Tell me a little bit about yourself & family:
Hi I am Nicole Lewis! I was born and raised in Hinckley Ohio, so I grew up in Medina County! Then when I met my husband Jacob, in 2012 I moved to Oberlin, and became a Lorain County girl! We have three strong willed boys, Scott is our oldest he is 4, Colt is our middle he is 3, and Hank is our youngest he is 2, as you can tell we have been “busy” the last four years 🙃
What are your favorite things to do with your family?
As a family we love to be at the farm! Working, taking gator rides, or “going on adventures down the lane way.”
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have been parasailing and sky diving!
What are some of your favorite things about NE Ohio?
We have all four seasons, our metro parks are very kid friendly, and Cedar Point is just a 30 minute ride from our house!
What’s your favorite family friendly restaurant in our area?
Lorenzo’s pizza in Oberlin, we eat here once a week!
We used to live in Oberlin & LOVE Lorenzo’s!!
Please tell us about Lewis Farms! Why/when did you start it and how did you know this is what you wanted to do?
Lewis Farms was actually purchased in 1969 by my husbands grandparents, at the time it was ran as a dairy farm! In the early 2000’s my father in law decided to get out of the dairy industry and into the beef industry, and we have been raising beef cattle ever since! We started off raising our cattle only for commercial use, for Tyson Meats, then we wanted to sell local as well! We started off selling custom freezer beef locally, then realized not everyone has the room for ¼, ½ and whole beef. So we wanted to provide farm fresh beef locally on a smaller quantity scale, so we opened The Beef Barn in 2020. There we sell seasonings, bbq sauce, beef bundles and individual cuts! I’m not sure I can say “this was always my dream” but watching my husbands passion and devotion for farming is literally inspiring, so it became a dream I learned to love as well!
How has your community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Our farm is very community based, we would not be were we are today without our loyal customers! Who advocate for us so much we joke that they are walking advertisements! We try to be involved in the farming community, and Lorain county community any chance we can, giving back is very important to us, as well as supporting local businesses!
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
I love providing farm fresh beef for our local families, being able to give back to the community, and getting the chance to meet new people!
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start their own business?
There are ups and downs, but never give up, always stay humble, always stay focused! You will learn and grow from every mistake and accomplishment, and as long as your putting your best foot forward, you are succeeding!
What’s your proudest accomplishment?
Being a mom and farm wife!
Is there anything you would have changed or done differently with your business thus far?
If I could go back in time I definitely would of loved to start The Beef Barn sooner!
How do you juggle being a working mom?
I would love to have some words of encouragement for being a working mom, but it’s hard! I work in health care part time in addition to my farm duties! In addition to being a mom, maid, cook the list goes on! Just remember to always do your best, and make time for yourself, you are important too!
Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
In 10 years I hope that the farm continues to be successful for the next generation!
Who has most influenced you the most to be the mom you are today?
Without a doubt my own mother, Sue Rybka. She has guided me to be the person I am today! I also have an amazing mother in law, Marnie Lewis, who is my second mom! That woman is a saint too! I strive daily to be half the mom and women they are today!
For more information on Lewis Farms or to place your next farm fresh beef order, visit Lewis Farms on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LewisFarmsOhioLLC & check out there current specials on the Deals page HERE.