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September 3rd 2020

Authentic Connection: An Interview with Five Marys Farms

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I’d love to introduce you to Mary Heffernan of Five Marys Farms, one of my all-time favorite Instagram feeds (@fivemarysfarms) and one of the most brilliant and entrepreneurial farm “brands” I’ve ever seen. If you don’t already follow Five Marys, you absolutely must check out her account.

Through a beautiful blend of photographs and candid stories, Mary Heffernan shares her family’s farm and ranch life in Northern California’s Siskiyou County. Mary and her family raise 500 cattle, 600 sheep, 180 hogs, plus lots of chickens. They sell “pastured everything,” including premium pastured beef, pork and lamb, honey, and other farm products direct to consumers through their online shop, local farm store, and restaurant. Each month I order a box of Five Marys pasture-raised meat, which is delivered right to our door, and my family has enjoyed hundreds of amazing meals thanks to these passionate ranchers.

And now Mary has a brand new cookbook, Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook: Homegrown Recipes from Our Family to Yours, full of recipes she developed on the ranch and in the restaurant.

I asked Mary to share about their farm and ranch, and building their business, with Floret readers.

Erin: First, tell us what’s unique and what you love most about your new cookbook. This is a project you’ve wanted to do for a long time, isn’t it?

This cookbook started as an idea three or four years ago. I really wanted to put together all of my favorite recipes to share, with beautiful photos of the dishes and of ranch life—but it seemed like a big undertaking! With your encouragement, Erin, I started the process of compiling recipes and taking some photos, and I created a proposal to submit to publishers for the cookbook. It evolved as the process progressed, and I’m so happy with the end result!

I think the cookbook is unique because it shares a glimpse of life on the ranch and incorporates simple, family recipes that start with great ingredients to make cooking easy but delicious.

Erin: How would you describe the reader you had in your mind as you put this book together?

The readers for this cookbook are those who live a more traditional life in the suburbs or the city, but who might dream of living life in the country or raising their family in a rural setting. It’s for people who appreciate good food and quality ingredients without too much fuss or complication. It’s for anyone who wants some inspiration for new recipes to share or entertain!

Erin: Tell our readers a little bit more about yourself. How did you come to ranching in the first place?

Mary: We decided to become full-time cattle ranchers six years ago, but a year before then, if you’d told me we’d be living on a cattle ranch running a family ranching operation, I wouldn’t have believed it! I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and went to college in Virginia, on track to go to medical school. I started tutoring local kids while studying for the MCAT after college and saw a huge need for a place where kids could come to do their homework, so I started my first real brick-and-mortar business, called Academic Trainers, in my hometown. It made me realize how much I loved small business, and I had big ideas for more.

I met my husband a few years later. He was a young corporate attorney, working his way up in a big firm. After we had our first baby, Francie, we both wanted more autonomy for him, so he left the firm and started his own small boutique practice—leasing office space above my tutoring business! We started working together, at least in the same building, and realized we wanted more. We started a few more brick-and-mortar businesses together, including a farm-to-table restaurant geared toward high-quality ingredients while being very family-friendly—we had a playroom in the back!

It was then, as restaurateurs, that we started our search for the best quality beef we could find to serve our customers. After a lot of research, we knew what we wanted: Black Angus cattle with great genetics for marbling and meat quality, raised well, on grasses and barley, and dry-aged 21 to 28 days for an outstanding flavor and consistency. When we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted, we decided we would just do it ourselves.

We found this ranch in the mountains of Northern California, and with some help from our brother-in-law, a fifth-generation cattle rancher, we set up operations and jumped into ranch life while still trying to run our businesses in Silicon Valley. After spending the first eight weekends on the ranch after we bought it, working hard with our girls to get things going and getting to know the ranching community, we knew we wanted to do this full-time. We sold our Bay Area businesses and our house and jumped in. It’s a total change from the life we lived before, but we’ve never felt more satisfied and happy living on our land, raising animals and working together as a family.

Erin: Tell us about the ranch and your operation.

Our ranch is in a town called Fort Jones, population 839, in the mountains of far northern California, almost to the Oregon border. We have 1,800 acres of pastureland and mountain hill country. We raise Black Angus cattle, Navajo Churro sheep, and heritage Berkshire hogs for market—meaning that we breed and raise them and ship the beef, pork, and lamb to customers all over the country.

Five Marys family We knew that if we were going to do this full-time, without our restaurants to market the meat we raised, we needed to find a new business model. We tried personally driving meat far distances to customers, and we tried traveling to set up our Farm Stands—our own version of a farmers’ market—to sell our meat. But we really wanted, and needed, to work on the ranch every day and not leave. It’s been an ever-evolving model, but we are finally at a place where we can make this happen, in many ways thanks to the ability to share our story and our products with people all over the country using social media.

Erin: Could you tell us more about how you did that—how you shared your story and used social media and other means to develop a customer base that can support the farm solely through shipping?

We are first-generation ranchers, which means there are a lot of inputs and resources required to build a successful operation. When we started, we knew we’d need to capture the best margins possible to make this work—and not be held to the commodities market, which changes every week and writes the story for you on the price of the product you raise.

We knew we could produce a super-premium product, and we hoped to find and build a customer base who appreciated that quality. We just needed to be able to easily get our product into their hands. To do this, we shared our story and our daily lives on Instagram to connect with our customer, and we built an efficient system for shipping our product anywhere in the country. It took a lot of trial and error, but we knew it was the only way for us to make this work as a successful business, so we pushed through the mistakes until we got it right.

Connecting with our consumer via social media is such a valuable tool. It requires a lot of time and work to share the content and allow people to feel like they are a part of our lives and our brand, but it’s so worth it. I like to say it’s a lot like the “olden days,” when you’d drive down the road and see your neighbor out farming or ranching every day, rain or shine, and you’d feel good about buying his or her product because you knew you could trust the way it was raised. With the rural-urban divide these days, most people don’t have a neighbor who is a farmer or rancher. But by using social media, a modern tool, we can connect with our “neighbors” anywhere in the world and find that same producer-consumer relationship and trust.

Erin: You ship pasture-raised meat all over the country every week from your farm, bypassing the middleman and connecting directly with your customers, fans, and followers in a really big way. Can you tell us more about your process and the special transport and box system you use? Prior to ordering from you, I had no idea that meat could be shipped this way.

Mary: We are so happy to be able to share our meats with families and customers all over the country, even Alaska and Hawaii! We are proud to be producing a super-quality, premium product, and the satisfaction of hearing from so many customers that it is the “best meat they’ve ever tasted” is pretty awesome.

We spent a full year researching and searching for the best way to ship meat. We wanted to use reusable materials and not bulky foam boxes. We wanted customers to be able to order any cut they wanted, from ground beef to a filet mignon, and not have to commit to a side of beef. We wanted to be able to ship all over the country.

FiveMarys farm share packaging on Floret blogAfter lots of trial and error, we have a great system for getting meat to our customers. We use boxes that we brand ourselves with our actual cattle brand—which we used at first to avoid having to pay for custom printed boxes, but it’s kind of become our signature now—with biodegradable custom-insulated liners. We include a block of dry ice in every box to keep the meat frozen until it arrives at our customers’ doorsteps. We use a few different shipping services depending on where the box is going to get it there as quickly as possible, and most arrive overnight.

We have a website at www.shopfivemarys.com where you can choose any beef, pork, and lamb cuts you’d like, either to stock up to feed your family—like ground beef, roasts, and steaks for the month—or for a special occasion like racks of lamb for Easter.

Four years ago, when our shipping really ramped up, we opened a Farm Store in town where we have lots of space and a great set-up to sell and ship our products—previously we had been shipping from the ranch—and have a nice little retail area for locals and walk-ins to shop, too.

Erin: How did the ranch get its name?

Mary: I am a Mary, named after my great-grandmother Mary Regan. I come from a long line of strong women named Mary, and we honored them in naming our daughters, MaryFrances, MaryMarjorie, MaryJane, and MaryTeresa. We honestly didn’t think we’d have all girls or ever planned on all Marys, but once we named Francie and Maisie—they all go by nicknames)—we had to keep it going! My husband came up with the name “Five Marys” when we bought the ranch and decided to market our own ranch-raised meats and products.

We get a lot of funny comments about naming all of our girls Mary, but I think my girls love feeling like they are a part of something bigger, and it sure helps people remember us!

5 Marys giveaway FloretErin: One of the most inspiring things is watching your four girls help on the ranch. You wrote a great e-book about what you’ve learned about raising kids in the country. Can you share a little more about the book?

Mary: My girls are extremely independent, resourceful, and helpful on the ranch, but I can’t take credit for it. Moving to the ranch and jumping in to raise multiple species of animals and growing our own hay and running a family business forced us to rely on them to help. We went from a pretty cushy life in the suburbs and taking care of their needs for them—like filling sippy cups and helping them get dressed—to needing them to step up and help us feed cows off the back of a feed truck or make their own dinner while Brian and I were delivering a newborn calf in distress.

They were young when we moved here, all 6 years old and under, but I realized by necessity that they were so much more capable than I had given them credit for. They were totally capable of doing the laundry and helping each other get up and get dressed for school. They could take care of a sick newborn lamb and drive a four-wheeler to feed the horses. I learned so much by watching them blossom and grow in this newfound independence, with satisfaction and drive to do more as a result.

FiveMarys farm kids on Floret blog

Five Marys kids on Floret BlogI was so inspired by the changes in our family that I wrote an ebook called “They Can Do It. What I Learned About Raising Kids by Moving to the Country.” It tells our story, how we made the decision to totally switch paths from a busy suburban life in Silicon Valley, the land of opportunity and amenities, to become cattle ranchers in a rural small town and recreate our livelihood. We moved from a big, beautiful home we’d worked so hard for to a 780-square-foot ranch cabin, where my girls all shared a bed for the first year and a woodstove is our only source of heat. It was an adjustment, but it honestly feels like we are exactly where we are supposed to be, and I’ve never been happier than I am living in a tiny house and working hard on our land every day with my husband and my girls.

Erin: In addition to all of your pasture-raised everything, you’ve expanded to include retreats on the ranch and a restaurant. I’d love to be able to have a Floret planning retreat there someday! Can you share with readers a little more about these endeavors? 

Mary: It’s important to us to share what we do and tell our story. There is so much beauty on our ranch, and we love entertaining guests to share it, but our little house isn’t the easiest to host in! We built a place on our ranch to bring guests to get a taste of ranch life for a few nights, with tent cabins and outdoor showers with great water pressure and tons of hot water—we all prefer to go up there to shower!—and an awesome outdoor kitchen. We invite guests every summer for “Cooking & Cocktails” retreats to spend three days and two nights on the ranch, waking up to do morning chores with us on the four-wheelers, camp breakfast and coffee over the wood-fired stove, cooking lessons, cocktail making, and so much more!

Then three years ago, after swearing we’d never go back to restaurant ownership, we bought the historic bar and restaurant in town and re-vamped it to open Five Marys Burgerhouse, serving all of our own meats to our local community, as well as guests from near and far who come to visit. Restaurants are so much work, but we love the community aspect of doing it in a small town. We have local live music every Friday night, and it’s like opening up our living room to a small town.

It’s also been a great landing spot for a lot of visitors from all over the country—and the world—who come to visit Five Marys. This is always so humbling for us to meet people who travel distances to come here! We opened a Guesthouse in town, too, for a cozy place for visitors to stay. It’s an 1850s Craftsman home right down the street from the Burgerhouse, with beautiful gardens and fruit trees and a little berry patch. It’s a great spot to host guests, especially in the winter when it’s a little too cold at Camp!

Erin: Are your cookbook recipes the ones for the dishes you serve at the restaurant?

Yes! We share some of our favorite recipes we serve at the restaurant, like our favorite burger with bacon marmalade, our house-made sweet potato fries, and our signature M5 Spice Rub!

Erin: We have a lot of budding and established farmers and small business owners who read the Floret blog, and so many of them struggle with the “selling” part of business. We often talk about being the face of your business and instead of “selling” to focus on connecting with your customers by telling your story. You have done an exceptional job of taking us all along for the ride. Can you share any words of wisdom when it comes to marketing in an authentic way?

Mary: I feel very fortunate to be able to market and run a thriving business from a rural town, but thanks to the Internet and social media, specifically Instagram, it makes it doable and a lot of fun. I totally agree that telling your story is the most important and valuable way to market your business or your brand.

FiveMarys -Floret blog - be the face of your businessThese days there are so many easy avenues to shop and so many products out there. People want more. They want to know their farmer or their rancher or their florist. I think the pendulum is swinging back to the “good old days” when you knew these people and they lived right down the road. You would see your neighbor, the rancher, out there feeding his cows twice a day and helping a momma cow in labor—and on Sunday when he opened his farm stand to sell his products, you’d stop to shop, feeling good about knowing where your food came from and knowing it was high-quality and well taken care of, since you saw him out there working every day as you drove by. That just isn’t geographically as common now, but thanks to social media, you can know your farmer or rancher or florist by watching them share their days and feeling like you know them! It’s pretty cool and a very effective way to share your product and build a successful business.

FiveMarysI’ve mentored a few other ranchers on getting their product to customers, shipping meats or ranch products, and building a business in the agricultural arena, then I compiled an e-course on everything I’d learned and ways to market your product, service, or brand by telling your story, using social media, and building a successful, profitable business. It’s called “Small Business from Scratch.” I am so passionate about small business and entrepreneurship, and so thankful I get to do this even living in a rural area. I love sharing this part of my story and helping others do the same.

Erin: How is the small business course going?

The M5 Entreprenuers course and community continues to grow, and it amazes me every day to see how many agricultural producers and small businesses are growing and thriving. It’s a great time to capture the momentum of buying direct from small farms or ranchers, and it’s getting easier to get your product into consumers’ hands. The Small Business from Scratch course teaches everything they need to know to start a business from scratch and on a budget. It includes a small business with everything from formation and insurance, logo design, building a website, payroll, and growing. It also includes a module on using social media to build your brand and sell a product, and then selling and shipping effectively. I love seeing the community the course fosters; we have a great place to connect online and share encouragement, answer questions, and help each other grow our businesses. Nothing makes me happier than seeing collaboration at work without competition. There is room for all of us, and we are stronger when we work together!

Erin: What new projects have you been working on or put in place the past couple of years?

This year the girls and I started M5 Ranch School, a virtual learning community; we were inspired by the unique opportunity this year to educate at home on the ranch and bring in trades or visit experts in all things agriculture. They are sharing workshops each week on everything from animal husbandry, welding and building, harvests, silage, dairy, beekeeping, and veterinary medicine. Each workshop has videos, activities, challenges, and worksheets to inspire kids and adults to learn more about age-old skills and the ranching or farming world. Anyone is welcome to join in, and lessons can be done at your own pace!

Also this year, we tore down the old kitchen addition on the original 1868 homestead house on the ranch and built a beautiful 900-square-foot, first-class “Test Kitchen,” including a pantry, dorm-style bathroom, and laundry room. We also revamped the main part of the “Big House,” which was built before indoor plumbing or electricity. It has eight bedrooms and two big living rooms. We plan to host some cooking and business workshops here, and to share our favorite recipes and some new recipe development virtually in this space. It’s been a big project, but we are just about to the finish line, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Brian and I did all the design work ourselves, making a lot of the decisions on the fly or based on what was available at the time, but I love how it came together. I can’t wait to get cooking in this space!

Erin: After living at the ranch for seven years now, what would you say are the most valuable lessons you’ve learned? Is there anything you would have done differently? How has it shaped your family?

We have learned a lot—and we are still learning every day. I think I’ve learned to appreciate the process instead of always looking for the finish line. Brian and I love to dream big and always have something in the works, but I am enjoying the space we are in now as we slowly but surely grow and realize those dreams.

Erin: What do you dream of doing next, or someday? 

Our biggest undertaking to date has been to design our own butchery facility to close the vertical integration gap and have complete control over our animals and our product from start to finish—truly from pasture to plate. We’ve been working on this concept and project for five years, and it’s no small feat. We have purchased the land to build it and have designed it down to the smallest detail to be centered on humane animal handling, old-world craft butchery, and first-rate dry-aging and packing for the best product we can possibly provide for our customers—and to honor the lives of the animals we raise. We are in the permit process now and hope to break ground and start building later this year or in early 2021.

Erin: Thank you so much, Mary, for taking the time to share your story with Floret readers. I’m super-inspired by what you are doing, and I’m serious when I say I want to come visit someday soon and have a Floret planning retreat at your ranch! Until then, we’ll all enjoy following your adventures online. 

To celebrate the release of Mary’s new cookbook, Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook: Homegrown Recipes from Our Family to Yours, we’re giving away 5 copies. Each giveaway winner will receive a box of Five Marys meats, too! Meats can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. (not Canada) from the ranch. To enter, leave a comment below. In your comment, tell us what inspires you most about Mary and her farm. Winners will be announced on Friday, September 11th. 

Congratulations to our winners: Jennifer, Kelly. Emma, Lesley and Jamie!

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Learn more and connect with Five Marys: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fivemarysfarms/

Five Marys Shop:  www.shopfivemarys.com

Cookbook: Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook: Homegrown Recipes from Our Family to Yours

M5 Ranch School: http://www.fivemarysfarms.com/m5-ranch-school

Restaurant: www.fivemarysburgerhouse.com

eBook: https://fivemarysfarms.squarespace.com/recipebook/they-can-do-it-1

eCourse: https://fivemarysfarms.squarespace.com/small-business-ecourse

 

589 Comments

  1. Brenda Morr on

    I love the evolution and growth your business has gone through. Each small business prior to your farm prepared you for farm life.

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  2. Sue on

    Love this! ❤️

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  3. Paula on

    I love what Five Mary’s are doing and how the whole family is involved! I think it is wonderful, amazing and inspiring all at once! A fantastic example that shows family ranching and farming are still possible, exciting career options ❤

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  4. Beth Larson on

    My day isn’t complete without checking in to see how the hard working Heffernans are doing!! I love all things “Mary” and would so love to have her cookbook on my counter.
    *oh and I wish they’d have one more baby to watch grow up! 😁😁

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  5. Sara Taylor on

    What a great story! I can barely juggle work, home, two girls and remote learning. I don’t know how you manage it all. Hats off to you!

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  6. Lauren Wagner on

    What an inspiring story and beautiful life you have created for your family! Farming is hard work! We raise a few pigs every year and feed out some cattle. This year we have Berkshire crosses and Waghu/Angus. Looking forward to harvest!

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  7. Susie Black (Point Roberts, WA) on

    I just looked up Fort Jones, CA on a map and wished that I had stopped there on my way home from California to Washington. This is such an amazing and inspiring story and I love that all of the girls are involved in working the ranch. Thank for sharing Five Marys with us, Erin. Wishing you and them all the best!

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  8. Trish Barberry on

    Thanks for sharing this interview! Such a great success story!

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  9. Brenda on

    What an amazing story! I love keep the family working together ❤ it establishes strong bonds! Keep up the good work Mary!!

