Farm to Table

I'm Feeling some Growing Paynes

Abby Paugh July 07, 2018

For fresh, local vegetables plus a down-home experience, go pick your own produce at Growing Paynes in Mustang, located just down the road from Agape House Berry Farm and Rejoice Farms.


The sunflower patch is the perfect place to pose with your freshly picked produce.

Rita Weidemann, owner of Growing Paynes, offers pre-picked produce, but you can also get your hands dirty and pick your own. She might even let you plant some seeds yourself!

I was amazed at all the different things you can buy at Growing Paynes. The list includes okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, strawberries, squash, pumpkins, loofahs (yes, like the ones you use in the shower), gourds, cut flowers, sunflowers, watermelon, cantaloupe and sweet corn!


Green tomatoes, anyone?

Growing Paynes is all about education. Rita is always willing to answer customers’ questions and teach about the crops she grows. In fact, Growing Paynes is one of few hands-on vegetables gardens in Oklahoma.

“I want people to come out and experience gardening,” Rita explained.


Get your hands dirty at Growing Paynes.

Going out to the farm for food helps customers know about the produce they buy, Rita said, such as what’s in season, how much time it takes for produce to grow, and when to harvest crops for peak freshness.

It also helps customers understand how much work goes into growing food!

“There’s a lot of sweat, muscle and hard work that goes into a vegetable farm!” Rita said.


Rita's daughter Bailey, who is a senior in high school, helps her mom on the farm.

Although everyone enjoys learning about their food, Rita said kids especially have a great time at the garden, and she enjoys having them there.

“Kids are very intrigued by being able to see what’s growing and pick their own food,” she said. 


Cut your own flowers to make beautiful arrangements.

Rita had always had a garden, and she and her sister had dreamed of opening a farm called Growing Paynes for a long time. Around 2013, her dream started to become reality.  

“The last three years is when things started falling into place, and it seems like I just keep pushing and growing,” Rita said.


Rita has a second hoophouse under construction.

Keep up with Growing Paynes on Facebook and Instagram, and call before you go to find out what is available.

Click here to see their profile on OklahomaAgritourism.com.  



Abby Paugh

Abby is an agritourism intern at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. She believes an Oklahoma adventure is the best kind of adventure, and she is excited to share the stories of Oklahoma agriculture with agritourists across the state.

TOPICS

u-pick   vegetables   cut flowers