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.
Ecuadorian native Carlos Chavez is passionate about impacting the community and making Summerfield Farms one of the best boutique farms in America. As CFO, he strategically manages resources for optimal performance, greeting each day with an abundance of positive energy and a plan for success. Educated in Ecuador and Mexico, Carlos earned his MBA and is a certified public accountant. He has extensive experience in finance, both in the U.S. and in South America, including roles with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Outside the office, Carlos’ passion can be found in running, canoeing and meditating.
Why do you love being a part of the Farmily?
“Because we are a unique and unstoppable team with incredible positive energy and outstanding values with the magic to make dreams come true.”
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.”
Emily got her first taste of the farm while working at Summerfield Farms sister company, Blue Ridge Companies, where she gained a breadth of experience in development, property management, administrative support, and customer service. As the General Manager of Summerfield Farms, Emily uses those experiences to lead the team in a positive and uplifting way. Emily loves being a part of the Farmily and enjoys the challenges that a farm brings to each new day. Mom to three kids, a dog and a bearded dragon, Emily loves sweet tea, fried okra and serving others. She’s journeyed to Malawi, Africa four times to teach vacation Bible school and work in a local orphanage.
Most Memorable Moment
“Right before going full time at the farm I got to build cattle fencing. Not totally being prepared, I had on capris and converse shoes but that wasn’t going to stop me. I worked alongside the team placing pigtail stakes, pulling wire, moving water troughs and mineral trays. I listened and learned how and why we built fence, moved the cattle to graze and connected to my teammates during hard work and passion for the farm and cattle. Later, I was given my own cow stick by the team which totally sealed the deal!”
Cattle Manger Vern Smith has one goal – produce quality food in a sustainable way that helps heal the land. According to him, it’s the only way we all win – the people, the animals, the soil and the environment. His decades of experience in livestock are a boon to the farm, where he oversees procurement, pasture management and cattle operations, often at all hours of the day and night. On the rare chance you do find Vern sitting down, he’s likely enjoying a good steak and some garden-fresh asparagus.
Life’s Mission Statement
“I am driven by a deep passion and need to make a difference in my sphere of influence and leave this world a little better than when I arrived. That is what keeps me going.”
As a young girl in southern California, Denise Portillo learned the grocery business from her parents and spent much of her youth stocking shelves and working with customers. So it’s no surprise that after a formal career in criminal investigations (yes, she was a private investigator), she joined the market life again, first in California with Trader Joe’s and then as Market Manager for Summerfield Farms. Denise has an intense interest in locally sourced food and its superior nutritional value, and lives out her passion by learning her customers’ needs and providing them with healthy and customized options for their diet. But she hasn’t abandoned her investigative skills. She now uses them to ferret out the best small batch, organic food and snack purveyors to line the shelves at the Market.
Most Memorable Moment
“Our first Music Monday with good weather. It was so incredible to see the vision come to life. The community coming together to enjoy our beautiful farm … listening to the local musician, having a glass of wine or beer, kids running around playing games, eating wonderful snacks from the market or the food truck. My heart is full every time I see it!”
Among all the farmily, Venue Sales 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 event – from lavish weddings to intimate corporate dinners – comes off as a magical experience for customers and their guests. All that work is paying off in an interesting twist of fate. Not only did Holly get engaged at The Barn at Summerfield Farms, but this bride-to-be will also be married here this fall.
Most Memorable Moment
“It is either 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 OR it’s the day the love of my life surprised me at work and proposed in the loft of The Barn!”
Stephen Mundy credits his father, a water and soil conservationist, with his gardening passion. Working alongside his dad, Stephen learned the importance of healthy land and local food. He carried those lessons into his role as Garden Manager at Summerfield Farms where in early 2015 he broke the soil on an undeveloped lot of wild seeds and weeds and eventually turned it into a 1.5 acre, high intensity, square-foot garden. Under his leadership, Summerfield Farms earned its USDA Organic certification. But his connection to the farm is deeper than the soil. He married the love of his life, Laura, at the farm in 2016.
Most Memorable Moment
“Getting engaged at the farm in 2015 and married at Summerfield Farms in 2016.”
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! Or perhaps you’ll find her on the hunt for postcards. Her collection currently stands at more than 850 from all around the world.
Most Memorable Moment
“So many come to mind! Our first annual Tractor & Treat event in 2015. It was incredibly humbling to see the turnout from the community, local businesses and organizations. We were grateful for so many smiling faces after a lot of planning and hard work to prepare for a bountiful crowd!”
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.
Join the Farmily!