John Parkes and his son Jeff are washing eggs as I walk into their cozy little farm store. The temperature outside is about 20 degrees, but even in the dead of winter, the small barn right off of Route 125 is warm and welcoming. The farm is home to three generations of Parkes men: owner and operator John Parkes, his father Harold, and his sons Jeff and TJ who both help out on the farm part time.
Above: John ushers his chickens into the hen house for the night.
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