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  10. Sarah on

    I’ve been following Five Marys for a quite a while and love everything about them! It’s neat to hear more about their background.

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  11. Kim Simmons on

    I love how they have the courage to follow their dreams! So inspiring!

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  12. Michelle on

    How sweet. I love the name, it’s a very cool hand me down. 🥰

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  13. Tina on

    Their farm is sooo beautiful and I love the products they offer. I am very interested in the cookbook! 🥰

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  14. Cassandra on

    I am brand new to 5 Mary’s. I love the idea of sustainability and having a hand in all aspects from farm to table. Especially in food production. Floret has been such a great find! Thank you for sharing about 5 Mary’s. I am excited to learn from their experience. Plus I love love love cookbooks!

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  15. KaraLee Monroe on

    I love that Five Mary’s Farm is a family business & they include the children.

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  16. Jayne Tiehes on

    Farmers of all kinds are the hardest working, most down to earth, lovely people. Thank you for sharing this wonderful family with us! And Best wishes to Five Mary’s Farm!

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  17. Liane on

    What a beautiful story and inspiring family! Cannot wait to start cooking!!

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  18. Diane Zerbonia on

    Never heard of Five Mary’s til I saw it on Floret Flowers Facebook post today. I am so impressed and intrigued by this family can’t wait to check out their site. Love her concept of humane treatment of her animals. And looking forward to trying some of their products. Thank you for the introduction.

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  19. Sarah Barnard on

    This is great news and so uplifting in a time of bad news. I have been enjoying following both you and Mary through Instagram and Facebook. Keep up the great work. You guys are inspiring.

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  20. Melody Richards on

    This was so insightful. Thanks for the tips and for sharing:) Mary looks so familiar. Was she at Floret’s book signing in Feb?

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  21. Doris on

    What an amazing story! Following you right now on Insta and putting this place on our bucket list!

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  22. Vannessa Osbourn on

    Love following 5 Mary’s which I found through Floret! Love how you support one another and would love to win the book and meats!!

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  23. Sonya Johnson on

    I have followed both Mary and Erin on IG for at least 2 years and just love you both!! I’m so impressed and inspired at all you’ve both accomplished and admire you so much for sharing what you know with so many!

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  24. Jane on

    I follow 5 Mary’s too! Love all their farm adventures and following the remodel of the house! My husband has been doing a LOT of grilling on our Big Green Egg and I could use that cookbook 😊. I also LOVE how all you influencers continually promote build each other up! Keep up all the great content…I received my seed order today!!!!

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  25. Andrea on

    I admire the idea of honoring the process, not just getting to the finish line. Thanks!

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  26. Deanna on

    It is inspiring to read how the business model was changed and adapted. Never give up!

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  27. Tina on

    My heart yearns for this! Gave up my small holding to be near my grandchildren, connecting with as many small farmers as I can! Keep up the good work!

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  28. Ashlee on

    So inspiring! Love her story and it gives me so much inspiration to follow my dreams.

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  29. Carolyn on

    One of my very favorite accounts to follow. Thank you Mary for your beautiful story! Can hardly wait to get your cookbook!

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  30. Lynn on

    Great article and an eye opening read.

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  31. Amy on

    I love this. You never know what is being put into the meat, produce, etc that you buy in the markets now. I have two children that I have been teaching to garden, and it is so satisfying to see them start a plant and then eat/ can it instead of buying it off a shelf in a supermarket. We would love to try some of your recipes in your new book! Kudos to you for reaching for your goals and putting all of that hard work into it!

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  32. Lou Ann Fulbert on

    What an inspiring story! Thank you for bringing it to our attention, we will certainly support a business like this!

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  33. Regina on

    I have followed Mary and her family for years now. She’s a huge inspiration to me! I found you through her Instagram and now look forward to learning from your gardening expertise as well. I admire Mary’s “just do it” attitude. Her way of parenting those girls is phenomenal too. I loved her response to critiquing commenters last year when school started about how her daughters went to school in their regular “dirty” clothes and not new impeccable outfits. It’s the little things in life that really matter and Mary and her family really show that. I look forward to taking her entrepreneur course one day.

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  34. Diana Hudson on

    I like her energy! I also like her willingness to share her experiences and knowledge with others.

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  35. Aimee George on

    What a great story! Appreciate the can do attitude and love how the family is so involved with the ranch.

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  36. Lannie Thorn on

    I loved this article about Five Mary’s. I find her thoughts on giving young children more credit in the tasks and chores area inspirational! Would love to try their product.

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  37. Janet Leone on

    What an amazing and inspiring story!
    Just what we need considering the times we are in.

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  38. Jennifer on

    This is my first introduction to Mary. The cookbook is a-mazing! I am inspired by families who dare to create the life they want. Beautiful!

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  39. KC on

    Mary’s dedication to living her dream is inspiring. It is frightening to give up the comforts we are accustomed to in order to achieve our dreams, but it does require sacrifices. In the end, I think we will be surprised at all we have accomplished and how happy we are

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  40. Tina Pender on

    I’m so inspired that they left the “safety” of jobs and home in the suburbs to chase a dream on a ranch. They are so courageous!!!

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  41. Regan Dunlap on

    I’m “New” to Mary and her Family. You can tell she’s Passionate, Proud and Driven. Can’t wait to try some of her Recipes.

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  42. Paula Egermeier on

    I’m so excited to hear about the new recipe book and meats from the Five Mary’s. I especially love the area they’ve chosen to raise their children and livestock. It has always felt a bit like home to me. I can’t wait to learn more about their journey in the country!

    Thank you, Erin, for passing along another wonderful entrepreneur to us. I am so fond of your entrepreneurial spirit and your willingness to share good stuff for us all to experience and enjoy. ❤️❤️

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  43. Maribeth Gardner on

    It’s always amazing to me how someone can jump head first into complete uncertainty. This is how I felt reading this blog post. Mary, you and your family have not let anything get in your way. It’s an awesome thing to watch someones dream coming true, right before your eyes. Even if it is a complete stranger. That is truly inspirational. Can’t wait to see future postings on your Instagram account. The story of the five Marys also resonates with me. I’m also named after my Mother, whose name was Mary Elisabeth. I just have a different spin on my name. Thank you Erin for sharing this post.

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  44. davia mcnamara on

    What inspires me most about Mary is the same thing that encourages me to keep going after our goals and plans with our new place. It’s that if you have the will and work ethic you can do anything. That you can create a new path and direction for your life and family at any point in life. I just love that.

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  45. Jessie Sallee on

    Oh MY this is so inspiring! I feel like I could only do one of the things you did in my life time- law, a restaurant, a ranch. ha! So I love the drive you have to keep going and progressing. I am honestly shocked you had time to “fill” your children’s sipping cup in Silicon Valley, but my favorite part of your story is having your girls be an intricate part of the ranch. From their help with the animals to their names in the brand. It really hits home since I just had my first child! A baby girl! And the Lord knew I needed to start my garden this year while I was pregnant with her to get ready for all the life changes that come with motherhood. I am inspired and look forward to letting my future children be a pivotal part in all aspects of my life! Thank you for sharing and following you now in Insta! Jessie

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  46. Jessica McGregor on

    I have never heard of Five Marys Farm , wow ! I am in awe of your families hard work, reaching for the unknown, your drive, spirit, and entrepreneurs heart. I am a homeschooling mom of 5 on a small farm of 30 acres, but your dreaming big inspires me to want to go after more . My husband and I have dreamed of different ideas but haven’t put them all on paper. Thank you for your story, it is a blessing to this momma.

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  47. Tammy-Michealle Shrock on

    It make my heart warm when I see and hear that your ranch is humane to all your animals your family is an inspiration to how we should raise our food

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  48. Pam Georgeson on

    Really excited to see a family step out of the box so to speak and go for a new adventure! We have a small business and our family has been running it for come Nov 30 years! It is a forever changing! Our children run it now and small family run business are the backbone of this country! Keep going and looking forward to sending your cookbook to family and friends as surprises! Thank you for sharing! Good luck to you all! 🧜‍♀️

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  49. Susan on

    Mary and her family’s creativity, hard work and big dreamin’ are inspiring! The drive and the courage to move forward and make things happen as Mary has, makes us all want to think harder, work harder and do more with our lives.

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  50. Jennifer Boreham on

    I have been an avid fan of 5Marys for several years . I admire quite a lot. Seeing Mary & Brian step away from convention to chase a dream and build a ranch & business from the ground up is truly inspiring. Mary has such a creative mind, both with design and with marketing. She seems to have found the pulse of the market and continues to come up with creative solutions on a near daily basis. Their daughters are not only lucky to be living the wild life, but also lucky to have 2 well grounded parents guiding them.. I love how Mary finds balance in the social media life vs personal life. She shares the truth but does so with respect and honor. It’s been fun to get a filtered glimpse into their lives.

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  51. Stephanie Leftwich on

    I have followed Mary and her family for the past year. I so enjoy the way she talks about her girls and the way she inspires others to follow a path, even though it may be filled with challenges. I had preordered her cookbook and received it today. Already read through the first 30 pages! I am so thankful that she has been willing to share her family with ours! Can’t wait to read through the rest of the cookbook and get cooking!

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  52. Laurel on

    I really love the example of hard work and thoughtfulness together. This is desperately needed in this world and is always refreshing to find. This is also how a business should be built and inspires loyal customers! I completely agree with the need for a pasture to table process and it’s the kind of resource that makes me really excited to see! And I’m really happy for those girls to learn how to work a farm, what a confidence builder!

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  53. Theresa Showaletr on

    I’m inspired most by Mary by the way she and her husband dream big, even without prior experience or a background in where they have ended up. I’m so inspired that they jumped in and actually did what inspires them in life. I love the fact that they ventured off course, but landed exactly where they were meant to be. To me, that’s the most inspiring part! And you now have a new follower on Instagram ;)

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  54. Amy Frenzel on

    I am inspired by their story all together! Listening to the call from the land and acting on it is such a scary concept so it is awesome to see how it has worked for their family. We would love to move our family out to a small farm, Mary and her family might be the inspiration for us to do so!

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  55. Stevie Westberg on

    I’m am very impressed with their drive, enthusiasm and the continuation of fulfilling their dreams while raising 4 daughters into becoming independent and capable young women. They are a great example in using technology for the betterment of our society and learning productive practices. I love that they share their lives and that Mary takes the time each day to educate the public on the big and little things in life on the ranch. So refreshing.

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  56. Jennifer Bieber on

    As a fellow farm-wife I love to watch how others in this particular niche’ market do life & that means keeping our families fed. Watching Mary and the girls cook give me inspiration to use and I can then turn that into the fuel our families need in order to make our livelihoods survive.

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  57. Nicole Barlow on

    I love the simplicity of how she raises her children and provides food for her family. Mary is such a hard-working woman that truly inspires so many other mothers!
    She’s living my dream life maybe one day I’ll have a little farm :) but for now I’ll live my farm dreams through her Instagram post and her cookbook!

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  58. Brenda Huff on

    How inspiring that this family is living their dream! There is hope for us all!

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  59. Jessica on

    Its incredible coming from the Bay Area also that someone took this chance. The family is awesome to follow and the food looks DEVINE!

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  60. Amber on

    I have followed Mary for years now and continue to be inspired by all she is able to accomplish. She never seems to run out of ideas and always has me ready to try something new!

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  61. Rachael McClendon on

    It’s hard to narrow down what is most inspiring. I love how they went with their “ knowing” and not what was most conventional and safe. I love that she is sharing this dream with the people she loves the most. Seeing the confidence, the capability and growth in her children has to be rewarding beyond measure. There is hard ,manual labor and long days behind those smiles which foster immense respect among each member of that household. I love seeing people go for it! Congrats to not settling and showing your family there is more out there than we were trained to accept

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  62. KaCee Bloom on

    What inspires me the most about Five Mary’s is how they are raising wild and independent children! I love their creativity and determination. It’s something I’m trying to instill in my own parenting.

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  63. Laura Ruotsalainen on

    Moving and living in the country inspires many ideas and dreams. Five Mary’s gives hope, inspiration and solid steps to take the dreams and inspirations to reality!! Thank you for this insight.

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  64. Lisa on

    Love this! Not sure how I discovered Five Marys but the story hooked me from the start. So inspired by Mary’s story of evolution from suburban life in the Bay Area to ranching in a small town. And they built a thriving business with their 4 girls? Inspiration abounds…especially inspired by the connection she has made to customers and community through sharing her story.

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  65. Shari on

    We have been following Mary and her fam for years! My 13yo daughter (also a Maisy) loves watching the girls and all that they do! Mary’s work ethic and sweet, kind spirit inspire me every single day!

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  66. Kimberly on

    I enjoy watching them live the whole lifestyle of ranching, their family, the animals & babies born & projects they are working on.

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  67. Jenifer on

    I have been following the Mary’s for a few years now! We lived in suburbia and dreamed of owning our own farm back in the Midwest. I used to show Mary’s IG Live to the kids to inspire them for our someday farm, they loved it! We now live in the Midwest, have our farm, signed up for ranch school and continue to follow them. I admire their hard work ethic, the girls enthusiasm to embrace the lifestyle and help out, how Mary & Brian balance their marriage/work/life and her drive as a female business owner. They’re amazing!!

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  68. Melinda Colovich on

    What a great interview! My girls all share the same middle name so I feel a little kinship to Mary in that way. Homeschool, homesteading and still trying to figure out entrepreneurship over the last 15 years of marriage. Mary and the M5 Fam are a true inspiration for me!

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  69. Mary on

    I’m inspired. Mary’s ability to observe the world around her rises above most because when her awareness detected a need, she took to task to find a solution for it. Not everyone is equipped with the confidence to believe in their ideas and to do what needs to be done, let alone to be fearless enough to change their life’s course to implement the necessary changes. Mary and her family have done this time and again, but he real joy I feel is from their willingness to share ideas, ideals, solutions, and successes with those in their immediate community, social media community, and nationally.
    Farm and Ranch work is as demanding as it gets because no living thing thrives without having certain basic needs met, and that’s a 24/7/365 commitment. To do it to their personal standards is a step (or 20) above. They are makers, creators, and they share with us all. How lucky are we that 5 MARY’S Ranch exists? Very!

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  70. Rebecca Byrne on

    I’m inspired by the courage and grace that is evident in such a huge lifestyle change that Mary and her family have undertaken. They’ve worked so hard as any entrepreneur and business owner does. I love that it’s a whole family endeavor. No separation from life and work for this family. It all mixes and does so beautifully. Hats off to Five Marys Farm. May it always be a place of thriving and peace!

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  71. Susie Howell on

    Such an inspiration to see a new generation teach the next how to live from the land. Your daughters will have such knowledge of real life as opposed to having things handed to them. I also don’t know when you sleep!

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  72. Mallory Sanders on

    I love the comment Mary made about enjoying the process/journey, instead of always looking at the finish line. Meeting a goal and accomplishing something is wonderful, but there is so much joy in the journey too!

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  73. Sadie on

    I love everything about the Heffernans! I started following to watch them build their dreams years ago and stayed for so many reasons. Their strength as a married couple and as a family unit. The love that oozes out of all of them – immediate family and beyond. The way they compassionately and humanly raise their animals all while keeping it very real with their children. The daily stories, the girls silliness, the rodeo stories, the remodeling inspiration, the recipes. I just adore them ❤️

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  74. Rachel M. on

    AUTHENTICITY FOR THE WIN!!!!

    More than anything, people crave a genuine connection- Mary’s right, it is like the good ole days in a sense, because even on social media, people are searching for and can’t get enough of the accounts and stories that scream “authenticity”! Congratulations Mary on the new cookbook, on a choosing to follow your dreams and for taking the rest of us along the journey with you! Thank you! 👏🏻☺️

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  75. Erica K. on

    Mary and her family have inspired me to want to live a simpler life. They have shown that hard work pays off and is very rewarding. She has helped me to encourage my son who wants to one day start his own business. She has given us the tools to succeed.

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  76. Katy on

    What an act of vulnerable generosity to write a book like this. Thanks team, looking forward to it!

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  77. Brenda Colvin on

    I love to see how the girls do so much to help around the ranch. I’ve been following 5Marys on IG for a couple of years now. I am amazed by how hard they work…from sun up to beyond sundown. I don’t know HOW they find the energy! I love their story and can’t wait to see what comes next. I also enjoy how Mary also educates us about what we’re watching, i.e. why Brian is doing this to the cow or why they have to do this or that at this time. Love it!!

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  78. Amanda Nowell on

    I’ve been following 5 Mary’s for a while. What I love so much about what they are doing, is how involved their kiddos are. To raise kids who know how to do it all is what I hope for too!! We moved to a small country town and it gives me so much hope that my kids are able to learn a fraction of this! Next will be Ranch school. I love the simplicity of farm life and how beautiful your photos are ! You bring joy to such a chaotic time.

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  79. Jennifer on

    I use them as a daily reminder that kids and work can and should integrate. As someone slowly getting into farming on my own for once instead of for someone else, I am constantly figuring out how to bring my kids into the day rather than separate the two aspects. Perspective and patience are something I see in their IG stories each day and it inspires me to let go, learn and love it all.

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  80. Christina Va’a-Lopez on

    Honestly seeing their commitment of ensuring how much their animals are cared for while still maintaining an environmentally impact on their soil is what truly inspires me to one day do the same for my future ranch.

    Thank you both for showing us daily on your Instagram page that there is so much more to hanging a business while raising a family and ranch.

    Your true superhero’s.

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  81. Debra Lotz on

    It’s refreshing to see your family working together, education at its best as life experiences. I recently learned about your ranch and am excited to learn more about you and your family. I have followed the restoration of the house and am in awe! And most of all, I love to see all your posts with your girls helping out and loving ranch living. Your family gives hope to my family.

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  82. Shari on

    Do I have to pick a favorite inspiration from Mary?! Because I truly am inspired, but no just inspired I’m hopeful. We’re currently in the suburbs, but we are country bumpkins at heart. I follow Mary because each and every time I watch a story or read a post, I learn something new and I have the opportunity to see what our ranch story will be like one day. When I watch stories, I’m inspired by her dedication and work ethic, to never give up, to never stop chasing your dreams and to pursue it wholeheartedly. Mary, you are an amazing mother, which I also aspire to be one day. So for me, Mary isn’t just some cute lady with sheeps and cows (piggies too) chasing four amazing girls, she’s someone I look up to and respect. She is a friend, a mentor, and my beacon for hope!! Mary, you are an amazing woman! Thank you for sharing your story!!

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  83. Madison McGrew on

    I love watching FiveMary’s stories on Instagram she is always inspiring. I love how the book includes farm to table meats and recipes!!! Mary does a lot around the farm and keeping things in order but she is always cooking and I find that to be the most inspiring!

