Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Text Size
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BIRKY'S:

We have ¼ 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

 

  

  
    
Birky Events and News:  

BOTH OUR 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 and specials posted daily.

Piggies & Cream Hours (at Depot in Kouts and at Point in North Judson): Tue - Sat 11 AM - 8 PM. Starting in June Tue - Sun 11 AM - 9 PM. 

Stop in and try our authentic Rick's Chicago Dog! Yum!

Don't forget to 'show us your ride'! Starting in June and going through August, every Saturday night bring your favorite classic tractor, car or truck to the Depot in Kouts or every Sunday night to the Point in North Judson. Each exhibitor and a guest will receive a free drink or ice cream cone. Come and vote for your favorite. At the end of the summer we will announce the overall winners!

CATERING!: 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.

Birky's is excited to unveil the Piggies & Cream wagon. It isn't quite finished yet, but its getting close! We will be bringing our delicious pork sandwiches and homemade ice cream to the following events. Stop in and see us!

 

    * St Joe County Fair: June 27 - July 4

     * LaPorte County Fair: July 6 - July 12

     * South Shore Air show: July 10 - July 13 (no ice cream) at Fair Oaks Farm

     * Porter County Fair: July 17 - July 26 (no ice cream)

     * Lake County Fair: August 1 - August 9

     * Blueberry Fest: August 29 - August 31

 
We have added lots of new products in our Country Market & Bakery in Kouts!
  - We have all natural Grain fed beef scheduled for May 15 and Grass fed beef June 3rd. If you are interested in 1/4, 1/2 or whole freezer beef let us know asap. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 219-766-3851. 
      - We also have Miller all natural poultry!
          - And we also now have fresh, local asparagus in....tasty!
 
Be sure to get your Birky grilling meats at the Market & Bakery too.

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

Birky's Country Market & Bakery is baking homemade breads! We will be baking 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 call 219-766-3851 to make sure we have what you want.

South County Love Your Neighborhood events: 

 - The Taste Of South County will be held in downtown Kouts on June 28 from 4-7 PM...more details to follow.

 - The BBQ Cook-off and Blueberry Pie Baking contest will be on September 21 from 3-6 PM. This year we are adding a BBQ Sauce, coleslaw, and BBQ rib competition. Check out www.BirkyFarms.com for more details.

Greetings From Chris 

  " Doubtful " 

Greetings,

I had a lot of relearning to do this week.  Have you ever had one of those moments, days, weeks, months, years or seasons when you found yourself saying 'what else can go wrong?' Probably a silly question to ask because I am pretty sure we all have. It is not hard to get overwhelmed when we look at world situations, our leaders, the way people treat each other, or even our day to day struggles. What I had to relearn is how to step backwards and raise my chin.

I should know better, but must be a very slow learner. If I find myself discouraged or overwhelmed or even doubtful it is my own fault. I have allowed my self to stand way to close to whatever it may be that is getting to me and made it bigger than it really is. It isn't until I take a step back and lift up my chin and see it from the true perspective that I begin to overcome. Until I get myself to see just how HUGE God is and that nothing is too difficult or hard or impossible for Him, I will continue to walk in doubt and fear and have a feeling of being overwhelmed.

'Is my arm too short?' God asked Moses when Moses doubted God could feed all the grumbling people.  Well, unfortunately, God had to ask me the same question last week. 'Is my arm too short for you Chris?' NO it's not! I leave you with this charge from Paul in the Bible.  Ephesians 3:20-21, '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, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!" Take a step back today and lift up your chin and allow God to dwarf the so-called giants in your life!  "My God is so BIG, so STRONG and so MIGHTY, there's NOTHING my GOD cannot do!"

Blessings!

Chris 

  
    
Birky Events and News:  

PIGGIES & CREAM RESTAURANT OPENINGS!!!

 

We can't wait! I have been craving so many things! We are going to be gearing up for the 6 DAYS BEFORE GRAND OPENING contest! All you need to is to 'Like Us' on Facebook to be eligible to win. We will be giving away lots of free stuff so sign up today! 

Opening Days:

 - Piggies & Cream at the Depot in Kouts - Tuesday, March 25, 11 AM - 8 PM

 Piggies & Cream at the Point in North Judson - Tuesday, April 1, 11 AM - 8 PM

We listened and we've made some changes that we hope you will like. We've added some new products that we are really excited about! Please spread the word and watch our Facebook posts as we get ready to start the 6 DAYS BEFORE OPENING contest! 

Oh, and we have something special that we will be unveiling in April and we can't wait to show you!  

CATERING!: If you need a caterer for anything...we can do it!Contact Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 219-76-3851.

We have added lots of new products in our Country Market & Bakery in Kouts. We will able to provide all natural grain fed beef consistently starting this week. We are still working on getting a reliable source of grass fed consistently as well. We will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience.

South County Love Your Neighborhood events: 

 - The Taste Of South County will be held in downtown Kouts on June 28 from 4-7 PM...more details to follow.

