PLEASE NOTE: We welcomed you to your neighborhood farm for many years, but now we have moved on to the next phase of our lives.
We've left this site up so we can visit, reminisce and also to point you to other local farms.
Thank you to our many dedicated customers who allowed us to serve them for five very rewarding years.
If you enter your zip into the search box here at Local Harvest, it will show you all the farms in your area...
We were a small family farm in the Fruit Cove area of Northwest Saint Johns County. The rest of the information here is now obsolete, but we leave it so you can read about how we farmed for five wonderful years...
We are still a very small operation, but would like to provide fresh meat and eggs to the many residents that live right around us.
Our flocks live out in the open air and are fed no drugs, hormones or anything else except healthy feed and greens. Taste the difference when your brown eggs come from traditional barnyard chickens that are kept the way that farm animals are meant to be treated.
We began our first venture, a flock of laying hens, due to the stories about the treatment and feeding of hens in industrial egg factories and the resulting quality of the food they produced. We also began to read and understand the concept and the advantages of fresh local food to the health and quality of life of our communities.
We also became grandparents and we wanted to teach our children about producing healthy food for themselves.
Our animals are raised and cared for right here on our farm as animals were intended to be treated. We provide them totally cruelty-free conditions and they live like farm animals rather than commodities.
Our laying hens, for example, are able to engage in mating, roosting, dusting, scratching and most every other behavior that chicken-ness involves. They live in a 2400 square foot open-air aviary with a deep wood chip floor that we recycle from a local tree service (rather than having it dumped in a landfill). The only reason our flock is contained at all is to protect them from predators that we cannot legally control.
Their feed comes from a local mill and contains no drugs or hormones of any kind. We supplement with natural wild green weeds in order to give them some of the advantages of truly range-fed chickens.
We leveraged the infrastructure we already had to start a Japanese Quail project. The quail meat and eggs have been a huge hit and the reviews are fantastic. Please see our main web page link for more.
We are also interested in hearing of any other farm-fresh products that our customers would want. We harvest a limited amount of pastured poultry throughout the year. We started a small rabbitry, but were not able to keep them cool enough in the summer. While profitable, we simply could not see our rabbits panting in the heat, so we converted to the quail project. We also have a trio of Boer goats and are looking forward to having chevon available in the future.
We are also considering pastured and range fed Heritage Berkshire Hogs and we're also willing to listen to other suggestions.
Please use the contact link on this page or our web page to express any interest or to give us your email address. Our address list is purely confidential and only used to notify you of changes and/or market days. Addition or removal to/from the list will be immediate upon your request.
Yvonne and I are pleased to bring naturally and humanely raised healthy food to our friends, family and community. We hope to meet you soon.
It is a pleasure to write a review for St Johns Family Farm. I have purchased the chicken eggs on different occasions and can honestly say they are the BEST eggs we have ever eaten.... [more]
My husband and I visit Beaches Green Market on a regular basis to enjoy local food, and we decided to try quail meat and eggs from Saint Johns Family Farm.... [more]
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I have purchased high quality meats and eggs from Manny and Yvonne through the years. We frequent several farmers markets in the area. Manny and Yvonne are be there with their products to sell and always with a kind word, a recipe and a smile.... [more]