When I was planning the very first Farm Chicks Sale in my neighbor's barn just over the hill, she suggested that neighbor, Lyle, should join in too. He raises honey bees and sells his honey, so it was the perfect fit. Because who doesn't love fresh honey?
That first sale was such a great time. We sold all the goods we'd been gathering from my neighbor's barns, mini apple pies, and pretty things. Lyle sold his honey, and another neighbor, Jeff, sold his handmade adirondack chairs. Lyle's wife, Elaine, made us all chicken salad sandwiches, wrapped in waxed paper (you can find Elaine's recipe in the first Farm Chicks book), beautiful music wafted through the air, and my lifetime friendship with Lyle and Elaine was formed.
And over the years, as I got to know them better, I was surprised to learn about Elaine's business, designing decorative home products that are sold all over the country. And at the time I learned about Elaine's business, we were deep in the process of designing a line of Farm Chicks products for a major national retailer. It had become a frustrating process and Elaine was very insightful with the situation. And after much unnecessary stress and heartache with the line, we ended up walking away from it all. And I was okay with it. It just wasn't worth it to me.
And then last fall, just as I was venturing out on my own with The Farm Chicks business, Elaine called to ask me if I was still dreaming about a line of Farm Chicks products. And of course, I was. So, she introduced me to a company who could possibly bring the line to life. And over the past year, she has been there for me, offering advice, providing insight, and listening to me talk about my dreams.
What Elaine did opened the world to me and I am eternally grateful. And it reminded me that you never know someone's whole story until you really get to know them.
You can find Lyle's Hilltop honey at the show and there couldn't be a more perfect show souvenir. His honey has been a part of The Farm Chicks Show since the very beginning and it doesn't get much sweeter than that!
And you'll also find a collection of Elaine's hand-painted chairs, specially painted by her, just for the show. Lyle and Elaine's booth can be found in the center of the Plaza at the show.
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