 - The BBQ Cook-off and Blueberry Pie Baking contest will be on September 21 from 3-6 PM. This year we are adding a BBQ Sauce, coleslaw, and BBQ rib competition. Check out www.BirkyFarms.com for more details.

Greetings From Chris 

   " Patchin' " 

Greetings,

I was driving down the road the other morning, a very cold morning and I came upon an INDOT crew patching the potholes. As I approached them I noticed some spots that had been done, but I still noticed a lot of holes that were not patched. My best observation is that they were trying to patch the deep and potentially detrimental holes. They did a great job in such cold weather of making the patches smooth, but it had to be so discouraging. There was very easily 3x as many holes left behind that still needed to be patched! It is going to take several more trips or a very slow one with lots of helping hands to get our road back into shape. It is too bad that they can't patch each hole when they appear and before they get bigger and deeper. That would be a never ending job and be happening constantly. It would be virtually impossible if you had snow and ice on the road all the time. I am sure salt, dirt, rain and especially traffic would make it even more difficult.

This reminds me of my heart. It is the road of my life. I am not referring to that thing that pumps my blood, but my inner me...who I am. It is the part of me that makes up me. Who I am, what I do, what I say. It is the part of me that will live forever. When I look at the condition of this inner me as the road of my life I wonder if I find it in good repair or needing patching. Every time I think impure thoughts or I say unkind words or treat others inappropriately I form a pothole. If I don't acknowledge those as wrong and ask God to patch them up, they will get bigger and deeper and will eventually cause major damage in my life and my relationships. This is even harder than the crews trying to patch Highway 8. There is so much traffic in my life along with snow storms, ice, salt, rain, you name it, that is sometimes is easier to not patch and just try to swerve around them. Unfortunately this might work for a while, but they don't just go away and fix themselves. Only God's forgiveness through Jesus can patch me up and make smooth the road of my inner self.

I hope each of us puts in the call for God's paving crew in our lives. His patching of love, joy, peace, hope, acceptance and forgiveness will lead us to those 'golden streets' of eternal smooth traveling.

Blessings!

Chris 

  

   

Birky Events and News:  

BOTH OUR BURGER JOINTS ARE OPEN!!

 

Our bottled root beer will soon be in! Please stop in and see the new menu items!

We have great new specials every day.  LIKE us atwww.facebook.com/birkyfamilyfarms to see the latest news posted daily.

We still have something special that we will be unveiling in April. We can't wait to show you, but it isn't done yet! 

CATERING!: 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 219-76-3851.

We have added lots of new products in our Country Market & Bakery in Kouts.  We have all natural grain fed beef. We will have grass fed next week.  Be sure to get your Birky Ham and Birky Homemade Pie for your Easter celebration!

Birky's Country Market & Bakery is going to begin baking homemade breads! We will be offering these one-day a week per order. Keep posted to our facebook page for details.

South County Love Your Neighborhood events: 

 - The Taste Of South County will be held in downtown Kouts on June 28 from 4-7 PM...more details to follow.

 - The BBQ Cook-off and Blueberry Pie Baking contest will be on September 21 from 3-6 PM. This year we are adding a BBQ Sauce, coleslaw, and BBQ rib competition. Check out www.BirkyFarms.com for more details.

Greetings From Chris 

   " Black Dirt " 

Greetings,

It has been a very long winter. I am so grateful that we were kept safe through all the storms. We are enjoying the little glimpses of spring that we are starting to see. The grass is starting to look green and the sun is definitely getting warmer. Another sign of spring is an unbelievable phenomenon that takes place every year. We live out in the middle of a field. We have a gravel driveway that is ¼ mile long. Every year I probably spread on this driveway at least two truck loads of gravel. This driveway has been here long before I lived here. I am guessing that there has been gravel on this lane for nearly 100 years. I could not begin to guess how much gravel has been placed on this driveway during this time, but I know it has been a lot. This is why I am blown away at what happens every year. As the frost leaves the ground, the middle of our driveway begins to explode upward out of the ground and this black dirt begins to emerge! It is unbelievable. Where did all that gravel go and how did the dirt get up here?

 I am sure I have probably written about this before, but it is so amazing. It so reminds me of some of my own natural tendencies. Jesus said that out of the over flow of the heart the mouth speaks. In my own life it is easy to try and portray someone that I want people to think I am. The spreading of gravel in my life is the propping up of walls to cover up and hide who I really am inside. But the fact of the matter is it doesn't matter what I try to do to hide or cover up. It will come out. God knows what's in my heart and eventually through my speech and actions it will come out. One of the greatest things that I am learning as I get older is to give the inside of me to God and Jesus and not try to hide my weaknesses and imperfections, but to let God use them to show his greatness! It is a very humbling thing to admit all your faults and mistakes, but also the most incredible freeing thing ever! It is so refreshing to admit who I really am and let God take control and make me more like Jesus every day.

 Thanks again for being such a great customer family! We truly appreciate you! You are a blessing to us! Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Blessings!

