Sides Pea Farm began in 1957 when Winford and Virginia Sides bought 70 acres just south of Canton and began farming. When Winford began farming he tried his hand in many varieties of vegetables: squash, tomatoes, potatoes, okra, watermelons, cantaloupes, peas, and beans. Winford soon realized he was much better at raising peas and beans than anything else. So he decided to focus strictly on peas and beans, and soon became the largest grower of fresh market peas in the state of Texas. Winford did all the farming and Virginia did the selling. She sold them at the farm and at surrounding farmer’s markets. Since 1957, Sides Pea Farm has grown larger every year and now has hundreds of acres of peas. You can find Sides Pea Farm fresh peas at numerous fruit stands, markets, and stores all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. You can call the farm for locations that carry their peas or you can just come to the farm and buy your peas directly. Virginia will be there and she’ll be glad to explain to you how prepare the peas and the difference in the varieties. So pay her a visit any day of the week anytime from June 1st through August 1st.