The Family

We have lived on our farm since May 1993. It is a wonderful old farm along the Chehalis River in Lewis County, Washington. Originally it was settled by a German immigrant who bought the farm, built a barn , found a wife and then had to build a home for her to move into. Or so the story goes. We purchased the farm from that Immigrant’s son when he was 92 years old. He visited us as often as his health would allow him to until he was 97 years old. He sold the place to us with the understanding that we would be farming the piece of land he had lived on all but two years of his life. We miss him and his stories!

Originally they grew hops here, we had a rich hop industry in the valley, but time and pests changed it into other rotations. Two of the three sons of the first settler had a cow dairy here until the 70’s when one brother passed away. Since then it has been planted with Wheat, Peas, Sweet corn, Barley , Grass seed, and Hay to name a few of the uses for the land.

When we moved here we had planned to grow crops for a local “cannery”, the place where they freeze food. We grew corn and peas. We also grew some wheat, barley, and fescue grass seed. That left us a lot of straw and hay to sell as well. Then along came our need to produce an alternate source of milk for our son. We purchased our three original ewes from some folks in Idaho and have slowly expanded the operation.

Brad is a Manufacturing Engineer by degree. He has worked several jobs and learned several skills that led to building a very fine sheep dairy and cheese processing plant from an old cow dairy. All the machines work well and the plant has a very good flow. If you had told him he would be milking sheep 20 or 30 years ago I wonder what the expression would have been?

Meg has a degree in Nutrition and Nursing. Her first desire way back when she went to college was to major in Business and Home Economics in order to open a restaurant. After many years in various roles and jobs, mostly in the Public Health field, she will finally have that type of adventure.

We have three sons who help out on the farm. Sometimes it is fun and sometimes it is work….We do hope and pray they will learn the benefits of hard work and always make it fun.

  9 comments for “The Family

  1. Margie Miller
    August 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Meg, I used to work with you as a public health nurse; I think you were a special needs nurse. Anyway, I can remember when you had your second son; gads, I wonder how old he is now, probably older than I think!. I was referred to your site because I am looking for someone who might teach spinning. I will probably just go to the Yarn N Things yarn shop in Chehalis and learn that way. Anyway, I would love to drop by and visit your farm; are you still open to visitors on Saturdays? I love the history behind it!

    • August 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Margie! I remember you and wondered if you were still around. I think you got one of our kittens….so long ago…..
      Yarn n Things just closed in June 😦 She retired. I will see if I can come up with another spinning group. Wilma was a wonderful teacher! I don’t know enough yet to teach. Saturdays we are open 10 – 4 but will have employees here this week.

  2. Doug
    April 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Enjoyed seeing your show,On Back Roads Northwest.He certainly does a good job of sharing your History.

    • April 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      They were amazing. They were here 5 or more hours and cut down to the 5 minutes! Nice People too.

  3. Rosa Carrera Rodriguez
    September 14, 2017 at 3:18 am

    The information on your web site is warm and inviting to visit your farm 🙂

    • September 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      We do invite people to the store to sample cheese and look into the cheese processing plant. The farm will be open on varying special days for tours. Currently we don’t have any scheduled as it is breeding time.

      • Rosa Carrera Rodriguez
        September 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm

        Thank you!
        I shall pay attention on dates for the tours of the farm.

  4. Emily Macasero
    August 9, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Hi there,
    So my husband and I are in love with Salt and Straw Ice Cream down in SoCal. In particular the sheep’s cheese strawberry ice cream is to die for! I got the idea maybe I can make my own ice cream and keep looking for your cheese at Trader Joe’s or other grocery stores. I can’t find it and just asked my husband if we can buy a farm and make sheep’s cheese…. Where is your cheese? Also, if i ever go up to WA we are definitely stopping by.
    Girl in love with sheep’s cheese,

    • August 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Sadly our cheese isn’t available down your way. We sell mostly to western Oregon and Washington. Salt and Straw is headquartered in Portland, so that’s our connection. Also sadly, MY CONNECTION TO SALT AND STRAW HASN’T GOTTEN ME MY TASTE YET!!!! ah, sorry. That should have been another post. Glad you like it. The sheep are fun. The East Friesian breed is very friendly and easy to be around.
      Thanks for the kind note, Brad

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