Chris 

  
   

     

 
Birky Events and News:  

We're moved! Birky's Country Market has joined up with our Bakery & Coffee Shop in downtown Kouts at 205 South Main Street. Hours are: Monday - Friday, 6 AM - 6 PM, Saturday 6 AM - Noon and closed on Sundays. The extra 3 miles south will definately be worth your drive! Many of our great products will be there along with lots of new things! We are excited about this move and look forward to continuing to serve you or years to come.

New at Birky's Market & Bakery: Homemade frozen pizzas, breadsticks and cheese breadsticks. They are yummy! We also have frozen homemade soups and recently added our homemade chicken & noodles! You can also find some of our delicious homemade ice cream to take home! Coming mid-February...Paczki!! The went like hot cakes last year!

THANK-YOU! We were able to $500 to God's Children House with the Christmas Dinner Theatre proceeds! Thanks also to many of you who gave donations directly to them. God bless you!

South County Love Your Neighborhood Presents:

Valentine Dinner Theater, Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Porter County Expo Center. The evening will be benefitting SHINE.FM 88.5! Soon and very soon they will be broadcasting from he tower in Kouts! Special guest will be comedian Don Tersigni, the voice chameleon. Come and punch & crackers, soup, salad, filet mignon, baked potato, vegetable, roll and homemade pie! Yum!! It will be a night of love, laughter and great food!

 Please help us sell out this event!

- Tickets available at Birky's Market & Bakery in Kouts

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

- Tickets are $30 each, table of 8 is only $225 

Piggies & Cream restaurants (Depot in Kouts & Point in North Judson):

Thanks for a great year at our Piggies & Cream restaurants. New things to come in the Spring! We are now accepting applications for work this season for our Kouts and North Judson locations.  

Greetings From Chris 

 "Baby Steps"

I hope and pray that each of you survived the chilly temps and blizzard like conditions earlier this month. We had a very unique thing happen to us. We received a call from our neighbor on Sunday afternoon that there were blinking lights down on the road. The snow was really coming down and the wind was blowing very strong. On the road there were around a dozen vehicles completely stopped. As we watched people trying to dig and running from car to car I felt that nudge on the heart to help.

The long and the short of it is we did. We got the tractor out and spent the next 3 hours digging, pushing and pulling people to the safety of our driveway. A few big trucks kept going, but many ended up spending the next two nights at our home. It was a great experience. We gained several new friends. What was most remarkable was what happened outside of our home.

One of the couples staying with us had so many family and friends calling that they ended up putting the story on their Facebook page. Well...it went viral. Friends of all of us began texting and calling. Newspapers started finding us. A TV station came out the last day. It was crazy. What amazed me was the big deal being made of this and how many times we heard 'weren't you afraid?' and you are such 'good people'.

As I have reflected on this for a few days I came back to the words baby steps. Something that began over 30 years ago was the commitment to follow God and be Jesus' hands and feet here, especially in my own community and neighborhood. The hard part early on was learning to sense the Holy Spirit when a situation or opportunity occurred. Many of these have been very small, insignificant moments, but some rather intense. Many mistakes have been made along the way and sometimes found myself where I should not have been. The biggest thing is that over the course of time and through many baby steps you begin to hear God's nudge clearer and clearer and it becomes second nature to trust and obey. Being afraid never crossed my mind because I recognized the nudge. It was from God and he has proven himself over and over and over again in the past. The biggest struggle was my laziness and inconvenience. It was nice and comfy and cozy in my house with my family and nasty outside and you wrestle with 'I don't feel like doing that.'

We are definitely not 'good people' we are just simple people that a long time ago gave up the right to themselves to God through Jesus. He calls us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. I encourage us all to start asking God to nudge our hearts with baby step opportunities to love others in 2014 and allow God's kingdom to come and will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

Blessings as you serve!

Chris

Recent Posts from Chris

  • Doubtful
    2014-05-08 05:34:44

    Birky Events and News:   BOTH OUR BURGER JOINTS ARE OPEN!!   Please stop in and see the new menu...

  • Black Dirt
    2014-04-11 05:33:10

    Birky Events and News:   BOTH OUR BURGER JOINTS ARE OPEN!!   Our bottled root beer will soon be in!...

  • Patchin'
    2014-03-10 14:43:11

    \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ...

  • Baby Steps
    2014-01-25 06:30:38

    Birky Events and News:   We're moved! Birky's Country Market has joined up with our Bakery & Coffee Shop...

  • A Sign
    2013-12-09 06:11:04

    Birky Events and News:   We're moved! Birky's Country Market has joined up with our Bakery & Coffee...

Birky News

Wow!  Exciting!  Cool Beans!

Birky's is excited to have new in their Market & Bakery:

Our frozen homemade Piggies & Cream pizzas & ice cream!

Ready to Heat & Eat Chicken & Noodles and homemade soups!

Birky's is also excited to be introducing Spring '14

our new Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce!

Follow us...

  • Facebook: birkyfamilyfarms
  • Flickr: birkyfarms
  • YouTube: birkyfamilyfarms

Register for Our e-Club!

Stay in touch and take advantage of regular savings, e-Club specials and a little inspiration!

For Email Newsletters you can trust