Hello and welcome to Sycamore Creek Farm! Since this is the first blog post, I thought I’d tell you a bit more about our farm and family. When I was growing up in Carroll County Maryland, it was still quite rural (it isn’t anymore) and I would dream of owning my own farm. I had some requirements; it had to have a creek where I could catch crawfish, woods to hike and a pond for me to catch fish. However, land in Maryland became quite expensive as suburban sprawl gobbled up farmland and turned Carroll County into a bedroom community to Baltimore and Washington DC. My dream seemed impossible.
Fast forward to 2001; the house we were renting was being sold and was a bit out of our price range (and there was that dream of a farm). My husband and I started looking at rural properties and found a farm in Tyler County WV. It was still close enough to visit my family in MD and also made visiting his family in Minnesota a bit closer. The farm had 50 acres, plenty of woods to hike in and a large creek running through the property. We thought it would be a great place to raise our children and also give us a step back from the rat race of the suburbs.
The house needed some TLC but it had good bones and we were able to move in within a few months after the purchase. It was a bit of a culture shock to the three younger children but rural life has suited us well.
We started adding to our farm with the long term goal of making it a small business selling fresh produce locally. We added fruit trees (apples and Asian pears) in the beginning, knowing that they would take the longest to establish. After that, we added 1500 asparagus crowns, shiitake mushrooms and started a large garden. Our children were involved with 4-H and FFA animal projects; chickens, hogs and ducks were added to the farm.
My brother works for Extension out of Penn State (commercial horticulture) and suggested to us that a high tunnel would be good to add to the farm as it would allow for a longer growing season. Since I also have a background in horticulture, a high tunnel seemed like a good fit and we added a small one measuring 26x24.
The local food movement was just starting in Tyler County and we expanded to provide more local produce to restaurants, grocery stores and the local school. We now have three high tunnels, sell at two farmer’s markets and operate a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Our youngest daughter raises pastured poultry and sells the eggs to her school. We believe in eating food that is nutritious and delicious and we are pleased to offer the same quality to our customers.