LAKEVIEW — Spring is a busy time for Lakeview’s Brian and Sheri Taylor, who own and operate three businesses that all revolve around farming.
The Taylors opened Taylor Seed and Grain (formerly Six Lakes Elevator) in December 2011. Springtime planting season is their busiest time of year at the mill as they begin to fill and deliver seed orders to local farmers. They also do custom grain and seed cleaning.
Brian knows all about planting and farming. He farms 700 acres of his own, planting corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Some crops go to market while some feed his nearly 40 Herford cattle, which support his USDA-certified beef production. His beef is sold at Windy Corners Meats, another one of the Taylors’ businesses, located at their farm northeast of Lakeview.
Since their meat market is a bit off the beaten path, the Taylors use advertising to bring customers in, however, most business is earned by their reputation of selling quality meat — beef, pork and chicken. They allow meat to age for three weeks before it is processed, which breaks down the muscle tissue, making it tender.
At Windy Corners Meats, they back up their meat products with a return policy.
“All of our meats have a 100 percent money-back guarantee,” Brian Taylor said. “If our customers aren’t happy, they can return it for a refund. It’s never happened, though.”
Keeping their products as pure as possible is important to the Taylors. Brian avoids giving his livestock antibiotics, hormones or growth stimulants. This same philosophy is shared by local farmers who supply beef, pork and chicken at Windy Corners Meats, which opened just over two years ago.
When growing crops to feed his cattle, Taylor utilizes renewable resources as much as possible. He reduces chemical use for weed control by using a lot of conventional tillage methods — cultivating and chisel plowing.
While Brian tends to the livestock and seed and grain store businesses, Sheri keeps things running smoothly at Windy Corners Meats. She takes pride in providing home-grown meat and produce.
“When you buy meat and vegetables at a grocery store, you don’t know where it comes from,” Sheri said. “We raise everything here with the exception of some pork, which comes from a farm in Rosebush.”
After a long, cold winter, Sheri’s chomping at the bit to get outside. She’s polishing her gardening tools and getting ready to plant a big garden just south of their home. Her garden produce will be sold at Windy Corners.
Six Lakes Area Flea Market and Farmer Marketplace is the third business property the Taylors own and manage. The market opened in early April and will remain open into October. This year’s cold spring weather has hindered business some, according to Brian. As soon as the weather improves, he anticipates more vendors.
Business locations, products, services and hours of operation
• Windy Corners Meats — located at 1921 65th Ave., northeast of Lakeview — is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The store offers a wide variety of packed beef, pork and chicken, jerky, bologna and cheese. Once owner Sheri Taylor’s crops mature, fresh in-season vegetables and melons from her garden will be sold there.
• Taylor Seed and Grain is located at 116 S. Railroad St. in Six Lakes. In addition to operating as a mill, Taylor Seed and Grain sells Golden Harvest seed corn and NK brand soybean, wheat and alfalfa seeds. The mill provides agronomy services, surveys fields to check pollination and does custom grain and seed cleaning. Mill hours vary. For questions about hours, products and services, call Brian Taylor at (616) 520-3264.
• Six Lakes Area Flea Market and Farmer Marketplace is located just north of M-46 on North Six Lakes Road (M-66). The market will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the season ends in October. Vendors may call Brian Taylor at (616) 520-3264 to lease market space.