Family Roots Farm: A Tradition of Quality and Community

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Family Roots Farm: A Tradition of Quality and Community

Family Roots Farm: A Tradition of Quality and Community

Nestled in the heart of Henry County lies a hidden gem of agricultural excellence and community spirit: Family Roots Farm. Owned and operated by Marisa and Scott Craig, this local cattle farm is a testament to the Craig family’s dedication to sustainable farming, quality products, and the joys of working together as a family. Specializing in Belted Galloways, a distinctive breed known for its striking appearance and superior beef quality, Family Roots Farm offers a range of beef products that have earned them a loyal customer base in the community.

The Craigs: A Family United by Farming and Veterinary Care

Marisa Craig, a seasoned veterinarian, owns a local veterinary clinic (Lake Dow Animal Hospital), bringing her expert knowledge and compassionate care to the animals on the farm. Her connection to each cow is personal and profound, as evidenced by the fact that every cow has a name, and Marisa knows each one by heart. On the other hand, Scott Craig splits his time between working at Southern Belle Farm and managing the farm operations at home. Scott’s passion for farming is evident in his meticulous care for the land and his enthusiasm for operating the farm equipment lovingly referred to as his “big toys.”

Their two children also play an integral role in the day-to-day operations, learning valuable lessons about responsibility, teamwork, and sustainable farming practices. Together, the Craig family epitomizes the values of hard work, community, and a commitment to providing high-quality, locally sourced food.

The Belted Galloways: A Breed Apart

The Belted Galloways, often affectionately called “Belties,” are a breed that stands out for their distinctive white belt and exceptional beef quality. Known for their marbled meat, Belted Galloways produce tender, flavorful beef that is highly sought after by connoisseurs and everyday consumers alike. Family Roots Farm raises these cattle with the utmost care, ensuring they are farm-raised, antibiotic and steroid-free, and processed at a USDA-inspected facility.

An Unforgettable Farm Visit

In the spring of 2023, our family had the pleasure of purchasing a half cow from Family Roots Farm, and the experience was fantastic. Visiting the farm on a lovely fall afternoon, we were greeted by the sight of contented Belted Galloways grazing peacefully in the pastures.  Marisa took the time to introduce us to several of the cows by name, sharing stories about each one and their unique personalities.

The beef we received was top-notch. Boxed beef packages from Family Roots Farm include a variety of cuts, such as ribeyes, T-bones, ground beef, stew meat, and more. Each cut was packaged well, showcasing the rich, natural flavors that are the hallmark of the Belted Galloway breed. Knowing that the beef was sourced locally and raised with such care added an extra layer of satisfaction to every meal we prepared for us and our kiddos.

Supporting Local Food and Family Farming

The Craig family firmly believes in the benefits of local food and the enriching experience of working together as a family. Their dedication to sustainable farming practices and community engagement makes them vital to Henry County’s agricultural landscape. By purchasing beef from Family Roots Farm, customers get top-quality products and support a family that is deeply committed to the well-being of their animals, the land, and their community.

For those interested in experiencing the exceptional quality of Belted Galloway beef, Family Roots Farm offers boxed beef packages that include a variety of cuts and custom-cut packages available for pre-order. You can email the Craig family at to learn more or place an order.

In an age where the origins of our food can often be a mystery, Family Roots Farm provides a refreshing reminder of the value of knowing and trusting the people who produce our food. The Craig family’s passion, expertise, and commitment to excellence ensure that every product from their farm truly reflects the love and care that goes into its creation.

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By Kemble Hildreth