Amy and Jonathan Reid run Jake’s Farm in Hesperus. While visiting from Chino Valley, Arizona, in August 2016, they noticed a hole in what the Durango Farmers Market offers.
“We came here on vacation and noticed when we came to the market that there was a gap in poultry,” Amy said. “So we actually sold our house and moved here and came to fill that gap.”
Their farm, which is named after their son, specializes in duck, chicken and turkey. In addition to the meat itself, they sell live chickens for people to raise themselves and eggs – including turkey, quail and 10 colors of chicken eggs. The farm will also offer duck eggs soon, she said.
The fowl are all raised on the farm, from hatching to processing.
Jake’s Farm also sells canned goods, including pickles, dilly beans, cowboy candy and tomato basil jam. All of the items that go into the food are grown on the farm, Amy said.
“We try to do everything on site and we try to have as little impact on the environment as possible,” she said. “We raise what we grow and we turn it into product.”
Jake’s Farm uses neither pesticides nor antibiotics.
Partly because it has no trash service, Jake’s Farm tries to use everything they can – the remainder is burned or composted, no trash service so everything is composted, Amy said. She said they try to keep their price point down to be able to reach more people.
Last but not least, the Reids bring baked goods: a weekly gluten-free and a regular bread and mini-tarts.