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  84. Deb Spera on

    My husband and I drove our daughter to college up in Portland and on the way home stopped in Fort Jones so I could see for myself what I imagine when I watch Mary and Brian raise their girls and work the land. I am such a fan. From the checking of baby calves to arena night cookouts, this family has captured my attention and heart. Now I’m rooting for every rodeo win and dreaming about the day when Covid is over and I can take a cooking retreat . Keep it up guys. You inspire.

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  85. Leanne on

    I met my husband when I worked as a wrangler at his parent’s ranch for the summer. They sadly lost that property as part of the 2008 crash, and I think seeing how this family has been able to bring together old world/traditional farming with the digital age is really inspiring. It’s also evident that this whole operation reflects their values. Amazing to learn – thanks for highlighting!

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  86. Carly on

    I love the encouragement and love that Mary shares with her everyday farm life. I love following her insta stories and I can’t wait to learn more in her cookbook. Her and her family is truly and inspiration and how’s that anything can be done!

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  87. Ruth Ann on

    I love watching your girls work on ranch. They have such heart and a great work ethic. It’s so fun to see your whole family work together.

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  88. Amy Dawson on

    What a true inspiration in the middle of a pandemic! Couldn’t love their families story anymore! ❤️ Everything from leaving the big city 🌃 to all their girls sharing the name Mary, the humane treatment of their animals, their business approach.. everything is truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing their story Erin.

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  89. Susan on

    Everyday all five Marys and Brian delight and inspire. Thank you!

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  90. Roberta Johnston on

    Who doesn’t love Five Mary’s Farm?!! Their not only growing a beautiful company but more importantly they are growing a beautiful family! They are teaching their girls about work ethics, loving and giving back to the land and nurturing and caring for the things God has blessed their family with. Her cookbook is going to be a wonderful addition to any home ❤️❤️

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  91. Jamie on

    Mary is so impressive. I don’t understand how she gets so much done in one day. I can’t imagine all the hard work behind the scenes but it’s wonderful to see all she accomplishes.

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  92. Emily Herschberger on

    I love her simple lifestyle, and I would love to win the cookbook!

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  93. Leah B. on

    What an awesome family and book! I am so inspired to see a family raising young girls who are not afraid of hard work and a little (or a lot 😄) of dirt. Congratulations on the new book and thank you for sharing your story with all of us!

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  94. Ashley on

    I am really inspired how Mary follows what she loves and presents itself and can turn that into her business, from cookbook and restaurant to homeschooling. She is super authentic and it shows!

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  95. Taylor on

    Congratulations Mary- I love that you and your husband redefined your life to create more autonomy for the both of you- it is gutsy to abandon corporate practice and go in a different direction to make your family dreams a reality. I find the career shift with your life partner inspiring and I know you are fantastic role models for your children.

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  96. Lynn Schmidt on

    This is fantastic and truly inspirational. My family raises meat (turkey, pork, and beef), just enough to feed us, but it’s really fun and rewarding. It’s really inspirational to see a family going after their dream, working hard, and being successful. I’m excited to see the recipes!

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  97. Nancy on

    I started following earlier this year. I love how happy your family is living in a remote area and how everyone pitches in to help. You truly do love what you do and it shows in you and daughters smiling faces. I love how you share all the aspects, good and not so good which shows your authenticity. I would love to win a cookbook and win a scholarship to your entrepreneur program. Keep up the great work!

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  98. Candace Farley on

    I love watching the five Marys and Brian work together and really face each challenge with courage and love. It’s so inspiring to see that hard work pays off for every member of their family and to see that this dedication carries through in supporting their lives and the larger community. I look forward to each story and post!

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  99. Hannah Cooper on

    Mary inspires me the most with her determination and innovation! It’s amazing to see everything she comes up with on the ranch, in the kitchen, with her girls, etc. And I love how much she loves to help others, especially through their courses! It also inspires me to see how she’s raising her girls to not be afraid of hard work! All around, I love Mary and her family!

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  100. Angela on

    My father tried to make it as a first generation farmer 40 years ago & there was lots of trial & difficulty! It’s beautiful to see the ability to make a great living on a farm — and inspire others at the same time! I can’t wait to read the cookbook!

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  101. Sheri on

    I love that she is a woman and a farmer! I have a century farm that has been in my family for 6 generations and I am hoping to move their in the next 5 years and farm the land like it was farmed years ago…..including a family farm!!

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  102. Tamm Jones on

    I can’t get enough of their story!!! Love everything about what they are doing.

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  103. Jan Mackey on

    Wow! I love your story and want to learn more about you and your family, your way of life, and to help you grow. I see future gifting ideas in your products!

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  104. Kelly Chojnacki on

    I love watching her instagram stories everyday. It is so inspirational to see how they raise those cute girls and how those young girls know how to do so much that most adults will never learn to do, I love the simple way they live and they are always positive and a very hard working family. I have been following for years and I am always so excited for all these new adventures they start.

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  105. Ashton on

    I am most inspired by their amazing parenting!

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  106. Janelle ross on

    I have been dreaming about moving my family to the country for so long now, and the story really inspires me to believe that it can be done anytime! What a wonderful story and a beautiful family!

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  107. Erin on

    I love how much their family plays a role in their business, and I’m inspired by the fact that you can try something new, and learn a new business and craft and lifestyle, and be successful.

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  108. Shari Ripley on

    I am so inspired by her creative approach to business and their ability to build such a productive brand out of nothing. I hope to be at that level some day!

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  109. Lelia on

    I’m just so impressed by everything they do with kids! Having a handful of littles I know how difficult that is. :)

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  110. Ruth Beery on

    We have 5 children under 8 and all we’ve ever wanted for them (and us) is to raise them up to be independent and appreciative! This summer we got out our hands on some land and it really feels like these dreams of free-ranging our children, animals and our lives may actually come to fruition! Reading about Mary’s family all in a tiny cabin (and Erin’s 2acre business) has assured me that we can do this!!

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  111. Kayla R. on

    I’m inspired by the real ranch life and raising children in the country! Wonderful story!

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  112. Katie on

    I love the idea of cooking more authentic ranch raised meals for my family and friends from such an inspirational family.

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  113. Greta on

    What inspires me most about Mary is that she went from an education and career path that is so life consuming to one that is almost completely opposite, and did so with full gusto. She followed a dream and a life she wanted with her family and saw it to fruition! It was such a blessing to read her story as I had the same education and career goal of being a physician, and now as my family is changing, I’m trying to figure out if that’s really the life I want, but change and starting your own business, especially in farming is risky!

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  114. Beccy on

    Thank you for sharing! I love the choices they make to include their girls and all they learn working alongside mom and dad – this is so hard to duplicate in modern society.

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  115. Kayla on

    As a small business farmer and a mother, I love Mary’s dedication to teaching her family about ranching and life skills while incorporating “classroom” learning. I see similarities in the way that I was raised with a “you can do anything” attitude. Thanks, Mary!

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  116. Carmel on

    I love how opportunistic your family is. You seem resilient and ready to go for a challenge and a new opportunity to benefit your family and your community.

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  117. Kim Geer on

    I love what they did by having a dream and then expanding it as they grew. What a wonderful childhood the girls are getting and all the knowledge to take over someday or have their own businesses. I am newly retired and would love to learn more about small business ownership and growing herbs and flowers for profit. It’s wonderful how this business and floret have classes to share their wealth of knowledge!

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  118. Michelle Herrera on

    Everything inspires me. The true bond of the entire family, the daily dedication and commitment along with her Beautiful smile that makes you want more of it all daily..xo

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  119. Laurie Moudy on

    First, thank you Erin for sharing about your friend Mary! What an inspiring story! I love reading about dreams coming to fruition! We have a small farm that we are in the process of getting everything built, etc do we can have an educational farm. Our desire is to also have a flower nursery where we can offer varieties that you won’t find at some of the local big box stores or even at the local nurseries. Our children have had the privilege of living in Nicaragua, a third a world country, where we saw everything from the poorest to the weather live life. As a family, We learned so many valuable lessons while living there. These lessons spilled over into our lives now on the farm. Thank you for sharing your family, your knowledge and your love for teaching others! Looking forward to reading your new cookbook! Congratulations!

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  120. Larisa Oldenburger on

    It is great to see other ranches have big dreams and go for it. I love following five Mary’s on Instagram. Kids growing up on a ranch teaches them so many life lessons and responsibility. They are such an inspiration to a lot of people and I have learned a lot from them. Really hoping they can get their processing/butcher shop up and going soon. We need more small scale processing and butchering shops like them.

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  121. Danielle Eaton on

    This is awesome Mary! She is in an inspiration to mothers and girls! My youngest wants to be a farmer – as we are dipping our toe into gardening and chickens. So excited to get a copy of this book and be inspired!

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  122. Carolyn on

    The idea of “if I can’t find what I want, I’ll create it myself”, is very inspiring. I like that the whole family is involved. Cheers to many more years of success!

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  123. Judy T on

    I love Mary’s work ethic and how she shares the things she has learned during her time on the ranch. She is such an inspiration to so many young farm women!

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  124. Samantha Hebel on

    I am so inspired by Mary’s drive through good times and hard times all while raising the kids. Not only raising them on a farm but including them and teaching them through every day activities is amazing. I hope I can raise my boys the same with such patience and grace!

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  125. Terry Wright on

    I love the M5 farm. I love the seeing the seasons change. I love seeing this family work together so well. I am sure it is hard work that is never quite finished but they are enjoying the process which is a great way to approach life. God Bless them all.

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  126. Liz H on

    I love five Marys and so does my three year old. We watch her stories together and get to see farm life in a way we wouldn’t get to see otherwise. I find it inspiring that the whole family participates on the ranch and yet the kids have the freedom to bee themselves.

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  127. Nikki Jenkins on

    I have followed Mary’s story for several years now and she inspires me to be tough and not set a limit to what can be done! When I think something is maybe too tough for me I think of Mary and then I know I can do it!

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  128. Claire on

    What really inspires me each time I open Five Mary’s Instagram account and watch the Instagram stories is the genuine love they share as a family and how this love extends and overflows to all those who are a part of their lives and who interact with them. Each person and child and every animal or plant or flower – big or little is precious and valuable and respected.
    And the happiness and smiles and laughter make the hardest work a joy.
    Thank you so much Mary for being so much more than you could ever know.
    And God Bless and guide you and your family always.

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  129. Ingrid Sosa on

    I love your story and the wonderful life you have created for your family. I am a country girl myself but from a caribbean island. Seeing your pictures and recipes transports me into a life I can only dream of for now. I would love to be chosen for one of your prizes, I would share with family and friends and help spread your story and buisiness with them!

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  130. Erin on

    I’ve followed Mary since the beginning – we actually started our farms about 6 months apart from each other. She answered all of my heritage breed pork questions when we were starting out and then inspired me with her actions to just go for it. That’s probably my favorite thing about her. In a world so hesitant to do something new, Brian and Mary kick open the door and dive right in to each new experience.

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  131. Jacquelyn on

    Wow. Sounds like they are super hard workers and always coming up with something new to grow their business! Thanks for sharing about them!

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  132. Logan on

    We are planning to start our own cattle ranch in the next couple of years on land that my grandpa used for his cattle ranch. Watching Mary’s Instagram stories inspires and excites me even more about becoming a rancher! Thanks, Mary! Can’t wait to get your new cookbook!

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  133. Laurene Bissell on

    What inspires me about Mary’s farm is she is doing so much business and raising a family at the same time. Having everyone involved is so inspiring. I love the M5 ranch school. I love that 5Mary’s farm is promoting and educating the public about the value and return to natural living and eating. Thanks for sharing this Erin.

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  134. Catherine Soni on

    I just love having a peak into a ranch life! Seeing all the hard work that goes into running a farm is inspiring for sure. I don’t really live near any type of large farm or ranch so to see how things are run there is so neat to see and all the way on the other side of the country at that!

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  135. Brandie Fabian on

    I am one of five girls, the name of this farmer caught me right away and once I started following on Instagram I was hooked. I have fallen in love with this family and have learned so much along their journey. I love on the east coast and shipping cost are high from their farm to me but I have started buying meats locally. Learning what grass fed beef embodies has been an enlightening journey. Because of Mary and her family I would never even considered going back to store bought meat. I appreciate their family values and kindness to others and Mary’s spirit to serve Gods people in a way I believe only she can!

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  136. Aimee on

    You all have made the transition to all you do now so quickly(6 years!) and make it look so easy! 😅 Love the family ranch life!

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  137. Lisa Richmond on

    I am inspired in so many ways by Mary and her family . The leap of faith that she and “Foss” took ! What an example for all their girls . As a teacher who is navigating the waters of distance learning I am inspired and impressed with the start up of Farm School . I love how the girls are included in the teaching ( Tess scrambling eggs) what a insightful way of adapting to the world around us . This Friday in my google classroom I am teaching my alternate education high school students how to scramble eggs because of you and sharing your life do graciously on Instagram. Thank you , Mary for inspiring me to push the envelope. Every Friday I will be cooking with students !

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  138. Martha Ann Gannon on

    Being able to experience farm life through Five Marys is not only inspirational and educational but it’s wonderful to see Mary/Brian raising their girls in such a get your hands dirty and learn real life lessons kind of way. Can’t wait to get my hands on their cookbook.

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  139. Joy Kinard on

    I am always inspired with Mary’s genuine love of her family. Every chore, every meal, every business venture all points back to her love for them.

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  140. Erin on

    Gosh, Mary is such an inspiration in so many different ways as she runs SUCH a multifaceted business. It’s incredible!! But I think for me, the most inspiring thing is the way she believes in her girls and includes them in the work. It’s not a cute “follow me” thing where they sit and watch from a distance, but she truly entrusts the ranch to their care. It’s something I really aspire to on our homestead with young kids!

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  141. Daniell on

    I love that the family just got sick of the city and pretty much did a total life change overnight! My sister introduced me to their videos a few years back and you would never guess they hadn’t been lifelong farmers. Also, between house projects, refinishing furniture, cooking, school, farming , excellent business/marketing, and even bees, what can’t Mary do?!

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  142. Debbie on

    What doesn’t inspire me? Running a ranch, raising farm girls, running a business (multiple!), all with a smile! #goals

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  143. Tina on

    Congratulations on your book Mary! I love how authentic your family is! Thanks for showing America how to work hard!!

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  144. Kelsey on

    I love watching how their girls pitch in, find swimming holes, ride horses, and work hard. It’s so neat to see what confident young ladies they are building on their ranch!

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  145. Sharon Schierle on

    Mary, I’ve loved reading about your ranch & family online! You’re an inspiration, as is Erin, to GO FOR IT! Whether it’s family, animals, business — you do it with passion & it shows! I can’t wait to read your book and I hope to visit your restaurant one day soon.

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  146. Cheryl on

    I’ve been following 5 Marys for awhile now. I appreciate how much real ranch life they share. Their love & passion as a family for what they do is everything & it’s contagious!

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  147. Jennifer Doherty on

    What a wonderful and inspiring story of creating a small business and a way to connect to it!

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  148. susan florman on

    Love this! I really appreciate stories about people who choose to follow their hearts. It gives me hope about what’s possible!

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  149. Lyn Lee on

    Mary is such a beautiful representation of what a strong woman looks like in today’s world. Her business acuity shines through in every new endeavor she pursues and she does everything with passion and authenticity. She has a way of engaging with audiences around the world while educating them on where their food comes from. Above all else, she does all of that while raising the next generation of strong, independent women. I love following along on her family’s adventures!

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  150. Grace on

    I love watching how independent Mary and Brian’s girls are- so happy to see Floret Flowers cheering them on!

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  151. Bobbie OLeary on

    Mary and her family are my Little House on the Prairie each day. I love the genuine authenticity and family values that are shared through Five Marys daily IG stories. Mary inspires me to work hard, love my family, and live my dreams.

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  152. Heather on

    I like that they take the time to educate others.

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  153. Sarah T on

    I think so many of us dream big but fear gets in the way. The fear of failure. It is so inspiring to see people, particularly women, believing in themselves and what they have to offer, making big life changes, and creating something beautiful. It’s a lot of hard work, but so inspiring to see where it all leads!

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  154. Michelle Vrbas on

    I am drawn to Mary’s drive to build something that requires nonstop hard work and turns out a quality product that will feed and nourish so many people. Not only that, but doing it with her whole family by her side is amazing. I’ve been dreaming of having my own small farm for a couple of years now and just enjoy hearing of others’ journeys. Congratulations Mary and May you and your family have continued success! 😊🙏

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  155. Kim on

    Mary’s courage to pursue her dreams is inspirational. Her family values and strong work ethic are awe inspiring.

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  156. Susan on

    Mary, I am always so impressed when families work together. Love, hard work, and fun bonds a family in such a unique way. It’s what builds a stronger world! Congratulations!

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  157. Claire Harrika on

    I love that there are people dedicated to providing a quality product to us and do more than just care about the profit. It is encouraging to see such a beautiful farm and a beautiful family.

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  158. Carolyn on

    I love following 5 Mary’s! My girls and I have watched ‘cows’ almost daily for 4 years:)
    I’m most inspired by their commitment to each other and their families. It’s so obvious they love and respect each other and the animals! I also LOVE that the girls are hard workers but they are experiencing true childhood! It can’t get any better then being barefoot, riding horses, river dips and spending quality time with Mom, Dad and Sisters! I have to add -their relationship with Foss melts my heart!!

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  159. Josie on

    Wow that was a good interview! I especially love it because you are both so encouraging to the small entrepreneur. ❤️ I want to find a way to help my husband get away from his hard labor job and get into something that fulfills and inspires us both. By the time he is ready to retire he will be to physically broken down to enjoy it. We are buying my childhood home in Allegany Oregon 17 miles out of town on an acre with its own personal waterfall. I want to find a way to turn our acre plot into our livelihood! Mary as well as you Erin inspire me! I will definitely check out her online courses and have already signed up for yours Erin! The five Mary’s ranch courses by John are also something I look forward to checking out with my littles. You all are hard workers job well done! I would be honored to try some of your meats and discover new recipes. Thank you for sharing another wonderful account with us Erin!

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  160. Lauren on

    I’m inspired by their commitment to dream big and to model that kind of entrepreneurial spirit with their whole family!

    Best of luck everyone.

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  161. Lauren on

    Honestly, Mary’s ability to go along with the flow and to keep a positive attitude about life really inspires me!!

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  162. Holly G on

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work as hard as Mary, Brian, and their girls! They’re pretty inspiring! (And bonus: my kids love their baby animal videos on Instagram)

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  163. Amanda on

    For me it’s always how Mary seems so laid back but it’s obvious she’s super busy and has more irons in the fire than most people could ever dream of! I also love the way she shares pretty much every aspect of their lives, from birth to death.

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  164. Bernadette Yang on

    I am amazed at how hard the whole family works together to make their farm/businesses successful. We don’t eat too much meat in general, but have ordered boxes from 5 Mary’s and their meat is delicious.

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  165. Lynn on

    When you have five Mary’s on one ranch the room for competition is there. Each Mary learns a trade from another Mary and independent growth starts to flourish until one is better at something over another. Generations of strong independent woman grew out of girls and the group as a whole becomes one. Roam on you young pioneers.

