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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!!

Adam has recently been asked to speak at his alma mater , to current students. His college Priest had a hand in organizi...
03/29/2022

Adam has recently been asked to speak at his alma mater , to current students. His college Priest had a hand in organizing the panel and thought Adam would give the panel more variety… Adam read the other panel members bios and decided he would put together his bio with his characteristic flair. I could help but share it here, note especially the last paragraph:

Adam is local to the Rochester area, from Avon, NY. He graduated in 2009 with a BA in History and a minor in Religious Studies. One month after graduation Adam joined the United States Marine Corps, where he spent 7 years on active duty, deployed overseas twice, strengthened his faith, got married (Mary), and started his family. Adam still serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

In 2017 Adam left active duty and moved back "home", with the family (3 kids at that time) to York, NY where he started his civilian career as the Operations Manager at Monks' Bread at the Abbey of the Genesee. After two amazing years, a family tragedy caused him and his family to move back to Mary's hometown of Hammondsport, NY.

In 2020 God blessed Adam and Mary with a fourth child, a job at Corning Inc, and the means to buy their 40-acre "dream farm" (Saint Isidore's Farm). After three years of transitioning out of active duty, Mary finally felt settled. (Adam did not).

In 2022 Adam finally realized he hated manufacturing and wanted to work with his hands again. Like any rational person would do; he quit his job at Corning and enrolled in an accelerated HVAC program at Monroe Community College. Two months into his new skilled trade career; Adam is noticeably happier, has more time to spend with his kids, no longer sleeps with a work phone next to his bed, and has the job satisfaction he'd been missing since leaving the USMC.

In Adam's spare time he enjoys being outdoors with his kids farming, hiking, camping, hunting, snowboarding, swimming, eating ice cream, and building stuff out of reclaimed pallets.

I can’t decide if I should title this “Queen Elsa of the Pastures”…. Or Rapunzel the cow…What’s your vote?!
03/23/2022

I can’t decide if I should title this “Queen Elsa of the Pastures”…. Or Rapunzel the cow…
What’s your vote?!

Sometimes the farm life looks like this..And sometimes it looks like you and your hubby rolling a 600lb round bale out t...
03/11/2022

Sometimes the farm life looks like this..
And sometimes it looks like you and your hubby rolling a 600lb round bale out to the cows because the tractor won’t start and you’re about to get 12” of snow….
True story, we handled it. But that feeling of dread filled me when I couldn’t get the tractor started yesterday afternoon. “WHAT are we going to do?!”…

But with old equipment, a small farm, and some ingenuity it’s amazing what you can do.

And truth be told, working next to my husband, at 10pm under a crisp clear night sky filled with stars…. It wasn’t so bad. I’d even say it was a highlight of my day.

Sometimes in the thick of life, you’ve got to embrace those special moments with your spouse!

Just a family of cattle cuddled up together (LtoR: Daytona, Darby, Connor)I love that our Highlanders are so friendly we...
02/28/2022

Just a family of cattle cuddled up together
(LtoR: Daytona, Darby, Connor)
I love that our Highlanders are so friendly we can go right out into the pastures with them, they often come over for a scratching, and they like to give us a sniff to see if we have any snacks. They are beautiful creatures and fun to watch.
Hope you all take a lesson and love your family and hold them tight!

02/22/2022

Hope y’all are ready for tax season… if not, I know a guy who can help keep it humorous 😂

New York State politicians are planning to increase taxes on gas via the “Climate and Community Investment Act”!!! An in...
02/13/2022
Stop The Gas Tax

New York State politicians are planning to increase taxes on gas via the “Climate and Community Investment Act”!!! An increase of 55¢ per gallon in tax at the pump and a 25% increase in natural gas to heat our homes. Go to this site to sign the petition against it.

This legislation would break the backs of farmers who already struggle with rising costs in fuel, maintenance, slaughterhouse fees, and feed costs.

