The perfect team — Like plants needs the right combination of sun, soil, water and nutrients, The Pickery has the right team to create the best organic produce for you!
Laurie Elliott, Owner
If you've been coming to The Pickery for a while now, you may have had a conversation with Laurie and learned how The Pickery came to be. Laurie grew up here in Terre Haute and went to State High School then IU. She then moved to live outside Philadelphia and for 30+ years. She raised three children and had a successful career in accounting and data management. But then she decided she wanted a farm and to make a change. She looked around for where she had connections she found her roots and this beautiful property here in Terre Haute.
So why organic? She doesn't want chemicals in her food. She loves the idea of growing her own food and eating what she grows. Even if you buy organic in the store, it's way better to pick it fresh. Terre Haute has a high rate of obesity and diabetes and she wanted to be part of a creating a solution by providing healthy alternatives. Demystifying gardening and educating the community about the benefits of fresh organic food is important to what The Pickery is all about.
What's been the biggest surprise? How much work is really involved! The weeds and the bugs put a lot of pressure on making the garden successful and she says it's a challenge.
Favorite Vegetable? Nothing beats the taste of a crisp bell pepper. But she says she's also enjoyed the picnic and Italian peppers this year.
He is a native of Terre Haute who has been with us for three years. He loves being at The Pickery because he loves gardening and being around people who also like gardening an good food.
Favorite Vegetable: Sorrel
Why The Pickery:Doesn't get any fresher than picking your own vegetables.
He has been with The Pickery since the beginning! His favorite things about working here are setting up in the Spring, planting, checking for pests and diseases (this is his favorite!), watching everything grow. He likes that we are a U-pick because harvesting is his least favorite!
Favorite Vegetable: Hot peppers-there's a sweet spot where it's not too hot and they can be used in a variety of dishes
What's the best thing about The Pickery? It's U-Pick so you can get out here with your family and see where your produce comes from. And we're open every day!