Farm Girl Note: Mornings

New summer schedules and lots of hot weather have brought the wonderful month of June to a close! It’s so hard to believe July is upon us!  Every morning as my younger brother and I drive through the fields with a truck-load of feed for all of the chickens I am amazed by the beauty of the mornings. The sun peeks over the trees and as it gradually rises in the sky it casts golden rays all over the farm transforming each little dim, dewy field of grass into a field of sparkling diamondy sunshine! Each morning as I drive I praise the Lord for his Son that shines on and in me.  The beauty of the golden haze cast over the farm is a daily reminder that light transforms everything it touches.

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Sheila Collecting the eggs.
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Josh and Tim moving the chickens to fresh grass!
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Beautiful mornings on the farm!

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Update from the Open House/Field Day!

First we want to thank everyone who came and who helped make the day a huge blessing!  This day feels like a family reunion to us!  We really do have the best customers and love what we do and how you partner in it with us!  It was a busy but wonderful weekend here on the farm– Lots of cleaning and fixing up in preparation for our Annual Field Day. Thursday we processed around 200 chickens marking the first fresh chickens of the year!

It was such an encouragement to see all of you that made it out this past Saturday, thank you for braving the weather!

Below are some pictures that were taken throughout the day:

Baby kittens+.
Baby kittens.
The petting zoo!
The petting zoo!
Great Pyrenees Puppies!

~Milking Demonstration~

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Gypsy (the cow) allowed lots of people try milking!

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Hay Ride.

~The Meat Chickens~

Visiting and learning about our meat chickens.
Visiting and learning about our meat chickens.

~Laying Hens~

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~Dairy Herd~

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Sheila did a great job capturing the day 😉 To learn more about her photography business Click Here!

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What a fun day, the Lord brought everything together so perfectly.

A big thanks to our helpers this year, the Taconets, Elijah & Faith and the Crews!

Looking forward to next time,

The Our Father’s Farm and Fuhrmann Family Team.

Farm Girl Note

The past few warm days have been absolutely wonderful! We have really been enjoying this beautiful sunshine; and it has really been helping out a lot with all the farm jobs that need to get done:-) The hustle and bustle grows more and more as the spring and summer seasons quickly come upon us. Plans and preparations for our Fourth Annual Open House are beginning, and the outdated chicken house for our broilers had to be taken apart and rebuilt. We all gathered around the white board as we planned and sketched out how this chicken house would be built, to make it even more effective. These are just to name a few of the fun projects that are being done around the farm along with daily life. Washing eggs, milking cows, loading deliveries, watering gardens and the list goes on. But we would not trade this life for anything! The lessons we learn and the time spent together is worth everything.

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John and Tim washing eggs.
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Building a new chicken house!
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Painting the chicken house.
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Tending to the chicks.
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Just part of the load of chaff hay!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

~Hope

 

Farm Girl Note “Autumns Glory”

The summer seems to have sped by! Now here we are in one of my favorite months. The reason it is my favorite is because of its beauty.  (Not because of it getting chilly  🙂 Summer on the farm is much more busy than winter but I like the warm days, beautiful sunshine, and out-door frolics of summer:). Here we are speeding up to frosty days. We do have lots of fun when the snow comes though! Snow ball fights and extreme sledding are just to name a few:) I am thankful for all the changing seasons God has given us. I know this winter holds many new changes for everyone lots of school is planned and new dreams for each life. What is October’s glory? It is the crisp air, golden leaves and sparkling blue skies that all gather and make you swell with joy!

If you feel heavy laden and that your cup is not full remember “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

~Hope

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Changing Leaves!
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We still have lots of Eggs!
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Hope and John collecting eggs.
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One of the Great Pyrenees Puppies! They are so adorable, and we still have some available to learn more click here!

Farm Girl Note “Septembers Small Things”

Life is SO busy that it’s hard to put it into words! I could go on about the daily grind of it and make us all tired :-). But there are so many everyday surprises!  When  I see every little thing with full optimistic eyes it all changes! The boring ol’ scenery turns into beautiful sunshine and amazing reminders of our creator everywhere. The most annoying task can be transformed into a new beautiful adventure!

