What started out around 1998 with Bryan growing a few watermelons and flowers to sell at a local farmers market, has now grown by leaps and bounds. A number of years ago, Bryan decided he wanted to keep some chickens. But after losing the first couple flocks to predators, he decided to build a coop that would withstand whatever nature dealt out, and wasn't an eyesore. Within a week, someone wanted to buy that coop from him and so he built another...and then another...and so it goes. He's been building and perfecting his coop designs ever since.
Since chickens are the "gateway animal, " Bryan added ducks and then goats to the mix. One day when Julie was away, he thought he could add a donkey or two to the pen without her noticing. (She did though.) A few months later, Bryan ran into a friend in town and came home with a rabbit. That's just what he does.
Then came our store, which features many Missouri-made products, gifts, a flea market and antiques. You just never know what you're going to find in the "red store."
Our kids, Zachary and Erin, were always a huge asset to our growing company. Though they're all grown up now, they still help out whenever they can, mostly because we promise them food and a place to sleep, but also because they're just good kids. Zachary is a graduate of West Point and a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, stationed at Ft. Drum, NY. Erin is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri-Warrensburg. She is currently working for the Diocese of Jefferson City as a Communications Assistant and helps us on the farm whenever she can.
Bryan works full time for the Jefferson City Fire Dept. and Julie works full time for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. So don't harass them too much about only being open on weekends. They're really doing about as much as they can.
Be sure to visit us often! You just never know what Bryan is going to be building next.
Our business is located on Hwy 63, just north of beautiful, historic Westphalia, Missouri.
Our petting zoo is open on weekends in the fall, in September and October, and our store is open from September through December.
Of course, you can buy a chicken coop any time of the year - just give us a call!
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address: 1343 Hwy. 63, Westphalia, MO 65085