Saint Isidore's Farm

Saint Isidore's Farm A family farm and new adventure! Join us as we take a leap of faith into running a side by side business to one my mom and stepdad started when I was a kid.

My husband, 4 kids and I, 6 Scottish Highlanders and 13 chickens become Saint Isidore's Farm!

NOT my current situation, just missing our NY home ❄️
01/13/2024

NOT my current situation, just missing our NY home ❄️

Well look at that, our little John decided to come early, and on the feast day of Saint John the Apostle no less, Dec 27...
12/29/2023

Well look at that, our little John decided to come early, and on the feast day of Saint John the Apostle no less, Dec 27. Little man and mama are doing awesome.
Can we also admire our 9-year olds note on the wall as I reminded them to not forget about taking care of Toby, our 11-yr old dog, while mom and dad were at the hospital 😂😂

11 married years and just getting started 🌟 Another year, another adventure, and almost ready for another baby 🤗with my ...
12/23/2023

11 married years and just getting started 🌟

Another year, another adventure, and almost ready for another baby 🤗
with my favorite guy!!!

I am officially 37 weeks pregnant! And my motivation is low 😂🫠So I told the kids we could get out Christmas decorations ...
12/18/2023

I am officially 37 weeks pregnant! And my motivation is low 😂🫠
So I told the kids we could get out Christmas decorations if they would clean the house first, and they did!!! -Washed windows
-vacuumed
-cleaned bathrooms
-put away extra “stuff”
And then fully decorated!!!
I keep telling friends that being pregnant and having another baby while having a 9yr old and 7 1/2yr old is a game changer!!
So grateful for my hardworking and loving kiddos (and hubby 😉)💗

Have you heard the saying “the best gift you can give your child is a sibling” ? I have heard it many times, and it has ...
10/14/2023

Have you heard the saying “the best gift you can give your child is a sibling” ?
I have heard it many times, and it has always elicited the thought of the beauty that our children can have multiple friends to play with within their own home, to learn from, etc…
BUT
Today a new thought hit me (Adam took all the kids to Home Depot and I had time for quiet thoughts, a rarity 😆), with each child, I am asked to give and stretch, to let go of more of the selfishness that still rests in me. I am asked to let go of my own vanity and materialism. I am asked to be even more intentional with devoting time and attention to my husband.

I am asked, and shaped, into being a more giving mother, which, I think, makes me a better mother.

But, Lord help me!!! It can be a painful process. Sending out prayers for the all mamas out there, and especially for the dear ones who are also expecting babies 💗💙💗💙💗💙

Signs of a good friend: went to her house today, started nosing through her bookshelf like I always do 📚 And she said “o...
09/20/2023

Signs of a good friend: went to her house today, started nosing through her bookshelf like I always do 📚
And she said “oh, look through these! Take whatever you want”
……..
I am a glutton

Amid our packing, storing, and moving we have had a little stow away along for the ride 👶🏼 So excited to share that Barr...
07/28/2023

Amid our packing, storing, and moving we have had a little stow away along for the ride 👶🏼
So excited to share that Barrett Baby #5 is due in January!!!

Welcome to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!!!Adam: “I’m going to say something controversial…. I’d take this over the Ou...
06/24/2023

Welcome to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!!!
Adam: “I’m going to say something controversial…. I’d take this over the Outer Banks (NC) any day”

Yesterday we drove from Traverse City, MI north. We crossed a huge bridge connecting Lake Michigan to Lake Huron and the vastness of each lake is completely enchanting. We drove along the northern edge of Lake Michigan with its sandy beaches and dunes on our left and remote pine-filled woods on our right. We crossed the interior where the remoteness of the area is obvious. It makes you consider how people prepare for a brutal winter and signs of homesteading are obvious.
I love a road trip almost anywhere, but the sense of driving north, and into a more and more remote terrain just make my heart leap. Add in fresh water lakes and it is just perfection.
10/10 would recommend
WHAD UP LAKE SUPERIOR!!!!

When the “baby” has a birthday in the middle of packing, everything halts to make a birthday pie 🥧 Happy 3rd birthday to...
06/13/2023

When the “baby” has a birthday in the middle of packing, everything halts to make a birthday pie 🥧

Happy 3rd birthday to our sweet Maria!