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  166. Roxann Hadley on

    What inspires me most?:
    *Beautiful smiles that glow with the satisfaction of hard work, deep commitment, and a dream fulfilled by working hard inspire me as I seek to do the same.
    *The fact The 5 Mary’s are the essence of the American Dream and work hard to produce a product rather than simply be a consumer.
    *The hope they give others that -through hard work, commitment, and purpose – it is possible to achieve your dreams! #dreambig

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  167. Kathy Shay-Shapiro on

    I love five Mary’s. I follow her stories everyday. I wish I was younger and had kids to do Five Mary’s school too. This family is so down to earth and loving to each other. I learn about farm life everyday. I am very excited about this cookbook.

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  168. Mindy Taylor on

    I think what inspired me most about Mary is her pure joy of living her passion. I love getting to learn and experience what farm life is like. So so excited for this cookbook.

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  169. Kathy Bigelow on

    We homeschool and look forward to learning with the M5 Ranch school. The workshops sound so much fun for the kids.

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  170. Christi Bunn on

    Love that they designed their own butchery! What an inspiring journey!!

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  171. Mary! on

    You first introduced me to Mary and M5 from your account. They were giving out packages of their ground beef to those effected by the fires. I was intrigued by their generosity and began to follow the account. They have become one of my top 5 to follow. What an inspiring family hard workers!

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  172. Laura Nguyen on

    I love how the whole family works together and the girls are living such an adventure minus so many distractions.

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  173. Bella Moore on

    I’m inspired by Mary’s courage to leave her old way of
    Life in Silicone Valley to her new adventure back to the land! I also love the name Mary and how her girls have that beautiful name. My mom’s Name is Mary!

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  174. Norma on

    So inspired by their involvement/commitment to their immediate community but also how they bring us along and make us feel connected. Of course those ranch views are appreciated too! 🤞🏽

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  175. Ashley Johnson on

    I’m inspired but M5 not only identifying the need for quality meat but then taking action and making it happen, even though that meant a totally new direction for life!

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  176. Emma Conrad on

    I look forward to seeing a day in the life of their farm on instagram everyday, I have followed Mary for a few years now and her and her family inspire me in many ways! Mary and the girls show how tough women are and how hard work can be done by a women and even children! Her family inspires me to live a simple life and to get outdoors and don’t be afraid to get dirty because the hard work pays off ! I love how mary and the girls always have smiles on their faces and seem so content and happy even through the hard work!

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  177. Mitchg on

    I’m inspired by her seemingly unending energy!

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  178. Christine on

    I love the heart and desire to grow a spirit of independence and capability in the girls, especially seeing the necessity as they work towards the family goals. It’s encouraging to see the hospitality in the Cooking and Cocktails class where everyone is invited to join into the ranch routine! Her vision to invest in the community, to be a landing spot of inviting warmth and welcome is such an inspiration especially in this season of wariness towards strangers.

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  179. Megan on

    It’s inspiring to hear how far they’ve come!

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  180. Nathan Borcherdt on

    How she juggles it all. Truly amazing! Every day it blows me away!

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  181. Kaye on

    I love to follow Five Marys! I actually feel like I’m a part of their family (is that creepy???). Their meat is delicious, I read Mary’s book about raising children and I subscribed to Farm School for my 18 month old granddaughter. (ok, so that may be for me too). Just love this family so much!

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  182. Denise Hamilton on

    Her book is beautiful. I am inspired by her hard work and vision and how she balances this with prioritizing her family.

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  183. Amber Bell on

    Her dedication to family and community!

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  184. Gabrielle Marie on

    To see her and her daughters thriving and moving forward in such an old school way is so damn encouraging. Me and my three daughters are all Marie’s and having followed them on Ig for the last few years, I’ve always looked up to her for inspiration in raising kids and raising businesses. I’d *love* to have her new cookbook. I’d really love to try the meat box too!

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  185. Linda on

    The work ethic of this family is truly inspirational! Brian and Mary are excellent role models for their 4 daughters who have benefited and will continue to do so as they continue on their paths to adults. So much good stuff happens daily on the M5 Ranch!

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  186. Brianna on

    I’m inspired by her work ethic; her dedication toward doing what’s right for her family, the land, her neighbors, and the animals; and her love for a good Sidecar!

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  187. Lynda Manning on

    Oh love the look of this recipe book and their wonderful life style. I am from New Zealand but I would like to put my cousin in L.A. in for a chance to win as she is off a farm in NZ and misses delish meat! Congratulations.

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  188. Joanna on

    Passionate about farm life, family, and food Enjoyed the interview.

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  189. Rebekah on

    I watch her Instagram stories every night before bed. I joke and say I can’t go to sleep without see what FiveMarys is up to. But I’m inspired by how they are raising their girls. I have been encouraged to expect my kids to be able to do more!

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  190. Michelle Rhodes on

    Wow! I’m so impressed with everything that Mary and her family have accomplished. It’s wonderful to see how her daughters are involved in working and learning on the farm which will enable them to be strong entrepreneurial adults in the future. Thanks so much for sharing The Five Marys story.

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  191. Julie Robillard on

    I have followed Mary and her family for a couple of years on Instagram. I love seeing the daily ranch life and learn a lot along the way. My favorite things to see are Tess pulling piglets and the big girls perfecting their rodeo skills. But you also see the downside of ranch life, like the loss of one of their beloved livestock guardian dogs, or a predator in with the herd. Always something to learn at Five Marys! I look forward to what they have in store with the “big house” now in full use!

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  192. Ashley on

    I love this family! Their drive and ambition is incredibly inspiring. After seeing her big house remodel I am totally motivated to finish some of my own home projects!

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  193. Julie on

    Many have big ideas and big dreams but so few have the courage and drive to take that first step. Even fewer build a life around that dream and achieve such success. What an amazing and fulfilling life for you and your beautiful family!

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  194. Kay Clark on

    I just love watching Mary and her family accomplish so much every day. They all inspire me to have more energy and do just a little bit more.

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  195. Sarah Steidinger on

    How can I pick one thing?? I’ve followed her for a long time. The hard work, effort, dedication, beauty in the ranch life while raising 4 babies. So beautiful.

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  196. Annie Campbell on

    When I think of Five Marys I think of 2 words… authenticity and education. The way they openly share their ranching life invites the consumer to learn so much! It’s such a joy to learn about a way of life so different from mine, but so connected, in a way, through the animals they raise, and the public purchases.

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  197. Tammy P on

    I’m inspired by their girls! They are always willing to get in and get their hands dirty to help out on the farm. (Tess and delivering the pigs for example!)

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  198. Andrea G. on

    I have been following 5 Marys for about a year now and have been inspired by her work/life/family/dreaming-up-new-ideas balance and her never-ending idea generating mind! (Ranch School is the latest) I also love how they are raising their kids! It’s inspiring! (So are you Erin!)

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  199. Angel on

    Mary has so many ideas and projects, I love following along on Instagram to see what she and her family are up to next!

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  200. Stephanie on

    I’ve been following FiveMarysFarm for a couple of years now and I’m so amazed at how it has evolved. Mary’s entrepreneurship is exhibited by all the different outlets she’s created to open her family and farm to the public. I am most encouraged by the support each family member, even the children, gives to each other and that they make time to uplift each other. Whether it’s Brian going off fishing for a weekend to rest or Mary, finally getting a new kitchen! Oh, and their meat is fantastic. The care is portrayed by the taste and the marbleing of the beef! So amazing!

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  201. Danielle on

    I am inspired by her energy, commitment, and passion to “honor the lives of the animals we raise” – and to teach others to do the same! So important and so beautiful.

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  202. Deb Gjersvold on

    An inspiration for sure… I’ve been blessed to following five Mary’s on Instagram, for some time now. Just ask my girls, I’m always showing them what’s going on, on the ranch😊 Mary is the real deal, she and Brian show what families strive to be, GOD fearing, hard working, team playing, and neighborly. So much so that love exudes in all they do. I too live in California, but a completely different part. The differences are great between ranch life and Orange County, I think that’s what makes them all so special and inspirational. Many thanks to them all for letting us get an inside look at their lives and the love they have for each other and the work that they do together.

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  203. Tammy on

    What inspires me most? It’s how the girls work and are independent and sure of themselves. They love to have fun but also know when to get things done! And who doesn’t love Mary’s sidekick, Dixie!!!!! 🤍

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  204. Rebecca Tempski on

    I love seeing Mary and the girls on the ranch. I just became a momma and she’s inspired me to raise kids that are resourceful, hard working and life loving! I can’t wait to get a copy of the cookbook for my family!

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  205. Galicia on

    Love her and her instagram! Such an inspiration!

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  206. Missy Singer DuMars on

    I think I’m most inspired by HOW MUCH Mary and their family pack into a day as well as how much they’ve diversified their business ventures. I love the girls and how they’re growing into such capable young women due to how Mary and Heff foster their curiosity.

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  207. Diana Bockus on

    I love the authenticity. I would loveeee to live back in the country, raising animals and teaching our (future) kids what it’s like to grow up on a farm. I grew up on a farm and it was absolutely the best way to grow up.

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  208. Samantha Berger on

    The Five Mary’s family inspires me daily. They show the hard work that goes into farming and running multiple businesses. They prove that it is possible to make a living farming in this century and how much better it is to live the simple life.

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  209. Jen on

    What inspires me… getting back to the good ole days of knowing who is working so hard to provide for others. In addition, building their own facility to have complete control and honor their cattle. That’s amazing. That’s inspiring.

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  210. Lauren on

    I love how they’ve got their kids involved so they can learn and grow and also teach!

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  211. Dorita Lollar on

    Bottom Line…I Absolutely Love 5 Mary Farms…with my coffee first thing Every morning I go right to her stories…at night the last thing I look at are her stories.
    I guess I’m living the Ranch Farm life vicariously through Mary and her Precious family…I’ve never seen a family with so many irons in the fire so to speak…it has put a little spunk in me and I’m loving it…Thank You from the bottom of my heart❤️❤️

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  212. Sean O’Brien on

    Mary and her gang are awesome! I’m part of the M5 Entrepreneur group and have built my business based on these concepts. Mary strives to educate others!

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  213. Kirsten Bray on

    I have been following Mary and the girls for a few years now. It is the highlight of my day and I save her stories to watch before I go to bed each night. I am in awe of what amazing parents Mary and Brian are and deeply value the close connections they have with the rest of their families. I tried to raise smart kind and independent daughters but sure wish I had had Mary and the girls as role models at that time! I love Mary’s passion about everything she does and trust me
    It shows!! It is now on my bucket list in life to be able to someday eat at the Burgerhouse, have a sidecar and if I’m really lucky get to meet the family and maybe get to see the ranch!! I’d even shovel poop and clean pig stalls!! Congratulations on the new book! I can’t wait to get mine!!

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  214. Jean Skemp on

    I love how you allowed your daughters to become so independent at such a young age. Thank you for sharing your story. Can’t wait to try your recipes!!

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  215. Kathy Hefferline on

    Your passion for pursuing what you believe in and raising your family in the environment you feel is the best for them! Bravo!

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  216. Melissa on

    Watching them on Instagram allows me to appreciate even more the hard work farmers put in so that so many of us can have farm fresh meat. Their meat is really second to none. It’s also great to watch the entire family get involved in the process.

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  217. Anna on

    I love how engaged the kids are and her comment about realizing they didn’t need her to do everything for them!

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  218. Stacy Green on

    Regardless of the trials, they deal with difficulties as a family. Encouraging one another and bringing out the strengths in one another. That’s what I admire about Five Marys and hubby and crew!

    I want to introduce my sister in law to this family but bummed she won’t get to experience the progression I’ve gotten to witness by following them for some time.

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  219. Beth Snively on

    Lovely story! I think it’s so great they took a chance on their dreams and made it happen. It’s very inspiring and I love the story behind the name?

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  220. Marissa Rice on

    Where to start! So inspired on how they have made this a whole family business! I love thought of the legacy they are leaving for their kiddos!

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  221. Sydney Smith on

    Mary’s dedication to staying true to herself and her dreams inspires me!! Thank you for sharing this ❤️

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  222. Susie Stuvland on

    What inspires me most about 5 Mary’s Farm is how positive she is, but also completely authentic!! I grew up on a dude ranch in Eastern Oregon and absolutely believe in ranch life and all that it has to offer and Mary captures a lot of what is real in ranch life! Her success is also inspiring to keep growing our cut flower farm!! Thank you for the great interview!! ❤️

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  223. Robin Habing on

    I admire the way Mary and her family don’t just talk the talk, they walk it also! She is very inspiring in her do it attitude!

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  224. Melissa Curzon on

    Raising your family on a working farm is such an inspiration for a lady from the suburbs.

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  225. Rachel on

    I think that’s called taking the bull by the horns. Know what you want to do, then do it!

    Love the life you live.

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  226. Jen on

    I love following Five Marys Instagram, and look forward to Mary’s posts! She is inspiring in so many ways, especially how they raise their girls on the ranch, teach them about running a ranch and all it takes, and still makes it fun for others to watch and learn as well!

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  227. Lori Bochner on

    I love the commitment to family. Truly inspirational story!

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  228. Kathryn Beran on

    I’m inspired by chasing your dreams and not shying away from the hard work it takes to get there 💪🏼

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  229. Amy Claborn on

    I’m new to FiveMary’s but it looks like she is an amazing business woman! The cookbook looks great and I would love to win!

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  230. Kristy on

    It is so inspiring see how they work together as a family. I love the glimpse into ranch life and all their other businesses.

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  231. Tammy on

    I was first inspired by Mary when she started all these small businesses here in Los Altos, like the Makery and Bumble! But now, I am even more inspired by the farm she and her husband have created. I am a big fan of anything she creates!

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  232. Maggie Wolcott on

    I love the story of the path Mary and her husband took to get to their current ranch and business. There is so much care and thought in their work!

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  233. Jordan Bahler on

    What inspires me the most about Mary and their farm is the focus on family and authenticity. She is real, farm life can be rough and she doesn’t sugarcoat it, but she respects the hard work and the process. It’s so fascinating to catch a glimpse into the real work that goes into producing quality livestock. And it’s awesome to see her girls help out. ♥️

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  234. Annie on

    I love Mary’s positive attitude and how the girls are involved in all aspects of ranch life. They are an inspiration to me!

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  235. Lizzie on

    I loved how Mary talked about trying to connect to “the good old days” when you knew and trusted your local producers. Working in the food industry is so enlightening to how broken the systems can be. But I absolutely think Mary has the right idea, and I would love to try her meats!

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  236. Shu-Jean on

    I’m inspired by Mary’s energy and how hard she and her family work to achieving their dreams and goals.

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  237. Missy on

    I love this interview. Two women who work hard to promote their product/craft and get take the time to support each other. You are both amazing examples to us all. I loved learning more about Mary. Thanks for
    the great interview.

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  238. Bri H on

    What I love most about 5 Mary’s farm and Mary is her drive for success but not just herself but others around her. I love watching her teach her girls and they way they get right in there and are able to do it all! What an inspiring family. Love the story behind their beginning and how it had grown into a very successful business but more importantly a lifestyle! Great job!

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  239. Emily on

    What inspires me most about Mary and her farm is how they work as such a strong family unit! The teamwork within them is on a level to which others can and should aspire too!

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  240. Phyllis Horn on

    Wow!! Where to start. 5 Mary’s is my favorite account to follow, because they are so real!!! Nothing is staged. Mary always has a smile on her face no matter what she is tackling for the day, and this woman has tons of energy. Great family!!! love how all the girls chip in to help out from lettering ear tags for the baby calves to delivering newborn piglets. Mary and her husband make a great team. She always make time to spend with him on their busy ranch even if its out feeding cows or being the gate girl.

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  241. Lisa Stansell on

    I love following this amazing family and seeing all their attributes! My favorite thing though is seeing all the people they impact, including me!! Everyday there is something new and exciting to read about and I love how they are inspiring people of all ages!!

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  242. Elizabeth Scheller on

    Entrepreneurship requires courage. It is a brave soul who ventures into a new chapter of life, but it must be so satisfying to experience the positive outcomes daily with your family, local community, and your customers. I would love to possess just a small amount of your courage. Your story is inspiring!

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  243. Robin Scott on

    For a long time my daughter and her young family and I, have been dreaming of farming, but circumstances have kept us in the dreaming stage. But, Mary and her family are living proof you should just step out into the unknown and take a chance and believe in your dreams. They’re truly inspiring. The most important aspect tho, is they’re very real and explaining that it’s work and not a walk in the park. Thank you sincerely.

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  244. Charlotte Chumlea on

    Exciting, inspirational, energizing can best describe the history of the Five Marys enterprises.

    Even in my 70’s I feel challenged and motivated to follow new dreams. Having recently acquired a new farm in Virginia, my partner/attorney are developing a small homestead and ranch with a focus on flowers, vegetables, poultry, bees, and beef. He retired from his thriving practice in San Fransisco to a country life in Virginia. How I wish we were both 30 years younger!

    Another coincidence: As the third of now five Charlottes, I especially appreciate your tribute to the women in your family named Mary. My daughter, the fourth Charlotte, has continued our tradition by naming her eldest daughter Charlotte. She was the fifth Charlotte to sleep in the heirloom “Charlotte bed” in my home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Congratulations to you and your family as you follow your dreams!

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  245. Margaret Thorson on

    Really fascinating. I love reading about people and their farms.

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  246. Tara on

    I love all the problem solving aspect of the business.

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  247. Tiffany H. on

    I follow Mary on Instagram and I’m constantly impressed by the family’s dedication to the animals they raise and the way they mix fun and education into everything they do. You never have to guess at what is going on in their world, you feel the love in all of her posts and she makes you feel like you’re riding shotgun for all of the adventures.

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  248. Jessie on

    I am inspired by Mary’s entrepreneurial drive. I’m excited to learn more about her and her ranch!

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  249. Karen Usher on

    Dedication to healthy animals and regenerative grazing practices, as well as raising their kids in the dirt!!!

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  250. Leann Case on

    Such an inspiration to other women who wear many hats! Amazing!

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  251. Lesley Clark on

    I’ve been following Five Mary’s Farms for several years now and she inspires me every day. From her ability to take action from inspiration and put things in motion with her girls and husband- it makes me want to get up and do things. I was incredibly impressed that her girls were driving and so able to help around the farm at such a young age and this has inspired me to invite my young nieces to help out more rather than coddle them and do everything for them- which can be taxing – plus, they love helping! The daily stories and projects in addition to feeding and caring for the animals make it so interesting. I can’t wait to see what’s next with the test kitchen and butchery and with all the people and businesses she helps and shares. I also discovered your beautiful Floret farms a while back when she reposted your post of receiving meat and a note… it’s been ages! Thank you for sharing this amazing interview. Sending all my best to all!

