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Birky Family Farms Newsletter
January 9, 2015
Happy New Year!  When's the last time you sat down in a warm, cozy place, with the smell of fresh ground coffee brewing and the delicious smells of fresh baked muffins, sweet rolls and donuts making your taste buds come alive?  Call up that close friend or that friend you haven't seen for a long time and meet at Birky's Country Market & Bakery!  Hours M-F 6AM-6PM, SAT 6AM-Noon, Closed Sunday.  Stop in and grab a comfy couch or chair, relax, enjoy and catch up with great friends.  We are located at 205 South Main Street, Kouts, IN  46347.  Call 219-766-3851 for info.
Enjoy your own party...Let us do the cooking!
Call Julie today to get your party on our calendar!  We love fixing our tasty all natural meats and homemade dishes and delightful homemade pies with ice cream for your fantastic parties!  Call 219-766-3851 to plan your menu today or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit our website for more info! ~

IPads for Autism!   Support the Bo Foundation
An elegant table
of 8 for Valentine's
Dinner Theatre
Last fall two young ladies were able to donate 11 IPads
to students with Autism at Kouts Schools.  Megan Gauler and Olivia Birky have a heart for kids trying to cope with Autism.  Megan's brother (Jacob) and Olivia's nephew (Bo) both deal with Autism everyday.  South County Love Your Neighborhood will be trying to bless the Bo Foundation with proceeds from our Valentine Dinner Theatre, February 12, 2015 at the Expo Center.  Call 219-766-3851 for ticket info, visit Birky's Market and Bakery or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Greetings,
     A couple weeks ago, we talked in Sunday School about kindness.  It is one of the fruit of God's Spirit living in us.  It follows Love, Joy, Peace, Patience ...then Kindness.  I think it falls in this order on purpose.  Our lives must start with the Love of Jesus in our hearts.  It is this Love that puts Joy into our hearts.  Joy is the assurance of knowing that we have been given the eternal gift of being a child of God forever.  This brings Peace.  Peace is understanding that no matter what this brief life may bring it cannot out- weigh forever with God!  That's where Patience comes in...waiting and longing for that new life all the while living out Love and Joy and Peace in this life.  Once we grasp the above it is time for us to begin to live out the realities of these everyday and it all starts with Kindness.
     As we embark on 2015, I hope that all of us can embrace God's Love, Joy, Peace, and Patience and begin showing everyone we meet great Kindness!  Listen to God and respond to the random acts of Kindness He asks you to show.
Blessings,

Chris Birky
Birky Family Farms

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BIRKY'S:


 

Birky's Country Market and Bakery are now serving homemade biscuits & gravy everyday from 6 AM - 11 AM.  If there are other food items you would like us to consider offering please let us know.


 

Nate and Mary Bradley, great friends and former employees have opened a new business in North Judson.  It is a gourmet coffee roasting company called Serving Grounds.  Birky's is proud of them and to offer their coffee at our Bakery!  Come try all the great flavors!  Take some home for yourself!


 

Christmas hams are in!  We have turkeys too!  There are lots of great pies as well!  We have lots of different homemade ice cream pints and quarts in stock too.


 

If you need a caterer for anything...we can do it!  Contact Julie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851


 

If you need a Jesus Birthday cake let Katie know soon!  Contact her atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851


 

Please stop by the Country Market & Bakery when visiting the Kouts Christmas Open houses for some yummy treats!


 

South County Love Your Neighborhood


 

-          The Christmas Dinner theatre will be on Thursday, December 18.  We will be blessing Hannah's Hope.  Tickets are $25 each.  Come enjoy great food and great entertainment and bless a great group of people blessing others.  Check out their website at www.hannahshope.org to see all they do.  Tickets are available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or by calling 219-766-3851.  We will be featuring the following great local artists and musicians:  The Birky Brothers, Kevin Birky, Derek & Anna DeRoo, Mike Jones, The Hershberger Boys, Sam Birky, Kelley Hershberger and the Birky Kids!  We will also enjoy some carols together.  The meal will be Ham, mashed potatoes with ham gravy, baby carrots (like candy!), soup, salad, homemade pie, and homemade fudge!



 

Greetings From Chris 

  " Buy A Field " 


 Greetings,

A long time ago the Prince of Peace was sent to Earth.  Sometimes when I stop and look around I wonder how many of us forgot.  It is hard to not be alarmed at the unrest and the selfishness that surrounds us.  We look far and wide for things to hold on to and give us joy, hope and peace.


