MEET OUR FARMILY
Farmily: [farm-uh-lee] . noun
1: a close-knit unit consisting of teammates who deeply care for the wellbeing of one another while sharing a passion for their work and life mission on a farm
As proprietors of Summerfield Farms, Stephanie Quayle and David Couch share a common love of the land. They also share a deep commitment to food health and the pursuit of overall wellness of mind, body and spirit. The husband and wife team revel in the opportunity to be a part of building a community grounded in healthy living and human connection. Their vision is for the farm to be a valued and trusted part of your family’s most precious celebrations and memories, as well as your source for the healthiest choices on your family’s table.
Stephanie, a country music singer/songwriter originally from Bozeman, Montana, and David, a real estate developer from Asheboro, North Carolina, were both raised in small communities with close ties to the farming culture. It wasn’t until their journeys took them away from home, and eventually toward each other that they both began to seriously question the high volume/highly processed/low-cost food production cycle that has dominated the food chain for the last 60 years in the United States.
David’s first experience with cattle was as an enterprising young teenager purchasing unwanted bull calves from the local dairies and raising them on a bottle from birth. Later in life, his love of cattle that had developed as a teen manifested in his quest to determine the origin of his food. He began raising 100% grass-fed, grass-finished beef without the use of any growth hormones, antibiotics – or any other non-natural methods for their growth and production.
For Stephanie, her music career has taken her on the road sharing stages with LoCash, Trace Atkins, Granger Smith, Chase Rice and countless others. She also has appeared in films and on national television on Fox and Friends to tout her #1 music video on CMT’s Music 12-Pack Countdown for her song “Drinking with Dolly“. Far from her days of mucking horse stalls and working on her family’s bison ranch in Montana, the Rebel Engine recording artist’s touring life has strengthened her interest in and passion for the power of the restorative benefits of healthy food. “Growing up on a ranch in Montana I never questioned where my food came from. I always knew! Playing music while traveling from city to city really sparked my curiosity and the need to find out what I was eating. So often we choose convenience over quality and health benefits”.
Planting their roots in Summerfield, North Carolina, Stephanie and David’s common interest in and commitment to food health, building community and making beautiful memories is a driving principle in the evolution of Summerfield Farms. Whether it’s the organic memories that transpire in the sophisticated event spaces or the organic produce cultivated by hand in the garden, Stephanie and David have built a place where all are welcome to come, enjoy and make memories while nourishing the body, mind and spirit.
A Note from Stephanie & David
Summerfield Farms is bringing convenience and ultra-high quality to our family, friends and all those interested in the relentless pursuit of fresh, organic, small-batch, hand crafted local food products. Our 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef contains no added hormones, steroids or antibiotics. It comes to you under our system of complete control and source verification. We developed the term “conception to consumption” to describe our program where we and our select ranch partners are the sole sources of the cattle in our herd. Additionally, we are co-owners of the local processing facility where our beef is processed and packaged. Our offering brings you and your family complete source, processing and handling verification combined with a “two-deep chain of title” (you the end consumer and us) to provide you the closest thing to raising your own quality grass-fed beef.
Among all the farmily, General Manager Holly Summers probably has the longest ties to the land. As a child growing up in Summerfield, she played in the fields, held bonfires and hung out in the barn of what now has become Summerfield Farms. She officially joined the farmily in mid 2016 and spends her time making sure every aspect of the farm is rolling forward – from weighing our herd to setting team goals.
Most Memorable Moment
“The weekend we had four weddings during hurricane Matthew and seeing our team come together to ensure the most magical day was had by all of those involved.”
Misty McCall wakes up each morning determined to leave the world a better place. Bringing her passion for life, plus decades of business experience, she joined the executive team at Summerfield Farms in 2016. Previously, she was co-partner in Genuity Concepts, a promotional marketing company. Misty believes in giving back, the preservation of nature, and the importance of meditation. So much so that she became a Deepak Chopra certified primordial sound meditation instructor. Biscuit, her beloved Golden Retriever, is Misty’s shadow and also a frequent visitor to the farm.
Most Memorable Moment
“The Community Table event in 2011, which was the beginning of a beautiful journey.”
As an Electrical Engineer contractor that we called on regularly for various jobs, Jim was quite familiar with the farm long before he became part of the official Farmily. He spends his days managing the behind the scenes operations of the farm. After a long day of work, he enjoys spending time with his favorite buddy, his dog Bruiser. Jim & Bruiser love to fish and kayak – really anything outdoors!
