Choosing Hope or Fear in the Life of a Farmer

Hi folks, as a fourth-generation full-time farmer, our family has had decades of challenges, and one silent partner has always been Mother Nature. You never know what kind of weather is dawning on the horizon. With challenges, there are lessons learned, and that has been a blessing with farming and generations of our family members. I have a saying that I model, “When you accept adversities in life, you lose, and when you challenge adversity, you have another day.”  

We all have had adversities for the last 19 months and with being told that we will never have normalcy again. That news is troublesome. I loved seeing and hearing all the creative ways businesses have made lemonade out of lemons. However, it is worrisome when companies are labeled as either essential or non-essential. The outcomes have been that many families and small businesses have been hampered in the process. 

As a farmer, when raising livestock and or growing fruits and vegetables, supportive science gives us insight and guidance to work through most issues that can occur, and it truly supports hopes to mitigate fear! 

We have raised and processed our fresh turkeys for over 80 years on our farm and have been responsible for over 550 families for the last 40 years, which is year-round customers supporting our family farm. Raising turkeys starts ten months before the holidays with ordering two flocks of day-old poults. Six months of nurturing, feeding, and raising the turkeys, then we process them for the joy they will bring to the table. Our challenge for the second year is trying to sell turkeys without instilling any fear. Reestablishing what our Thanksgiving holiday is about with family and friends coming together to give thanks for our blessings. 

So, folks, God gives us all free will, and, as American citizens, our cherished constitutional rights give us a free will to choose. Knowledge is power, and all I can say is I want to inspire hope and have our family farm continue to support our community, only to have community support. 

It feels good to have folks patronize our small establishment. We are prepared for it in lieu of what kind of weather Mother Nature may bestow upon us since we just said goodbye to summer and have ushered in fall and all the beauty she has to offer. No matter what the season, we have plenty of fresh crops available to tantalize your tastebuds. Our farm is small but mighty, and it houses a delicious variety of fruits and vegetables. We’ve been farming our land since 1897. As a bonus, we are open seven days a week for your shopping convenience. 

You are welcome to stop by Eichner’s Whole Farm & Greenhouses and enjoy our “super sweet” bi-color sweet corn and all of our homegrown, seasonal vegetables at 285 Richard Road, Wexford, and get “the rest of the story.” 

By: Ron Eichner