Over the years, I have noticed that many people cling to Jeremiah 29:11 as their verse.  It is on wall hangings, bookmarks and is highly memorized and quoted when we need to remind ourselves of something to give us hope and purpose.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, "'for I know the plans I have for you, ' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'

What a great thing to hear from God for encouragement and hope!  But what the wall hangings and bookmarks often forget to mention is why and when God spoke this promise.  Israel had forgotten about God.  They were living for themselves and not for Him.  Because of their sin, Jerusalem was under siege from the Babylonians.  People couldn't leave the city.  There was complete unrest and chaos.  There was no food.  Mother's were eating their children! It was horrific.  The army was breaking down the walls of the city as this promise was spoken.


This promise was spoken to the prophet Jeremiah who spent his whole life telling the people over and over and over again that this was going to happen if they didn't repent and turn back to God.  They never did and so here they were on the verge of complete destruction and being either killed or carried off into exile, and God ask Jeremiah to do one last thing.  He asked him to buy a field.


Are you kidding me?  A field?  He spent his whole life telling these people to get right with God and they didn't listen to him and now everything is falling apart before his eyes and he is afraid for his life and God ask Him to buy a field.  Jeremiah called God out on this one!  God's response was "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?"  Well I guess that settled that argument. I guess we should include Jeremiah 29:12-14 with verse 11.  They say, 

"'Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,' declares the Lord, 'and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,' declares the Lord, 'and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.'"


This Christmas let us try and remember that the Messiah, the savior of the world, Immanuel came and is with us.  No matter how out of control life and circumstances around us might seem we must remember that it is not about this life.  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18,


 
"Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."


Even though it seemed doom was eminent and that things would never be the same, God says to buy a field because I will restore you again.  Let us continue to press on with the greater HOPE that we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   Revelation 21:1-5,


 
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."  He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"

 

Share the Hope.  Plant seeds of Joy.  Have a Merry CHRISTmas!

Blessings,

Chris

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BIRKY'S:


Join us THIS SATURDAY for the Kouts' Pork fest!  We will be selling chicken & noodles and lots of baked goods in front of our bakery & country market on Main Street.  The store will be open inside until noon, but will be serving out front all day.  Stop down at Piggies & Cream at the Depot.  We will open early at 10 AM and be serving all day.  I will be grilling pork burgers and cooking up some of our fabulous pulled pork!


We have Grain fed beef coming in September 18. if anyone is interested.  Contact Tim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 219-766-3851.


 

Both burger joints are open!  Please stop in and see the new menu items!  We have great new specials every day.  LIKE us at

www.facebook.com/birkyfamilyfarms 

 

to see the latest news posted daily.

 

Our summer hours are wrapping up soon at both Piggies & Cream locations.  This week we moved our closing time to 8PM to allow our student employees to get home for homework and bed.  We will be closing on Sundays starting in September. We will still be open the next two Sundays from 3PM-9PM to give our employees time to participate in their worship services.  Thanks for understanding.


 

Don't forget to show us your ride!  We've had some really neat vehicles so far!  Every Saturday night bring your classic tractor, car or truck to Piggies & Cream at the Depot in Kouts or every Sunday night to Piggies & Cream at the Point in North Judson.  Each exhibitor and a guest will receive a free drink or cone.  Come and vote for your favorite.  At the end of the summer we will announce the overall winners! 


 

Birky's is excited to unveil the Piggies & Cream wagon!  

  

 

We will be bringing our delicious pork sandwiches and homemade ice cream to the Blueberry Festival in Plymouth over the Labor Day Weekend!  We will be unveiling some new blueberry ice creams!

 

If you need a caterer for anything...we can do it!  Contact Julie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851


 

We have added lots of new products in our Country Market & Bakery.  We have all natural grain fed beef and also have grass fed.   We also have Miller all natural poultry! We have more Miller Maple Syrup too!


 

Be sure to get your Birky grilling meats at our Country Market & Bakery.


 

New muffins on the horizon along with a lot of other great treats soon!


 

Birky's Country Market & Bakery are going to begin baking homemade breads.  We will be baking homemade breads on Tuesdays.  Stop in and get your Wheat, White, Rye or French this week.  We will be offering these one-day a week so drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a call at 219-766-3851 to make sure we have what you want.


