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1620 Fort Riley Blvd, Suite 101
Manhattan, KS 66502

(785)539-4811

People's Grocery Cooperative Exchange is a member-owned food store in Manhattan, Kansas specializing in local, organic, natural and allergen-free food options. Our knowledgable and caring staff is dedicated to a sustainable lifestyle, especially as we continue to grow. We offer a wide variety of bulk products, organic and local produce and meats, an extensive supplement and herb selection, a natural grocery department with a focus on small and sustainable companies and deli where everything is homemade. Stop by and grab the most sustainable sandwich and town and check out our selection. You will not be disappointed! 

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Wichman Farms

Wichman Farms provides us with a multitude of produce and herbs. They regularly supply us with spinach, chard, Winter onions, Candy onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, dill and other herbs.

About Wichman Farms

Chester Wichman

Farmer for Wichman Farms

What’s your farm motto or mission statement?
Good Food

Location of Wichman Farms

Clay Center, KS (39.8 miles from People's Grocery Cooperative)


Are you open to hosting visits or tours?
Sometimes.

How long has your farm been in existence?
40 years 

Please share a brief synopsis of the history of your farm.
On our land of approximately 2,000 acres we grow a large variety of crops. We produce vegetables and fruits that are sold at the co-op. We have also grown crops such as milo, corn, and soybeans. 

Produce at Wichman Farms

What crops and products do you produce? In what season do they grow?
On our land we grow a large variety of crops including:

  • Spinach
  • chard
  • Winter onions 
  • Candy onions
  • Tomatoes  
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage  
  • Dill and other herbs
  • Asparagus                 
  • Green beans 
  • Radish
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pop corn
  • Sweet corn
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Black berries
  • Peaches 
  • Cantaloupe

Which, if any, organic certification does your farm have? If none, do you use organic or conventional practices?
Yes, organic practices 

Which sprays do you use on which crops, and how often do you use them?
We do not use sprays on our vegetable and fruit crops. 

What are your tillage practices? (how many times a year, what kind)
We use a tiller. 

Tell us a little about your crop rotation. Do you use cover crops?
We do not use cover crops. We always rotate and never plant a crop in the same place as last season.

What is your fertilizer source and type?
We use compost as our sole source of fertilizer. 

What are your soil conservation practices (mulching, erosion control, etc.)?
We use mulching as our source of conservation. 

What would you like People’s Grocery Co-Op shoppers to know about your products? What sets you apart?
We do not use sprays on our crops 

What vision do you have for the future of your farm and/or the future of food?
Our vision is to continue on in our farming practices that have worked for us for years.