Averiett Branch Farm is a Century Farm that was well established by 1850. Benjamin A Averiett, who provided each of his children with acreage and a house, gave his son, William A Averiett, this farm and house. The long leaf heart pine wood used in the house’s construction came from trees cut in Shelby County and floated across the Coosa River. In 1973, Tavis and Averiett Wesson moved into the house that had belonged to her great greandparents. They began the long process of restoration made more difficult because the house had not been lived in for about 10 years.
In 1992 the Benjamin A. Averiett house was about to be destroyed by the owner, English China Clay. The Wessons were able to obtain the house which they moved and attached to their house. Both houses are listed on the The Farm has been used and enjoyed by seven generations beginning with Benjamin A Averiett, his son, William A Averiett, his son, William Wallis Averiett, his daughter, Lillian Averiett Holley, her daughter, Averiett Holley Wesson and her son, John Hamilton Wesson, who is the present purveyor and his son Benjamin John Hamilton Wesson who is four and a future farmer!
John H Wesson, began his life on this farm. The farm provided much of their food, thus there were many daily chores for John, his brother and their parents. They raised chickens, black angus cattle and Khatadin sheep. They always grew vegetables and enjoyed their figs, apples and blueberries.
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John finished high school in Fayettville and headed to Mississippi State where he received two degrees, one in Ag Science and one in Ag and Extension Education. He then returned to Fayettvelle where he worked as a Agribusiness Teacher for two years and realized that he missed the outdoors. John returned to his homestead to begin what is now Averiett Branch Farm.
Trying to make a living off of the land, John began selling his fruits and vegetables to individual resturants. He had picked several baskets of figs with the hopes of selling them to a local resturant. He sold his first basket three years ago to Standard Bistro and the list of high end resturants has grown. He has been featured in many menus, magazines and newspapers.
One way that we enjoy the fruits of our harvest is by inviting our friends and neighbors to invest in our farm through our CSA, Community Supported Agriculture. We grow fresh, all natural fruits and vegetables and provide our CSA members with a fresh garden basket each week. We also give them the opportunity to purchase farm fresh eggs from our brown leghorn hens, which are naturally fed and free range. We also have black angus cattle and katahidn sheep. We sell the entire animal or certain cuts. All of our fruits and vegetables are planted and harvested in the most natural way possible. We do not use any type of pesticides or hormones. We use natural fertilizer on all of our fruits and vegetables.