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Birky Family Farms Newsletter
November 6, 2015
Wow!  We just had the best harvest weather that I think I have ever experienced.  It made me real tired!  We didn't have hardly any rain days to catch our breath or get other stuff done.  No complaints here, though, it is awesome to pick corn in your shorts and a t-shirt!  Now comes the long, over winter to do list! :)
Now that the Holidays are quickly approaching don't hesitate and letting us help you feed your clan!  We can cook & bake for you!  Give us a call about cooking hams or turkeys or making mashed potatoes & gravy or baking pies, cakes or even cookies!  Call Julie at 219-766-3851 or send her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thanks for a great season!
Both Piggies & Cream locations are now closed for the season.  Don't worry...April will be here soon enough!  We will have pints and quarts of different ice creams at our Country Market & Bakery in Kouts all winter.  You can also get Chicken salad croissants, soup, biscuits & gravy and all kinds of other yummy treats there.  Thank you to everyone who supported our school fundraisers.  We raise $50 for North Judson, $100 for the Crossings, $250 for Morgan & $300 for Kouts.  See you next Spring!
South County Love Your Neighborhood
     The BBQ Cook-off was a blast this year.  We served over 450 people.  We were able to raise $4300!  We donated $1000 each to Kouts & Morgan schools, Kouts & Morgan Fire Departments.  $300 will be available for local needs over the winter.  Thanks so much!
Farm Raised Turkeys
The Birky Turkeys grew REALLY FAST!  We raised 15 and we only have 8 left!  They are frozen & shrink wrapped at our Country Market & Bakery in Kouts.  They look yummy!  The kids & I had a blast raising them.  They were fed no hormones, steroids or antibiotics.  Stop & get yours soon!
This is a picture of our last batch of meat chickens in their coop.
Home Raised & No Yucky stuff.
Birky's Country Market is filled with Home Raised Pork products & Home Raised Chicken & Turkey.  Our Beef is locally raised as well as our eggs!  You will find all kinds of Home Made products in our Bakery as well.  If you haven't tried one of our home made pies or home made frozen pizzas you are missing out.  Stop in today and pick up some for the weekend!
Christmas Dinner Theatre
Hope your ready for a great big event!  This year there are 5 local schools and their student councils that are putting on our dinner theatre this year.  The event will be held at the Porter County Expo center.  It will be held in the main hall.  The students are doing everything from helping us with the food, serving, entertainment, decorating, promotion, ticket sales and more!  The theme of their year is service.  They are raising funds for Wells for Africa.  The proceeds of this event will go toward this project.  The dinner theatre will be held on December 17.  The doors will open 6:00 pm and the evening go from 6:30-9:00 pm.  A flyer will be sent out early next week with ticket information.  Tickets are $30 and we will have tables of ten.  Only 500 tickets will be available so get yours quickly.  Please call 219-766-3851 for more information.
Don't forget to stock up with your favorite Birky Bakery items for all your holiday parties!  We do custom cakes, have awesome homemade pies, we have pans of sweet rolls, pumpkin rolls (Monday), muffins, donuts, donut holes and lots more!  Contact Katie at 219-766-3851 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      As I mentioned above, it has been a fantastic fall for harvest.  The weather was outstanding.  The crops were dry and we all stayed safe.  It was a well welcomed close to a very unique year.
     This was a year of lots of peculiarity.  One farm that I farm experienced everything possible.  It has a section of low ground that usually always produces consistently, but this year drowned out.  It has very high, sandy soil on the rest of the farm and it looked spectacular at the end of June with all the water we had, but dried up during the hot, dry weeks of July.  It was interesting to see such a variation in just one field.  I imagine the color coded yield map will be quite colorful...unfortunately.  I kid you not, as I was harvesting the yield monitor would jump from 0 to 200 bushel then back down to 15 and then to 150 bushel down to 50 and up to 100!  It was crazy and it seemed hard to believe there could be that much difference.  It was also strange and incredible to see some spots that were clean as a whistle and others where late weeds came on strong because of the lack of plant canopy.
     Over the years as I have walked with people and situations in their lives, it reminds me of this field.  We all find ourselves in the same community or school or job or subdivision or apartment or organization with lots of other people.  The amazing thing is that even though we are in the same 'field' with so many other people that our lives, outcomes, experiences, stresses, pressures, successes, failures are all so completely different.
     It is very reassuring to me to remember that Jesus said that we are his body.  He is the head that ties us all together.  We are all different members with different functions and different roles, but all apart of the same body.  Take the time this holiday season to give thanks and show thanks to all the other people in our 'field'.  Share God's love.  Bless & Refresh.
Chris Birky
Birky Family Farms

