Meet the Makers- Love Sown Family Farms
Meet Becky and Alison of Love Sown Family Farms. Becky and Alison have been friends for ages and when the opportunity to move almost next door to each other and start farming arrived, they took it! Friendship and family are so important to these two; it is at once inspiring, adorable and quite snarky, which makes them a lot of fun to chat with at market. You can visit them every week in person at Glen Rock Mill Inn on Sundays from 11am - 3pm. Read their interview answers below to find out what makes them such a good team!
Q. What nicknames do you have?
Becky: None that are appropriate in a business or family setting :)
Alison: My maiden name, Loker.
Q. What did you do before running your business?
Becky: I've worked in various aspects of the restaurant industry from serving, bartending and managing at fine dining restaurants in Baltimore to wine sales. I spent several years working for a boutique catering company as an event coordinator and wedding planner and was most recently working as a personal chef before the pandemic made it unsafe to be cooking in other people's homes.
Alison: Full-time servant to two little people (aka SAHM)
Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Becky: This is the magic number when my yet to be born youngest will be in school full time and I'll be able to commit to work full time. I'd like to have our goat cheese production and sales up and running by then and have added other products to our farming repertoire such as honey, berries and orchard fruits. I also plan to incorporate all of these items along with our produce into more product based sales such as baked goods, spices, ferments, jams and food items. The intention is to sell these items, but also to be able to use them to cook for clients, but in what capacity or environment I haven't quite figured out yet.
Alison: Still farming! Still learning! We would love to be able to add some prepared products to our lineup, sourcing ingredients from our farms and other local farms.
Q. What is your favorite holiday?
Becky: Christmas. Our family traditions along with the lights, fireplaces and warm comforting smells always made it a magical time for me.
Q. What is the weirdest thing you've had to deal with for your business?
Becky: Having to make an adoption certificate for our goose because friends of one of our customers wanted to "adopt" it for her after seeing a video on her social media of the goose chasing her car when she came to pick up microGREENS. We still have our guard goose that they named Dunkin, but we switched her name back to Fancy Nancy because that client ghosted us and never paid for their last $60+ order.
Alison: Actually viewing it as a business instead of a hobby. When people ask what I do, my go to answer is still SAHM, and then I’m like wait…
Q. Send me one of your favorite photos that you don't mind me sharing.
Alison: …I’m going to go find pictures of Becky and I from high school…maybe middle school…I’ll get back to you…Sorry, I can’t find my high school pics and the one Becky pulled out of her drawer was not appropriate 😆
Q. What is your favorite song to work to?
Becky: Spanish Pipedream by John Prine. I usually play it to kick off a day of harvesting and let Spotify take it from there.
Alison: Totally depends on my mood, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t I enjoy the silence of being alone in the garden.
Q. Solve for X, show your work: 16-2X = 5X+9
Becky: 16-2X = 5X+9. I quit....Alison!?!?!?!
16-9 = 5x + 2x
7 = 7x
1 = x
We are very lucky to have Love Sown Family Farms bringing their amazing variety of colorful vegetables to our market weekly and offering it online. These are a few of my favorite things that I think you should try to: www.OnlineFarmMarkets.com/Glen-Rock-Train-Stop-Pop-Up.