MarkWaldenPhoto2Mark Walden has a 14-acre farm in southern Madison County on the Rockcastle County line. On the property, he grows a variety of produce sold at different outlets.  With the SOAR Farm loan, Mr. Walden will add fruit production to his mix as he feels that fruit is a highly marketable farm product in the region.  Fruit are primarily perennials and take 6-months to three years before production is consistent.  With proper management, a fruit installation can increase yields by up to 30% per year until they reach maturity at 8-10 years old.  Apples, peaches, pears and plums will be among the fruits grown.