Birky Family Farms Newsletter
April 15, 2015
It is time to fire up our grills and stock up at Birky's Country Market & Bakery with our grillin' favorites.  We love pork steak with our BBQ Spice along with thin sliced potatoes w/onions cooked in foil on the grill.  Add a side of grilled asparagus, some watermelon and a homemade Birky pie with homemade ice cream and I am good to go!  Our hours at the Market & Bakery are M-F, 6am-6pm, and Sat 6am-noon.  Please feel free to give us a call for any of your grilling needs. 
TIME FLIES WHEN YOUR HAVING FUN (working your tail off :) )  I can't believe it is already here.  We look so forward to serving you again this year.  Our hours for April & May will be 11 AM - 7 PMish, depending on weather and traffic in evenings.  If it is a beautiful night we'll do our best to stay open a little longer.  We've tweaked a few things this year to serve you better.  We can't wait to see you again! 
South County BBQ Cook-off & Pie Baking
Kouts True Value winner Steve Cox
     It is time to put on your calendar the 2015 Cook-off!  The event this year will take place on September 19, but will be held at a new venue.  As many of you remember...we were blown away with last year's event...literally!  Needless to say, we have been offered a new venue free of charge!  The Porter County Expo Center staff has offered to be a sponsor of our event and allow us to hold the event in their Buggy Wheel Pavilion venue!  Please thank them for this blessing and remember them  when your planning your next event...they are fantastic to work with!
      The forms to register your team or enter the peach pie,
coleslaw, rib, or sauce contest will be on our website soon.  Please feel free to contact us at 219-766-3851 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any interest in competing, sponsoring or volunteering for this event.  All proceeds go toward Kouts and Morgan Fire departments, Kouts and Morgan Schools and also an aid fund to help families in our community throughout the year!
Field Days...Fun Days...Would you help us bless?
Every year Morgan & Kouts Elementary schools have a field day for grades K-3 at the end of the school year.  Kids play games and have lots of fun.  South County Love Your Neighborhood and Birky Family Farms Country Gourmet would like to make these days even funner!  We will be donating a pork burger lunch with chips and home made ice cream for the faculty, staff, volunteers and kids at both school field days.  If you or your business would like to help us sponsor this event please  call Chris at 219-766-3851 or drop him an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will be feeding close to 900 people between these two great events.  Please help us bless our kids!
 During the month of April for every $10 you spend at Birky Country Market & Bakery you receive one entry in our drawing this month.  We are giving away this awesome gas grill from KOUTS TRUE VALUE HARDWARE STORE.  They have everything you need to grill up all of our yummy goodies!
Be sure to stop in and try our new homemade donut holes.  We have glazed, powdered sugar, cinnamon and chocolate glazed.  Be warned...they are delectable and addicting!  Trust me...I am hooked!


    I enjoy restoration.  I am not a car or tractor or furniture restorer.  Maybe the better term would be I am a re-establisher or re-purposer.  I know that those are probably not a real words, but I think they fit my weirdness.  I really enjoy seeing something as it is, but being able to vision it as something so much better.  It is so fun being able to envision potential in something that really had no use.   What is really fun is thinking about what something could be and how it would work or be used and what it will take to get it to that point.
     There is an old corn crib/grainery on our farm.  It is a building that we rarely used.  It was in need of lot of TLC, but we weren't willing to invest in it if we didn't have any use for it.  As you can see from the photos, there is a transformation taking place.  Our children are starting to begin 4-H and we had no place to put the pigs, lambs, goats, rabbits and chickens.  A PURPOSE!  Thus began the repurposing of our 4-H barn!  We started in November of 2013 and will probably finish before our last child finishes 4-H in 15 years :).  It is a long process of tweaks and changes and making things into that which we envisioned it to be.
    In God's eyes...we are just like that old corn crib.  We may feel we are of no use and have no purpose, but to him he sees potential.  He sees purpose and use.  He gets excited about the things that His Son and HIs Spirit can do in our lives to mold us and shape us into that which He envisioned/created us to be.  Just like any other renovation it will take time and lots of hard work.  I am sure in my situation God continues to get so frustrated how out of square I am, but He keeps working.  Just like any other renovation it will take sacrifice and costs to make it happen.  Thanks be to God for He has invested everything into making us who in envisioned us to be in Jesus Christ His Son.
Chris Birky
Birky Family Farms
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Birky's Country Market and Bakery are now serving homemade biscuits & gravy everyday from 6 AM - 11 AM.  If there are other food items you would like us to consider offering please let us know.