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  252. Amy on

    In today’s crazy world, it’s both grounding and inspiring to remember that there are people out there, hustling + running companies, who are choosing to not only process values but to live them, too. Grateful to see the authenticity woven in to the fabric of who they are as individuals and as an organization.

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  253. Michelle Raineri on

    So inspirational!! Love her dedication, commitment and passion!!

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  254. Amy Taylor on

    I love that Mary is so open with her story on Instagram and mentoring through the M5 Small Business from Scratch course. Super inspirational and it’s really great to see such a focus on the rest of farm life for consumers.

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  255. Jean Sims on

    The work ethic of the entire FiveMarys family & crew inspires me. They work hard, but they play just as hard too. What an awesome life!

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  256. Susan on

    I love the family team! The girls are so independent and seem to always have a smile along with the I can do it attitude. I’m sure there is some sibling rivalry but they way they support one another is so refreshing! Best wishes to your family and all your hard earned dreams.

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  257. Olitsa Robbins on

    What inspires me is their willingness to just got for it!

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  258. Nicole on

    I’m inspired that they make the time to mentor others with everything else they have on their plate!

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  259. Jane B on

    I have been following Mary on Instagram for about a year. The way that the family does everything together and the joy they show in the everyday chores, the birth of lambs, piglets & calves, the hard work and fun times is so inspiring. We buy all of our meats from local farmers we found though our farmers markets. Their business model is sustainable & good for farm families and their communities.

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  260. Ally on

    I’ve followed the two of your accounts for so long now (since earrrrly Instagram days for me) and I had no idea you two knew each other – makes sense! I absolutely love following along the Five Marys journey – I always feel like I get a peek inside what’s really happening on the ranch, not just the big exciting moments, but the special quiet moments too. And aren’t those the best? Keeps me dreaming of moving out to the country, that’s for sure.

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  261. Kerry on

    Love this story and family! Most inspiring to me is Mary and Heff’s guts – both in dreaming big and jumping in to take action. They accomplish so much and impact so many due to these characteristics along with their gracious support of each another in their marriage and business. I also have to mention that their rising four daughters to be so confident and capable by trusting and endowing them with significant responsibility is a great lesson for our generation!

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  262. Suann on

    I love this family and story. Having been raised on a beef farm myself in rural Michigan I feel a kinship to their love of the simpler life. There isn’t a better place to grow up and I will be forever grateful ….as I’m sure the girls will be as they look back as adults. 💕

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  263. Ashley Wegner on

    Wow! I’ve heard of Five Mary’s Farm here and there, but this interview really fascinated me. I LOVE how she’s keeping a legacy alive by naming her girls Mary- (I myself have a 7th generation Paul). I’m so inspired by her life story and success. Juggling several species of animals is no picnic, especially when you’re trying to raise them humanely and not just as an inventory item. I’ve GOT to get this cookbook, we’ve recently added sheep and swine to our farm and the recipes look right up our alley!

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  264. Debbie Helton on

    I check Mary’s Instagram account multiple times throughout the day. I am so inspired by every aspect of their lives on the farm. I am blown away by how mature the girls are and how they just jump in where they are needed. The life lessons they are learning are so powerful and beautiful! In a world where babies and young children are handed electronic devices to “calm” them and “teach” them, it is refreshing to see kids devoid of these devices and living life to the fullest and learning by doing! I also love how they make sure that all of the animals are treated humanely and live their best life until it is their time. It has helped me to make better choices in the food that I buy and to really think about how animals are raised and treated in this process and for that I am so thankful!

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  265. Megan vereb on

    I love how her children are so strong!!! Such great parenting, I’m envious of farm life for my kiddos! The recipes in her book look so good!

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  266. Aubrey on

    Being a small family farmer myself, I love to watch how Mary and her family navigate ranching on a daily basis. She inspires me to look for opportunities to grow our business.

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  267. Renee on

    I’m so impressed by folks like Mary and her family, who have a vision of what they want their family life to look like and take action to make it happen! Love it!

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  268. Susan on

    This is a great example of how hard work and taking a leap of faith can turn into something so rewarding. Would love to visit their place someday!

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  269. Sally Pietrafitta on

    I love the childhood your girls get to have. Raising kids on a farm has to be the best way to teach them both empathy and grit, which I think we all need more of. It’s such a wholesome and loving environment with lots of hard work!

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  270. Susan on

    I love how the family works so hard and Mary always is smiling!

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  271. Li on

    Such a beautiful story. I am inspired! I live on a small parcel of land in the country. We have a pig, some chickens and 3 heads a cattle. A far cry from Five Marys but I’ve named our little place after all my girls too, who all have the Hawaiian word for bird in their names (as do I).

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  272. Jean Nelson on

    I’m inspired by Mary’s ability to see a need for something and create a product or business from it. It’s truly inspiring from how she started her tutoring business to Ranch School!

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  273. Loviisa on

    I love the wholesome family feel you get from reading their story. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  274. Barbara Jefferies on

    I would say what impressed me the most was Mary’s selflessness, willing to do anything for anyone. The world
    needs more Mary’s. The integrated approach of the businesses is quite impressive also, including control over butchering will just continue to improve the 5Marys business model. Way to go

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  275. Mary Beth Hunt on

    I just love watching Mary, Heff and the girls each day! Working, laughing, snd teaching each day. I hope I win!

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  276. Erin Bing on

    Wow. How inspiring, to pick up and decide to move with young children to a whole new way of life. And then to make their dreams into reality while raising those beautiful young girls. What a way to show their girls how to follow their dreams working together with compassion and grit. And to then to give back and continue to build up the small community they live in. This was a lovely, inspiring story! Thank you

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  277. Sara Hallisey on

    I have been following 5Marys for awhile now. I think what inspires me the most is the authenticity of her life. She isn’t in it for the praise or the fans. She has truly found her space in the world and is content. That is such a beautiful thing. To see her joy in her marriage and her family and her ranch. It cannot be easy. Nothing ever is, but finding that contentment makes up for so much. It’s something I really strive for. Waking up and just being content with my world.

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  278. Keeley Bergman on

    I love how their family works together and is never afraid to try something new!

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  279. Danielle Kennedy on

    I am most inspired by the fact that Mary and her husband followed their hearts and found a new and fulfilling life so different than when they started! Beautiful story and a beautiful family! I can’t wait to get her cookbook!

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  280. Mary! Anich on

    I love the family’s down to earth, real life life style. The kids are great, all unique, full of life and adventure. Mary and Brian teach how hard work and the love of family pays dividends that are out of this world!

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  281. Kaili Calderone on

    I love how real Mary and her family are on Instagram. I feel like I learn something new every day. It’s so cool living in the “city” that I get a taste of ranch life every day. She makes it look so easy, although I’m sure it’s sooo hard.

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  282. Michelle Dupree on

    What a wonderful story. I had the pleasure of meeting the Heffernan family when they came to Chico,Ca after the Camp Fire. They were so generous and helped us and so many other families.

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  283. Jen R on

    Five Mary Farms is one of my favorite inspirational stories on Instagram! Mary and her family are down-to-earth, hard-working, funny, family focused, ranch heroes! Mary’s support of entrepreneurs is tireless! Ranch School is amazing! The best part about Five Mary Farms is the family’s unconditional love and unwavering support of each member of the family. They are incredible role models!

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  284. Kim on

    I love how they had the tenacity to make their dreams come true!

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  285. Tanya Siska on

    Mary’s entrepreneurial spirit is so inspirational! And the fact that she’s raising four children while growing a successful business? That’s rockstar status.

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  286. Cindy on

    I love reading stories of women who pursue their passion all while being leading strong mothers in their family. I am continuously inspired by women leading the way on the homestead and small business. Showing the world that women can be amazing entrepreneurs and amazing mothers at the same time. Especially farming and ranching. Which is near to my own heart and roots. Someday I will chase my dreams and maybe, just maybe, inspire other women to do the same. Congrats to FiveMarys and the new cookbook adventure.

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  287. Elizabeth Williams on

    I have lived watching Mary grow the past 3/4 years. It’s been amazing watching and learning from her.

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  288. M Greenwood on

    Constantly working towards improving and expanding business. Staying family centered.

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  289. Marcella on

    Wow! Such a go getter! I am loving that you are building your own butchering facility. That is awesome

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  290. Donna Whitlock on

    What an amazing family and story! I’m inspired that Mary and her family aren’t afraid of taking risks – learning something entirely new for themselves, and being able to provide such wonderful quality meats and products for others to enjoy too! Also love the fact that she’s got a “Virginia connection”.

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  291. katy giffault on

    oh my
    what an authentic and humbling peek into their farm and family. I want to get on a plane and spend a month with them drawing energy from their love , community and pitching in to do hard work…. that would be after i spend two months following Erin snd Becky and Francisco who EVERY day with your posts snd stories make me believe there is still such genuine honest hard working inspirational
    people on the planet. thank goodness
    please know we all replenish from afar from you, your family
    and team. katy

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  292. Jamie Sammons Radliff on

    We love Five Mary’s meats!.
    It’s seriously the best tasting meat we’ve ever had. I’m on the other side of the country so shipping can be really expensive so I really splurge whenever they do awesome shipping deals. I also can’t say enough about their spice rub. I put it on everything!
    I’m really excited to get my hands on their new recipe book.
    What inspires me most about Mary is how SHE’s DOING IT! She’s running this incredible business with all of her incredible sweet girls. Being a mom and trying to do anything else is such an accomplishment, I’m finding out as a new mom and a flower farmer.
    Kids make it a little more difficult, but we love them and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m just happy to know that IT CAN BE DONE. Anything can be done if you set your heart to it!
    Thank you you both Mary and Erin for being strong inspiring women!
    Best
    Jamie

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  293. Sarah Daken on

    We watch Mary and her family everyday on IG. We love the stories and her showing the behind the scenes of their family and business. They work sooooo hard and their products are outstanding. It’s inspiring to see them live a life of purpose and simplicity. What I think I love the most though is that they’re just real. Their kids get dirty, their house is small and unassuming, they aren’t trying to be something that they’re not. We aim to do the same.

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  294. Linda Ford on

    I’m amazed at all the things that they have on their plate and how they continue to evolve, while still providing quality products.

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  295. Amy Kopman on

    I am a huge fan of Five Mary’s along with my kids. We love how they share their day to day and we have learned tremendous amounts about animals and ranch life. They are inspiring in so many ways. Their hard work, the way they treat their animals, and their amazing hospitality to all the people they work with, along with their customers. Such an amazing family they are.

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  296. Ginger on

    I love the free-spirited, you-can-do-it mentality they are raising their girls with. Their bare feet but hands on approach to helping with chores is such an inspiration! Those girls will do well because of the great work hard/play hard lessons they are learning. Love watching this family grow in all they do, each with their unique flavoring, creativity and spin! Such fun!

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  297. Carol Kirby on

    I love the family involvement and the wonderful recipes from the farm the whole farm life inspires me!

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  298. Sandy Wu on

    I’ve been keeping up with the story of Five Marys for a few years now through Instagram! Mary is an inspiration to me throughout my MBA program and I modeled one of my class business ideas after their ranch to submit to my class. My professor found it really unique! It’s really awesome to see the behind the scenes of a ranch operation in a small town, and maybe one day, I’ll have that life too. Been thinking about it for a few years now where you’re closer to more natural beauty and also a slower pace of life. Hope to visit Five Marys Farm and the Burgerhouse in the future!

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  299. Karen on

    What inspires me most about Mary is that she is bringing up another generation that appreciates what hard work, working for yourselves and working as a team can add to your life. These are invaluable lessons that unfortunately are missing in the youth of today. Bravo to you and your husband! What a wonderful family and what a joy to follow you guys on social media! Congratulations on your new cookbook!!

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  300. Claudia Pope on

    I love following her family on all of their social media. She inspires me to do more. She and her family have so much passion for the land and providing for others. Little Tess melts my heart and I wish everyone had the excitement for life she does. I can’t wait to get my cookbook.

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  301. Sandra Lockhart on

    I started following Five Mary’s because of Erin’s Instagram account…..two of my faves now! The meat is second to none. Truly is an inspirational story.

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  302. Lindsey Steenhoek on

    I love how they work and support each other as a family! Shows that hard work and passion can make anything possible.

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  303. Darla on

    What inspires me most about 5Marys is her positive, steady vision. She’s a pillar in the entrepreneur arena, and always has a smile for whoever will receive it!

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  304. Tiffany Duddie on

    What a wonderful story. I love that they have the balance of being out in the country, free of the busy city and the opportunity to relax and enjoy their family in nature. At the same time, their hard work and dedication to their family business is inspiring.

    I already pre-ordered the cookbook, but would love the opportunity to try some of their meats myself.

    Good luck everyone!

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  305. JoAnn Beck on

    I really enjoy following 5 Marys farms on instant gram! There are so many things I admire about this energetic family. I have to say, I most admire how hard they work together as a family and their willingness to teach others. And they are so positive even in difficult situations. They are so inspiring! Can’t wait to enjoy this book!

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  306. Rachel Eyo on

    Five Marys Farm and Mary remind me that anything is possible and it’s never too late to dream big! I grew up in the country, moved to the city for college and never left, but dream everyday of getting back to the land. When I watch Mary’s stories on the ‘gram, I’m excited and inspired to take the leap back to my roots! Loved reading this interview! Two of my favorite female farmer entrepreneurs!!

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  307. Heather Hartley on

    What inspires me the most is Mary’s ability to raise and teach four young girls, help work a ranch, keep the property updated, run a restaurant, and find ways to create new projects and ideas to add to the ranch.
    What also inspires me the most is how they moved from the suburbs to a ranch and they are doing fantastic! This gives me the spirit and inspiration to possibly move to a ranch someday and work hard to thrive!

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  308. Frances M. Vaught on

    I have followed Mary for a few years now on Instagram – and while its not in the cards for us to pick up with our four kids and move to a ranch – her family’s tenacity in the face of hard work and challenges, their grit and their joy have been inspiring in my own family’s journey! So excited to get this cookbook and read it with a sidecar :)

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  309. Jennifer Neer on

    I’ve followed 5 Mary’s for awhile, and the one thing I admire the most is that, while they learn how to create successful businesses, they also teach others how to do the same. The second is how their daughters have so much responsibility!

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  310. Terri Weiner on

    I am so excited for the cookbook.
    I so enjoy following along on the day today life on the ranch.

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  311. JenMc on

    I love Mary’s heavy entrepreneurial spirit and how she encourages people to take risks in their own ideas! I love how she shares all the good, bad, and the ugly, and how she immersed her kids in all of it from a young age. She and her family are incredibly inspiring!

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  312. Elise Towers on

    I really appreciate how Mary and her family are living their lives. They work hard long hours, but make it full of love and fun. What a good life.

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  313. Elaine Williamson on

    Mary’s honest and positive Instagram journaling of their day by day ranching and family life is a joy to follow. Her instincts serve her – and her family – and her followers – well as she follows her heart and trusts the process. Having raised and homeschooled my five kids on a working apple farm – I know she is so on target with how kids grow and learn best. Mary truly is inspirational!

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  314. Jenna on

    As a woman in the Ag field, I am struggling to find my path and with a failed small business, I find Mary’s strength and determination motivating and inspiring. Also encouraging the next generation of women to be strong and self-reliant.

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  315. Andrea Nipges on

    Mary (and Erin) are an inspiration. It takes great courage to leave behind what is established and comfortable to follow a dream. Plus make it grow and flourish. I admire Mary’s determination and business sense, I would be lost in knowing how to get to the next level. I am currently building my beekeeping hobby into a self sustaining entity and often find myself unsure of what to do. I have really enjoyed learning from Mary.

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  316. Irene on

    I love the fact that Mary doesn’t let others define who she is. By being herself and doing the things that are right for herself and her family. Congratulations on the cookbook, it looks beautiful!

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  317. Kaylee Scott on

    I’ve been following Mary on Instagram for about a year and she’s such an inspiration to mom’s everywhere. My husband and I moved from eastern Skagit valley in WA, close to Erin actually, to North Central Idaho almost 3years ago & have dreamt of succeeding just a potion of what Mary & Brian have done so to watch her accomplish so much each day all while raising 4 girls & being a partner to Brian is amazing to watch. Unfortunately do to monetary reasons we haven’t been able to try out a meat box, most of our yearly meat comes from us hunting, so beef or Lamb would be a treat. And the cookbook would be a great way for me to bring new recipes into our family. Thank you for reading my comment & congrats on your book from earlier this year as Well Erin!

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  318. Beverly on

    I love that on your ranch that all they girls love helping jump in to help with anything to help mom or dad. I really see the joy in their faces. Great job!

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  319. Ashley on

    Mary seems extremely down to earth and approachable and I love how she shares their daily “grind” with the world. I’ve been following her for a few years and just love watching everything grow and evolve.

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  320. Stephanie Hosszu on

    I love how she raises her girls. They’re so strong and independent but also family oriented and helpful! I just recently found her on Instagram and she’s quickly become one of my favorite families to follow!

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  321. Megan Wisenrr on

    Between watching the two of you tackle your dreams, I can’t help but want to take a step closer towards doing a little of that myself! There is such beauty in the simple things that is so often rushed past. Thank you to the both of you for sharing with me. 💛

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  322. Lori M on

    Wow, I’m always amazed at people who step away from high paying jobs to start someone new from scratch. It’s such a big leap of faith, often without a safety net, if the new endeavor doesn’t work out. Kudos to your hard work and business you’ve built.

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  323. Eliza on

    Slowing down (but staying busy), connecting with her family, trusting her children to do what’s right/needed.

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  324. Grace Johnston on

    Mary inspires me with the continual vision that she and her family live and carry out everyday to run their farm, raise their girls, and run their business(es)! That and secretly wishing I was one of her girls, I love that she has consistently built programs to educate new/small business owners and that she is more recently endeavoring to help parents ranch-educate their kids at home during a pandemic. The word “Superwoman” comes to mind!

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  325. Julie Hofmann on

    Mary inspires all women to reach just a little bit further and you will be sucessful. I look forward to receiving her cookbook (I preordered long ago).

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  326. Nicki on

    Mary moving from the suburbs to the country and starting a ranch is so inspiring to me! And what they have done with the ranch and their brand is even more inspirin! Seems like they were born right into it

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  327. Julie Campbell on

    Mary inspires me because of her love for the land on which she raises her animals and her family. Her endless energy is amazing and I’m so thankful that I found her to be able to serve her meat to my family and push me on to what I believe is important. Thank you Mary and Heff!!

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  328. Bekki Jamison on

    The biggest inspiration from Mary and her family is the way they work together. Many many posts are about her pride in what her children are learning or what her husband has accomplished.

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  329. Molly on

    This is truly inspiring! Thank you for highlighting and uplifting another incredible female “agri-preneur”! (Did I just coin that?) Lovely interview! I can’t wait to read this cookbook and hope to try some of her meat as well!

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  330. Patricia Hand on

    I think it’s inspiring how capable the girls are at young ages. They do so much from birthing animals, caring for their horses, cleaning💩 driving farm equipment all the way to cooking and more. They have the best “school” right outside their door! Such a wonderful life!

