Fifth Generation Family Farm Still Going Strong
Melody Acres has been an active, working farm since 1918. Owner Randy Stout’s great grandfather purchased the farm in 1918 and it ran much like a typical farm of the time, complete with dairy cows, pigs, hay, and oats. It was a self-supporting, self-sufficient farm where everything was grown for their own use.
In 1967 Randy’s grandfather quit milking cows and started farming corn and soybeans as typical Indiana farms do. In 1999, the family began their venture into produce farming by starting with some sweet corn and 30 tomato plants. Now, the farm has blossomed with 50 acres of sweet corn, 40,000 tomato plants, 60,000 pepper plants with over 40 different varieties, and 17,000 square feet of greenhouse space.
Melody Acres is still owned and operated by Randy and his sons, Joe and Rance, making the farm fifth-generation owned. The farm is steeped in tradition all the way down to the tablecloths you’ll see at our stands. Randy’s grandmother made red-checkered tablecloths to use on display at farmers’ markets. With such a long and storied history, Melody Acres has a strong foundation in the community.