Back to Basics

On March 10, 2018 by Shawn

Dearest friends of White Ivy Farm, it’s been a long time since we’ve posted a blog post here, for a wide variety of reasons, but I wanted to explain a new chapter in our farm lives.

Last month ended our time selling at the Main Street Farmers Market, which was a decision that came with over a year of heavy thought and soul-searching. But we wanted to let you all know that we’re still here doing what we love, and we still want to provide for you, the people who brighten our lives by enjoying the literal fruits of our labor, but on a different level.

We started this farm business as a bit of an accident. When we relocated from Chattanooga to Higdon, Alabama seven years ago, it wasn’t in hopes of becoming professional farmers and ranchers, but to build a simple rural lifestyle for which we could be proud. We believe that hard work builds character and real food builds bodies to aid that hard work, so it was an exciting — yet romantic — endeavor. And we understood that. But it’s exactly we wanted.

A lot has changed in those seven years (such as the addition of two children!) and we realized over the last two or three years that our original romantic vision had been put on the back burner for the sake of the business. A sad reality for many small-scale farmers is that they must decide at some point if they want to keep up those romantic dreams or actually support their families with the work they put into the farm.

So we’re making a u-turn. We decided that we wanted to get away from treating our lifestyle like a business and get back to treating it as a way to simply share our bounty.

We grow our food and raise our livestock because we love doing it. Heck, I’ve said for years that farming is the only job I’ve ever loved where I didn’t make any money. And getting back to the simple side of this lifestyle became more and more tempting, even in the last few years when our profits grew.

I understand that scaling back a successful business with a positive reputation is crazy, but this change is just something we believe in. So we’re going back to growing what we want to eat, instead of what sells the best at the market. We’re going back to raising the animals that we enjoy the most, instead of what types of meat bring the best rate of return per pound at the market.

And we hope you all can understand our position. Trust me, if it wasn’t for you amazing customers sharing your stories of how much you love our eggs or our soap or hot sauces or produce or beef or pork, we wouldn’t have stuck with the business side for so long.

So we want to merge that return to our original ideal lifestyle with the more personal service we can provide for our valued customers. Starting next week we will begin delivering our eggs, soap, jams, sauces, and meat to Chattanooga daily.

Deliveries will be made for pick-up the next day near Chattanooga State off Amnicola Highway Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Exact address will be given when we confirm your order.

If you’d like to make an order, you can contact us a variety of ways:

Phone: 256-632-2881
Facebook Messenger: @WhiteIvyFarm
Or through the contact form on this website

Simply let us know what seasonal products of ours you want, and we’ll bring it to the above location the next day for you to pick up, made to order. Look for an updated inventory list on the website soon, but in the meantime, here’s what we currently have:

– Farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens ($5/dozen)
– Concord Grape Jelly ($6 for 8-oz jar, $4 for 4-oz jar)
– Strawberry Jam ($6 for 8-oz jar, $4 for 4-oz jar)
– Pumpkin Apple Butter ($6 for 8-oz jar, $4 for 4-oz jar)
– Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce ($5 for 4-oz jar)
– Elderberry Immune-Boosting Syrup ($4 for 4-oz jar)
– Vegan Soap ($5/bar, current scents are Anise Activated Charcoal, Lemon Poppy, and Mint Mocha)
– Variety of Grassfed Beef Cuts, USDA Processed and frozen. Contact for prices.

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