A farm in southern Arizona that once sold its produce to restaurants, then grew tomatoes, lettuce and peppers on a small plot, is now selling produce directly to restaurants.
The Lima Family Farm, located in Tilden County, is one of the first farms in Arizona to allow farm-level producers to sell directly to customers.
The farm is one part of the family farm in Tylende County that was once sold by the family to a small California restaurant.
Farmers like to grow their own food and sell it at farmer’s markets to raise money for their family.
It’s part of a broader trend of smaller farms in the Southwest that are selling directly to consumers.
As a result, a number of other farm-scale farms have popped up in the past few years, according to Chris Garver, a Texas-based farmer and owner of the farm.
The farm’s owner, Lima Brothers, said the farm is selling directly for $1.49 per pound to restaurants like McDonalds, Subway, Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell.
That’s about two to three times more expensive than what a grocery store will charge for their produce.
Garver said the Lima family farm was one of a number in the state that started selling directly.
“I think it’s going to be a very positive thing,” he said.
A family farm has been a success story for the Limas.
The family farm started selling produce to local restaurants in 2006 and has since grown to more than 400 acres, according the family’s website.
In 2017, the Limans sold their farm to a family friend who now runs a small business called the Limi Farms, which sells locally sourced produce and sells directly to other farmers.
The Limas, who are both from the South, bought the farm and land from a friend of their late father, a retired Air Force general who was a farmer for many years.
This friend bought the land after the Liman family purchased their farm in the 1990s and later sold it to the family.
The farmer and his family have grown the farm from an acre to an area about 1,600 square feet, Garver said.
It’s a large parcel that the family is planning to grow to about 1 million square feet by 2020.
When the Limases first started growing produce, it was a small farm with just a few vegetables.
Now, they’re growing up to 300 acres of tomatoes, 150 acres of lettuce, 70 acres of peppers and more than 600 acres of beans, Garber said.
The crops they are growing now include vegetables such as radishes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and corn.
The food is sold directly to farmers in the area who buy their produce from the Limuses or sell directly through their farm.