Amish Produce Auction

I recently visited the Plowboy Produce Auction located on 469 South Brace Road in Ethridge, TN.  It was a unique combination of fun and productive.  All of the food for auction is grown by the local Amish families who also run the auction.

The auction starts at 1:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   The auction begins with lots then moves on to large wagon loads and then finishes with the remaining lots.  The building was constructed so that the wagons (pulled by horses) could be driven through the middle of the building while the buyers stand up above and see the produce.  The first time you visit, you will need to pay $5 to receive your buying number.  They accept cash and checks.

I purchased a large amount of some vegetables and small amounts of others due to availability and the price I was willing to pay.  Since all produce is grown locally, there are no exotic or out of season items available.  There is a large selection of vegetables and some fruits.  Some items sold in very large increments, such as 100 cantaloupe.  Others sold in smaller boxes or bags.  My children loved watching the Amish children work around the auction.  The boys drove wagons and loaded/unloaded the boxes.  The girls either watched the younger children or helped clean up.

It was a very productive day and I brought home a lot of vegetables that I froze or canned for future use.  I will be going back again to see the new selection of vegetables available as the season goes on.  This would be great to purchase and split with friends or family.


  1. Wow - I would love that!!! We have a little farmer's market, but nothing of that scale!

  2. Now this is something I could totally get behind! I wish we had something like that around here!

  3. We have an Amish Produce Auction just like this only 20 min. from us in Indiana - they have lots of good deals! Found you through the Homestead Barn Hop. - stop by sometime!

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  5. Hi,
    I'm the Auctioneer at Plowboy Produce Auction. Our 2013 Auctions start April 15th and run through October. It's still Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm. Saturdays we have a Farmers Market from 8am until around 4pm. There's no longer a $5 fee for a bidder card, it's free sign-up. I've been the Auctioneer for 7 years, going into our 8th. This year my Wife, Paula, and I are also the managers. We'd love to have you stop in!