Tag Archives: Agriculture

I’m Gonna Sell Ice Cream–No Seriously! Beth Trissel


Shenandoah Family Farms -image.jpg3This is a historic day for our family and 20 other dairy farmers in the Shenandoah Valley as we realized a huge step in our dream to market our own dairy products. Banding together, we purchased the former Unilever ice cream plant in Hagerstown, MD, a two-hour drive from the valley. Today, we assumed full ownership, visited the plant to begin readying it, and held a press conference. The city officials of Hagerstown are very welcoming, and we look forward to working together with this supportive community.

Under the label Shenandoah Family Farms, we hope to market our own natural, locally produced milk and ice cream in late fall and expand product lines as our company grows. My husband Dennis (Company President) has worked tirelessly toward this goal, as have many other farmers and business advisers who’ve given generously of their time. So, if you live within a 250 mile radius of Hagerstown, MD (as the crow flies, so a larger area than you might think) look for natural, sustainable, locally produced dairy products coming soon, from us to you. ***Please ‘like us’ on Facebook!  Also visit our website and fill out the form to request our products from your local stores! And hugs all around. 

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Tell All To Turtles


Brilliant yellow gold finches streaked across the garden today and landed on the fence beside the hollyhocks. I love these birds, one of my absolute favorites. In midsummer, when the sunflowers bloom, they gather in chattering clusters to feed on the seeds. Their wings flash in the sun as they suspend on sunflower heads and peck away, and meticulously open each seed. I’ve never heard such euphoric birds, continually exclaiming over their finds. They have a lot to say and do not keep secrets well.

If I were to confide in birds, it would not be them, or to crows, loudly proclaiming the latest gossip. Warblers are fairy creatures, but not silent fairies. Possibly to wolves–no. They howl. Frogs croak and gribbit. Turtles are quiet. Tell all to turtles, then. Box or painted ones. Snappers are treacherous and would as soon bite you as listen.