Local produce farm rooted in family tradition


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A crop of watermelon from the recent harvest at Mouzin Farms.

Farming is such a big thing here in Vincennes. Almost everywhere you go you see fields. These can range from corn, watermelon and cantaloupe. As you get further away from Vincennes you will see more of the farming life. You get to see things such as buses full of melons, corn and all sorts of things that have been picked. 

One particular farm that is well known in Vincennes is Mouzin Brothers Farm. They are family owned and locally grown. They have been part of the community since 1935. They were founded by Julius Mouzin, Sr. in 1935 with only 35 acres of land. Over the years since this time Julius Sr.’s sons Julius Jr. and Paul Mouzin helped grow the farm and make it bigger. Ed and Dennis Mouzin, who are third generation farmers, along with their dad Paul maintain day to day farm activities. They have farms here in Indiana, Illinois and in Florida. 

Mouzin Brothers grows watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, and they also make honey as well. Their best selling produce is the watermelon and cantaloupe. They have a variety of watermelons such as Crunchy Red, Capitation, and Black Jack. 

Blake Mouzin is the son of Dennis Mouzin. He has been working for the farm since he was 10 years old. He first started out doing manual labor. He has slowly worked his way up learning a little bit of everything. Doing so led him to what he does now on the farm. Blake is in charge of many different aspects on the farm. He does most of the scouting. This means that he looks at the field for diseases that could mess up the crops or make them bad. He is also in charge of food safety along with getting the bees to the field for pollination, crop insurance, organic certification and reporting to the FSA (Farm Service Agency). 

“The best part of working on the farm is getting to be outside the majority of the time. It is also fun to see the crops change and grow throughout the season,” Blake Mouzin said. 

Mouzin Brother delivers to many stores such as Kroger, Meijer, Wal-Mart, Save-a-Lot, Fresh Thyme and many different stores. As for the grain side they ship to Azteca Milling, Consolidated Grain and Barge, ADM and Green Plains. 

Blake also said that one of his favorite perks is getting to eat watermelon whenever he wants during the season

Located on the farm they have a produce stand. The produce stand sells the produce that they grow in the field along with other things such as T-shirts, hoodies, hats and koozies. The produce stand is on the farm located at 2820 S Main St Rd, Vincennes In. 47951. The hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.