After marrying the love of her life on the farm under The Little Tree, Elizabeth found her passion for events. Elizabeth enjoys connecting with others and seeing an event come to life. When she’s not being Event Director, you can often find her enjoying farm events with her husband and little boy or baking something delicious at home after an outdoor run.
Most Memorable Moment
“Working Tractor & Treat was one of the most rewarding and memorable events because not only did our farm come together to put the event on but the community also came together… nothing could be more rewarding then seeing everyone from all walks of like enjoying themselves! I can’t forget to mention our wedding day on this farm when I married the man of my dreams under The Little Tree in front of all our family and friends. These are just some of the many events I will never forget!”
Marketing manager Lauren Stigall had her eyes on Summerfield Farms before she finished college. While interning at the farm during her senior year at N.C. State, she quickly fell in love with the people and their passion for the animals and the land. Lauren is dedicated to sharing the farm’s message about health and wellness, and improving lives in the process. When she’s not on the farm, Lauren is always on the move– running, hiking and kayaking – anything to be outdoors!
Most Memorable Moment
Lauren collects postcards from all over the world and holds a collection over 900. Her goal is 1000!
Christin began her career at Summerfield Farms as a marketing intern, assisting with social media and other various marketing tasks. Her role grew into a part-time position that including time working in The Market then blossomed into a full-time position splitting her time between marketing & administrative accounting. Christin is enjoying newlywed life with her husband, and two dogs, Wesson & Sheba, after getting married at The Barn at Summerfield Farms. Outside of work, she enjoys horseback riding, keeping chickens, painting, and gardening.
Christin is a triplet!
“The best part about being a triplet is having two built-in best friends. They were the Man & Matron of Honor in my wedding!”
Chris is our go-to for just about anything! He is one of the chief problem solvers for all things farm. He is well-versed in cattle, tractor driving, events, garden and more. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
Caren comes to Summerfield Farms with 26 years of experience in the restaurant & bar industry, with most recently having worked Asheville, NC. She manages The Well Truck and beverage program for multiple business entities at Summerfield Farms. Caren’s two dogs, Adeline and Oshi, are her best friends and in her free time she enjoys writing and traveling alone.
Caren has lived in Bulgaria and Scotland!
Laura first discovered Summerfield Farms while looking for a local place to buy honey. Her husband and two kiddos then started attending various community events on property when she discovered an open position working as a Events Venue Host. Laura is now the Lodging Coordinator and as a southerner, enjoys hospitality and making our guests feel welcome. You can likely find her in an antique shop or voraciously finishing reading her latest book in her free time.
Takes Holidays Very Seriously
“I plan my kid’s Halloween costumes months in advance, the past couple of years we have done 80’s movies themes: Back to the Future and Top Gun. I love Christmas and I put my Christmas tree up right after Halloween, I currently have 4 Christmas trees.”
Brooke is the primary caretaker of our mini animals which includes animals of all shapes and sizes from mini horses to barn cats to goats. She ensures they are happy and healthy and enjoys taking the animals to our community events. Brooke is a newlywed with her own herd of animals to take care of including two dogs, Ruger and Bailey, and two goats, Goose and Maverick (Top Gun is her favorite movie!). In her spare time she loves to explore new places in her camper.
Favorite Part of Working at Summerfield Farms
“Seeing people’s faces light up when they see the animals! I love the joy that these animals are able to bring to people! ”
Katie’s love of details and planning is put to great use in the Client Care Specialist role. To her, event planning is the perfect blend of organization and creativity! Before coming to Summerfield Farms, Katie graduated from Purdue University and now she spends her days at the farm assisting clients in making their event dreams come true. When not at work, Katie enjoy lounging by the pool and reading mystery novels.
North Carolina is the 7th state she’s live in.
“I’m originally from California and have also lived in Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Indiana.”
Summerfield Farms team members truly consider themselves a ‘FARM’ily. Their Farmily consists of individuals who have come to Summerfield Farms from all walks of life, and have one common goal of making the world a better place by living out Summerfield Farm’s mission each day. This team commits passionately to enhancing lives and community by sustainably cultivating, nourishing and celebrating authentic experiences, and connections to food, health and land through education.