COLUMBIA — Abby Holman has been working with her father, Kevin, her whole life, so when he decided he wanted to open a produce stand this year, she was up to the challenge.
"He put me in charge of financial things like scheduling people to work and keeping inventory," Abby Holman said. "It’s made us business partners in a way that it hasn’t previously."
Missouri Amish Produce Co., located near U.S. 63 in the parking lot of La Crosse Lumber, 3408 Grindstone Parkway, echoes the Amish tradition of families working together.
Holman and her father visit an Amish produce auction north of Columbia in Clark twice a week to stock the stand with freshly grown fruits and vegetables.
People in the Amish community, who declined to be photographed, have been farming in Clark for the past 50 years. In 2003, they built a hangar where they auction off the fruits and vegetables they grow. Many also offer services such as building furniture and baking.
Abby’s father owns a contracting company, Holman Construction. Abby, a junior majoring in magazine design at MU, has been helping out with the business for years.
"I’ve helped him on jobs my whole life," she said. "This has kind of given me a little bit more of the full business aspect of it."
Holman’s mother, Nancy, gets in on the family business as well, helping with the bookkeeping and inventory.
"She does much more of the behind the scenes and keeping everything organized at home," Abby Holman said.
The stand is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through the growing season, probably until the end of September or early October. It employs six other people part time. Most of them are Abby’s friends from school.
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