Marvin and Amy opened the first Produce Patch Farm Market in 1995, but have been involved in agriculture since birth!
Amy (Witten) has been growing and selling produce since she was old enough to pick her first strawberry (see picture)! She was born on a 3rd generation produce farm in Southeastern Ohio, called The Witten Farm (www.Wittenfarm.com) growing and selling sweet corn, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and many other vegetables. She grew up at her grandfather’s side learning all he knew about raising and selling produce during his 85 years in the business. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in agriculture, she decided to venture away from the farm and began a career as a loan officer with Farm Credit Service in Washington, Indiana.
Marvin, on the other hand, was raised on a swine and row crop farm near Washington, Indiana. Growing up he gained experience in planting and caring for the large family garden as well as helping with the livestock operation. After graduating from Purdue University with the degree in agriculture, he returned home to manage an uncle’s swine operation.
Marvin and Amy were married in 1993. While Amy was working as a loan officer, her roots of produce farming and retailing beckoned. Marvin and Amy, together, started their own agricultural venture in 1995 by growing sweet corn and other garden vegetables. The first Produce Patch Farm Market opened in 1995 just outside of Washington, Indiana on Hwy 50. In 1997, both the Washington HWY 57 and Loogootee markets opened. By this time, the Holstine family had expanded to include 2 children, Lucas and Abby.
Today, Marvin and Amy operate 6 produce farm markets, a flower business, a turkey operation, and family grain farm with Marvin’s family. Lucas was an integral part of the patch during his summers growing up on the farm.
Marvin and Amy are passionate about raising a family with strong agricultural heritage values (also known as hard work!). Hopefully someday, Lucas and Abby will continue the farming tradition!