I met Anthony Barreras, his wife Mariel and, at the time, their five boys during the summer, 2014.
I was looking for real and local, free range produced farm eggs. I found a few offerings on Craigslist. The one that stood out turned out to lead me to Anthony’s farm.
From my first visit, it was evident his farm is the read deal. It’s active, vibrant and energetic. Alive! Now, 2.5 years later, I can’t imagine going anywhere else. I’ve learned more about chickens than I ever thought possible. I’ve watched as the farm has moved ahead on projects to improve and increase production and efficiency. More than once I’ve visited to “get me some eggs”, and found Anthony deep in a project to get more out of what’s available to the farm.
Since that summer of 2014, the additional offerings of goats’ milk and meat birds has, in my opinion, made the Barreras Family Farm of greater value to the surrounding community. I’ve often wondered if there will ever be a significant return and restoration of the genuine Family Farm. With the likes of Anthony and family, I’m optimistic; especially, from a veteran of military service. I’ve always noticed that anyone who is a true veteran displays the unwavering commitment to people, community and task.
I’m not the farms only customer, but Anthony and his family make me feel like I am. Always engaging and willing to take time to share the adventures and dramas of the animals on the farm. There is also an intuitive sense to the customers needs. Ready to accommodate with another dozen eggs, the extra quart of milk I forgot I wanted or when to expect the next meat bird processing to take place so I can make arrangements to place my order.
At the end of the day, the Barreras Family Farm adds an unseen and immeasurable value to the local community.