Temporary moves are funny, what do you bring? What do you leave? I decided I can leave my carhartt on the farm as well a...
05/31/2023

Temporary moves are funny, what do you bring? What do you leave?

I decided I can leave my carhartt on the farm as well as fence line materials.

Which survival, gardening and homeopathic books is a harder decision!

As well as how many jars from my collection 🙈

How do you narrow down the “need to have “ from the “nice to have”??!!

Friends, are you looking to get yourself a Scottish Highlander? This gal is named Darby and she would love to come make ...
05/23/2023

Friends, are you looking to get yourself a Scottish Highlander?
This gal is named Darby and she would love to come make your farm home. She has been a good cow to us, and easy mother to her calves, but we have enough uncertainty about the length of our upcoming military orders and feel it best to consider selling Darby-girl.

Let me know if you are interested, please share!

Local inquiries only!!

My mind is reeling with a to-do list that is weeks long, as we prepare for a temporary military move. We need to re-home...
05/11/2023

My mind is reeling with a to-do list that is weeks long, as we prepare for a temporary military move. We need to re-home our chickens to my niece, deep bed and tarp the garden, move the cows to a friends, pack up a minimal amount of “stuff”, etc.

And yet, many days I find myself realizing that I just need to take care of the tasks of the day: laundry, homeschool, wash the dishes, and sometimes, make bread.

It is becoming a big lesson in staying present, and trusting that things will be taken care of in their own time.

I’ve also realized that nothing says “I love you” to my family like homemade bread 😂💗

One of my favorite scenes is a kid nose-deep in a book 📚
05/06/2023

One of my favorite scenes is a kid nose-deep in a book 📚

My dear friends and family,I have decided not to send out Christmas cards this year! I have been attempting to not let m...
12/15/2022

My dear friends and family,
I have decided not to send out Christmas cards this year!
I have been attempting to not let my advent fill up with “to-do’s”, and this was one of those items that got the nix.
But if I had made Christmas cards, I probably would’ve used one of these photos, or a combo of a few 😆
Wishing you all a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year!! 🌲

.rebecca .allen .danneskjold

In the Marine Corps birthday message this year, the Commandant was asked “what keeps you awake at night?” To which he re...
11/10/2022

In the Marine Corps birthday message this year, the Commandant was asked “what keeps you awake at night?” To which he responded “nothing. I keep others awake at night”.

I went to my first Marine Corps birthday ball 12 years ago, and I have been drinking the cool-aid ever since 😂😂😂

But, in all honesty I am always incredibly humbled and honored to have my own, heroic Marine, as well as the storied history of the Corps as part of my own family history.

Going to drop a few of my favorite quotes about the USMC:

“You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are."

“I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!” – Douglas MacArthur

“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” ― Ronald Reagan

“Thousands of Marine combat veterans earned medals for bravery every day. A few were even awarded. “

Happy Birthday Devil Dogs!!!!!

Nature walks have been a staple in our homeschool routine and today, nature spoiled us!!! Got to see a brand new baby ca...
09/20/2022

Nature walks have been a staple in our homeschool routine and today, nature spoiled us!!! Got to see a brand new baby calf, and be warned for a slightly graphic, but completely natural video, of mama eating the placenta!! Also time in the creek and time in the woods.

Sometimes I realize that our day-to-day rhythm is very abnormal to most.We live in a rural area near a teeny, tiny town,...
08/18/2022

Sometimes I realize that our day-to-day rhythm is very abnormal to most.
We live in a rural area near a teeny, tiny town, we have 4 kids (which is abnormal for our culture on its own!), we have a farm, and now we homeschool.
I like to say that I’m hitting my rebellious years later in life 😂
But seriously, it feels rebellious at times to go against the cultural norms! It all started when I decided to be a stay at home mom, not realizing it was no longer commonplace. And over the years I became more “defiant”.
But here we are having a grand old time with friends who don’t get to be on a farm every day of the week!!
If you need a little “farm time” in your life, let me know! Maybe we’ll kick start your own rebellion 👩🏼‍🌾🔥

