"The earth gives us food to nourish our bodies, and we prepare the food with love to feed our souls and we serve it with compassion to make us whole." -Le Tresor Pistoulet

About Me

Who is Country Gal?

My name is Lisa Warren and I am the whacky (I mean whacky in a good way) forty-eight year old mother of five, who started Country Gal.  I’m not a spring chicken anymore yet not an old bird either.  The wonderful thing about this phase of my life is that I have had enough life experience to look back and see what I liked, what I didn’t and what made me feel like me.  Country Gal is a continuation of my journey and an expansion of my soul.  The idea started from a personal desire for something healthy and balancing in my life and is now taking on a life of its own.  I’m not sure whether to be frightened or enjoy the unfolding of something really special?  I think the latter is the better choice!

I’m not a spring chicken anymore yet not an old bird either.”

Country Gal is kind of a play on words.  I didn’t grow up in the country – as a matter of fact I grew up in a small town in Michigan, in a neighborhood right in the center of town.  My mom did however, grow up on a farm.  Unfortunately for me, my grandparents had sold their farm when I was very young, but I can still remember the cherry tree, the animals, the barn and the two-seater outhouse.  I remember the stories my mom and her sisters would tell of slopping the hogs, getting pecked by the hens while collecting eggs and working in the garden.  They laughed and laughed at the stories and I loved listening to them tell them!  My mom never wanted anything to do with the country or a farm anymore and I never quite understood that.  But, then again, I didn’t grow up having to slop the hogs.

It was warm, wholesome and natural and those were some of the best days of my life.”

Back in 1997, after deciding that corporate life wasn’t for me I decided to buy a farm for myself.  Always loving the country, I thought why not give it a try?  It was an old farm with a lot of history.  There was a country store on the property which housed a deli, a bakery and an ice cream shop. What a cool place to own.  I worked harder than I thought I would have to and made a lot of mistakes, but what I received in return made it all worthwhile. It was warm, wholesome and natural and those were some of the best days of my life.  I have wonderful memories of the smells, the women I worked with, the laughter we shared and the chickens waiting by the kitchen door hoping that we would throw out some morsels of food.

In 2004, my dad passed away – it was a life changing moment.  My mom was in Indiana by herself, left with her grief and a family business that she had previously not had much to do with.  My sister suggested that I, along with my family move to Indiana.  After much thought and discussion with my very supportive husband, I felt I had a responsibility to my family and to the parents who had given me so much and decided that moving was the right thing to do.  It was a sad and difficult time.

After seven years of working in the family business, my mom decided to sell it.  The years had not been easy ones.  If I told you about all of the events and circumstances of my life over the last eight years I might get depressed or want to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head.  So, I won’t.  Life is full of lessons, and it was time to move on.  But, move on to what?  That’s when the idea for Country Gal began to emerge.  I could merge what I loved about my little farm in Pennsylvania with what I had learned from all of my mistakes and challenges and hopefully come up with something that was successful and uniquely me.

Country Gal and Country Gal’s farm are special projects for me.  I am so blessed for being able to live my dream and have a little slice of heaven right here on earth.  I am excited about what the future holds and watching Country Gal unfold and grow.  If you have found me, you must be a kindred spirit.  My hope is that Country Gal and Country Gal’s farm touch your heart as they have mine.

 

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