 

South County Love Your Neighborhood


 

-          The BBQ Cook-off and Blueberry Pie Baking contest will be on September 21 from 3-6.  This year we are adding a BBQ Sauce, coleslaw, and BBQ rib competition.  Contact Chris if you are interested atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out www.BirkyFarms.com for more details.  There will be a pre-event meeting at Birky's Bakery on Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm for those that are participating.

-          The Christmas Dinner theatre will be on Thursday, December 18.  We will be blessing Hannah's Hope.  Tickets are $25 each.  Come enjoy great food and great entertainment and bless a great group of people blessing others.  Check out their website at www.hannahshope.org to see all they do.  Tickets are available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 219-766-3851.


 Greetings From Chris 

  " Immeasurably " 


Wow!  The kids are back in school and the fairs are over.  The festivals are starting to wrap up and the crops are starting to show signs of maturing.  It has been a very enjoyable summer for our family.  It has also been a summer of much concern.  I can't begin to tell you the number of people I have encountered with major health concerns, difficult family crisis and numerous untimely deaths.  My heart so goes out to each of these people and their families.  I wish I could do something to make it better or go away, but most of the time all I can do is pray.


 I find it a privilege to pray for these people, but I also find this huge annoyance at the same time...ME!  I find that many times when I talk to our Daddy in Heaven, that my thoughts and concerns come back to me and my so-called problems and issues.  As I remember the things that others are dealing with I feel such guilt for bothering God with my petty stuff.


But...the fact of the matter is that everyone's stuff is real to them.  The fact of the matter is that God cares about each one.  The fact of the matter is that God is with us and will never leave us or forsake us!

There is a verse that has become super special to me over this summer as I have tried to carry the burdens of others and it is found in Ephesians 3.20.  Paul writes, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us!"  It goes on in the next verse to say, "to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!"  Keep taking your cares and the cares of others to Him!  He can do immeasurably more than we could ever think or imagine with His power for His Glory!  Remember...He cares for you! 


 

Blessings,

Chris

  


 


 

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BIRKY'S:


 

We need your help. We have applied for a grant from Chase. If you have a few minutes please visitwww.missionmainstreetgrants.com and type in Birky Bakery and vote.   We are half way there! Please tell your friends!


 

Birky's Bakery & Country Market has lots of seasonal produce. Garwood apples and cider are in the store now along with new frozen pizzas and home made ice cream.


 

The Point is closed now for the season. Thanks to everyone for a great year!


 

The Depot will remain open until November 1. The fall hours are Tue - Sat 11am-8 pm. Please stop in and see the new menu items! The Pumpkin ice cream is really good! We have great new specials every day. LIKE us at www.facebook.com/birkyfamilyfarms to see the latest news posted daily.


 

If you need a caterer for anything...we can do it! Contact Julie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851


 

We have added lots of new products in our Country Market & Bakery. We have all natural grain fed beef and also have grass fed.  We also have Miller all natural poultry! We have more Miller Maple Syrup too!


 

Be sure to get your Birky grilling meats at our Country Market & Bakery. 


 

New muffins on the horizon along with a lot of other great treats soon!


 

South County Love Your Neighborhood

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with the South County BBQ Cook-off. We did not get to complete the event due to severe storms. Thankfully no one was hurt. People have been asking if they can make donations and they can. Checks can be made out to South County Love Your Neighborhood and mailed to PO Box 318, Kouts, IN   46347


     

  • The Christmas Dinner theatre will be on Thursday, December 18. We will be blessing Hannah's Hope. Tickets are $25 each. Come enjoy great food and great entertainment and bless a great group of people blessing others. Check out their website at www.hannahshope.org to see all they do. Tickets are available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 219-766-3851.

 

Greetings From Chris 

  " Spotted " 


 

Greetings,

Well, some how I did not accomplish a September newsletter, but at least we have an October one! J We started harvest this week. It has been a very interesting season. We had lots of water early, then dry in the middle and lots of water late. As I combine through the fields and observe the yield monitor it is amazing to see the variations. There are some really good spots and some not so good spots.

Melissa started on canning peaches and making applesauce this week. It is hard work and messy. We usually get seconds when we buy our peaches. They taste so good, but they do have a few spots that need to be cut out. Our family also loves to eat Honey Crisp apples. We buy these as seconds too, a lot more affordable, but do have to eat around a few spots.