Have you ever taken a vacation in your own town???We just had two families, old USMC friends, visit for a whole week and...
08/01/2022

Have you ever taken a vacation in your own town???
We just had two families, old USMC friends, visit for a whole week and we got to tour them around our little slice of paradise!
We swam in the beautiful
Hiked
Picked blueberries 🫐
Tubed and sailed around
Grabbed food and brews at
Went paddle boarding
And, of course, did all the fun farm stuff.
It felt like a vacation for ME!!!
Highly recommend it 👍🏻

If farm kids boots could tell tales…These boots would tell of a 4 year old boy, with boots a bit loose,who ran around ch...
07/19/2022

If farm kids boots could tell tales…
These boots would tell of a 4 year old boy, with boots a bit loose,
who ran around chasing chickens, trying so hard to catch one to hold.
They’d tell of climbing the ladder to my moms hayloft, scaling the tower of square bales and jumping off into the loose hay 5 feet below.
They’d tell of fishing on the bank of the pond.
They’d tell of running around the playground.
They’d tell of the making igloos in the snow.
They’d tell of that boy turning 5.
The boots actually fit him well then.
The boots would tell of walking in the woods and working on the boys tree fort.
They would tell of running after pigs.
They would tell of climbing trees as high as the boy could go, before mama had to yell at him that that was high enough.
They would tell of running around looking for birds, and how much that boy loves looking for birds.
These boots could tell you about animal tracks and where to find them.
These boots could tell you about when that boy turned 6, and they didn’t fit anymore…
It is a sad day to think of tossing these old boots. They are SO BEAT from all that running and jumping, climbing and biking. The soles are trying to come away from the back. But it’s hard to think of letting them go, they’ve been with my boy through a lot.

Recently had one of those days that literally feels like a deep breath. Lunch with my bestie since age 4 👭with a gorgeou...
07/14/2022

Recently had one of those days that literally feels like a deep breath.
Lunch with my bestie since age 4 👭with a
gorgeous view of Canandaigua Lake at tarpin
Thankful to say the least.

Love seeing my wild animals in their natural habitat
06/29/2022

Love seeing my wild animals in their natural habitat

06/09/2022
We have another little bull-calf! Hello 👋🏼 Beau!!This little guys mama is 20 years old and the least 3 years we have bee...
06/09/2022

We have another little bull-calf! Hello 👋🏼 Beau!!
This little guys mama is 20 years old and the least 3 years we have been surprised when she got pregnant and carved, again.
We decided this year that we would strongly consider bottle feeding the calf to give Queen Mama some rest.
Our instincts were good, because, come to find out, when the calf tried to nurse, his mom is not producing milk. Perhaps related to her age, since this hasn’t been a problem in the past.
So we decided to move both of them up closer to the house. Queen Mama did not like being separated from her herd, and the herd was pretty upset about the arrangement too. The calf was just along for the ride! And we gradually got them up to a nice quiet pasture right next to the house.
Little Beau has been taking a bottle like a champ and is a beautiful and sweet calf.
I am so grateful to his mother, though. We don’t have another cow that would let us get so close, so often, and for so long, to their calf. She is gentle and loving, and a wonderful mother.

I’ll keep you posted on him is growth!

Free tomato plants!!!These are cherry tomato seedlings and you may get a “lucky” yellow tomato plant as well.Let me know...
06/08/2022

Free tomato plants!!!
These are cherry tomato seedlings and you may get a “lucky” yellow tomato plant as well.
Let me know if you would like some

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05/21/2022

Let me brag about my neighbors 💗
Our friends Tim and Nancy have been sooo, so good to us. Tim grew up on a farm, has helped us with fencing, fixing the tractor, and lending us a plow to put in a few new crops.
He was coaching Adam yelling “we’ll make a farmer out of you yet!”
And “hold on, let me go get a gold star to pin to your skinny chest” 😂
They are always giving our kids candy and ice cream sandwiches, and now they’re trying to convince us to get goats.
Very thankful for great neighbors 💗

Memorial Day weekend is coming up…Are you breakfast-sandwich champ?Connoisseur of ham steaks?Or a grill master looking f...
05/17/2022

Memorial Day weekend is coming up…
Are you breakfast-sandwich champ?
Connoisseur of ham steaks?
Or a grill master looking for sausage, ribs or chops?