Nate and Mary Bradley, great friends and former employees have opened a new business in North Judson.  It is a gourmet coffee roasting company called Serving Grounds.  Birky's is proud of them and to offer their coffee at our Bakery!  Come try all the great flavors!  Take some home for yourself!


Christmas hams are in!  We have turkeys too!  There are lots of great pies as well!  We have lots of different homemade ice cream pints and quarts in stock too.


If you need a caterer for anything...we can do it!  Contact Julie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851


If you need a Jesus Birthday cake let Katie know soon!  Contact her atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851


Please stop by the Country Market & Bakery when visiting the Kouts Christmas Open houses for some yummy treats!


South County Love Your Neighborhood


-          The Christmas Dinner theatre will be on Thursday, December 18.  We will be blessing Hannah's Hope.  Tickets are $25 each.  Come enjoy great food and great entertainment and bless a great group of people blessing others.  Check out their website at to see all they do.  Tickets are available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or by calling 219-766-3851.  We will be featuring the following great local artists and musicians:  The Birky Brothers, Kevin Birky, Derek & Anna DeRoo, Mike Jones, The Hershberger Boys, Sam Birky, Kelley Hershberger and the Birky Kids!  We will also enjoy some carols together.  The meal will be Ham, mashed potatoes with ham gravy, baby carrots (like candy!), soup, salad, homemade pie, and homemade fudge!


Greetings From Chris 

  " Buy A Field " 


A long time ago the Prince of Peace was sent to Earth.  Sometimes when I stop and look around I wonder how many of us forgot.  It is hard to not be alarmed at the unrest and the selfishness that surrounds us.  We look far and wide for things to hold on to and give us joy, hope and peace.

Over the years, I have noticed that many people cling to Jeremiah 29:11 as their verse.  It is on wall hangings, bookmarks and is highly memorized and quoted when we need to remind ourselves of something to give us hope and purpose.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, "'for I know the plans I have for you, ' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'

What a great thing to hear from God for encouragement and hope!  But what the wall hangings and bookmarks often forget to mention is why and when God spoke this promise.  Israel had forgotten about God.  They were living for themselves and not for Him.  Because of their sin, Jerusalem was under siege from the Babylonians.  People couldn't leave the city.  There was complete unrest and chaos.  There was no food.  Mother's were eating their children! It was horrific.  The army was breaking down the walls of the city as this promise was spoken.

This promise was spoken to the prophet Jeremiah who spent his whole life telling the people over and over and over again that this was going to happen if they didn't repent and turn back to God.  They never did and so here they were on the verge of complete destruction and being either killed or carried off into exile, and God ask Jeremiah to do one last thing.  He asked him to buy a field.

Are you kidding me?  A field?  He spent his whole life telling these people to get right with God and they didn't listen to him and now everything is falling apart before his eyes and he is afraid for his life and God ask Him to buy a field.  Jeremiah called God out on this one!  God's response was "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?"  Well I guess that settled that argument. I guess we should include Jeremiah 29:12-14 with verse 11.  They say, 

"'Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,' declares the Lord, 'and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,' declares the Lord, 'and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.'"

This Christmas let us try and remember that the Messiah, the savior of the world, Immanuel came and is with us.  No matter how out of control life and circumstances around us might seem we must remember that it is not about this life.  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18,

"Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Even though it seemed doom was eminent and that things would never be the same, God says to buy a field because I will restore you again.  Let us continue to press on with the greater HOPE that we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   Revelation 21:1-5,

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."  He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"


Share the Hope.  Plant seeds of Joy.  Have a Merry CHRISTmas!



Birky Family Farms Newsletter
January 9, 2015
Happy New Year!  When's the last time you sat down in a warm, cozy place, with the smell of fresh ground coffee brewing and the delicious smells of fresh baked muffins, sweet rolls and donuts making your taste buds come alive?  Call up that close friend or that friend you haven't seen for a long time and meet at Birky's Country Market & Bakery!  Hours M-F 6AM-6PM, SAT 6AM-Noon, Closed Sunday.  Stop in and grab a comfy couch or chair, relax, enjoy and catch up with great friends.  We are located at 205 South Main Street, Kouts, IN  46347.  Call 219-766-3851 for info.
Enjoy your own party...Let us do the cooking!
Call Julie today to get your party on our calendar!  We love fixing our tasty all natural meats and homemade dishes and delightful homemade pies with ice cream for your fantastic parties!  Call 219-766-3851 to plan your menu today or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit our website for more info! ~