Have you looked in the mirror lately? Have you ever thought about yourself? I don't know about you, but I have a few spots too! Maybe not literally that someone can see, but inside, who I am, I have a long list of imperfections. These sometimes make me feel like a "second", but the fact of the matter is I am not. We are not! In Jesus, we are children of a King. We are adopted children of God. We are brothers and sister to Christ Jesus. We are co-heirs to God's kingdom! God has purchased us with the life of His Son. We were seconds, with flaws, spots, imperfections, and are now being made into something that He and everyone around us would enjoy!

 God says His power is made perfect through our weaknesses! Paul says in the Bible that because of this he will boast all the more of his weaknesses so that God's power will be made perfect in him!

 I am so thankful that God loves me despite my many spots! I hope and pray that we all let Him make us into the likeness of His Son Jesus, spots and all.
 


 

Blessings,

Chris

  


 


 

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BIRKY'S:

We have ΒΌ Grain fed beef if anyone is interested.  Contact Tim at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 219-766-3851.

Both burger joints are open!  Please stop in and see the new menu items!  We have great new specials every day.  LIKE us at

www.facebook.com/birkyfamilyfarms 

 

to see the latest news posted daily.

 

We have summer hours happening right now at both Piggies & Cream locations:

NOTE: WE WILL BE CLOSED AT ALL LOCATIONS FRIDAY JULY 4th

We are open Tu-Sat 11 AM-9 PM,  We have decided to open later on Sundays to give our employees time to participate in their worship services.  Our hours on Sunday will be 3 PM-9 PM.  Thanks for understanding!

Don't forget to show us your ride!  We've had some really neat vehicles so far!  Every Saturday night bring your classic tractor, car or truck to Piggies & Cream at the Depot in Kouts or every Sunday night to Piggies & Cream at the Point in North Judson.  Each exhibitor and a guest will receive a free drink or cone.  Come and vote for your favorite.  At the end of the summer we will announce the overall winners! 

Birky's is excited to unveil the Piggies & Cream wagon!  It is at the St. Joe County fair right now!  We will be bringing our delicious pork sandwiches and homemade ice cream to the following events.  Stop in and see us!

St. Joe Cty. Fair - June 27 - July4

LaPorte Cty. Fair - July 6 - July 12

South Shore Air show - July 10 - July 13 at Fair Oaks Farms - Canceled

Porter Cty. Fair - July 17 - July 26 (no ice cream)

Lake Cty. Fair - August 1 - August 9

Blueberry Fest - August 29 - August 31

If you need a caterer for anything...we can do it!  Contact Julie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-766-3851

We have added lots of new products in our Country Market & Bakery.  We have all natural grain fed beef and also have grass fed.   We also have Miller all natural poultry!

Be sure to get your Birky grilling meats at our Country Market & Bakery.

New muffins on the horizon along with a lot of other great treats soon!

Birky's Country Market & Bakery are going to begin baking homemade breads.  We will be baking homemade breads on Tuesdays.  Stop in and get your Wheat, White, Rye or French this week.  We will be offering these one-day a week so drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a call at 219-766-3851 to make sure we have what you want.

South County Love Your Neighborhood:

-  The BBQ Cook-off and Blueberry Pie Baking contest will be on September 21 from 3-6.  This year we are adding a BBQ Sauce, coleslaw, and BBQ rib competition.  Contact Chris if you are interested atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out www.BirkyFarms.com

for more details.

  

Greetings From Chris 

  " Dependence " 

Happy Independence day! It is a great time of year when we celebrate our country's freedom. The grilling and the fireworks are so much fun. It is awesome getting together with so many friends and family too!

 

I find it quite interesting, though, that as I meet more and more people every day and hear what is happening in their life and I observe what is happening in our nation and even reflect on the things in my life just how much slavery there really is.

We are enslaved by illnesses, poverty, jobs, greed, debt, unforgiveness and jealousy.  I am sure I am missing a few. I find it so ironic that we celebrate independence and yet live as prisoners every day. We allow so many things to shackle and burden us with heaviness and despair.

I often wonder if my independence should really be more dependence? Maybe I should give up the right to myself and have a greater awareness, trust and reliance on God. Paul says in Romans that I am either a slave to my selfishness or a slave to obedience to God. One brings death and the other life.

Jesus said that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. That truth is the Word of God. Jesus gave up the right to himself by dying for my sins! He set me free from my debt! He gave me true freedom! For this I am truly grateful!

Enjoy your freedom!

Blessings,

Chris

 

  

  
    

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