HANCOCK COUNTY — There are more than 600 farms in Hancock County, comprising nearly 166,000 acres of farmland, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Farmers and horticulturists from all over the county are lining up to share the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor at farmers markets. This feature will introduce one local producer who can be found selling goods at local farmers’ markets.

Jim Fair

Farm: Fair Farms and Produce

How long have you been in business?

20 years

How did you get into farming?

“We started out small. My wife and I started on our own, little by little.”

What do you raise or grow?

“Grain, bale hay, antibiotic-free hogs and beef, flowers and produce, asparagus to zucchini.”

Who is involved in your business?

“It is a family business. It’s me, my wife, and our son; also Trevor Wildey is a partner.”

What led to you becoming a farmer?

“I worked for farmers through high school. I worked at IMI for years, but in 2012, I went to farming full time.”

What is your favorite part of being a farmer?

“The production of food and livestock, and being outside.”

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or rhatcher@greenfieldreporter.com.