As if Emma isn’t busy enough, she also raises eggs and makes highly sought-after jams like cranberry-apple and ginger-pear, which she sells from the farm, through a couple stores and at the local farmers’ market. The Van Vorsts also raise some Angus beef and crop more than 200 acres of animal feed with no additional employees, although Andrew’s dad, an active 80-something, still helps out. Like his father, Andrew doesn’t see retiring. “I don’t know if I’d like Florida,” he jokes.
A good life
Andrew watches his two grandchildren grow and looks to the future. “We have to make it interesting for the next generation to take over. There are so many things luring them away,” he says. “Emma has to feel this is where she can make a good living and have a good life.” According to Emma, there’s no question about that: “My husband and I enjoy watching our kids spend each day learning and exploring on the farm. Really my job in the long run will be encouraging my children to love this life as much as I do and hopefully they will want to become a part of our long family history.”