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  331. Joan White on

    I have been following Five Mary for less than a year. I finally ordered some meat in July and the meat is delicious 😋. I grilled the top sirloin today and my son loved it. It just amazes me how the girls help and what they can do for their age even Tessa. I look forward to the Instagram posts everyday.

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  332. Penny Zehnder on

    I have been following Mary and her family for over a year and love to watch all of her family so happy while working so hard day and night. The interactions with her kids and watching them be so independent have helped me with raising my son to be as independent as possible. When he struggles with anything, I have showed him many of Mary’s stories and watching Tess do amazing things around the farm and tell him that she is 8 years old and doing this…you can try to overcome what you are struggling with and be successful too. It has been so helpful. Thank you Mary for your daily inspiration and beautiful sunsets.

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  333. Donna Eberstein on

    I started following Mary about 3 years ago introduced my husband to 5 Mary’s and he just loves all the stories and adventures. We enjoy watching the girls grow up and Little Tess who is absolutely fearless. Not sure if my comment has anything to do with how Mary inspires me, but we sure enjoy the family and growth and WE WoULD love to win the cook book and meats 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♂️

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  334. Patricia Hand on

    Its very inspiring to see how capable the girls are in doing their part to help keep the farm running. From birthing animals, taking care of their horses, cleaning up💩, driving farm equipment, to cooking and more. They have the best “school” right outside their door.

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  335. Stephanie Warta on

    I’m inspired by this families work ethic. I appreciate that even though they have the means to hire or contract workers to do specific jobs, most often you see them doing the hard work themselves. And if Mary is showing a project or specific task needing to be completed, she will use the moment as a teaching tool and share her knowledge or those they hire to do the job. I enjoy most watching Mary get creative in utilizing the space in either they’re newly renovated home or the smaller house they use daily. I love they teach the girls to be so helpful in all aspects of the farm as well. Following 5 Mary’s on Instagram is very inspiring to see the work and effort they put into the farm.

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  336. Laurie on

    Such an inspiring story! To give up such successful lives in the big city and move to the country and give back to the small community in so many ways and still be such a success, incredible! Love this story.

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  337. Sharon S on

    I love watching her confident, capable, living their best life daughters. What a great gift they are giving them! ❤️

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  338. Priscilla Brubeck on

    My fiancé and I were raised and still live in a Florida city. When we drive through rural America there’s something that pulls at us to dream about living a farmer’s or rancher’s life. Mary and her ranch is so inspiring to me – she left the world she knew behind and embraced something even better. Hearing this success story of channeling her entrepreneurial spirit and hard work into something that’s priceless is empowering! She is living the dream!

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  339. Carol Jackson on

    Love the fact that its a “family” business. Mary is truly inspirational, and just plain down to earth!

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  340. Mary Barry-Magsamen on

    I think it’s the gumption to just jump in that is inspiring! I have a dream but I have been holding back on taking the plunge. This inspires me just like Floret Farms!

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  341. Shana on

    I just found Mary through the new ranch school. So I spring! I am now following all of her IG accounts. I am looking forward to her cookbook and hopefully visiting the ranch someday. My daughter is signed up for the ranch school and I hope to learn along with her!

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  342. Sara Tharaldson on

    She is so inspiring in the way she is raising her children into strong, capable, confident women. And that will carry through for generations to come. She’s leaving a beautiful legacy.

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  343. kayla on

    They are living my absolute dream! And they give me hope and insight for what’s to come!

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  344. Amy Bonka on

    Mary inspires me in so many ways! I have been following her on Instagram for about a year now and I just love the way she shares all aspects of the farm and her life with us! I dream of having chickens, bees, flowers, and a garden one day so to see such a strong female and her family of girls running things day in and day out is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  345. Debbie Bennett on

    I’m inspired by everything about ranch life and raising the kids to be independent. When I see them just hanging on their horses for fun at the end of the day or helping move the cattle, I feel like they are living a dream life. I also admire letting the world see this ranch life day in and day out. Being on film so much has to be a challenge for the whole family.

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  346. Janet on

    Mary’s determination to try new endeavors and willingness to share her journey with others is a positive quality not often seen in businesses . We need more of this to ensure new businesses can succeed. Instilling family values and a strong work ethic is seen throughout her farm videos. She proves hard work and innovation are avenues for success but more importantly enjoying your life choices are a main focus.

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  347. Sheona Ball on

    Mary inspires daily through example. Through watching what Mary has accomplished over the years it helps instil a belief in me that I can also achieve anything I set my mind to and back it up with hard work. Living in Australia unfortunately I don’t get to try Five Marys Farm meat products but I would love to make her recipes and read some more about the life they’ve built. Thank you for being an inspiration to many in this world and supporting everything from home education, quality farming and food through to small business.

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  348. Jennifer McClendon on

    I’m inspired by Mary’s honesty and openness. She’s certainly an inspiration for my business!

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  349. Christina Sutter on

    Mary inspires me because she actually does what so many people wished they could. Instead of saying “man I wish I could own a huge ranch and supply amazing meat to consumers……” she actually got up and did it. That tells me that I could do it too. Plus, instead of being greedy with her knowledge, she shares it with whomever wants to hear it and learn. She could easily say, nope I’m not going to share so I don’t have competition, instead she welcomes it. That shows her true character. God has blessed her family immensely!!

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  350. Susan Watters on

    I so admire Mary and her sweet family. They are authentic, hard working and are instilling solid values with both their fun loving daughters and the rest of the world. I throughly enjoy seeing how their day unfolds, the girls are learning the pleasure of hard work and the importance of working together as a family. I can’t wait to see what the girls will do with all this hands on life experiences!
    Thank you for sharing your family and world with us!!

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  351. Jennifer on

    Mary seems to have an endless supply of energy.
    Her Instagram posts and stories are a highlight of my day.
    It’s great to see a family really going all in for their dreams and succeeding. Proving to their girls what hard work can accomplish. They are truly a team.

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  352. Dee Ann Sokolowski on

    I have been following 5 Mary’s for just over a year and seeing how confident, responsible, determined and strong she (and Brian) are raising their girls is such an inspiration! I wish all parents could see and instill the confidence in thier children as she has. Nothing is ever to hard to try and accomplish. And of course, the inspiration she gives all of us to go live and work the hard but satisfying life on the ranch!

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  353. Janet on

    I live in rural middle America where their are lots of ranchers and farmers. Growing up I knew many strong capable women who worked with cattle, drove tractor and fed the hands. I always saw them as being able to do anything! I find Mary amazing, without a ranching background and just doing it! Grit is something you are born with, it can’t be taught! Mary has grit!

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  354. Haley Fannin on

    I love the way Mary tells her family’s story so that it makes you feel like you are a part of their journey. I don’t think I truly understood or appreciated growing up on my family’s farm until I moved several hundred miles away. Now it is my dream to one day move back and be able to raise our future children on my family’s farm.

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  355. Melissa Henderson on

    She literally inspires me so many ways. As a business woman, entrepreneur, mom, rancher and just a hard worker. My whole family loves to follow M5!

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  356. Alecia Farley on

    What an amazing family! I am inspired by how they left their city jobs, and started up a farm that has turned into such a huge success! And they are continually expanding with more ideas. I would love to have a ranch with lots of animals and flower/veggie gardens, as well as a restaurant and a B&B.

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  357. Stacey on

    Envisioning your dream, making it come to life and living it. Isn’t that what we all want in our own way? Kudos to you for bringing it to life while raising a family! You are an inspiration!!❤️❤️

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  358. Miranda Matteson on

    I am always encouraged and inspired by Mary and her family and the way they help and support each other. Life is messy, hard and sometimes has Long hours, but they are in it together through it all. I like to always say we are Better Together and Mary and her family are a perfect example of this!

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  359. Samantha McCormick on

    I’m inspired by Mary because she works hard with her family doing what she loves!!

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  360. Stacy C. on

    I’m so inspired by Mary from raising her girls, hard working woman to all she takes on in a day. We have joined ranch school and just love it.

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  361. Jamie on

    Mary (and her family) inspire me to be more in tune with where I am getting my food, how the animals are handled, and to make a very intentional effort to feed my family with nutrient-dense, REAL food. She also inspires me to get my hands dirty, and get in that homesteading life!

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  362. Rachel on

    I love watching now independent the girls are! It inspires me to look for ways to give my daughters opportunities to be creative and independent and challenged, and I love the confidence they gain from those opportunities. When they learn by doing they gain skills that will serve them as the grow and lead their own lives.

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  363. Alison on

    I’ve followed five Mary’s for years, and Mary’s sharing of her life on instagram is inspiring! It’s motivated me in so many ways, what a great giveaway!

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  364. Barb Schmidt on

    I was most inspired by how happy and healthy your family looks! That says it all, your adventure and hard work paying off. Very cool that you reach out to mentor others also.

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  365. Mary May on

    I’m a retired teacher (named Mary) who grew up on the south side of Chicago. As a child, my dream was to ride horses and live on a ranch. The closest I ever got to that was having my picture taken on a stuffed horse at an amusement park called Riverview! Anyway, I admire how Mary manages her everyday life on the ranch with her four MARYS. Her great “can do” attitude topped off with a bright smile is so refreshing to see each day when I read her posts. She is inspiring women and girls in so many ways.

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  366. Laura Shields on

    After being awestruck by Erin and the love she gave me to try and grow my own flower garden. Here’s another woman started and grew her own business but by bit and then opened a restaurant. As a restaurant owner I was tired after reading the blog! Where does your desire come from? Your energy, your money? You’re intriguing and inspiring me today. I’m in my 60’s with a sick husband and I dream of a more simple, well lived life.

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  367. Debra Fox on

    I grew up on a ranch in Nebraska and I enjoy reading and vicariously experiencing the ranching life. But I am most inspired by a family that works extremely hard but also makes time for having fun. They trust and love each other.

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  368. Tricia on

    What inspires me most about Mary and her family is her ability to juggle farming, family life, and entrepreneurship. She makes it seem really easy! And it gives me hope to maybe one day do the same

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  369. Erin G. on

    I enjoy watching her dreams become reality. We are 5th generation ranchers and stuck deep in tradition so I love seeing the motivation she has.

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  370. Nancy Sherrer on

    I’m inspired by Mary’s kindness. Met her at the Floret book launch and she was so kind and took the time so I could get a fun photo with her! (As I was so awestruck and fumbled with my phone)

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  371. Lorraine Helferich on

    What inspires me the most that even though this was such a scary adventure, the family jumped right in…. together. I love seeing how happy all the girls are while doing their chores and just hanging out!! She has created a family that most of us just dream about, and she shares it wit all of us.

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  372. Julie on

    My in-laws purchased land and built their retirement home in Fort Jones back in the 70’s so I’m very familiar with the town and the area. This makes it so interesting for me to follow Mary and her family .. recognizing some of the town and appreciating what they have done for the community, not to mention their delicious meat! I also try to order monthly. Wishing Mary and Brian and their beautiful family great success with the cookbook and their future plans … I look forward to following along!

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  373. Kimberly DesRosiers on

    Mary inspires me to believe in myself. I see what she and the whole family have built together. Her work ethic is amazing and one that I truly admire.

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  374. Judy M on

    I love how she always puts family first. She is always intentional with her girls and is supportive of their dreams as well as her own. They integrity she shows with her animals is important as well, love the bottle babies, Z7 and then of course Dixie!

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  375. Samantha Brooks on

    As a mother to three young children, I can’t help but feel inspired watching how much credit and independence that Mary and Brian give their girls! It’s awesome to see their confidence shine through in their day to day lives.

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  376. Jodi Mercier on

    My hero! I bought some land and started farming for the family. I have great dreams, ant it is so inspiring to see someone else fulfilling theirs! Congratulations!

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  377. S. Walsworth on

    The fact that she isn’t scared to try anything and is teaching her girls to live the same way! Such an inspiration to be an independent woman!

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  378. Jane Miller on

    I am amazed by the bravery of this couple – stepping away from societal expectations of success – and taking big risks that make their hearts sing but also benefit the general population of folks who wish to eat healthy. I grew up on a working farm – much smaller in scale. I appreciate this way of living so much more now than I did at the time. Kudos!!

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  379. Mary Joan Seibel on

    This. This is what I would’ve loved to have done in my younger years!! At that time, the rush was to “suburbia” & having it all, whatever that was. I love what you are teaching your girls. Congratulations! Mary Joan

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  380. Kendra on

    Love your story. I grew up in a small Kansas town with a high school ag teacher as my dad. He would love your story and operations. Thanks for sharing!

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  381. Kristin on

    Five Mary’s is the best! I am so excited to get my cookbook! Thank you for the lovely interview. Now I am off to snip some of my floret zinnias for an arrangement. You and Mary both just Rock!

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  382. Michele on

    Mary’s ability to navigate so many different parts of her businesses – farm/ranch, restaurant, cookbooks, clothing, now ranch school. She’s so positive and encouraging to others to build their businesses.

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  383. Linda Crosby on

    I found 5Marys on Instagram and love watching the beautiful scenery and animals. We get our monthly meat order here to Florida. It’s delicious and I can’t wait for my cook book. Congratulations!

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  384. Christina on

    I’m most inspired by the fact that their children help out with the work too! I would love to have a similar situation some day.

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  385. Claire on

    Mary and her family inspire me everyday with her instagram feed to live life to the fullest. They do such incredible things as a family, making traditions, and enjoy hobbies together, go exploring, and obviously enjoy their amazing life. Not to mention the incredible work ethic that the entire family has.

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  386. Linda Smith on

    Wishing I was younger and could start my own business. Maybe it’s not too late, I shall hope. It would be wonderful to have mentors like Erin and Mary, strong ambitious women to help give inspiration and to guide the way. Carry on girls😊

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  387. Teresa Clark on

    Mary and her family are just so down to earth. Even though we’ve never met, they feel like neighbors.

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  388. Holly on

    I’m so inspired not only by Mary, but her whole family! Seeing how hard they work and how supportive they are of each other is so amazing.

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  389. Allison Tucker on

    Their walking side by side with their children and teaching them how to live a wholesome life, healthy life cycles, and making learning part of everyday life.

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  390. Denise C. on

    I have been following Mary for a year. I love her enthusiastic spirit she has as she tackles every project. I admire the way they are raising the girls.

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  391. Rhonda Pope on

    I love watching the family work together to make this all happen. Encourages my heart to know there are people who value hard work, their families, doing their best and trying new things.

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  392. Kurt D. Meht on

    For me being a dad of 3 girls it’s great to see someone else take my attitude that to raise them to be tough you treat them like boys at times but also know when to treat them like girls.

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  393. Ciel Evans on

    Five Mary’s has inspired us all to return to the simple things in life- family, nature, hard work, and sharing good food with friends! I love their message and their creativity!!

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  394. Susan Brown on

    What inspires me most is what Mary has done to educate her girls and others. As a former teacher, I always firmly believed in the power of nature and the outdoors to inspire, nurture, and feed the “soul” of young learners ( and older learners, too!) What an awesome story to share!

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  395. Laura N. on

    Inspiring story of return to the land to raise animals in a very humane way. I love their commitment to environmental packaging too. I am going to try ordering some meat as well.

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  396. Annie Awe on

    There are so many things that inspire me about this family. A big one is how they left a comfortable life for a really huge life change. They work harder, sleep less, love more and inspire entire families.

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  397. Pamela Dack on

    You are so brave! Giving up all that you know and jumping in the deep end of a new adventure, something completely different. Thank you for your integrity. Your home , family, work place, farm, and product. What an inspiration. I look forward to following you on Instagram. I hope to win the book, try your product, and will definitely share with others what you are doing. “Through small and simple things great things come to pass”. I wish you every success!

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  398. Pam Gray on

    This is such an inspiring story. Even at the age of 63 this is a lifestyle I aspire to live and share with our twelve grandchildren. You really get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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  399. Meaghan on

    What inpires me most about 5 Mary’s is the overall work ethic. Mary and Brian set such a good example for what it means to work hard but also have fun! Mary never quits just because something gets hard. She will find a creative way to get it done! 5 Mary’s inspires me to get creative and find the positives in every situation. I absolutely cannot wait to dive into Mary’s cook book.

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  400. Vera Lopes on

    I am inspired by Five Marys story and her families commitment to providing others with the best meat possible. I am so grateful a friend told me about 5M.

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  401. C. M. Limpert on

    What moves me most about Five Mary’s is honoring generations and traditions while putting a modern, all-the-girls-to-the-front vibes. Beside being a love story about family, farm, and food, this is a tale about trial and error and a strong can-do ethic of work and care. Inspirational!

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  402. Laura Nicoletti on

    It is the dedication to quality meat and welfare of the animals and the return to the land. Something I am inspired to do as well.

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  403. Heather Westmaan on

    I enjoy watching Mary and her family grow and thrive. I love the amount of attention they give the animals, the relationship between Heff and Mary and how responsible and independent the girls are. Mary is an inspiration and a leader for women of all walks of life

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  404. Heidi Smidansky on

    Mary inspires me by how she embraces change and encourages others in their small businesses.

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  405. Theresa on

    I love Mary’s ability to keep evolving her business!

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  406. Lynn R on

    I’m inspired by their move from a traditional expectations about how they’d make their living, to the creative way they’ve changed all of that and are forging their own path.

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  407. Carol Farrington on

    I am very inspired by Mary’s love of family, her love of her ranch and animals and her family’s hard work and dedication to make their business a success. I have had the opportunity to taste 5 Mary’s meat and the quality is amazing! 😊

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  408. Michelle @stonemilldairy on

    What inspires me most about Mary and her ranch is her unstoppable and unbridled energy! Through her beautiful instrgram stories you get to peek into her incredibly busy days (this women gets more done in one day than most people can in a week!) but her focus never shifts from her number one priority: her family. Her manner of parenting is also a source of huge inspiration too. Her girls are so capable, confident and bright! It’s remarkable and refreshing to see in this age of helicopter-parenting.

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  409. Leah Goodman on

    I’ve been following Mary and her beautiful family for over 4 years!! Our daughter, Mariette, is the same age as her youngest , Tess. Mariette has special needs and though she is cognitively fine, she doesn’t walk. Mary has inspired me in so many ways to find creative means for helping Mariette become much more independent. Kids thrive when we do. We just need to make the space and opportunities available for them to do so! We’re also participating in the Ranch school she’s developed with the girls. Such a jewel of a resource already!
    Business wise, she’s made me seriously consider curating my own decorating business in a big way. I am constantly in awe at how she runs her businesses and stays true to herself and her family at the same time. She’s one of the most authentic people on IG — it’s so refreshing. So happy for the release of their cookbook and I wish them all the success in the world. So deserving.
    Leah @englishlyinspired

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  410. Nikki Wittel on

    What inspires me most about Mary is the way she does it all!!! She’s a doer!! She has a vision, makes a plan and puts it into action. Regardless of the obstacles that may get in the way it doesn’t stop her. AND, she does it all with a smile on her face. This city girl can’t imagine life on the farm, but Mary gives me an idea of what that’s like with each of her posts. She’s shared some cool things with me that I am able to use in my kindergarten classroom too when we work on our Farm unit. She’s a true inspiration, she’s the definition of grit and hard work! Her farm is truly amazing!! I never new so much about farrowing, tagging calves and of course my personal favorite, fixing up period homes. It takes a lot to do ALL that she does, and I’m grateful I get to watch and learn with her daily, even though this city girl will probably not end up on a farm ;) congrats on all the success Mary and the BOOK!!!!

