Jorge and Suzanne Wright Sanchez, true advocates of providing healthier alternatives to factory-farmed meats, poultry and vegetables, started Gaucho Farms based on model of The Pampas of Argentina, Jorge’s homeland. This area, known for its wide open grasslands and sustainable agriculture, has been successfully integrated in the south Alabama hamlet of Slocomb. Located at 1808 Watford Road, the Sanchez family’s charming farm house and vegetable garden is captivating as you turn into the long driveway. Although they have owned the 30 acres of farmland since 2007, their business was launched just four years ago. Suzanne enthusiastically spoke of their goals with the farms:
“The overall vision of our business is two-fold. We want to see how much nutritious food that we can produce sustainably. Coming up we’ll be adding fruit, increasing our laying flock, and vegetable production. The second mission is to engage the local community into sustainable farming and see them grow some of their own food”.
Their garden features heirloom vegetables from certified organic, non-GMO seed.
Their store, located on the property and open to the public each Saturday from 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., features fresh vegetables such as squash, tomatoes, beets, potatoes, blueberries, and fresh farm eggs. Other enticing specialties include local honey, cucumber salsa, pepper jelly, jellies, jams, and even homemade treats such as Paleo bars and chocolate chip zucchini muffins. All poultry and livestock are free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and synthetic pesticides while the meat lambs and steers are 100% grass fed. Their freezers are stocked with select cuts of the most delicious meat you will ever throw on your grill!
Feasting on the fruits of their labor!
Although the Sanchezes feature a Fall Farm Day annually, each Saturday children and adults alike can have their own experience of farm life . . .
The blueberry picking is at a premium now at Gaucho Farms. Blueberry picking is available daily from 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Load up your family and take an excursion on the “Blueberry Express” to the blueberry orchards each Saturday from 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Bring your own bucket!
How to order: Preorder by Tuesday online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (334)-886-9736. Pick up is at Thompson Chiropractic Clinic or at Dothan Nurseries. You can visit the store at Gaucho Farms on Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Check Gaucho Farms out on Facebook:
Without a doubt, the benefits that are reaped by those who both produce and consume local food, are essential to promoting a healthier lifestyle. Buying local has many advantages such as the opportunity to get the highest quality foods affordably. With the emphasis and interest in the Farm-to-Table movement in recent years, small diversified farms like Gaucho Farms are here to stay. Their enduring committment to the practice of sustainable agriculture is definitely making an imprint on our community, and will continue to influence other surrounding areas.
Suzanne points out the we should all be concerned about where our food comes from. A favorite quote of hers by noted environmental activist, farmer, and author, Wendell Berry, sums up the Gaucho Farms’ philosophy:
“Eating is an agricultural act”.