Old Paths Farm
For me, the best thing about the market is the sense of community and the people who make up this community. Farmers are a big and important part of that community. I love the hustle and bustle of the early morning before the market opens. I love greeting the farmers and the excitement of what the day might bring. I feel like that is when I really get to know the farmers and other vendors. That’s when we might have a minute or two to chat. It is one of my favorite parts of my job. Every farmer at our market has a very unique and personal story of how they got started. I would like to share some of these stories with you over the next few weeks. One of our most frequent vendors at the market is Old Paths Farms and the Childers Family.
In 1997, inspired by a family friend, sustainable farming pioneer Joel Salatin, Travis and Stacy Childers moved home to Gaffney to start Old Paths Farm. Old Paths Farms focus is on grass fed beef and pork but they also have eggs and some produce. While not certified organic they do use organic practices. Keeping things all natural is important to them. Old Paths Farms will be expanding their business in the spring when they open up their beautiful farm for events and weddings.
Family is important at Old Paths farms. Travis Childers grew up on the one hundred acres where he now farms full time. He learned his love of farming and the land from his father who was an avid gardener and grandfather who was a cowboy and horse trader. Travis and Stacy often have their children with them at the market. Their children Daniel and Mary Anna will be the 4th generation to farm the family land. When I asked Travis what his goal was for his farm he said he wanted to recapture what had been lost and leave something for their children and have continuity across generations. He wanted his land to be there for his children should they choose to live and work there. The name Old Paths Farms expresses this sentiment and comes from the bible verse Jeremiah 6:16, “Stand in the way, ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein….”
The Childers embrace the idea of the Hub City Farmers Market being a community. They view providing good, fresh food to the families in their community as their ministry. They love the relationships they build at the market, that families use it as a weekly shopping destination, and as a regular outing and so do I!
I hope to see you at the Market!