"country done right"
The only USDA certified organic grower in southwest Oklahoma
THE PERCOLATOR & MURPHY FARMS PERCOLATED A DELICIOUS EVENT
February 18, 2017
The collaborative event between Murphy Farms and The Percolator created the perfect atmosphere to purchase organic produce, sample coffee and just enjoy conversations with friends.
Los, Jana and the rest of the Percolator crew brewed up "Field Artillery" which woke us up and kept us going this morning! Plus, their delicious food samples made with our USDA certified organic produce was divine. Especially the quiche and chocolate delights!
Thank you southwest Oklahoma, we appreciate you for stopping by to say hello and for purchasing our USDA certified organic fruit and vegetables. And, we know you enjoyed the delicious organic food samples and coffee from The Percolator.
MURPHY FARMS JOURNEY TAKES A NEW TRAIL
March 30, 2017
We have some changes on the horizon and want you, our faithful customers and friends, to join our journey. Many of you know how I started my journey into the organic produce industry; leaving a healthcare career and a bustling urban environment with my two daughters and returning to my rural roots in Walters, Oklahoma. A lot of love for the land, an old auger and a few fruit trees blossomed into a 160-acre farm, 600 fruit trees and a 28,000 sq ft greenhouse. Wow, we have grown in 13 years!
The journey has been arduous and occasionally met with resistance from the non-organic enthusiasts, but always rewarding. Nevertheless, we kept moving forward; planting more trees, digging more rows, planting more seeds and pulling more weeds. Every opportunity was taken to tell more people about the health benefits of consuming certified organic food; accepting speaking engagements at agricultural agencies, schools and universities. To become more environmentally responsible, we went to Israel to learn the expertise of irrigation in an arid environment. We employed local, loaded trailers and took our produce to customers in Lawton and Duncan (Oklahoma). We traveled with the Balloon Festival, cooking up delicious organic food from our food truck. And, all the while, working our way into becoming the largest USDA certified organic farm in southwest Oklahoma.
The journey has included my two daughters, my parents, a few farm hands and some precious local people who help us package the food for selling. Loading trailers at 2am to drive to Lawton, setting-up tables, unloading the trailer and selling our delicious produce to customers has been a labor of love. Our customers have become friends and we look forward to seeing each of you every Saturday.
With the occurrence of a few unexpected situations, the next phase of the journey is being pondered. Many thoughtful conversations have been held to determine how to faithfully serve our customers and become more productive with our time. A large food distributor has expressed interest in having Murphy Farms grow unique organic produce for a national organic grocery store and upscale restaurant customers. Partnering with this company would achieve a goal of providing our produce to a larger population. The company would come to Murphy Farms, load the produce into semi-trucks and deliver to their customers.
Another factor to consider is my parents are growing older and the farm work is becoming too laborious for them. As many of you know, mom (Nana) fell and broke her hip and is going through physical rehab. With these two situations in mind, we had to think back to the reason we originally started the farm. That reason was my heart wanted a slower, country pace. With that in mind, we determined to create that same experience for our customers.
To create that nostalgic experience, a general store at Murphy Farms is being created so our customers can experience the farm and enjoy a cool morning or a sunny afternoon. The chance to disconnect from the city, relax and take a short drive with the family just like we used to do on Sunday afternoons. Remember when we would drive with family into the country, roll the windows down, stop and talk to friends or family, sit on their front porch, share a story or share a sorrow? Real conversations with real people; a more peaceful way of life.
That is what we are creating for you. A general store where you can select your certified organic produce, raw honey, fresh baked breads and enjoy a delicious meal from our certified organic commercial kitchen. And, coffee, did I mention wonderful, aromatic, organic coffee?
The general store should be ready to open in Fall 2017. Our Saturday trips to Lawton and Duncan will be intermittent beginning in April. To keep our customers informed, we will post the days we will be in Lawton and Duncan on the Murphy Farms homepage and Facebook. Texts will also be sent to those of you who provided your cell number. When the store opens, we will only be selling at the store.
We hope you will continue on this journey with us as we create an inviting, peaceful place down on the farm. We are so appreciative of your faithfulness and friendship. Thank you for sharing in our journey thus far, for helping us grow, encouraging us and enjoying our USDA certified organic fruits and vegetables. We could not have achieved all we have achieved without you.
So, when the general store opens, come on by and I’ll even show you that old auger we still use to plant the best peach and apple trees ever grown!
Elisabeth Murphy and the Murphy Farms crew
Liz, Jana and Los take a well-deserved coffee break.
ELISABETH MURPHY SPEAKS AT 2017 ORGANIC OKLAHOMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
September 25, 2017
On October 5 at 3:30pm, Elisabeth speaks to the attendees of the Organic Oklahoma annual conference hosted by Oklahoma State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The topic is "An Overview of an Organic Farm". See press release and conference information
CUSTOMERS CAN BUY PRODUCE AT MURPHY FARMS
September 19, 2017
We are now selling direct to the customer from our Murphy Farms trailer at the farm. Since we are still recovering from the storm, our time is limited to rehab the country store. So, for now our customers can stop by the farm and select their fresh organic produce from our modified Murphy Farm trailer.
The trailer is set up like a little store complete with honor system to pay for purchases. On Saturday mornings, we are usually at the store with fresh bread, cinnamon rolls and coffee (for 25 cents a cup; now that's country done right!).
We sell what we had in the field or greenhouse that week: okra, black eyed peas, lettuce, onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes. We even chop and bread the okra for you to save your time. We also have grass-fed beef. Be sure to text us so you receive the weekly produce announcement: text 88202 and type in the word: murphyfarms
MURPHY FARMS EXPERIENCES DEVASTATING SPRING STORM
May 18, 2017
On Thursday, May 18, unbelievable winds devastated Murphy Farms. The magnitude of the wind gave new meaning to the lyrics of Oklahoma's state song, "when the wind comes sweeping down the plains".
We are in the process of determining our comeback plan. The crops in the field and the 28,000 sq ft greenhouse were devastated as shown in the pics. To overcome the financial deficit, we are selling several little used trailers and equipment. Please see our Facebook page for equipment and more storm damage pics. One bit of good news, the bees survived!
Everyone's support has been overwhelmingly generous and we thank you so much. We are humbled at the love and concern from our customers. Looks like we are taking another new trail. Perseverance in process!