"From Laura's Lean Beef to Mt. Folly Farm, Laura's Mercantile, and Homestead Alternatives
I’ve known since I founded the Laura’s Lean Beef Company in 1985 that running a mid-sized family farm is a tall order.
This time around (we sold Laura’s in 2008 and I’ve recovered from a serious horseback riding accident) we are going local, but are pairing the local with the global, through an online store, Laura’s Mercantile.
Here at Mt. Folly Farm, we are one of the largest organic grain farms in the state. We participate in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s hemp pilot program. Growing hemp led to Laura’s Hemp Chocolates, and growing organic grain led to our new granary, where we grind the farm's heritage grains. We have available Bloody Butcher Grits and Cornmeal, Hickory King Grits and Cornmeal, and soon will have blue corn and Turkey Red wheat.
Because of aches from my horseback riding injuries, I started experimenting with Full Spectrum Hemp CBDs in 2016. I am so enthusiastic about the results, we started growing CBD hemp at Mt. Folly. To keep things straight, we created a new brand, Homestead Alternatives, and started making new products. We now have Homestead Alternatives Hemp CBD Oil, Hemp Caramels, and Hemp Topicals in stores around the state and here on Laura’s Mercantile.
In addition, we have restored a 1785 pioneer log house, which we open at events, along with our little store, Laura’s Mercantile at the Crooked House. We like to host garden clubs, organic farming groups and bird watching clubs. To learn more, email me directly."
As always, I look forward to hearing from you.
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