Over the years, the McCords have tried their hand at a lot of different things. They have raised cattle, sheep, freshwater shrimp and even quail on their farm, and grown tobacco and hay. Joe also sells his handmade furniture, Avalon Woods Custom Homemade Furniture.
"We've gotten away from the tobacco, cattle, hay and sheep. We're down to the other things. Full-time farmers are unique," Sheila said.
Sheila said their market also is unusual, consisting of only their homegrown products.
"We're a little different than some of the other markets in that we sell what we grow," Sheila said.
Customers of McCord's Produce can buy vegetables by the bushel, the pound or the piece. Sheila estimates that last year alone they sold over 200 bushels of beans.
"Joe grows it, and I sell it," Sheila said with a laugh.
People seem to appreciate the McCords' approach to their business. Sheila said customers come in from all around the region, and regular customers even call in their orders.
"The people are the best part, besides the vegetables. We appreciate them taking time out of their day to stop by and chat," Sheila said.
While Joe is a lifelong farmer, Sheila was raised in town, and she admitted that it took her awhile to adjust.
"I couldn't do squat," she said.
But after years of canning and working with Joe on the farm, Sheila looks and sounds like a natural.
Both Joe and Sheila said they would love to see their children or their grandchildren continue the family tradition in the coming years, but they know that may not happen. Right now, though, they are enjoying their time with their family on the farm, and their customers.
"She's always jabberin'," Joe said.
"You love the talking as much as I do," Sheila piped in.
And they both really love their life on the farm and building their business together.
Beginning July 7, the market will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. The McCords' produce also will be available at the Clark County Farmers Market and the Lexington Farmers Market.
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