Blog origin story

Welcome to farmstand culture. I’m Tiffany, and I grew up eating fast food. A lot of fast food. My parents led busy lives. Neither of them enjoyed cooking very much. We didn’t have a ton of money, and there weren’t a lot of quick ways to get healthy food on the run. We were a typical family that had disconnected from our ancestors’ farm stand way of living.

Making hectic lives healthier

Hey, most of us would be happy to live a little healthier, use more natural products and shop for fresh local food. But life is hectic, and it just has to be easy and realistic. I have made small changes over the years. Small changes added up, and now, I’m happy to share my successes and failures with you.

And now, I’ve stopped standing in line for fast food and learned to whip up farm-stand fresh meals every week. Even the skin care my family uses is natural and food-based.

I made this lifestyle change even as life got more hectic. I went to college, got a puppy, bought a house, went to grad school, got a job, got married, bought another house, had two kids, became an executive, started blogging, and defended a dissertation.

Let’s reconnect

It doesn’t matter if you live in an urban high-rise or on an historic farm. It doesn’t matter how your percentages line up in an ancestry test. We all live in families and communities with a rich farm stand past.


I look forward to helping you connect to your roots. You may find a story that changes the way you look at some little blue flowers growing along the highway or the coffee grounds in your kitchen. The relationship changes after you’ve showered together.

Have some fun comparing the top five items at your local farm stand to these picks from my farmstand5. Discover some good ideas for planning a garden in your lifeindoors or out.

My inspiration

The idea came about as a distraction from studying during a long dissertation year. Not a doctorate in botany like you might expect, it’s in finance, but I like to think there are some crossover skills. If not, it was an incredibly expensive hobby.

farmstand culture highlights the simple steps I’ve taken to move from fast food to farm-fresh food and skin care. I’m happy to share the things I learned to inspire you to take a few steps toward a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.

Thanks for reading. I put so much into farmstand culture and hope you have a good time clicking around here. You should be able to find almost any post by clicking on Series in the menu at the top of the page.

The Author

I’m Tiffany Burns. My family lives on an authentic Colonial-era farm and spends hours in our home garden. Over the years, I put my research skills to good use, reading books about gardening and natural products. After nearly two decades of lived research, I launched a line of Natural Soaps and Skincare products. Enjoy!

Leave me a comment or send me an email if there’s something you want to see more of or a new idea you want to share!

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8 thoughts on “Blog origin story

  1. I’m no farmer, but I live across the road from an enormous pig farm! 🙂
    Thanks for following my blog, which is appreciated.
    Regards, Pete.

  2. HI

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and following me, looking forward to getting to know you


  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. Nice to meet you Tiffany. I love to make my own cleaning products. I decided to follow your blog so I can learn my own facial care products. We grow most of our own food. We live on a Ranch in Texas. Our little community exchanges products we raise with each other.

    1. Thanks for helping me get to know you better! Do you ever mix baking soda and citric acid for an extra special foaming cleanser? I love that mix to clean my kitchen sink. For natural facial products, my go-tos will be shea, jojoba, sugar scrubs, and glycolic acid. I’m working on two posts you might like. 1 on the best kept secret for keeping wrinkles at bay and another on why I like powder-to-foam face wash better than liquid.

      1. Looking forward to your posts. I have never tried baking soda with citric acid. I do mix baking soda with vinegar. My kitchen sink is made of composite granite. It cleans very easily.

      2. Oooh, sounds like a pretty fancy sink.

      3. Yes. I love it 🙂

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