|Henderson Family Farm
An Organic Alternative
|Who We Are ..
Like most people, we don't talk much about ourselves ...
So if you'll bear with me, I'll do my best.
Fely (pronounced Fa-Lee), is from Carles, Iloilo in the Philippines. We were married in 1992 in the
Philippines. She comes from a farming family of 9 brothers & sisters and I am very proud of my
wife. She not only speaks several dialects of her language but, she also speaks English and some
Spanish. She is such a hard worker and also has an Associates Degree in Secretarial Sciences.
She became a U.S. Citizen in 2000.
Our son, Lewis, was born in '93 just before Christmas and both he and my wife came home on
Christmas Eve. What a present for me, eh? Ironically, it was exactly 1 year to the day
when Fely arrived in the United States that our son was born...
Lewis is now 19, entered the Army in January of 2013, and graduates his training this May.
They grow up so fast.
My name is Doug and I came to Arizona in 1979 after my military service. I'm originally a
Michigander but spent a great deal of time in Ohio.. my father's side was from there..
in little towns like Millersburg and Wooster.
We actually started farming by accident. We moved to Casa Grande in 2001 with plans of a less
stressful life and like many others, we started a garden and got a few chickens ..
Before long, we had too many eggs and started selling them at a market in Casa Grande. We really
liked the market and decided to grow veggies, too. And, like so many things in life, our little farm
is a work in progress .. the work is 24/7 and we'll probably never really finish it..
But, that's okay.
We decided right from the start to not use any poison in or on our veggies. We're very proud that
we're " Pesticide Free ", farm fresh, and healthy. We decided to become "certified organic" to
fill a void at the market. We use CCOF for our certification and we are listed in their
directory at www.ccof.org under Lewis' Hen House & Veggie Farm.
Well that's our story, so far. It's not real exciting, but we feel good about bringing good, organic
produce to all of our great customers at our markets.
RECENT ARTICLE POSTED IN LOCAL FIRST ARIZONA NEWSLETTER
Posted on February 8, 2012 by Erica
This week’s Local First Arizona member spotlight is on Henderson Family Farm:
Eggs have recently become a household staple in our home, especially since eggs-over-easy, fried eggs,
scrambled eggs, and frittatas are our youngest daughter’s favorite dishes. We’ve also had to take extreme
measures since experiencing the difference between local farm-fresh eggs and store bought organic ones. We
were warned when we bought our first dozen of farm eggs that it would be difficult to go back to store bought,
and they were so right. We had no idea what we were missing until we tried our first Saturday morning egg
scramble after scoring some eggs at the local farmer’s market. Simply delicious! But like all good things, there is
a caveat that goes with locally farmed eggs: they are extremely hot commodities and if you don’t make it to the
farmer’s market first thing in the morning – you totally lose out on the bounty. We’ve been hearing a lot about
Henderson Family Farm and their farm fresh eggs lately. The farm is located in Casa Grande but sells at
Roadrunner Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and at a small market at their farm. We’ve learned this
unpretentious, two-acre, family farm has grown since its start in 2001 to include over 100 hens that have a
fondness toward watermelons and officially became certified organic by CCOF in 2008. We also hear their eggs
are amazing – not bad for a family who replaced the pressures of city life with rural living.
Henderson Family Farm
We are the Henderson's ... Fely, Doug, and Lewis ...
We own and operate Lewis’ Hen House & Veggie Farm aka Henderson Family Farm, a Certified Organic
Hobby Farm in Casa Grande. We grow in the ground on 2 acres, have a greenhouse and one hoop house.
CCOF (their website), an authorized agent of the USDA, first certified us in 2007/2008.
We are inspected every year for our organic compliance.
Being relatively small, we grow and offer only a certain amount of seasonal produce at our markets.
We also offer Farm Fresh Eggs in limited quantities.
Our regular customers shop early for best availability of their favorite items.
When we harvest, we do what we can to bring only the best looking items to the market.
But, being organic, we simply can't prevent an occasional hole or odd shape and ask
that you understand our dilemma. And, as the market day progresses, we will run out of the
popular items so, if our tables are empty, do not be discouraged, there's always next week.
We pride ourselves in providing you, our valued customers, a variety of good, fresh, seasonal organic
veggies, grown locally right here in Arizona.