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 which 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 using 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 Big Sky Music Group 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.”
Pete 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, gardening, and more. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
As the Cattle Manager, Dustin plays an essential role in the care and wellbeing of our herd. Dustin’s responsibilities range from moving our grass-fed and grass-finished cattle to fresh pasture to checking in and evaluating the herd on a daily basis. Born and raised on a dairy and beef farm, he learned the business at a young age. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 boys. When he’s not working you can find him hiking, fishing or riding horses.
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!
Ashley is a true team player and works in various areas of the business! When her time at the farm first began, she split her time between being a Venue Coordinator and a Market Associate. Three years later, she is now a Lead Venue Coordinator and the Assistant Manager at The Market. Her friendly spirit and customer-service mind suits her well in both arenas. Her passion for the community stems from growing up nearby the farm. Even when “off the clock” , she enjoys spending time around the farm with the mini animals and at The Well Truck.
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!”
Meet Julia; she’s dedicated to bringing people together and positively impacting the community through meaningful connections.
She comes to Summerfield Farms from the Aesthetic Medicine industry, where her experience in Marketing and her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and the University of Oulu Finland have made her the ideal person for the Marketing Manager at Summerfield Farms.
Molly comes to Summerfield Farms with loads of experience from her time at the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Her time there, and degree in Communications from East Carolina University, have made her the perfect fit for the Client Care Coordinator role. Molly loves spending time with her husband and son in her free time.
Emma attended Appalachian State, where she earned her degree in Archeology. Emma has a deep passion for working with people and developing relationships. Prior to this role, Emma has attended previous SF-planned events, including Barre classes! Emma has a true desire to see our mission statement fulfilled and is eager to be a part of that story as we continue to expand our mission into the community.
As the Farm Facilities & Livestock Coordinator, Evan is a very busy man! Evan is responsible for supporting our cattle manager in caring for and maintaining all cattle and farming activities. As well as any event-related farm needs! From moving cattle to tractor driving to maintenance, Evan ensures the farm runs smoothly. Around the farm, he is known as the snake whisperer, as he is often called on for safe removal when necessary. He is a brave soul!
Amanda 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. At only 3 years old, Amanda fell in love with animals and bought her own horse at 15. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hunting and rodeo.
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.