The Parker Family farm lies out in the expansive beauty that is the country side of Manchester, TN.
I met Brian years ago at Church in Murfreesboro, and we became fast friends. A few in our group made fun of us for our phrase “I need to go to town”, but they just never quite understood what it is to live so far out in the beauty of the country that going to town is literally what you have to do…because unlike most in Middle Tennessee you don’t live IN town…Parker though has me beat! Hahaha!
It was a GORGEOUS evening when I met up with and followed him out to his family’s farm….which he wasn’t kidding was about 20 minutes from the interstate. We, Momma Parker, Brian, and I, hopped in the RTV and made our way to the fields in front of the house, and their GORGEOUS Red Barn (which Red Barns are my absolute favorites!). The corn was beautifully green, and the hay swaying in the breeze was breathtaking…something out of a movie!
We boarded our chariot again and headed for the weather vane on top of another of their barns. God showed off with the sky and sun rays right at the perfect moment right behind where I was shooting. Love that weather vane ya’ll!
Our next stop was the back pasture where allll of the cows had migrated. We crossed their creek that runs between the houses and the back fields, and a stray dog who’s basically made it’s home the Parker family farms accompanied us on our journey…and just looked so cute playing in the creek I had to snap a picture 😉 I dipped my toes in the creek for a bit, and then we were off again…to hunt for the cattle!
We found them, and I have to say those are some pretty smart cows ya’ll because they positioned themselves right.in.front. of the setting sun! BRILLIANT! I shot, talked to/”coached” them, and we laughed as the said stray dog decided it wanted to play with a momma cow and her baby who just wasn’t going to have it.
As the sun faded behind the trees we set off for one more field, and I captured one of the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen right over the tops of the sealed hay bale rolls. The only big green tractor (John Deere) they have on the property (they’re more of a big red tractor loving crew) came rolling through so I grabbed it’s picture too. A farm, cows, sunset, a tractor…this southern gal’s heart was right.at.home!
We headed back to the house where I met one of Brian’s two sisters, and was thanked with samplings of their new venture. I promised I’d taste test it, and give my honest review in this post…well…the results are in, and Parker Family Beef is literally the best meat I’ve ever laid my taste buds on! I photographed the fillets and a sirloin on the grill, and had plans to photograph the fillets on another plate, but they never made it off the serving platter! So, the sirloin and a side salad were the only photographic evidence I could wrangle from watering mouths! The ground beef is ridiculous as well.
If you’re wondering if finding a local farmer to get your beef from is worth it I’m a testament that it absolutely IS! I’m a little bit of a steak snob, no really, and the Parker Family Beef steaks now hold the blue ribbon in my book! Check them out on Facebook for their contact info, and to track them down at a Middle Tennessee Farmers Market near you!
Annnnnnd to top it off check out the first ever BJP Images used in mobile Advertising… The Parker Family Beef truck! EXCELLENT work by Silver Lining Signs! It was great work with you Donna!