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The Farmboy Story

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Farm-to-table since 1803.

As far back as I can remember, life has been about food and hard work. When you grow up on a farm, you sometimes take for granted how lucky you are to have experienced so many amazing things. As an adult, I look back on my upbringing and wish I would have paid more attention to my dad when we were walking fields, or listened more closely when all the farmers were talking after church. Little did I know, every day was a life lesson on the farm. We worked hard, even as kids, and we were expected to pull our own weight and contribute to the family business. This is a tradition that unfortunately, is fading fast in America.

Both sides of my family are farmers, its in my blood. For hundreds of years, my family has worked the land, cleared the woods and grown the best crops they possibly could. Its a hard living, but rewarding in more ways than anyone can imagine. The men I grew up with were strong, honest and hard working. They believed in a handshake as much as any contract. The women were the salt of the earth, the backbone of the family, the glue that held everyone together. My grandmother was the matriarch of our family, a pillar of the community, and a blessing to everyone in her life. Our family was and still is strong today, and while agriculture has modernized significantly, the culture remains the same.

For me, farm to table isn’t a marketing slogan or a gimmick to get someone to buy a product…its a way of life and it’s how I was raised. To be a farmer means that you are tune with nature, and the land that provides for your family. Its a science that takes and immense amount of knowledge and experience, far beyond what farmers are given credit for.

Farmers are the true stewards of the land, their livelihoods depend on a healthy environment and thriving ecosystem. They work tirelessly to ensure they are improving the soil and leaving the land in better condition than they found it for the next generation.

Food is the common bond we all share.

“I was fortunate enough to be raised on a farm in America’s heartland. As far back as I can remember life revolved around food; how it was grown, harvested, marketed and most importantly cooked. Along with being Americans, food is the common bond we all share. It’s how we celebrate, It’s what brings us together, it crosses all cultures and breaks down all barriers. For this reason I started Farmboy American Fare; to tell my story, America’s story, and bring people together. We will always remain true to the values and traditions of our roots and continue to share our twist on the great food that makes America so special.”

-Zach Gibbs, The Farmboy