These Texans grow the grain for their baking mixes.
From making farm-raised flours to grassroots organizing, this couple promotes Texas agriculture in everything they do.
Welcome to The Yellow Farmhouse; I’m so excited to share our farm with you. The Yellow Farmhouse is the name of our product brand and on-farm store. My husband, John Paul III, and I are first-generation farmers in Waxahachie, Texas. We have four children: Lila, John Paul IV (“Johnny,” who passed away at age 5), Amelia and John Paul V.
On our farm we raise wheat, corn, milo, cattle and pigs. We’re always looking for ways to sustain our farm and increase the value of our crops and livestock. A few years ago we built a commercial kitchen to create products from the farm that we could offer directly to customers. From that decision The Yellow Farmhouse was born. We’re really proud of our whole grain flours, grain meals and baking mixes, as well as select cuts of beef and pork.
We also sell a line of branded T-shirts, market tote bags, tea towels, pillows and soaps made at the farm by our family. And we teach cooking classes so our customers can learn how to prepare our meats, bake with our flours and make healthy choices when preparing meals for their families.
God also led our family to another area in which He wanted us to serve. He gave my husband a vision for honoring the lives of Texas farmers and ranchers who have been killed or severely injured in agricultural accidents, or who have dedicated their lives to the ag industry. We began working with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office to develop a day to honor the food and fiber producers our state has lost, as well as their families. We have recognized Nov. 21 as Texas Agriculture Memorial Day since 2016, and recently hosted our third memorial ceremony in the Texas State Capitol.
Many consumers are several generations away from being farmers or ranchers, so they don’t realize the costs we pay as farming and ranching families to put food on their tables—costs that at times have nothing to do with money. Eleven years ago our oldest son, Johnny, was killed in a farming accident. It hasn’t been easy to continue the very thing that took him from us, but through God’s grace we have been able to move forward and help others.
God’s plans are perfect. I know this, yet as all parts of the picture are revealed it always surprises me