Albany Democrats are sponsoring legislation that would add a new 55 cent-per-gallon tax on New Yorkers at the gas pump. In addition, this bill would raise the cost of natural gas for residential home heating by 25 percent. The cost of fuel has escalated in the past year and these new taxes only add....

So excited to begin working with  !! I delivered some pastured pork to them today which they will be smoking, turning in...
02/09/2022

So excited to begin working with !!
I delivered some pastured pork to them today which they will be smoking, turning into prosciutto, making their own sausage, and I’m sure many other creative, and DELICIOUS foods.
If y’all have not been to The Park Inn, you HAVE to check them out, hands down our favorite restaurant 🙌🏼

02/01/2022

A recap of the Imago Dei women’s Mastermind Retreat ✨


Is it possible that the green pond is growing on me? The seasons really bring out unique features to our land, and I hav...
01/26/2022

Is it possible that the green pond is growing on me?

The seasons really bring out unique features to our land, and I have so enjoyed looking at the pond change over time.

“When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
Wendell Berry

Having some fun in our 15” of snow up here in  of New York!!! ❄️ We stocked up all the animals with food and they have a...
01/18/2022

Having some fun in our 15” of snow up here in of New York!!! ❄️

We stocked up all the animals with food and they have access to water, and shelter, so we all waited out the weather, and when I went to check on the cows I thought “ok, snow is only up to my mid-shin…” on my way past the chicken coop…

But as I got out to the pasture it was almost up to my knee!! (Granted I’m not very tall 😉)

Kids have been sledding, throwing snowballs, and making an igloo

There is so much joy in this time of year, hope you all have found it too!

01/16/2022

Hey y’all!
Enjoy this video of Adam and the kids giving the cows some spent brewery grains from , volume on 😂😂

We have been enjoying a lot of family time over the holidays and are now getting back into a homeschool routine. The farm slows down a little this time of year. The pigs have all been sent off, chickens aren’t laying as many eggs, the cows get those great big “round bales” of hay about once a week, and we (on this sub-zero evening) take a cue from Nature, and semi-hibernate. Hope you all take some time to rest as well!

Happy New Year farm friends!! Here are some of our favorite shots and moments from 2021, but dang was it hard to decide!...
01/01/2022

Happy New Year farm friends!!

Here are some of our favorite shots and moments from 2021, but dang was it hard to decide!!

This time of year is exciting, as we proceed through Advent, toward Christmas. We all stare out the windows, looking for...
12/16/2021

This time of year is exciting, as we proceed through Advent, toward Christmas.

We all stare out the windows, looking for flakes of snow.

And then rejoice in days of late fall, surprisingly warm weather.

But it’s also a season of mud, and brown, and lots of darkness.

The trees are bare.

And yet, it is so beautiful.

thanks for this shot, that makes it look like we’re really in the mountains.

I’ll let you in on a little secret…We’re partial on thinking our Scottish Highlanders are gorgeous..But yesterday we had...
12/11/2021

I’ll let you in on a little secret…

We’re partial on thinking our Scottish Highlanders are gorgeous..

But yesterday we had the privilege of an old friend taking some professional photographs of our herd, and agreed that they are particularly photogenic.

I’ll gradually share more of the photos Brandon took. He has a great eye for landscape and wildlife photography, check out his page!!

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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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House-Made Ricotta Gnocchi with House-Cured Saint Isidore's Farm Ham, Glenn Scott Farm Spinach, Whole Grain Mustard, and Parmesan. 🍽
💥 NEW MENU ITEM 💥 House-Cured Saint Isidore's Farm Ham with Crispy Cheddar Grit Cake & Chili Maple Mustard Glaze.

We’re here Wednesday through Saturday from 5-9p. 🍽
We had an awesome time this weekend at our Bluff View BBQ! ❤️

Don't miss the next Signature Event - our Pig Roast on Saturday, July 10. Enjoy wine, beer, music by Nick Norman and Claudia Hoyser, and food prepared by our sister restaurant, The Park Inn Pig provided by Saint Isidore's Farm

Click here for reservations: https://pigroastpobv.eventbrite.com

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