One morning, early this week, we welcomed a small new life to the farm. One of our heifers was unintentionally bred too early.  (The bull broke through into a pasture uninvited or unknown to us)…  So this morning, we found this small cow a mother with the tiniest little calf next to her. We brought them down to the barn for milking as usual, but this new mother was not bonding with her calf like normal.  Sometimes this happens when it is the mother’s first calf.  Because she doesn’t know what to do, she rejects her baby. So the calf was rejected and we carried it to a stall in the barn where we could take care of her (the baby calf). It has been fun to feed and take care of this tiny delicate creature! She is less than half the size of a regular calf.  When I would have to usually be wrestling and sitting on top of calves to feed them she simply stands there blinking her long eye lashes at me and drinks. What a precious reminder of innocent life this little calf is. Now this little calf and her mother are just animals. But to our farm and business they are important! The same with the lives of other humans each life matters! God knows all life, loves all life, and rules all life from the tiny people to the elderly people we are all HIS own!

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Here is the little calf we named her Falin.
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A beautiful sky on our way to the other property.
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Feeding Falin
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Sheila, Hope, Timothy and Joshua all driving to our other farm land where a cow had escaped!:)

 

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Unloading lots of chicken feed! John David loves to help out!

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Pressing On,

~Hope

Farm Girl Note “Corn Pick’in”

An evening at our house…

It started just as dinner was finishing and dishes being cleared, Dad and Mom said that a neighbor had called and asked for us to come by and pick some corn in their patch. So after dishes were done and buckets gathered we went outside to load up.

But then a problem struck us. Sam had the van for work and we had our whole family (11 Fuhrmanns) and our cousins (3 of them) so we decided to get Josh’s truck and our car. It took some creativity and extra time, but soon everyone was crammed into the cab, car and the back of the pick up. When we arrived at the neighbors house we all climbed out and said hello and than guess what he said “Alrighty you guys just follow me the corn’s about a mile away” WHAT? We laughed and said “OK lets all see how fast we can load back up”

Now that’s a challenge! 14 people climbing and scrambling into 2 vehicles was definitely a sight but we did it and arrived safely at the corn patch. We all hopped out grabbed a bucket and started picking… several minutes later and lots of buckets full of corn later me and Sheila (my “corn picking buddy”) started walking back through the patch to the truck. Danny and Van Louis (our cousin) dashed by in a full fledged game of hide and seek and than we came upon John settled in the dirt murdering “bad beetles” with rocks 🙂

 

Group picture.

Soon we had all the corn (and children) loaded and headed home hot and laughing. Oh and by the way the night was finished off with volleyball and soccer :-). Things are always way more fun when the whole family works together! Spending the precious time we have been given with each other is a wonderful thing.

Colossians 3:16

~Hope

Some picture from recently:

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A gorgeous sunset!
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We just processed so stock up on chicken!
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We have summer butter available for herd share customers!
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Sheila and Peace collecting eggs.

 

Grass fed Chicken and Beef ready for grilling season!

Our Father’s Farm

Fresh from our farm to your table

The Fourth of July Is a great reason to grill!

Our Father’s Farm has FRESH chicken and beef in stock! Order while supplies last, we usually sell out of beef very quickly!

This chicken is not only a deliicous & filling food but it is also highly nutritious and naturally raised!

Fresh ChickenWe have all our choices of chicken in stock!NOTE: all prices below are per pound. All chicken is fed non-gmo and soy free grain.Whole Chickens $4.75

Leg quarters $5.60

Breasts & Tenders $14.95

Wings $5.10

Liver $4.50

Necks & Backs $3.00

Order!

 

Fresh Grass Fed BeefWe just got a stock of all our beef in! We SELL OUT VERY QUICKLY so don’t miss it!Grass fed beef is a wondeful source of omega-3, be sure that you are feeding your body what it really needs to survive!-Ground Beef $8.50

-Roasts: Chuck Roast, Rump, Sirloin, Shoulder, London Broil, Eye of round.

-Steaks: T-Bone, Rib-eye, Sirloin, Fillet.

