Eight years ago, our family moved from Mableton to a five acre farm in Powder Springs. My wife Susan and our five children: David, Leah, Jacob, Rebekah and Anna were so excited to have some room to run! We all had dreams for the acreage and the farming hobbies that could expand with owning a piece of land. Since we were self-employed remodelers, farming on the side was a good compliment to our hours between construction jobs.
We went right to work after moving in and built a chicken coop to house twenty-five Buff Orpington baby chicks. Leah bought a horse, Jacob bought a German Shepherd, and David setup a woodturning shop. Our next big purchase was to find a Jersey milk cow to fulfill our craving for whole milk and butter. After some considerable shopping, we found Maggie, a three year-old registered Jersey cow, from Berry College. She proved to be just the cow we needed to bear up under our learning curve of want-to-be farmers.
Not long after we bought Maggie, she delivered a beautiful heifer calf we named Jill. It didn’t take long for Maggie to exceed our best expectations and provide 7-8 gallons of milk each day! We decided to secure a license to sell “pet milk,” since selling raw milk in Georgia is illegal. We quickly found ready buyers from our church and realized we would need a second cow to keep up with the demand. One cow became two, and two has become 22 as of today. We no longer simply sell to church friends but to folks all around Atlanta just like you.
Since remodeling has become a dinosaur of the past, the farm has grown to where sometimes I hardly recognize its archeological past. The horses are gone, the German Shepherd guards the farm animals, and three of our five children are married. Our oldest son David and his bride Tina are now full time fixtures of the farm with their first child already learning about all the animals on the farm. Two of our three daughters, Leah and Rebekah, are now married, each with little boys of their own. Jacob is at the University of Georgia studying to be a vet and Anna is still at home taking up the slack for her three missing siblings. Anna is not only the resident cook for our family, but she also bakes goodies to sell off the back porch and is becoming quite famous for her chocolate granola bars – eat at your own risk for they are quite addicting.
Today, the farm milks Jersey cows twice a day, tends to the needs of approximately 250 Rhode Island Red laying hens, raises about 1600 broiler chickens each year for the table, produces meat rabbits, some local honey, and many naturally grown vegetables, along with some of the best strawberries you’ve ever tasted. We also offer a wide range of grass-fed and pastured meats from Indian Creek Angus and Riverview Farms. This past summer we’ve added Shitake Mushrooms and Blackberries to the range of fresh products we grow & sell. We’re committed to providing a variety of farm fresh food for our family and yours. So, if you like eating fresh from the farm, please come by and taste what we’ve got to offer!