In a way, getting to know Earl and Edith Groff is like getting to know the timeless spirit of Central Market. Generations of Groff's have been bringing produce from the rich deep brown soil of their 10.5 acre farm to their market stand for over 50 years, starting in 1946. For three generations, both the stand and the farm have been continually operated by the family - through thick and thin.
Earl and Edith start almost all of their crops from seed and grow throughout the winter utilizing the three greenhouses they have on their farm. The one item they sell at their stand that is not raised on their farm is a tradition that has evolved over the years; importing a particular baby new potato from farms in Florida which are only available in the spring time. Celery and lettuce are cited as the Groff's best sellers, and these farmers truly are experts in raising both. They offer an exceptional array of red leaf, green leaf, and red green mixed leaf, homegrown lettuces to choose from; Butter Crunch, Galisse, Romaine, New Red, Fire, Galactic, Cherokee, Teide, Bergamo, Red Riding Hood, Jamai, Magenta, Antago. and Swiss Chard. Lots of other nutritious seasonal vegetables are available at Groff's throughout the year.
While the Groff farm is not certified organic, they do not use chemicals in any way when growing their produce - and never will. Theirs is a labor of love. Always having a message of love and compassion upon the white board behind their counter, these Mennonite Christian farmers tend to their customers with the same care that they raise their vegetables.
*The Groff's Vegetables stand is not open on Saturdays.