Back when Farmer’s Son Co. was little more than me sitting at my kitchen table one night brainstorming ideas for how I was going to turn my hobby into something bigger, I decided that I wanted to do things a bit differently.
I decided then and there that I wanted to make candles inspired by my rural roots, by the people in my life, by my love of the outdoors and by the memories that these places and folks evoked. 🌲🌿🏕👏🏻
While I appreciate nice things and have spent more than my fair share on buffalo check shirts, I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to market myself as a luxury line. Because that’s not who I am or how I grew up. When you grow up on a small family farm in Manitoba of all places, where everyone is expected to chip in, being able to sleep in on a Sunday morning is as close as you get to luxury. Why try to be anything different than what you’re actually all about? A good quality, long lasting product shouldn’t be a luxury.
I use a pure North American produced soy wax, high grade fragrance oils that are free from phthalates and other scary stuff and cotton core wicks to give you a clean burning, long lasting product. Because quality really is everything to me. If you’re buying what I’m making, I’m searching high and low for the best components that I can find.
I pour everything into reusable lowball tumblers that you can use for your Friday night deck drinks (or upside-down old oil pails in the tractor shed if you’re my Dad).
I hand-pour each candle up in my little second floor studio with its crooked tables. Every batch of candles is made with a lot of love & care and occasionally a sloped top because of said crooked work tables.
I don’t rush new items out to market. I take my time to make sure I’m getting it right - which means a lot of trial & error, and a lot of dud candles to get that perfect new scent.
I love that this is my job, and in turn, that it’s become a way of life.
The support of the stockists that I get to work with & of the folks that’s are buying my candles really does mean the world to this farm boy. I might not have been cut out for that life, but I get the work ethic and pride & am bringing that to this venture.