We have got you covered with our pasture-raised pork, raised right here, in the , PM for details

May 15 is the Feast Day of Saint Isidore the farmer, the patron of our farm.If you’d like to know why, here you go!The h...
05/16/2022

May 15 is the Feast Day of Saint Isidore the farmer, the patron of our farm.
If you’d like to know why, here you go!

The humblest life can be the pathway to great sanctity.

St. Isidore was a simple man who worked all his life as a farmer for a wealthy landowner near Madrid. His wife Maria is also a saint. Together they were hardworking, charitable people, and generous towards the poor. St. Isidore often brought home hungry workers to share his table. It is said that once, Maria ran out of stew to feed them—but it miraculously replenished itself!

St. Isidore’s fellow workers noticed that he was sometimes late coming to the field because he would go to Mass first. When his boss looked out the window to see if this was true, he saw an angel plowing the field in Isidore’s place. Another story says that the landowner, wondering how St. Isidore got so much done in so short a time, saw angels plowing on either side of him.

St. Isidore died in 1130 and promptly gained the love of Spain’s monarchs and people—as well as a reputation for the miraculous. His body remains incorrupt to this day. They say he appeared to the King of Castile in 1211 and showed him a surprise way to attack the Moors against whom he was fighting. King Philip III was miraculously healed through his relics.

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The kiddos who make me “Mama”. What a gift that I get to pour my love into them and our family. Happy Mother’s Day to al...
05/08/2022

The kiddos who make me “Mama”. What a gift that I get to pour my love into them and our family. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, by birth, by choice, the “second-moms” who help those around them in so many ways and sprinkle love as they go. God bless you all and thank you for sharing your love.
May your example empower those around you 💗🌷

Have you ever been on vacation a few hours away from home and gotten the phone call that your cows are out? No? Just us?...
04/20/2022

Have you ever been on vacation a few hours away from home and gotten the phone call that your cows are out?
No?
Just us?
So thankful that we have awesome farm neighbors who came to our rescue and got the adventurers back in our pasture. 🐂

I also haven’t introduced ourselves in a while so if you are new around here, we are Adam and Mary Barrett. Both born and raised in small towns of western New York State, we moved around a little in the Marine Corps as newlyweds, and then settled down in the of NY. We have 4 homeschool kids and a collection of animals that keep us busy. We are interested in and the ways that a small can shape a community, and glorify the gifts God has given us. Thanks for being here!

“From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass ...
04/17/2022

“From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man’s heart.”
Psalm 104

This photo is an oldie but goodie..
Happy Easter! He is risen!!

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Where it Begins

Adam and I have had a frequent daydream for the past 6+ years of marriage. We would talk about my parents small farm overlooking Waneta Lake and how beautiful it was, how great a childhood it was for me growing up there, and how wonderful it would be to follow that lifestyle. But of course there were important things like jobs, paying off student loans, having babies, etc. to distract us. We became very interested in knowing where our food came from after watching documentaries like Food Inc., Farmageddon, Fed Up, Hungry for Change, Cowspiracy, Forks over Knives.. the list probably goes on. Anyway, it was easy to see that a movement is beginning and many others are concerned with our food production systems. I love food, so I wanted to find the best ways to feed our family healthy meals, but on a greater scale to share that with others! We decided July 2019 to move back to my family farm to help my parents, as among other factors my step-dad suffered a life-changing injury. As unfortunate and emotional as his injury has been, it has been the catalyst for Adam and I to rethink many pieces of our life and reordering what is truly most important. Please join us as we begin this adventure. We dream of selling beef, pork and (potentially) poultry from pasture-raised animals, using high-intensity rotational grazing that is wonderful for the animals and regenerative for the land. I love to have a garden and wonder about having a CSA garden to provide healthy produce to others. It is all still new, but if you’re interested in buying food from us, offering insight or support, or just following along, thanks for being with us!!! Blessings, Mary


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