Produce & Plants
We are a 5 generation family farm located on the south side of Wichita. Our family had orchards on the same ground from 1872 to 1987 and we started the replanting process back in 2015. We currently grow yellow and white freestone peaches along with tomatoes, peppers and pumpkins. We have monthly Vintage Markets held on the first Saturday of each month and host the South Side Food Truck Rally the same day.
Since 2009 we’ve been nurturing and growing healthy, maturing plants that are now 7, 8 and 9 years old and refining the conditions in which our plants grow and produce. 2010 marked the first year we made our berries available beyond family and a few friends. We’re now enjoying making many new “Berry Good Friends” each season and creating smiles when our customers taste our berries!
Elderslie is a place where Philip and Becky Elder have raised their seven children and have enjoyed a truly wonderful life. Children grown now, two of the siblings, George and Alexis, have taken up the challenge of agricultural entrepreneurship and have been working for some five years to tend and dress their parents’ land in a productive manner. Since George’s marriage in 2011, his wife Katharine Elder has been an irreplaceable addition to the endeavor.
“No good actions can be taken without the motivation of affection.” – Wendell Berry
Agriculture at Elderslie is motivated by a love for the land and a hope to balance viable agricultural production with ecological stewardship. Before we knew that Colorado had mountains or Carolina had the sea, we knew and loved Kansas: the locust blossoms in spring, the endless fields of grain and the hedge trees standing like bitter sentinels that defy wind and age along their edges.
Our lettuce is grown by our family on a farm just outside of Derby (see the map on our home page). We sell locally and participate in local farmers’ markets.
Pesticide, Insecticide Free
Enjoy your lettuce and just your lettuce: We do not use any harmful chemicals on our lettuce! This includes non-organic pesticides and insecticides. Your lettuce is the best and freshest it can be, without anything harmful added.
Nutritional and Delicious
Our lettuce provides many essential nutrients and vitamins including (but definitely not limited to) calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, fiber, and folate.
Available all year!
Because we grow our lettuce hydroponically, we are able to grow and sell our lettuce in all seasons, even in the summer, when the sweltering heat would normally kill traditionally-grown lettuce heads!
Fairmount Coffee Company Community Garden is located on the southwest corner and is a raised bed. We have herbs, lettuces, and summer veggies that we utilize in our dishes in the coffeehouse whenever possible. We began in March 2018 and are brand new, but are working to create community and education by growing in our garden.
I care a lot about how our food tastes, so I scour the market to find the most delicious fruit and vegetable varieties to grow. Whenever I can, I grow from organic, heirloom seeds and root stock. I never use genetically modified organisms.
I am dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables in ways that don’t damage the environment in which they grow or the people who consume them. My fertilizers are always organic. I also avoid using poisons and toxins to control insects, weeds, and disease.
I learned to garden from my father and originally used his old-timey methods. Over the years, I have adapted from more current and popular methods, like permaculture and hugelkultur. On any given year, you will find a variety of growing methods employed on my farm as I experiment, evaluate, and learn.
I believe that food grown locally, seasonally, and sustainably doesn’t just taste better and isn’t just more health inducing but is more humane and socially just, too. I hope you will appreciate the vision I have for my farm and that you will join me in making it a reality by purchasing your produce here.
I sell retail to the general public and wholesale to the restaurant trade. Retail sales can be made through my farm office here on East 21st Street. My hours change with the seasons, so watch for updates on my FB page or web site (when it gets up and running). Please contact me directly for options on wholesale sales.