-Beef bones

-Stew meat

See our price list! (recently updated)

Come pick up at the farm On Wednesday and Saturday or order you products to be dropped off at:

Lynchburg:

Down Town

Corner Stone

Wyndhurst

West Lake

Roanoke

Come visit us at the Forest Farmers Market Saturdays from 8-12!

For FOREST FARMER’S market we strongly recommend pre ordering! We sold out of chicken breasts the first hour last week.  If we know what you want we can come prepared and your order will be ready, ticketed and waiting for you to pick up!

If you are a milk customer remember that you are paying a small fee for your milk to be delivered you are also going to the drop site weekly to pick up your milk so why not order some other products with it too?

John David

Farm Girl Note

On a fine, but hot, summer day I was nearly at the end of my hike to the hen house to do my evening chores. In one hand I had dog food (for the Great Pyrenees Guard Dog on post) and an egg basket, while the other hand was sometimes occupied by John David’s little hand.  He was more often diverted by a big cricket hopping in front of him or  a pretty flower… As I walked a long with the little blond head bouncing next to me I stopped to turn on the pump for the hens, in my momentary pause John scampered on to the hen house, “No harm” I thought as I kept going.

When I got to the hen house I fed and petted the dog, and also fed and watered the chickens.  I then looked around the house hastily for John but he was nowhere to be seen… as I hurried up to the chicken house door I saw a small boot disappearing through the small chicken door (the tiny one cut out for the chickens to use!). I got to the door and carefully opened it and there, proudly standing in the middle of the chicken house, with happy hens clucking around him, stood John with a huge smile spread across his face.  He reached up to me with a brown egg in his hand and as I looked at him he cheerfully sang “EGGS!” I caught him up in a big hug and then we finished collecting the other eggs “heggs” he says, and carried them home. As I went along I pondered on that little scene.

The thought came to me of how so many little kids and even adults do not know where their food comes from. Of course if you ask an adult where  milk or eggs came from they would say cows or chickens, but do they really know how those chickens live or what they are fed? I am very thankful for all that I know, but it is saddening and scary at how the industry has really been able to hide the truth behind faux happy stories and pretty pictures. We all know it’s not all glamor and fun out there in the world of industrial food production. There are some hidden secrets that we should know.

Now I am not a food freak, but I have been educated in the truth.  The Lord has given us amazing bodies and he has also given us the choice on how to take care of them!  I strive and hope to keep my body nourished and strong so that wherever God calls me I can go and serve Him. Keeping our bodies in a state of fitness and energy is necessary so we are equipped for life’s challenges!  I am so thankful for the good real nourishing food our family is blessed to raise.  I know it is helping us to all grow healthy and strong.

It is wonderful to know that our chores, all the sacrifices and hard work,  help so many other families become healthy and strong too.

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…” 1 Corinthians 5:20.   We are God’s lights to shine in the darkness.  Be strong and of good courage!  More important than being mighty in body is being mighty in spirit! Remember:

HE WILL NEVER DIE HE WILL NEVER FAIL YOU! JUST TRUST AND HAVE FAITH IN HIS MIGHTY POWER!

FOR HE HAS SAID I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE NOR FORSAKE THEE!

~Hope Fuhrmann

Timmy grilling our delicious dinner!

Our Father’s Farm Annual Open House 2015!

SHARING IS CARING!

Date: April 25th 2015

Time: 10:00AM to 3:00PM

Tour Times: First tour, 11:00 Second tour, 2:00

Where: Our Father’s Farm 

2664 Deer View Road Gretna, VA 24557

Rain Date: May 2nd 2014

Directions! Click Here.

There is an Our Father’s Farm sign at the top of our driveway also there will be a sign that says Open House. If you need any help please call, 434-656-1188.

Come out and see the farm! See how it works, see the animals enjoy a bit of country time with your whole family and friends! Be here for a farm tour! To view the whole farm life! Hold little baby chicks, pet cows and feel the coarse mane of a horse, collect fresh eggs straight from the chicken house, snuggle fluffy 8-week-old puppies and more!

Learn more about Our Father’s Farm and enjoy what great things the LORD has done for us! 

Come and a have a great day in the country on a farm!

What is there to do? 

  FARM TOURS!!!!

See touch and learn about the FARM and ANIMALS!

