Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thankful Thursdays- 2/28/13- Apple Family Farm

We are about to celebrate 11 years of being thankful for Apple Family Farm. They have been an integral part of our lives for a long time. When we first started going to the farm for grass-fed beef, our girls were almost 2 and 4. Wow, that was a long time ago!

Mark runs the farm, with the help of his lovely wife, Nora, and an assortment of volunteers, interns, and  like-minded individuals. They raise Scottish- Highland cattle for beef. (Think- orange yaks!) They are big and fuzzy, and one of our favorites has one horn that points up, and one that points down. The babies are little fuzz balls. They also raise Dutch-belted dairy cows (think-oreo sandwich on legs!) When the two breeds cross, which has happened, you get all sorts of cute, fuzzy, funny colered babies. some look like vanilla oreos, some like they sat in paint, some are all black, but super fuzzy.
When it is really cold out, the babies get to stay in the barn

Going to the farm every week has been a great learning experience for our girls. We go every week because we own a cow-share and get fresh milk from our cow every week. The milk is scrumptious, and the health benefits are amazing, especially for Kurt & Emily who both have psoriasis and have problems digesting processed milk. We sometimes use our milk to make butter or ice cream, but for the most part, we just drink it.

Mark and Nora are not just our farmers, they are our dear friends. We love just hanging out and talking, or going someplace fun with them. Mostly, we love them for their hearts. They have chosen a life of servanthood. Taking care of a farm, especially a dairy farm, is full-time (plus) work! Mark goes out to care for the animals every day, even on the days the rest of us hide out indoors. But it is not ALL work. You can see some amazing things at the farm. Like baby animals, wild flowers, HUGE tomato plants, and stunning sunsets.

Whenever someone asks where to get quality, grass-fed, hormone-free meat, we point them to Apple Family Farm. Mark and Nora would love to share their love of cows (& good food) with you too! You can always visit  their facebook page:, or call them: 317-335-3067. They are located between McCordsville and Fortville at: 3365 W SR 234, McCordsville, IN 46055.

If you live too far away to come visit, hopefully you can find a local farm near you to be thankful for!

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