By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, June 15th, 2015 1:00 PM CST
We love profiling local farmers and farms in our community and one of the farmers and vendors from Beechbend Farmers Market is Peacefield Farm with owners Kaelin and Heather Vernon:
1. Tell us a little about you as a couple. Where are you from, what are your hobbies and where did you start your career that led to the farm?
Heather and I met as teenagers through her brother in 1996, we married in 2006. Heather is from Nashville, TN and I am from the great city of Bowling Green, KY. Heather and I enjoy reading, hiking, history, food and working together on our farm. Now we get to share that with our children today! We have three children, Elisha(5), Amos(2), baby girl(3mos. if printed in October). Heather did not grow up on a farm but enjoyed visits to her aunt’s farm. I grew up on a farm and come from multiple generations of farming right here in Warren County. In 2006 Heather and I started Peacefield, a chemical-free farm in Plano, KY. We joined the local market system and stated selling at local restaurants. It was encouraging to farm this way, we actually talked directly to the public and felt appreciated for what we grew. We got to see first hand the difference good food made in peoples lives.
2. What is your earliest memory of your work, what got you interested in it?
For Heather, an early memory would be visiting her aunts farm who owned goats, horses, and other pets. She remembers the personalities of the animals that her aunt brought out in them. It was an adventure every visit. For Kaelin, an early memory is riding in the back of the truck with my brother at the farms loaded with square bale hay to feed our cows in winter. Our job was to cut the strings and throw the blocks off for the cows to eat. My dad & mom drove us. I always enjoyed rubbing the cows noses while they followed the truck.
3. What is your favorite thing you sale?
Our favorite thing we sell would be a tie between our bacon & our fresh real milk!
4. Who are your influences in life and your work?
We have been greatly influenced by the very practical and inspiring work of Lynn Miller through his publication of Small Farmers Journal.
5. If you had to choose a last meal, what would you eat (Just a fun question and doesn’t have to be local)?
Cat head biscuits, fried chicken, white sausage gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs, pile of pancakes dripping in local maple syrup, large strips of home cured bacon, patties of sausage, new potatoes in oil. We try to eat this meal every week just in case it is our last.
6. How important is local business collaboration to you?
Collaborating with local restaurants and other businesses is very important to us and other local farmers. This allows us to reach more people in Bowling Green with what we raise on our farm. Some of these people might not ever come to a farmers market. It not only increases our avenues for selling our products but helps to educate customers about the superior taste and health of locally, sustainably raised food.
7. What event in Bowling Green (or Charity) are you involved with?
We are founding members at Beech Bend Farmers Market and help to create fun events there such as our harvest night market celebration.
8. What do you see for the future of your business in Bowling Green and serving South Central Kentucky?
We hope to continue to increase availability of healthy local food to a larger population of Bowling Green. We would like to see more partnerships with restaurants and other businesses like local distilleries.
9. What other locally owned businesses in town do you enjoy shopping, eating or patronizing?
We thoroughly enjoy eating at Home cafe and Novo Dolce. We also like the brews and spirits from white squirrel brewery and Corsair.