For the lovely note and supply of energy bars! Indeed, I do love them. They get me through the 4 o'clock lows, which for me is key, since I don't usually get home for dinner until at least 7:30.
Your package also arrived at the perfect time. I was married on Friday!
If you let me know in the future how to order them wholesale, I certainly will. I ordered six at a time last time and they barely lasted me 10 days. My new husband and I also very much enjoyed the other foods you included in your thank you package. You are a very talented lady and deserve much success!
I just read a short introduction from Mark Mofford about your organic farm, school and book! Keep up the great work you are doing. My family and I are vegetarians and believe in similar ways as you. Hopefully, we can get to the Northwest and continue our personal journey with the organic lifestyle. My background was in agronomy from Michigan State University and I know and believe first hand how pesticides are poisoning ourselves and the Earth. Continue your journey. Hope to keep up with your website.
While on Whidbey Island last week for Thanksgiving, with my sister-in-law and her family, my husband Lance handed me a copy of the Seattle Times with an article about you. How pleased I was to read of your success! No one deserves it more than you. You have worked so hard for your ideals. I hope this first big success is followed by many more.
Of course, you have always been successful in that you have done and what you believed in, setting an example for others. As Lance likes to say, when we sit down to a wonderful meal of homegrown organic food, "we don't have much money, but we eat like rich, rich kings!" We feel that we influence people (those who are willing) by example. That is another kind of success.
Best wishes to you and your extended family,
Where to begin? I first came across your magazine with the “egg” issue. Not only did I read it cover to cover — multiple times, I told everyone I know about it, even bought more copies and gave them to friends! I ordered your “sampler kit” and fell in love.
I came home today from my (stressful) job as a forensic, sexual assault, nurse to find the “Shoulder to the Wheel” issue. I hung onto every word about your father. It was a wonderful heart-felt story of his life and the impact he had on both you and your brothers. I felt I had almost invaded a private moment…but how beautiful. Thank you for sharing his life with us.
Your magazine, your life, is such an inspiration to me. You see, I was raised a “hippie's child” on home grown foods, no refined sugar, whole dairy, farm fresh beef and eggs. But somehow in the rush of life I lost sight of what was real and wholesome. When my daughter was born I made her baby food after breastfeeding her for a year, I returned to my true self. It has been such a struggle. Eating well and being environmentally aware of our choices is costly and difficult. It is so easy to give in to convenience, eating poorly and going through the motions of day to day. Your magazine has renewed what has always been in my heart — a dedication to my roots, my mother and grandmother's ways. All I can say is “thank you.” You are such an inspiration. You make me feel like all the extra work I go through to search out co-ops, frequent the local farmer's market and avoiding the conveniences of Wal-Mart are worth it!
I have never written to a magazine — until now. None have deserved my time. Thank you for sharing yourself and your heritage with us — strangers trying to find our way. Keep up the good work!
I was checking out your web site in hopes of finding good work clothes for women farm gals. Oh, how I wish I could find a pair of good quality, pull on boots, built for work. So often men's work product/clothes are made better than women's, (because women just don't work that hard right, just want to look pretty!) and I am one size below the size what most men's shoes come in. There is a company that makes leather work gloves for women but how 'bout more items. I'd love to see your company speak to the “the outside working” woman's need. Come on let's add some boot to those shoes your offering.
I like what your doing. Keep up the good work.
Thank you so very much! You know, I really never expected an answer, as anytime I ask anyone anything through email, I never get a response! So big cheers to you and to MaryJane for taking time out for ‘little'ol me.' I got so very excited when I read MaryJane's wonderful story in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. I love hearing and reading about women that “make it”— and sure sounds like she has not only made it, but will continue to be rising to the top. I look forward to reading more and more from MaryJanesFarm! Thanks again— if I ever get anything published, you two are first on my list!!
I just got your latest magazine [Shoulder to the Wheel]. Wow, you sure made me look good. I feel honored. And guess what? This morning I found three brown eggs in my henhouse!!!! In December! What a day! There is one more local Health Food store I am going to approach about carrying your products. And I will place my own order soon as I can (soon). I am sorry about your father. I know how you feel, I still miss my grandfather, and he died at 97. But I loved how you turned it into a celebration of his life. That is what I tried to do as well.
By the time this reaches you, Christmas will have come and gone. Hope yours was great! I am the Director of the Historical Society in Columbus IN ( noted for our architecture) we have a farm with an 1850s log cabin and a turn of the century Victorian farmhouse where we [thresh] (we have a Reeves Steam Engine) and do other pioneering kinds of things. I am a spinner and a weaver (and most recently a knitter!). Your magazine should be a big help to us. Always looking for new ideas. Are you planning a tour for your new book? Would love to have you here. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Michele L. Bottorff
I just got your magazine for the first time, my husband had seen it in the store and picked it up for me. I must say I really enjoyed reading it. I suffer from being sensitive to chemicals and now seek to find foods that are safe for me to eat; I am having a really hard time finding such things and affording them. I recently moved and plan on putting in my own garden so I know the things I am eating, could you suggest where to buy seeds for organic growing. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for putting out such a great magazine.
I totally applaud you guys for what you're about— I'm really intrigued to see how mainstream American women are going to hear the sustainability, conscience in consumer choices, and environmental appreciation “gospel” that MaryJane is putting out there. Cheers to her for breaking into popular culture.