We had the good fortune of connecting with John & Michelle Turk and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi John & Michelle, what do you attribute your success to?
Both individually and together, my husband John and I have always believed in leaving something better than we found it. Creating something more than meets the eye. This is how we approach most everything, even something as simple as a seed. With care, thought, and dedication grows new life. John is the logical thinker behind the operation, and I am passionately curious. I’ve often said I’ve never said no to a good experiment (meanwhile, John keeps a spreadsheet recording the results of those experiments).

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins” – we certainly agree!
The success of Turk Farm is a combination of John’s logic, my curious passion, and our combined love of farming and agriculture.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We believe Turk Farm is more than plants and property. We believe it is an experience, a place where memories are made, and time spent with friends and family. Often, I find myself saying, “happiness is homegrown,”! There is truth in that — the farm is in my childhood hometown of Point, TX. After a few years of marriage, John and I relocated from DFW and made our home here at the Farm. Every step of the way has felt just like coming home. Our goal is to make everyone feel like they are part of the family when they are here at Turk Farm, growing memories alongside us. Joy is always in season at Turk Farm!

Turk Farm offers a homegrown plant, tree & succulent nursery, a farm store, a plant your own succulent bar & plant parties, local beef & eggs, local honey, handmade soaps, preserved goods, freshly picked produce, jewelry, home décor, Scentsy, greeting cards, gifts, arrangements, cut flowers, events & field trips…plus more! Next up is our annual pumpkin patch (grown right here on the farm, too!) starting in October.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

What a great question! If I had a friend visiting me, I’d want to show them the best of what my area has to offer.

The best food and hospitality can be found at the Estate at Raintree Ranch here in Emory. There’s no better place to spend a night or two than there—the accommodations are incredible, and the food is top-notch! Harvested, and prepared right there at the Ranch. Do you know what love tastes like? Have a taste at Raintree Ranch and you’ll taste it in every bite!

Next up we’d head into town and enjoy the array of local businesses and shops in and around Rains County. They are the perfect spots for picking up gifts for friends back home, and a little something for yourself too. And the southern charm shines through in everything from the selection to the friendly service and smiles around town.

Outside of our hometown, some of my favorite spots to visit in DFW include my old stomping grounds near the SMU campus, the Dallas Arboretum, and a trip along Greenville Avenue will always bring back those memories of the good old days!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It is a group effort to keep the wheels turning around Turk Farm! We believe God has blessed each one of us with unique qualities, abilities, and assets. Many years ago, the Farm started as a cattle business owned by Michelle’s grandparents for more than two decades. In fact, Michelle’s grandmother Nellie is 96 years old and still helps us start and plant seeds any chance she gets! John and I purchased the property and began building Turk Farm in 2014, and still today, our family members are quick to lend a helping hand and offer encouragement when we need a lift. Not everyone in the family planned to become farm hands, but each member continues to help pitch in along the way. We sure are thankful for every favor, drop(s) of sweat, and moment of care they’ve extended in helping us grow Turk Farm.
As they say, there are friends, there is family, and then there are friends who become family. We feel blessed to have two of our wonderful friends helping us around the Farm too, Catherine and Courtney. They both show up (sometimes with only a moment’s notice) with a servant’s heart and share our passion for quality, farming, and community. On top of it all, we are especially thankful for our community here in Rains County, along with ALL of our customers near and far. When asked what the key to our success is, our priceless key to success is our customers. Each and every customer helps keep Turk Farm growing year after year. We are growing to serve and are truly thankful for it.

Website: www.turkfarmonline.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/turkfarmTX

Youtube: https://youtu.be/Ue6nc6PoU4U

Image Credits
Jayla Moulder Photography, Emory, TX

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