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  411. Carol Daniels on

    String women need to be celebrated and recognized. Loved reading the interview.. and you were right.. it did kind of put me over the edge! I was raised on a ranch and my husband and I are now looking at farms. So ready to get back to creating learning opportunities. I can’t wait to see the cookbook! So inspiring!

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  412. Joy Sterk on

    Mary truly inspires me everyday. I look forward to reading and seeing her live feed on Instagram. The skills they have taught their girls are amazing. They are going to flourish in this world we have because they have been taught all these life lessons. My goal is to one day get to visit the farm and hopefully meet the family. Keep up the awesome job and posts and live Instagram post!

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  413. Laura Jiroun on

    I’m inspired daily by Mary and her family to not limit myself to the “knowns” but daily challenge myself to push through the “unknowns” and keep growing personally and professionally. Plus the “bottle baby” stories fill my heart and encourage me to keep going on tough days.

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  414. Mary Watkins on

    Great interview, we have been following Mary for about 1.5 years. My daughter bought her husband a Father’s Day box. We were hooked. I now belong to the Farm Club and through them have found you. I received a copy of your book for my birthday.

    We love following you both.

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  415. Stacy on

    What inspires me about Mary and co. is the hunger to keep building and growing. What ambition!

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  416. Angie Hatfield on

    I’m inspired by your journey! How you just kept taking steps without knowing exactly how it would turn out. But you kept true to yourself. Plus the fact that you are such a wonderful role model to your girls and are raising them to be strong independent women. Also I love that you believe in collaboration and are sharing so much of your experience with others.

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  417. April Gregory on

    Mary inspires me everyday. I grew up on a cattle ranch and though I no longer live there full time, I know I’ll go back someday. Mary’s Instagram helps me when I’m missing my own family ranch but has inspired so much more for me in many areas of life. I truly wonder if Mary sleeps…she gets so much done! It’s incredible. She is so positive and a joy to follow. I love her quote, “If it was easy, everyone would do it,” regarding business and work.

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  418. Elizabeth on

    I’m inspired by her energy! There always seems to be something new going on and launching – cookbook, ranch school, updating the kitchen…

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  419. Mary Call on

    I admire the way that Mary is raising her Mary’s to be strong self sufficient young women. It has been so much fun watching them grow up over the years! I am
    loving the rodeo adventures.

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  420. Ambar Ugues on

    I started following Five Marys a few years ago while we were doing missionary work in Peru. Watching her family work hard and live their beautiful ranch life helped bridge the gap of my home sickness. I grew up on Tejon Ranch in California and I can relate on so many levels. I am inspired by their hard work!

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  421. Kimberly Hendrickson on

    Mary inspires me most the way she is raising her family and girls. Im pregnant with my second daughter and would love to be able to teach them how to be so independent and responsible. Plus i love to cook and would love to get my hands on the cookbook and some yummy farm raised beef.

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  422. Melisa Scott on

    What inspires me is watching these amazing women tackle almost anything. Seeing what the girls take on and create and tackle is fantastic. Such great empowerment!

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  423. Erin bieker on

    I have been following Mary for years and she has inspired me to start my own farm!

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  424. Heather Williams on

    Not only are Mary and her husband brave taking on this new adventure, but they are raising strong brave girls and teaching them resilience by modeling it themselves. What an inspiring family!

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  425. Patti on

    I have been so impressed with Mary and her extended family. There is a lot of support and at least one other sister with a business as well. Mary and Brian and the girls are hard working, spiritual, loving, compassionate and caring people. Thank you for all you share!

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  426. Katherine McAlary on

    I love to watch Mary’s stories and watch her adorable children. I’m inspired by the life she creates for her daughters. She’s a great mom!

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  427. Lisa Jones on

    I follow 5 Mary’s on Instagram. I love going along for chores. It looks like a beautiful life. Mary is an inspiration and talented business woman.

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  428. Wanda Bickers on

    She is living her best life and each day to the fullest!! She makes you feel like you are right there with her and that she is your best friend. I look forward to catching up with 5Mary’s on Instagram stories each night

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  429. Jenny Barger on

    I love that everything with Mary is a family affair. It’s heartwarming to see how she includes the girls in her day to day ranch chores. So many parents have a “run along now so mommy can get her work done” attitude. Kids lose out on valuable lessons that way. Her life is filled with simple beauty.

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  430. Stephanie Gbur on

    What inspires me most about their story is their courage to make that leap and leave their old life behind for something better. I think so many of us have those dreams, but to put in the work and really make it happen is so amazing and courageous!

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  431. shannon carlock on

    The Heffernan family is inspiring on so many levels! They model perseverance, resourcefulness and fun so thoroughly, all the while displaying authentic compassion and kindness. It’s awesome to see genuine community-building in action. Thanks for sharing this great interview with Mary!

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  432. C. Singley on

    I love that Mary and her family are working to bring back and tell the story of what ranching really used to be before corporations got involved. Including the skills and trades needed to make it work.

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  433. Cassie on

    Mary does it all! She is like a superwoman and I can only hope to be such a great mom to my kids as they grow up. Thanks for sharing your life and food Mary!

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  434. Jontal on

    Mary is one of my most favorite follows in insta! I am always inspired by how entrepreneurial she is. I mean, she decided her kids would need to adjust with home schooling this year, and then *bam!* made an online learning community for other to enjoy! That’s some hustle!

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  435. Judy K on

    I am inspired by how Mary & Brian have helped their children to become ranch kids. That such a big leap from being Silicon Valley kids. I am fascinated by their family, what they have developed and what is in the works.

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  436. Patricia Hand on

    I love how involved the girls are in doing their part in helping to run the farm. From birthing animals, bottle feeding baby animals, driving farm vehicles, cleaning 💩 and caring for their horses, to name just a few jobs they do. They have the best “schooling” right on the farm.

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  437. Christine Johnson on

    I love how the kids are so intertwined with their lives on the ranch!

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  438. Linda Rankin on

    Love the awesome meat we have gotten from 5 marys. I love the fact that her girls do whatever is needed and they are raising them to be strong women. And since I don’t have much farm experience I love seeing the different lifestyle.

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  439. Christy Willard on

    Living on the hectic east coast there’s something really appealing to me about following 5 Mary’s IG and getting a taste of ranch life. Reading their story is inspiring to me — following their hearts & passions and learning a new trade is amazing! When people live their calling it just works and it’s fun to watch that play out for them. Thanks for taking us along!

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  440. Claire Ralph on

    Mary inspires me because she was so brave making a huge life change. She also works soooo hard!

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  441. Patti McF. on

    Mary is awesome! She changed my thinking so I now think about where my food comes from.

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  442. Nita on

    I look forward to Mary’s stories each day, and the fact that she never sugar coats ranch life, always telling it like it is, good or bad.

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  443. Raychel Jamieson on

    Mary’s story gave me a fresh perspective. As a family of teachers in transition to a family of farmers it really helps to hear first hand stories of starting from nothing to growing a successful farm business. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to read her book!

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  444. Maddie on

    All Five of the Marys are inspiring in how they are a real loving, working family that has grown a beautiful farm based business! I love living my ranch life through their Instagram eyes!

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  445. Laurie Whitmire on

    Mary and the whole 5 Marys family is inspiring because of their love and dedication to each other. As well as to the farm, the animals and whatever project they are working. I strive to be that type person.

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  446. Kristy on

    I always enjoy seeing how brave, fearless and independent the girls are. The compassion they show for the animals is just wonderful.

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  447. Sharon Laggis on

    I’ve been following Mary and her family for a bit now.
    I am in awe of the independence of their girls! She and Brian seem to have this parenting “formula” down pat; allowing those girls to grow, learn, be responsible, make mistakes and keep on trying! So wonderful!

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  448. Christina on

    I am inspired by Mary’s family and how they all support each other. From the girls, Brian, the neighbors, staff to how she and her sister support each other’s businesses to how close they are with her parents and how her parents collect shipping boxes at their house for reuse. Everyone helps where they can and it’s beautiful. 💜💜

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  449. Mary Coleman on

    As a fellow Mary who grew up on a farm filled with animals! I love all the recipes shared on Instagram especially when there was a food challenge. I totally was in to it! I also love all the beef recipes because I am always looking for something new to cook my family!

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  450. Vanessa Sanfilippo on

    I’ve been following five Mary’s farms for almost 4 years now. And it’s been so fun to see the day to day operations of farming, adventures with their extended family, the girls expanding their interests to rodeo. They’re such hard workers and so successful but are very grounded and genuine. Hoping one day to take a road trip to eat at the burger house.

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  451. Mariela on

    Mary is so brave to go after her dreams and choose a slower lifestyle connected to the earth! Such an inspiration!

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  452. Karen on

    What a wonderful life this family is providing for their daughters and for their community. I would live to win one of her cookbooks. I too am a city girl that moved to the country. We raised our 2 daughters to love the simple life.

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  453. Alicia G. on

    How you guys followed your dream and left corporate life to do that. Also, the respect for your farm animals.

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  454. Janelle Bixler on

    What inspires me most about Mary is how her and her husband are raising their girls. Education is so much more than books, and they are raising their children to be well rounded. By the way, I like the family picture including the fur baby. 🐶

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  455. Dawn on

    Love women who follow their dreams and teach their daughters that they can do anything. Congratulations on the cookbook, would love to add it to my collection

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  456. Megann on

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful interview. I grew up and still live on our family farm. I know the hard work and determination that Mary and her family have. It is such an inspiration to see someone share all the good and hard that we as farmers go through. Thank you, Mary for always being a light.

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  457. Janelle Bixler on

    What truly inspires me about Mary is how she is raising her girls. There is SO much more to education than books, and Mary and her husband are educating their girls to be well rounded. By the way, I love the family picture, including the fur baby. 🐶

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  458. Kathy Keeling on

    I love Mary’s passion for family, food, and ranching. Her daily shares of life on that land are so inspiring. I’m in rural Indiana on land and a family. She’s blazing a trail for ‘tis beautiful style of life.

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  459. Sara on

    What an amazing giveaway! Mary you inspire me by taking an idea am running with it. I’m sure you’ve had ups and downs and things that worked more than others but you keep going and pushing through. Thank you for being an example for all people!

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  460. Janelle on

    I love how they inspire people to get out and do the thing. We can do anything!

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  461. Dana on

    I love the fact that Mary and her husband couldn’t get the beef that they wanted for the restaurant and just dove in, raised the cattle, and obtained the beef that they wanted.

    As a mom of littles, I was super moved by Mary’s desire to get her children involved on the farm. It makes me wonder how I can get my children to be protagonists in our family life, to help create a more beautiful life and home together.

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  462. Sue Timokdi on

    What inspires me most about Five Marys Farms is the tireless way they keep working until the job is done. I could not imagine working as hard as they do & I am inspired to do more to be successful with whatever I’m trying to accomplish in my own life.

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  463. Erica C on

    I’m inspired by how hard Mary works alongside her family. It’s so cool to watch someone transition from city life to ranching life.

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  464. Rebecca on

    I love the family values and work ethic. I have grew up on a family farm and raising my kids on the farm. Mary and her family have used new ideas to expand their farm and share their business with the world.

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  465. Vanessa on

    I’m so impressed by how hard Mary, Brian, and the girls work. It inspires me to want to figure out how we could do something (on a small scale) now. My girls and I like to watch and learn from them. I love that they are independent, strong girls!

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  466. Maureen on

    What seems missing from the current population, is the willingness to take risk to make your dreams come true. I’m inspired by the fact that Mary found someone with a similar outlook. Just two generations ago, Americans were braver. Thanks for being brave and sharing your story.

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  467. Jill Dahlson on

    Mary is a inspiration to all young families wanting a better quality of life and living how God has intended us to live. Together as a family, humble hard working.. The best things in life dont come easy.. But are appreciated that much more with hard work and dedication.

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  468. Carilyn Mae on

    Mary, you have such a genuine presence. You keep it real in everything I’ve ever seen you share. Congratulations on showing the world what a family of hard workers is capable of.

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  469. Annette Z on

    I’m inspired by how she has not only worked so hard to create her own business but is taking the time to mentor others and share her knowledge!

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  470. Renee Koplan on

    I love your story Mary! My boyfriend and I have started cultivating our little 2 acre plot in the San Juan islands to be self sufficient. So far we have chickens, turkeys, veggies and fruits, but we plan to add quail, honeybees and potentially kunekunes, and I’m working on my cut flower garden with my recent seed purchase from Floret! We don’t really plan on growing more than what we need for ourselves but it’s inspiring to see what could potentially be. The meaning behind the name is wonderful. Unfortunately I haven’t been blessed with children but I just adore the idea of all of your girls growing up with a strong sense of belonging, but with a solid foundation of independence at the same time.

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  471. Kelsei McElhenny on

    I started to follow Mary a couple years ago. She has inspired me so much with not only ranching and cooking but also with parenting. We sold our home 3 weeks ago on two acres and moved to a cozy brick home on 8 acres to give our kids that run free and explore everything life. We have chickens and are fixing to rescue a couple horses. Mary said a week or so ago while painting “it’s ok if something is hard – it doesn’t always have to be easy” and I tell myself this everything! I did sign my kids up for the M5 ranch school but have yet to try their meats! She is such a inspirational woman and I hope to one day meet her!

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  472. Stefanie Kjaeroe on

    I’ve been following Five Marys for many years now. I am also in awe of how hardworking, calm, and determined Mary and the rest of her family are. I love how she wants to take her knowledge that she has acquired and educate others so they can replicate their success in a new business. Thanks for allowing all of us to come along for the ride!

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  473. Cheryl Davis on

    What a great story…and awesome life. I am 62, just about to turn 63, and I am just now getting this homesteading feeling. It’s really weird. I want to cook and make jams and jellies and I just honestly don’t know what’s wrong with me. Lol This looks like a lovely cookbook. on another note, I just got my fourth or fifth order of seeds and I didn’t get a surprise package of seeds. First time.

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  474. Karen Yarnell on

    Mary is making a difference simply by seeing a need from her perspective and doing what it takes to ‘meat’ that need. 😊
    We all are uniquely gifted. Mary’s story is an encouragement to use my gifts and make a difference.

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  475. Megan Loscar on

    I love that they’re keeping ranching alive! Mary is so innovative, Brian is such a hard worker, their girls are just everyone’s heroines! Also they take the best care of their livestock and that’s something we all can get behind!

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  476. J. Davis on

    It is inspiring to see the way this couple (and their family) dream and then take action to make those dreams a reality instead of just dreaming!

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  477. Sharon on

    Raising a family on a farm and being an entrepreneur is the best inspiration!!!

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  478. Barbara on

    What first attracted me to the follow M5 Instagram was how authentic it is. But Mary’s energy and motivation to always strive for loving love to the fullest is what keeps me coming back every day! I just love how she and her family don’t just dream big things they do them!

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  479. Sarah on

    I love that this story highlights the payoff of hard work and the willingness to take a big risk. Especially now, in a time when so many of us feel physically and mentally trapped.

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  480. Maureen on

    Great Story, Thanks for sharing.

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  481. Sarah Shoffner on

    What I admire about 5M farms is Mary’s endless energy. She’s non stop! She’s incredibly generous to the community and love that she and Brian give back to other farmers and ranchers to share the struggles they’ve gone through as beginning ranchers with 5M entrepreneurs. I’d love to enjoy some meat and try our some new recipes from her new cookbook. .

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  482. Nichol on

    Mary’s story is so very inspiring. We have recently moved from a city to farmland and she has accomplished so much! I can’t wait to follow along her journey. I am especially interested in watching her classes with my two tween girls.

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  483. Helena on

    Admirable!! Taking such risk moving from the “traditional” urban lifestyle of education, professional careers, family and uprooting to become first generation ranchers is awesome! Thank you for conquering fear, taking risk and challenges to reach beyond your community, farmers markets, to the larger US population! Your choices allow those farther away to enjoy the products of your labor and super premium quality. Your family is beautiful and your story is exceptional. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

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  484. Angie Dahl on

    I am so inspired by the 5 Mary’s (and Brian’s) work ethic. I follow along on Instagram, and long watching your adventures at the ranch. I think its so important for kids to spend time outside, and your kids exemplify that.

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  485. Shelbi Watson on

    I love all that you have done! Taken a ranch and have now been able to ship all over. You also have a restaurant and a place for retreats. Very inspiring and makes me think of taking and idea and putting everything into it. I also love how your children are so involved in it all!

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  486. Victoria Jordan on

    What a story!! I loved hearing of your journey. So many of us have a vision but taking that step, that very first one, is sometimes very hard to do. Thank you for your encouragement and sharing what you have learned. Also that you are passing on some of those gifts that you have in marketing and looking outside the box.

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  487. Tricia Torrens-Burton on

    I’m inspired by your commitment to excellence and quality! And also by your prioritizing humane treatment of your animals. What a blessing you are to your community and your customers.

    I’m excited to start following your story on Instagram!

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  488. Judy on

    Wow, that was so inspiring. I am amazed at how much you and your family have gotten in to and how much you have learned through the process. Take the leap of faith and go for it. You have a beautiful family and I love the values you are raising your girls with.

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  489. Jelissa on

    Being a farmer-florist, a 2nd generation hog farmer, and a full time mother to four, Mary and her husband inspire me in that they aren’t just growing their girls, they are raising them….raising them to be independent with big dreams and all of the tools to chase those dreams. They aren’t just growing these animals they are raising them with the upmost care, respect and husbandry to produce a top quality product. I just have a lot of admiration and respect for them. God bless you M5 crew!

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  490. Alison Baierl on

    Mary inspires me by making such a big life change from suburbs to ranching.

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  491. Jana Szeglin on

    For me it’s watching women in the Ag field ! Showing other girls that becoming a rancher is not just for men. It shows the tenacity that they have as a family! Who’s also raising great girls for the next generation of ranchers!!

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  492. Nicole Kraus on

    I love women that just go for it and are in touch with their surroundings and themselves. This is my first time seeing this book and stories and it makes me want to get my hands dirty or more dirty. Inspiring and beautifully documented. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this ranch.

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  493. Jael Komac on

    Mary is an inspiration to all reading this story but especially to her girls! How awesome to see all the sacrifices and changes the family was willing to make to achieve their dreams and success! When more is expected, kids deliver! Great job and kudos to all these Marys (and dad of course!)

