With Small Business Saturday coming up tomorrow, we decided to share about what being a small farm and business means to us. This may not be what it means to everyone, but, to our family, these are the most important parts of being entrepreneurs.
It Means Focusing on Our Family
One of the biggest reasons we run our own farm and business is so that we can make our family first priority. Sometimes, this is hard. In fact, it’s always hard. We are in a season right now of staying up all night caring for a newborn…and then we spend our days trying to work the farm and care for both of our kids. We are never off the clock and are constantly thinking about how to get things done, how to move forward, while keeping our focus on raising our kids and passing on our values. The wonderful thing is, nothing is better for them than growing up on the farm, seeing what it’s like for family to work together to keep the farming tradition alive. They see how food is grown, how hard it is to earn every dollar and how we always try to do the right thing when it comes to farming and our customers. Farming isn’t just a job to our family, it’s a lifestyle that we love.
It Means Doing the Right Thing
We have made a commitment to never cut corners on our products or in our farming methods. Our preserved foods are made with the best ingredients and we will never change that, even though our costs will be higher and it often takes more time and effort to source and grow them. Most of our customers understand that we make and grow premium products and that this is not cheap or easy to do. Their support is irreplaceable and we are truly grateful for each and every one of them!
Our farming methods are meant to keep improving the land that we are on and to leave it even better for the next generation. We are constantly and passionately studying to learn how to best manage our soil, our soil life, and our crops. It is amazing to be able to share how we farm, as well as our love of farming, with our customers. It is our sincere hope that, by being transparent about how we farm, that some of our love of farming will be passed along to our customers.
It Means Supporting Other Small Businesses and Farms
Whenever possible, we always source ingredients and hire help from other small establishments. Other businesses have purchased and encouraged us along the way and it made a world of difference, especially when we were first starting out. We want to make the same impact on others and we love working directly with other owners and farmers.
It Means Treating People Right
Treating people right, especially the small businesses and other farmers that we source some of our ingredients from, is also one of our main goals. We pay what things are worth and understand that others need to make a living as much as we do. It is important to show kindness and appreciation to those who work hard to supply us- this encourages all of us owners to keep pressing on and maintain the quality of our products and services.
It Means Supporting the Community
We love where we live and the people who make up the community. So, we try to give back whenever we can through being part of fundraisers, participating in community events and supporting groups and causes that promote the future of farming. Investing in our community has been one of our favorite, and most important, parts of being small business owners.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to learn more about our story! Please make sure to shop small on Saturday- you are directly supporting families and the community by doing so!
Your Farmers- Mike and Laura