Sweet Summer FarmHi! We're Sweet Summer Farm. After years of searching and looking at farm after farm, we finally found the one. Please join us as we share our farming experiences. We are a family of three kids, a mom, a dad, and Grand too. We closed on our farm Monday, August 3rd, 2015. We have now bought a farm that is 6.9 acres, half pasture, and half woods. It has an old corn crib, an old barn and an Appalachian farmhouse that is about 100 years old. The house was built by Luther Benfield and his father Christopher. All of the wood was milled by Luther and Christopher from trees on the farm. Also, none of the wood on the outside or the inside had ever been painted.



The house was built for Luther's wife Stella Arendale and their eight children. All eight children slept in the two upstairsbedrooms, one for the girls and one for the boys. Luther and Stella slept downstairs. Also, there was no running water! So they had to use an outhouse. Christopher Benfield and his wife Rachel lived in a log cabin next door. Unfortunately, their log cabin has been torn down.

We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Lillian Ward who is our neighbor across the street. She is one of the eight children that grew up in the house. A lot of the information we have about the farm came from Miss.Lillian. Miss.Lillian is the daughter of Luther and Stella.

Miss Lillian told us that they grew three different types of apples. They grew Ben-Davis, Sheepsnose, and horse apples. We were able to find two of the apples online, the Ben-Davis and Sheepsnose.  Oh boy, we ordered them both. Then low and behold we found the last apple, the horse apple, in the 4-H plant sale order form.

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