Family to open market at Boones Creek farm

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Jeff and Leslie Rogers of Johnson City were in the middle of building themselves a brand new home when Jeff said they took a leap of faith and bought a nearly 175-year-old house and farm in Boones Creek instead.

“A few years ago, we were looking for a way to raise our kids,” Jeff Rogers said. “We thought there had to be a better way than what we were doing. We looked at different ideas, and we looked at regenerative farming and thought ‘Yes, this is something that we want to do.'”

The Rogers followed that calling to eventually operate Faithful Fields Farms. The family raises lambs, turkeys and chickens intending to provide organic options for the community. Jeff Rogers said their idea is to involve their nearby neighbors as much as possible.

“We want to have the community engaged and coming out,” Jeff Rogers said. “we’d love to have kids come out and collect eggs and do farm chores, and we’d love to have classes here.”

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As a state-inspected farm, the family raised, processed and sold hundreds of products last year through a Facebook page and word of mouth. Now, they’ll sell their items and other locally made and grown organic products at their new market. The Rogers want to show others their new way of life and encourage questions from all visitors.

“Absolutely we’d love for anyone to stop by,” Leslie Rogers told News Channel 11. “We’ll show them the process of how we do things from start to finish. We would love to help other people to live a sustainable lifestyle as well.”

It’s been an adjustment for the family going from a subdivision to a farm, but Leslie Rogers said she’s seen her children make healthier food choices and because of all the hard work, they have a greater appreciation for where it all comes from.

Faithful Fields Farms’ market will hold a grand opening March 16. After that, the Rogers will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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