by Farmer KeithBee

Covenant and Stewardship… 2 key words that drive me each day. Stewardship: using the resources of our family land transferred from generation to generation to do good for others, then pass it on in the same if not better state then when received. Covenant: a deep commitment to do good. So it is with pride to note that in 1639 my many, many ‘greats’ greatgrandfather John Bishop signed the Guilford Covenant and with his family was an original settler of our town. And part of the Stewardship has been public service by every generation since.

Our family continues to add vitality, change and chapters to our 6 generations farming at our current location, growing since 1871 to serve our community. Our community has grown, our reach has stretched, and it is exciting to see just how universal the appeal of visiting our farm is to so many people from far and wide. Spending simple family time together transcends age, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, and more. We appreciate every family who visits our farm, and delight in return visits season after season, seeing children grow to bring their children, then their children! The posts and pictures on social media are so heartwarming and real.

Our new format Loyalty email represents another growth and outreach to serve you better, and say THANK YOU for your loyalty and support. As a Preferred Customer, you now will enjoy Farm Market e-coupons, tied to your card. No need to print or pull up on your smartphones! Our technology upgrades allow you to redeem them at the registers during checkout by simply scanning your card or entering the phone number tied to your account on the pinpad.

The first THANK YOU e-coupon is for a half gallon of our Fresh Made Sweet Cider from 100% Guilford apples, grown on our farm as a reward for being a part of our Loyalty Family. We hope you will continue to allow us to send you these farm insights, offers and future messages of “From the Tractor Seat.” We’ll be with you for generations to come. My 3 granddaughters delight in helping feed our chickens, goats, llamas and alpacas, watching the train go round the market above their heads, and especially picking an apple out of our Children’s Apple Basket to nourish their bodies and minds. We all look forward to continuing to nourish your family too, bringing value and satisfaction, from our family and staff at every visit, no matter what season. We’re here for you year round. Happy Thanksgiving.