Why We Use Unconventional Methods

martin family mennonite farm

At Weekly Fig, we partner with many different farmers and vendors to bring you your products. One farm in particular requires us to get creative about how we communicate with them. They are the Martin Family  Farm in Englewood, Tennessee, and we use messenger (or homing) pigeons to contact them.

Why pigeons?

They are Mennonites, and their beliefs do not approve of the use of modern technology, so we can’t call them or send them an email to get in touch. Instead, we send a note attached to pigeons. We want to support these farmers, so we made a small compromise because the food is worth it and our members are worth it.

Their Beliefs

The Mennonites believe they grow food the way God intended, which means nothing is used to keep bugs or weeds away. Their produce is not “certified organic” but even better. It’s absolutely chemical free. They also practice sustainable farming.


Stay tuned for more info about our homing pigeons!

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods. 


Meet the Author


Rachel Howard

Rachel is studying to become a registered dietician at UTC. She believes eating real food is the key to a healthy lifestyle, and loves to teach others about nutrition. Rachel enjoys planning healthy and tasty meals and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. She likes the challenge of trying to make classic family recipes healthier or learning new cooking techniques.