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  494. Anna on

    I love how their business is so family centric. They work together, play together and live together. As a homeschool mom I love how much life the girls are learning in step with their parents. They do such great things now, no one is waiting for them to grow up to participate in their life or business.

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  495. Kathryn Harrison on

    I loved how she said she realized how much her daughters were capable of – it’s easy to limit our children. I love everything about this family.

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  496. Brennagh on

    What an inspiring woman! I started following Mary a few years ago when Erin raved about Five Mary’s meats. Throughout the years, Mary has inspired me with her positivity and resilience. 2020 has been a difficult year, but she has taken the challenges and turned them into creative positives, with the most recent example the launch of Ranch School. She is all about creating solutions and sharing her wealth of knowledge to others, and is such a positive force to follow on Instagram. Farming and ranching is no easy feat, but Mary is a breath of fresh air to follow. I can’t wait to see what else she (and her daughters) create in the years to come!

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  497. Amy V on

    I’ve followed Mary for over a year and her openness and sharing of the day to day life has inspired me to seek out ranchers on the east coast who share similar practices and value for raising meat. Thank you Mary and Erin for the great interview!

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  498. Dawn on

    It is so inspiring to see a family farm that really works, and gets it right.

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  499. Shayla Christianson on

    I love M5! I’ve followed her instagram for awhile, I enjoy watching her renovations and admire how her and her husband are raising their girls. Can’t wait to read her new cookbook!

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  500. Riley Hammond on

    Her perseverance, vision and drive to dream big!

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  501. Cassandra Clair-Mudge on

    I love the spirit of adventure this emanates! I would Love to pack up and move to a huge plot of land and live off of it! We will definitely be looking into the retreat, that’s for sure!

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  502. Samantha Lee on

    Being a fellow farmer I know how hard and busy this life can be! And Mary does it all with her four awesome girls in tow. It seems like family values are really important to them and it’s really cool to see a true farm family working hard together everyday!

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  503. Erin M. on

    I love that they just did it! I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old, and I’m in Silicon Valley too. I don’t think I could ever leave (I like sleeping in too much) and farm, but I still think about it and just getting away from the city life. I definitely wonder about raising kids in that world, and I just admire how they jumped in and did it! And their hard work has been so successful!

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  504. Samantha Lee on

    As a fellow farmer I know how hard and busy this life can be! I love that Mary does it all with her four awesome girls in tow. It seems like family values are really important to them and it’s so cool to see a true family farm.

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  505. Sue Larson on

    I have been following Five Mary’s on Instagram since Floret gave them a shout out maybe a couple of years ago (time flies so not really sure when that was). I love their stories. My favorite is Tess mutton busting and her mutton kind of fell over coming out of the chute. Tess hung on until the mutton was coaxed to get up and moving. I love seeing photos of the girls helping on the ranch and feel like I know the whole family! I would love a book and package of Five Marys meats. ❤️

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  506. Julia on

    I think just up and going for it is so inspiring! And including the kids in everything, your girls are using skills for life, whether it’s on a farm or not.

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  507. Alyssa Morton on

    I am inspired by Mary’s true-to-self nature! She has created a new method to successfully run her business through social media marketing. I’m inspired by her ability to begin new, successful businesses (seemingly easily) as long as she’s got the idea for them! And most importantly, I’m inspired by her ability to grow closer as a family by her business endeavor to provide quality meat globally. Amazing job, Mary!

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  508. erin on

    I was looking for a better way to buy meat when the pandemic started. I was so inspired by Five Marys story and commitment. I can’t imagine buying meat anywhere else. I sure wished you sold chicken.

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  509. Dolores Vlad on

    What inspires me the most about the farm is that Mary’s girls are all working on the farm. In a day where kids stay inside and watch TV or are on their electronics most of the day it is so great to see children outdoor out and about helping their parents and working hard.

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  510. Tessa Dickinson on

    As a mother and a teacher, I am impressed beyond measure by the independence and hard work of these young ladies. Their parents give them the freedom and support to be individuals and pursue their passions. They are one of my favorite feeds to follow.

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  511. Jennifer Mornard on

    I am so in love with this story and family 😍 I just moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to a small country town in the Sierra Foothills with my husband and two small children. I’m so grateful for people like Mary who take the time out to record and share their stories with everyone and provide inspiration for those trying to find their path in the world! I grow most of my family’s vegetables and started selling a small portion and flowers this year. I have so much respect for high quality and passionately raised food as well as women who farm and have families all at once!

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  512. Kelsey on

    I am so inspired by Mary’s entreprunial spirit and incredible marketing wisdom. I long to farm one day and so enjoy following along on their journey- it is helping me sharpen my dream!

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  513. Hannah on

    I have 3 children and another on the way. It is really inspiring to see a mom, not only finding a passion, but also utilizing that passion to shape her children and show them, through example, what hard work and determination can bring to fruition. As Erin said on Instagram we need more stories like this to inspire!

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  514. Corinne on

    It’s difficult enough to raise sustainable animals on a local level. To be able to do it on a commercial scale successfully is amazing.

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  515. Susan Thomas on

    What an inspiring story! I love to hear about people that have a vision and go for it. Sounds like a magical life with lots of hard work to make it all happen.

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  516. Holly Vesterby on

    I am so inspired by your interview with Erin. The leap of faith you took to make a change for you and your family. We are looking at some changes in our life, too. Thank you for sharing.

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  517. Susie on

    What a great story – I’m so inspired by how much they “downsized” to what is truly important, and yet they’re living so abundantly, close to each other, close to the land, close to their food supply, close to their community. Wonderful!!

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  518. Greta Macomber on

    I love how you saw then need and then were brave enough to start a ranch to be able to source the quality of meat you wanted. I hope to be able to do something like this one day as well.

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  519. Lydia W on

    Everything about Mary inspires me! Their family’s level of energy and excellence is truly inspirational. I look forward to her Instagram stories every day!

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  520. Rachel Chamberlain on

    I think the whole butchery facility is pretty inspiring! “Farm to plate!” Wow! So cool to be able to control every step!!

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  521. Tracey Lake on

    I’ve enjoyed Mary’s story for over a year now. It’s so interesting to see the animals being born, fed and loved! She is such a smart business woman & is so inspiring.

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  522. Celesta on

    It’s amazing to see them doing it all with young children. As someone in the same stage of life that they were in when they started, it makes dreams and goals seen doable and so worth going for! I love seeing family businesses succeed!

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  523. Sharon Germany on

    She takes her time and appreciates the process, because it’s not always about the finish line.

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  524. Lauren Kelly on

    What a great story! I, too, have dreams of starting our own family farm to nourish our neighbors and community. But the most impairing part of this story was her ability to be patient (which is a skill that I am so lacking!). It seems like social media distorts my perspective so often, but hearing her process and, we’ll, grit! is just so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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  525. Lindsay Millard on

    I love how she raises her children and how they are an integral part of the business.

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  526. Patty on

    What inspired me about Mary & the farm was the fact that coming from a non farming/ranching background she just jumped into it. The no fear attitude of trying something out of your comfort zone, seems to be a theme in all they go. They see a need and just go for it. Best of luck on all your projects.

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  527. Heidi Layne on

    I love the family business concept and inclusion of the girls. My husband is a big meat eater, but I am sure we have never tasted the level of quality produced by Five Marys. I am excited to become a frequent customer.

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  528. Stephanie on

    I am inspired by how the entire family is involved with each new venture, including the M5 Ranch School. What a great way to educate others about agriculture!

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  529. Deneé Woods on

    Such an inspiring story! I love that this farm and cookbook wasn’t in the plans, and that both she and her husband took several different paths before beginning to create this wonderful ranching lifestyle. Building a life on things you you feel both aligned with and passionate about is huge! As a late-20s married couple with both of us still feeling out where we want our lives and careers to take us, we find such comfort in seeing what amazing things can come from trying new things and following faith & passion. Thank you for sharing ❤

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  530. Elizabeth S on

    I am inspired by their confidence to follow their passion and their unwavering focus on quality. They found methods to obtain the right customers and serve them WITHOUT compromising on quality and goals.

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  531. Vicki Sabo on

    I so enjoy following along with the day to day ranch life. Both my husband and I were raise in the farming and ranching community ( black angus too) Some of our happiest childhood memories are from those years. It’s wonderful to see your care and passion for raising great meat and the quality shows!!!

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  532. Megan on

    It is so inspiring to see your family build a dream together!

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  533. Rheannon on

    Beautifully shared family. It feels like we know them. Family roots and story sharing are inspiring tools to give others power to take control of their calling… they’re dropping seeds in others hearts with all their shared passion. Love it all.

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  534. Christi L on

    As I read through all that Mary and her family are doing with their farm, the restaurant, the guesthouse… I was thinking – WOW, what a way to keep dreaming BIG. And then at the end of the post we learn she’s not don’t yet (cheering you on, Mary, as the butchery takes shape)! What an awesome inspiration to her children to never stop giving 100% to whatever their dreams may be. Well done!

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  535. Maureen on

    I love how they are leading by example with their daughters

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  536. Susan Kelly on

    Two of my favorite women! Erin and Mary, thank you so much for the daily lessons and inspiration ❤️

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  537. Dani on

    Loved the interview. Feeling inspired to do even better when buying our food. We try to buy as much as possible from small farmers, but this interview makes us want to do a much better job, especially when it comes to meat!

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  538. Janet Rockwood on

    Some people are so talented! Would love to win the book and meat!

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  539. Jennifer Shuler on

    My children are all mostly grown but I absolutely love and appreciate the independence the 4 Mary’s are learning as a result of their complete lifestyle change. The older I get the more I wish our family would have lived a “simpler,” more down to earth life. The life they have built will provide their girls with a strong foundation no matter what they choose to pursue as adults. Thanks for sharing your world with the rest of us. 🙂

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  540. Stephanie Farris on

    It amazes me how independent and capable the girls are…watching them do what they do on the ranch everyday is truly remarkable! We are all lucky that Mary and Brian share their life with us.!!

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  541. Caroline on

    Fantastic. The diversity of entrepreneurship and commitment to the changes they want to see in the world are wonderful!

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  542. Kat on

    Such an interesting journey from premed and tutoring to ranch owner! I think it is so special that her daughters are involved too.

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  543. Shelby on

    I love following Mary and her family in Instagram. They are such an inspiration for hard work and just living life to the fullest.

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  544. Becky on

    What and awesome story ! Because I was able to spend time on my Grandparents farm growing up, I think my favorite aspect is the family unity and how they all work together. Brings back great memories!!
    Also, the hard work that It takes to be successful at farming that Mary is showing her girls! So thankful for our farmers !

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  545. D. Mary Farnsworth on

    It’s inspiring to see individuals who are so committed to their local community. The small business from scratch course sounds wonderful, and with that, your statement about collaboration at work without competition. I would love to see that in my line of work here in LA.

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  546. Faith j on

    Is it possible to be inspired by every single thing they’ve done?

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  547. Libby on

    I love that she realized her world needs to change and instead of dreaming about it, she got up and didn’t something about it. I hope I have that courage.

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  548. Kimberly Smelser on

    Wow! Such a great story of a mission to bring good to their family and then gave that spill out to the masses. Thank you.

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  549. Heidi Meadows on

    The energy, creativity, and hard work that Mary and Brian and the girls share with us on Instagram are a source of inspiration (and amazement!) to me.

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  550. Jade on

    I love taking control of your food chain by raising your own food, and helping others understand the integral role animals play in a healthy and vibrant ecosystem!

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  551. Michelle on

    My take away inspiration is that they continue to brainstorm ways to make their product better for the customer , most efficient for their business and the environment. I adore the fact that they want to pass along the knowledge they have learned , from one of the best teachers , those who lived before us!

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  552. Carrie Allord on

    I love that they embrace the pure beauty of running the beef operation with the family! All together!!!

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  553. Veronica Straub on

    What a beautiful and inspiring story! The love shown for the animals that they raise, the humanity that they show in processing, and the desire to feed the community the best quality meats is an amazing legacy to leave their Mary’s. I also appreciate how they are not only teaching their daughters how to live off the land in a responsible way, but also instilling that entrepreneurial drive. I can’t wait to read more about this amazing family in their new cookbook and check out Mary’s ebook, e-course, and the M5 Ranch school. Thank you Erin and Floret for the introduction!

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  554. Peggy on

    Such an inspirational interview and uplifting story!

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  555. Robin Lawrence on

    Wow, how inspiring to read about you and your family’s journey. It gives everyone motivation to follow your dreams.
    Would love to someday visit your restaurant and take in all the beauty of where you and your family live!
    Congrats on your success!

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  556. Jody on

    I’m so impressed with your insights into what young children are capable of – and how much work helps grow confidence. What a great message! Looking forward to checking out your instagram.

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  557. Cindy on

    WOW shows what you can accomplish when you set goals and have a common focus!

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  558. Ida Howell on

    Wow, you are living a life many are craving now. Going back to a self sustaining lifestyle and being able to raise your food the way it’s meant to be. I love that you value the lives of your livestock and want to have your own butchery facility is awesome. I love my meat and respect those who raise it ethically for us to enjoy! I’ll be heading over to Amazon to order your cookbook now!
    Thank you Erin for sharing Mary & her M5 ranch with us!

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  559. Sophia Callie Sipsas on

    A beautiful family living the California ranch life. Such an inspiration & lovely story! So looking forward to the new cookbook. A must for those who appreciate wonderful food, quality ingredients & entertaining!

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  560. Mary Yang on

    Truly inspiring and what an amazing journey! I loved every bit of it!

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  561. Holly Vesterby on

    I am so inspired by the leap of faith to make the change you wanted fo you and your family. It takes courage to do that. We are looking to make a change for our family and future. Thank you for sharing your story!

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  562. Mary Yang on

    What a beautiful family and inspiring story! Reminds me of my Mom and Dad’s journey to America from Laos. My parents wanted a better life for my siblings and I. They wanted us to dream big – we still are and it just keeps on getting bigger. Mary and her family’s passion reignites my dreams of opening my restaurant one day. And how truer can that be? “When we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted, we decided we would just do it ourselves.” Producing your own product – love that! Growing up, my parents taught us to appreciate good food. They taught us to garden and work hard. Now that we are older, we are giving that love and appreciation back. I cannot wait to teach my little sprout my family traditions and recipes that my Mom taught me. Family is everything!

    P.S. My name is Mary and I couldn’t agree more, it’s a great name! (Then again, I’m biased)

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  563. Misty Hamilton on

    Thank you for sharing your story. Wow! I love the energy. It’s amazing to read about your joy and fulfillment in such hard work. I admire anyone willing to create/build their own business and to continue helping others with products, services and education.

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  564. Susie Eaton Hopper on

    The Five Marys story is one that brings joy to me as a mother, entrepreneur and forner farm kid. It does the soull good to see how a family has developed a better brand through authentic and humane means, outside traditional channels (commodities). The beautiful photos of the ranch, the animals and team are uplifting and special, like reading an amazing novel. I would cherisha cookbook and taste of Five Marys! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your family’s story and recipes!

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  565. Jean Dietrich on

    Wow, when do they sleep?! We just put “Cooking and Cocktails” on our road trip stops. It brought back memories Of raising a calf in Gold Beach, OR for my husband. I love how the girls became independent! Children can do so much more when it is expected, or required of them.

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  566. Corlean on

    I love everything about this. It’s inspiring to see how your children are involved in all of it. We own a restaurant and it can be challenging to find balance and get our children involved in ways they enjoy. Thank you for sharing your story. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for your family.

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  567. Janet on

    Inspired by Mary’s incredible story to build her dream farm and do it with her husband and daughters together! Beautiful story and family business!

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  568. Chelsea Spencer on

    I’ve been following the Five Mary’s IG for a long time and it’s one of the things I look forward to most in the whole social media universe! While we will never be on the scale they are with our little farm, Mary renews my excitement for all the things that come with this lifestyle. She’s truly and inspiration and an encouragement when farm life gets hard. I can’t wait for the cookbook!!

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  569. Gail on

    What a wonderful story! I admire that you have instilled a strong work ethic and sense of capability and accomplishment for your daughters. That is something that will benefit them throughout their lives and the greatest gift a parent can give. Not to mention, the joy it must bring you as a family to have established such a strong team together and a successful business to share with others!
    May God continue to bless you all!

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  570. Sarah Quezada on

    I love the community that has come from the personal risk she and her family took. I love the example to the little girls she is raising to show it’s possible to hard things and follow your dreams- a legacy of leadership, perseverance, and fun. If we were all so brave !

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  571. Angie W on

    Wow, this is an amazing story. I’d never heard of Five Mary’s, but am totally inspired to look her up more now because that “can do” attitude is amazing. I’m in awe of what she’s done!

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  572. Rachel C. on

    Erin,
    Thank you for introducing me to 5 Mary’s a few years ago. What an amazing company and family. I love how absolutely raw and honest Mary is about farm life. I grew up on a farm and I must say it is the absolute best life a kid could ask for.

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  573. Crystal Smith on

    I love that your girls help with the farm, and are a daily part of the business. They will quickly become the next generation of entrepreneurs. You and your family are amazing to keep that breadth of businesses moving ahead. All the best to you. I look forward to following your success.

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  574. Beth on

    Such a great interview! I am most inspired by the farm’s commitment to keep personalization and sustainability at the forefront, even when there are so many different projects and plans going on. I love how Mary kept bringing up the importance of sharing one’s story, and of the goal to have things become full circle and not outsourced with their new planned facility.

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  575. Lea neff on

    Continue living your dream and hopefully being successful and having your children develop true life skills.

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  576. Jane Powers on

    Brings back many memories of life on the farm as a kid.

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  577. Marcia Spine on

    Such an inspiration! I’ve retired to NC, but was a cut flower farmer in VT for years. Miss it terribly! Hard work? Yes…but so worth it when it’s your passion!

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  578. Lea neff on

    Love a cookbook for family recipes to cook with my three girls. Your living a great life.

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  579. Lisa on

    What a great story. Mary made her family ranch on her terms. Lots of good ideas to use on our Minnesota farm.

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  580. Krista on

    Great story! I love the total career shift and the continuous plans for growth.

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  581. Trish P on

    I love this so much! It’s inspiring to see someone living their lives the best way they can! I dream of owning a ranch, so live vicariously through folks like this!

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  582. Denise on

    What an amazing story of entrepreneurship, and a total lifestyle change for you, your husband, and your girls. I love your story.

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  583. Sarah Lorek on

    Every bit of this interview brought tears to my eyes. Growing up in the mountains of West Virginia, my Dad taught me everything I needed to know about humanely hunting deer (and even squirrels!) After our hunt, we would ride four wheelers back to the farm and he would show me how to properly prepare the animal and stock the deep freezer for winter. Seeing photos of the girls working on the ranch reminded me so much of my upbringing. My Dad treated me no differently than my two older brothers, always encouraging me to get my hands dirty and learn. This story has inspired me to keep working on my small plot of land, and maybe one day I’ll have children who can enjoy working on it, too.

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