In 1964 Don & Donna Heffner married, and officially began Volcanic Farms; purchasing 12 registered Jersey cows (Don already had a "pet" Jersey cow, Lily) The land they farmed (with the extinct volcano) belonged to Donna's parents from whom the couple acquired the land. Thus, Donna is 3rd generation custodian of this remarkably majestic land.
It wasn't long until Don & Donna were milking more than 100 registered Jerseys, and gardening as a hobby in the summer. They raised sweet corn, strawberries and a variety of melons that they sold in local grocery stores.
After years of feeling dissatisfied with produce managers not properly handling his ripe produce, Don started selling directly to the public out of the back of his pickup truck. **(Since Dons passing, we no longer sell produce on the road)
1986 in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
1986 Don added a much wider variety of the vegetables from their gardens that needed protection by shade and ice so they wouldn't wilt.
This inspired him to make his first roadside produce stand. Volcanic Farms officially opened their first produce stand along Highway 55 in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho more than 25 years ago!
(As a side note.. They sold the last of their Jersey cows by 1993)
Today in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
In the 1990's Volcanic Farms Produce Stand became a permanent building that includes a commercial kitchen.
With the help of Don and Donna’s youngest daughter, Angie, and her mother-in-law (lovingly referred to as Nanna), in 2001 Volcanic Farms Pies were born!