There will be 2 farm tours in the day

The first tour will be held at 11:00 and the second will be held at 2:00.

You will see and learn about: 

The milk cows, calves, chicks, broiler chickens, laying hens, the horse, dogs and maybe puppies, cats and kittens!

Bonus! There will be a milking demonstration and milk samples.

What kind of animals can we see?

There will be cows and calves! Laying hens, broiler (meat) chickens, chicks, our chocolate lab puppy 2 big great Pyrenees Dogs and great Pyrenees puppies, Cats and maybe kittens! A horse, a donkey and more!

A FARMER FOR THE DAY DRAWING!

A bed for the night, Breakfast Lunch and dinner if you choose to stay!

If your name is drawn you and one other person can come to Our Father’s Farm! Spend a comfortable night in the farm house wake up in the morning with the cocks crow come out and milk cows, feed chickens, collect eggs, herd cows, tend to chicks, and more! Than enjoy a hearty farmer’s breakfast.

Enjoying the rest of your day how ever you like sitting by the still pond enjoying the scenery, or giving a hand with what ever is going on, if you would like you can work in the house baking fresh bread making pies and more! 

Come and enjoy a farm life just for 24 hours!. It will be the best time you have had in a long time.

More about the drawing!

Come to our open house and put your name in the drawing by:

Buying $15 of products in our store, we will offer you to put your name, phone number and address on a paper in the drawing basket! The name will be drawn at 4:00pm assuring that everyone you wanted to join the drawing have had a fair chance to do so. The name which is draw will be contacted. And we will plan dates for the day!

Late spring, Summer, or early fall are the best times of year!

 Lunch:

Bring a picnic and hang out on the farm!

There will be picnicking areas and we will be selling baked goods and some snack bars, candies, and cheese. 

Will the store be open and what will I be able to buy?

Yes the store will be open to all who come! There will be fresh whole chickens, and chicken parts, leg thigh packs, tender loins, breast, and wings, There will be ground beef, steaks, roasts, stew meat and bones, Eggs, and all the other things will sale in the store (a small health food store type). Also there might be baked goods! Such as whole wheat bread, cakes and cookies.

How do I contact you if I have questions?

Email or call us!

Tel: (434)-656-1188

Email:  orders@ourfathersfarmva.com

Merry Christmas From Our Father’s Farm and the Fuhrmann Family

December 2014

And The Fuhrmann Family.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Joy to the World the LORD is come!

Your Last Chance to order before Christmas!

 

   A Roasted Christmas Chicken?

Delicious and nutritious meals are a wonderful addition to your holidays!

Order

$4.25/lb $4.75/lb no-soy

Chicken Breasts and tenders:

 

Breasts: each pack is usually 1lb or a little smaller

$14.00/lb

 Tender: each pack is usually 1/2 a lb.

$14/lb

Order

Leg/Thighs and Wings:

Leg/Thighs: ​$4.95/lb or $5.60/lb no-soy

Wings: $4.50/lb or $5.10/lb no-soy

Order

 

 

 

Beef Available soon!

 

Be sure not to miss our beef! We are stocked with delicious beef. Put your order in now because our beef goes fast!

We will be emailing soon with the news of its arrival.

Our Father’s Farmourfathersfarmva.com

Email: orders@ourfathersfarmva.com

 Phone:(434)-656-1188 

 

Turkey Pick up day Highlights

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Herding the turkeys to there new pen was an interesting challenge:)

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John David in his Chicken suit:)

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Setting everything up.

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 Above is the group that processed all the turkeys the Friday before thanksgiving, thank you to all the  wonderful friends who  came out and helped so much on this fun day! 🙂

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Thanks to our wonderful team with the Wingers, Richardsons and Specks on Saturday every thing went beautifully!

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Weighing each turkey and bagging them per customer.

 

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Everyone enjoyed the bake sale.

 

 

Praise God we all had a wonderful day full of fun fellowship and sales! We couldn’t do this with out you! Thank you for your prayers, friendship and support!

On this Thanksgiving we, the team at Our Father’s Farm, thank God for…

YOU!!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

~Thank you for supporting your local family farm!

The  Fuhrmann Family