Who Exactly is Farmer Lee Jones?

Who Exactly is Farmer Lee Jones?

Well, it depends.

If you’re a Jeopardy fan, you might remember this answer on an episode in the fall of 2018: “Imposing Farmer Lee Jones promotes sustainability clad in red bow tie & of course, this classic farmer’s garment.”

The correct question is “What are overalls?” Here’s the video!

You can find more information about why Farmer Lee wears the outfit that he does here, with the short answer being that it’s a tribute he pays to the persistent farmers from the incredibly challenging Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. Their poignant story was captured in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, a book that touched Farmer Lee deeply.

“God knows I’m no John Steinbeck,” he says, “but I feel a very strong kinship with his story and the history it contains. As our vegetables grow, I like to think they’re soaking up my family’s history from the very soil of the land beneath our feet, and that they’re flavored with the sweet taste of hard work and heart work, sorrow and blessings.”

If you’re someone who comes to our farm stand, then Farmer Lee is the man who welcomes you warmly and is happy as all get-out—and sincerely so—to meet you.

He is also the man who is the public face for The Chef’s Garden and Farmer Jones Farms, as he passionately shares his love for farm-fresh vegetables, regeneratively grown, with people wherever he goes. Here’s a great overview.)

Pay the Farmer Now or the Doctor Later

Farmer Lee shares this proverb in more depth. Said another way, you can focus on eating a healthy diet now to protect your health or possibly pay the doctor later when health issues arise. To help, Farmer Jones Farm has created boxes so you can conveniently eat deliciously fresh foods that support good health. For example, you can:

A More In-Depth Look at Farmer Lee

In April 2019, we wrote a blog post titled “Will the Real Farmer Lee Jones Please Stand Up”? We decided to write this because people would sometimes type “Is Farmer Lee Jones real?” in the internal search box on the farm’s website.

It’s likely that they’re wondering if he’s an actor portraying a farmer—and the short answer to that question is “no.” He’s farmed his entire life, first with his father and now with his brother and a dedicated team.

He’s got a pretty dazzling bio, including the following:

  • He is a James Beard award winner for Who’s Who in Food & Beverage, one of the first farmers to ever receive this prestigious honor
  • He’s a regular guest on Rachael Ray’s show.
  • He’s also the first farmer to ever judge the popular Food Network show, Iron Chef America.
  • He appeared in an episode of the Food Network’s Food Network Star as well as Restaurant: Impossible along with former First Lady Michelle Obama.
  • He has been profiled in conjunction with The Chef’s Garden in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Magazine, Entrepreneur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Newsweek, and Washington Post

He’s also a humble guy, referring to himself as a “dirt farmer.” When he first got a text that he’d been on Jeopardy, he initially thought it was a prank. But, when a slew of texts arrived (Ping! Ping! Ping!)—including one from his wife, Mary—he got so excited that he started sharing the news with people who were in an elevator with him. Strangers, that is—but, if you take one message away from this blog post, it’s this: No one is a stranger to Lee for long.

Farm-Fresh Vegetables Grown with Love
We encourage you to take a look at what home delivery boxes are available today and to try them yourself—and, if you’re as happy with the flavor as we hope you are, please consider them as gifts for friends, family, and business colleagues.


  • Jim Nemecky

    My grandfather had a small 10 acre farm in Solon where he raised and fed his chickens. We would take his grain to the gristmill on Canal road every season. My one uncle had a dairy farm in Wellington. I was able to enjoy farming and had great respect for gardening. It was when I lived with the Amish in Holmes county that I had the true test of living and working on a farm the old fashioned way. It takes cooperation and a lot of back breaking days to end up with a good yield. It’s a shame schools lack the interest to teach animal husbandry and the accomplishments of growing gardens or plants in pots. It always seems better to have fresh vegetables that makes it tastefully done.

  • Michael John

    Farmer Lee, Ive been watching you the Food Network since the Iron Chef days and like your commitment to your style of farming. I just found out that you are going to be attending my Escoffier CU222 class forum next week and I’m looking forward to meeting you and value your insight on farm to table approach. My grandfather was a dairy farmer and I spent many hours there as a child and miss shall we say fresh products that would get from the farm and now I plan to use many of those same products in my new business. Again I’m looking forward to meeting with you.

    Michael John

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