables on the back of her pickup.
Friends and neighbors have come from miles and miles to buy some food grown by the Tutens. This summer, the Tutens offered fresh cantaloupes, as well as those peas that people are pining for in northern Alabama.
The peas will be gone by the end of this week, but the Tutens will still have boiling peanuts. Tomatoes and sweet potatoes will be among the produce harvested in the fall.
In addition to Tuten’s U-Pick, Timmy and Mickey Tuten, who operate the farm with the aide of other family members, also truck farmed watermelons. The melons went to Browning & Sons for shipment to grocery stores.
Timmy and Mickey have been farming all of their lives and got into the U-pick business about 20 years ago.
If you want to visit Tuten Farms, go Highway 360 South for 13 miles. To place an order, call (850) 251-5463 or visit the Tuten Farming Facebook page.