YES God made a farmer.
And his name is Jason.
And God made a farmer’s wife.
Her name is Lynsey.
Together they are providing much more than food for the masses.
Harvesting seeds of love, devotion, friendship, family,
and even more love has really made an impact on the people’s lives around them.
It is those seeds and so many more qualities that I just don’t have words to lend justice to
that which inspired me to nominate Yonder Way Farm as a
feature for Where Women Cook last Fall.
Planning, emails, calls, texts later and a dream has come into fruition.
Nine months later here we are.
I first “met” Lynsey through my work and travel in Round Top, Texas.
Although she is technically in Fayetville, YWF is part of the growing landscape
of people loving junk and homemade pie eatin’ community.
A welcome piece of all that those like myself are craving
in a world of too much traffic, too many phones, too much bad news, too much of muchy muchness.
Maybe it’s the fact that these kind and sweet folks have a story that is few and far between.
A story that lives in many of our hearts…wishing for better todays for our children.
For each other. For the world.
One of blood, sweat, and tears, BIG DREAMS
– and most importantly — one of love for God and all that is good.
Here’s a good description taken straight from YWF’s website:
Yonder Way Farm’s story began in 2006 when,
in search of a simpler life more connected to nature and our food,
we packed up our family and moved to the country.
As we began our journey, we sensed the Lord giving us a
passion for farming the way He designed.
By being good stewards of the land and raising animals
free of confinement in a natural environment,
our goal is to re-establish the almost-lost art of grass farming.
Easy to see why I was so drawn to their story
and why it needed to be shared with the you and the world.
The shoot was done back in January right after the New Year.
What a perfect time to shoot something that gives you hope in humanity.
Gosh what a perfectly beautiful wonderful day.
It was a cold morning and I specifically remember walking into
the Kramers’ home which had such a cozy warmth to their amazing house–
the kind of warmth that reminded me of growing up in the Heights
where wooden floors creak when you walk and you can just “feel”
the walls whispering the rich history held within.
A home with character and charm for days.
Now add to that the 4 most BEAUTIFUL little faces and souls you can dream up
and a super welcoming Mama & Papa – oh and the smell of bacon. REAL bacon.
Not the kind pumped with God knows what…I’ll never forget that aroma.
Think somewhere between Little House on the Prairie & Little Women
(2 of my favorites) with a Norman Rockwell kind of utopian dreaminess.
So many cool vintage finds.
Lynsey really has a knack for these things.
I hope you’ll indulge me on the submission of duplicate photos–
b&w and color.
I just loved something about both and couldn’t choose sometimes.
Farmer Jason who I adore when he calls me “gal”.
I mean who says GAL anymore?! Love that!
Truly such a good guy.
Busy being a farmer but always time for a gentle squeeze from the littlest.
If you aren’t following the Kramer’s on Instagram– you really need to take a
step back and reevaluate things….So much inspiration and eye candy!
Look for Lynsey @ fivechicksandafarmer and Jason @yonderwayfarmer on IG.
I promise you won’t regret it.
As if a house smelling practically like Thanksgiving Morning
and super fly vintage stuff to make you feel all warm cozy like mac n cheese isn’t enough…
Look at this face.
LOOK AT THESE FACES.
no. I need you stop what you’re doing and LOOK at this.
THIS my friends is what is inherently right with the world.
Girls looking at their mama with love, trust, happiness, contentment.
Im not going to lie. This was partially planned.
I wanted to get shots that really displayed what I had come to know about
this family. That family and love and a nurturing home was just as vital as air.
So yes I positioned everyone for the shot and asked them to listen to
their mama so i could see their faces.
But those looks are alllll theirs.
Those are their real souls shining through.
I remember a big lump in my throat and saying,
“Oh my Lynsey, the way Exie Jo is looking at you….”
As someone who loves cooking, family, kitchens, and mothers,
it was a special moment for me.
You can literally see the admiration beaming from every darling girl.
That my friends makes my LIFE.
So grateful for this.
Such a shame this isn’t on a billboard for milk.
Who knew a farmer’s wife could be such a hottie?!
Told her she should have her own cooking show.
This is not set up for a show.
This is every day life. Real life.
This is a farming family where everyone helps out.
Just another natural ingredient in this adorable family.
I hope you’ll forgive my oodles and oodles of photos on this post.
But who could blame me with such wonderful life to share?
God bless the farmers and their families.
Look for Lynsey’s story in the current issue (Summer 2014)
of Where Women Cook.