Hi there friends,
It has been quite a long time since I’ve updated all of you. Spring came and Summer has just about kicked into full gear. God is so good, and I can’t begin to tell you all the great things He has done. May all the Glory go to Him. In the past few months since we last talked some new things have happened:
- We got a Jersey Dairy Cow named Princess Buttercup. Yes, it is from the movie Princess Bride. We really enjoy that movie.
- Our Cow Share program is flowing smoothly!
- We got another intern for the 2015 season! Peter (PJ) is 19 and from West Virginia. He’s only been here a week but seems like he’ll fit in nicely here. I’m excited.
- The animals are all doing very well. Our Flerd (flock/herd) loves being out in the pasture and make for some great pictures!
- I had the opportunity to run our booth at the Market Square Farmers Market in May. It was a great market and nice to see some familiar faces and tell others about Heritage Farm
- We are delivering over 200 chickens each week all over the state of Pennsylvania!
- I had the privilege of hosting a Bridal Shower for my future Sister in Law Julia last weekend and it was so fun!
- Micah is almost ready to ride his tricycle.
- Patrick is contemplating cruising along furniture. He prefers crawling J
Those are the main points of discussions today.
Farmers Markets in Clarion have been in full swing since Mother’s Day weekend and that means lots of baking and travel. Markets are one of my favorite places to go each week. I love seeing the people, talking to them and sharing the Heritage Farm story. When I step back and hear myself talking about the difference between our food and other foods it’s amazing how far I’ve come. It is so fun to get to talk to people about how where your food comes from matters. It matters nutritionally, economically, and morally. The conversations I get to have are so fun. The perceptions that people have are crazy sometimes, but I get to tell them about good food that they will never want to go back. God uses it all to advance His Kingdom.
Always feel free to comment, email or just come on by and visit for a bit.
HI friends. Welcome to 2015. As I sit and sip my coffee, (Land of a Thousand Hills rocks!!) watch my lil man play with his toy animals, my littlest taking his mid day nap, and enjoy a slow morning I am enjoying a moment of reflection on the past year and anticipation for the year ahead. Care to join me in some reflection? Ok
The past year was a fun one. In January we started our house project of building a master bedroom out of a third of our giant living room/dining room/den/office. We knew with a new baby on the way we needed another bedroom. Construction began on January 1st and finished sometime in March? February was our annual conference in State College. Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture is a wonderful organization that we are proud members of. Organic food is great and Local even better but it’s important to add in SUSTAINABLE. That’s the hinging point. We couldn’t get GMO free feed for years because it was unsustainable for us to do so because of how much we’d have to increase our prices. God has blessed us with a local place now to get some GMO free ingredients and the rest are being brought in from Virginia. That was my first time leaving my Micah man with my parents for more than a day. It was tough for me to leave him for the weekend but he had fun and I survived. March we finished our bedroom (I think that’s when we did it!) and continued preparing for the spring ahead. April was filled with slow spring activities and getting acclimated to our newest intern Glenn. He was a little rough around the edges when he arrived. We are preparing to have him leave this weekend (Jan 3rd) and I’m sad to see him go. He and our other intern Billy became like family to us. May was fun. Patrick was born in May and we officially became a family of 4. June brought in visits from friends from Ohio and family from Mexico. July Micah turned 2 and we celebrated at my parents house. August was a blur. September Pete and I celebrated 3years of marriage with a weekend trip to Erie PA. In October Patrick got his first 2 teeth! November was a whirlwind of traveling to Ohio to see friends, to my parents and NY for Thanksgiving and kicking into Pennsylvania Deer Season. (We process deer as a side business) That carried us into December. December was fun with family coming home from Mexico for Christmas and traveling to spend some time with my folks in SouthWestern PA. Wow. That was a lot of happenings.
That doesn’t take into account the hundreds of cinnamon rolls, loaves of bread and rolls I baked for farmers markets, the 20 some lambs born this spring, the 5,000 chickens we processed this year, the 150 turkeys done this year, the beef and the hogs too! Four farmers markets and our Pittsburgh deliveries made it a busy year. It had its hard points when we wondered if this really was where God wanted us to be and if we were doing it right. But friend I can tell you with all of my being that God is faithful. When you commit whatever you do to Him He will take care of the rest. It may not look like what you thought it would but it will be what He intended all along. We love what we do and we know that it’s what we’re supposed to be doing… but there are days we struggle. Farming is so very hard work, and finances get so tight. But God provides and is faithful. And I thank you- our customers and friends- for your continued patronage and friendship.
2015 looks to be fun too! We have some new ideas on the horizon to help ease the initial start-up costs of the year. More lambs will be born this year so be ready for more lamb available. We start taking orders for Beef by the side now and orders for pork too. We plan to expand /revamp our Buying Club locations/times this year to increase our reach there. We’re planning on again offering 2 positions for interns for the 2015 season. (If interested please submit a resume to pete@BurnsHeritageFarm.com after reading our requirements on our website) Something that I am personally SO SO SO SO SUPER DUPER excited for is a Cow Share Program this year with Raw Jersey Milk! (Again if interested in more information please email tara@BurnsHeritageFarm.com) I can’t wait to have my own cow again and make ice cream and butter and cheese…. Yum. Up until a few months ago my boys only had ever drank raw milk here at home. I’d like to get back to that and keep it that way. I plan to continue my baking business and increase more in the homemade craft items as the opportunity arises.
Well that’s all I have today friends. I praise the Lord for all the blessings He has bestowed on me this past year. The friendships that are blooming at Center Hill Community Church and the growth and development in my little boys is astounding. I am so excited to see what changes happen in them this year. God is so good.
Till next time.