IPads for Autism!   Support the Bo Foundation
An elegant table
of 8 for Valentine's
Dinner Theatre
Last fall two young ladies were able to donate 11 IPads
to students with Autism at Kouts Schools.  Megan Gauler and Olivia Birky have a heart for kids trying to cope with Autism.  Megan's brother (Jacob) and Olivia's nephew (Bo) both deal with Autism everyday.  South County Love Your Neighborhood will be trying to bless the Bo Foundation with proceeds from our Valentine Dinner Theatre, February 12, 2015 at the Expo Center.  Call 219-766-3851 for ticket info, visit Birky's Market and Bakery or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
     A couple weeks ago, we talked in Sunday School about kindness.  It is one of the fruit of God's Spirit living in us.  It follows Love, Joy, Peace, Patience ...then Kindness.  I think it falls in this order on purpose.  Our lives must start with the Love of Jesus in our hearts.  It is this Love that puts Joy into our hearts.  Joy is the assurance of knowing that we have been given the eternal gift of being a child of God forever.  This brings Peace.  Peace is understanding that no matter what this brief life may bring it cannot out- weigh forever with God!  That's where Patience comes in...waiting and longing for that new life all the while living out Love and Joy and Peace in this life.  Once we grasp the above it is time for us to begin to live out the realities of these everyday and it all starts with Kindness.
     As we embark on 2015, I hope that all of us can embrace God's Love, Joy, Peace, and Patience and begin showing everyone we meet great Kindness!  Listen to God and respond to the random acts of Kindness He asks you to show.

Chris Birky
Birky Family Farms



We need your help. We have applied for a grant from Chase. If you have a few minutes please and type in Birky Bakery and vote.   We are half way there! Please tell your friends!


Birky's Bakery & Country Market has lots of seasonal produce. Garwood apples and cider are in the store now along with new frozen pizzas and home made ice cream.


The Point is closed now for the season. Thanks to everyone for a great year!


The Depot will remain open until November 1. The fall hours are Tue - Sat 11am-8 pm. Please stop in and see the new menu items! The Pumpkin ice cream is really good! We have great new specials every day. LIKE us at to see the latest news posted daily.


If you need a caterer for anything...we can do it! Contact Julie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851


We have added lots of new products in our Country Market & Bakery. We have all natural grain fed beef and also have grass fed.  We also have Miller all natural poultry! We have more Miller Maple Syrup too!


Be sure to get your Birky grilling meats at our Country Market & Bakery. 


New muffins on the horizon along with a lot of other great treats soon!


South County Love Your Neighborhood

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with the South County BBQ Cook-off. We did not get to complete the event due to severe storms. Thankfully no one was hurt. People have been asking if they can make donations and they can. Checks can be made out to South County Love Your Neighborhood and mailed to PO Box 318, Kouts, IN   46347


  • The Christmas Dinner theatre will be on Thursday, December 18. We will be blessing Hannah's Hope. Tickets are $25 each. Come enjoy great food and great entertainment and bless a great group of people blessing others. Check out their website at to see all they do. Tickets are available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 219-766-3851.


Greetings From Chris 

  " Spotted " 



Well, some how I did not accomplish a September newsletter, but at least we have an October one! J We started harvest this week. It has been a very interesting season. We had lots of water early, then dry in the middle and lots of water late. As I combine through the fields and observe the yield monitor it is amazing to see the variations. There are some really good spots and some not so good spots.

Melissa started on canning peaches and making applesauce this week. It is hard work and messy. We usually get seconds when we buy our peaches. They taste so good, but they do have a few spots that need to be cut out. Our family also loves to eat Honey Crisp apples. We buy these as seconds too, a lot more affordable, but do have to eat around a few spots.

Have you looked in the mirror lately? Have you ever thought about yourself? I don't know about you, but I have a few spots too! Maybe not literally that someone can see, but inside, who I am, I have a long list of imperfections. These sometimes make me feel like a "second", but the fact of the matter is I am not. We are not! In Jesus, we are children of a King. We are adopted children of God. We are brothers and sister to Christ Jesus. We are co-heirs to God's kingdom! God has purchased us with the life of His Son. We were seconds, with flaws, spots, imperfections, and are now being made into something that He and everyone around us would enjoy!

 God says His power is made perfect through our weaknesses! Paul says in the Bible that because of this he will boast all the more of his weaknesses so that God's power will be made perfect in him!

 I am so thankful that God loves me despite my many spots! I hope and pray that we all let Him make us into the likeness of His Son Jesus, spots and all.







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