New Estacada farm White Owl Acres offers customers flowers, eggs and a friendly atmosphere

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The team behind White Owl Acres is the Deckert family: Lee, Jessica, Logan, 9, and Ruby, 3.

At White Owl Acres, a goat named Lily might follow you around as you explore the plants, beehives and other elements that the farm has to offer.

It's one of the many instances of friendliness you'll find on the 21.5 acres of grassy land, opening for the season on Friday, April 27. Along with a greenhouse full of flowers, the farm also offers eggs.

"It's a different type of flower shop," said Lee, who runs White Owl Acres with his family. "It's different than the standard nursery where it's just get what you want and go. You can enjoy the outdoorsy stuff and get followed around by the chickens and the goats. We want to make it super friendly."

The team behind White Owl Acres is Lee, his wife Jessica and their children Logan, 9, and Ruby, 3. Starting April 27, the farm at 27760 S. Skinner Road will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Though this year will mark White Owl Acres' first season, the land is rife with family history. The farm was formerly owned by Lee's grandfather, and his family spent many moments on it.

"There's a lot of memories here," he said. "There used to be a baseball field, and we used to get the whole family out there (for games). My grandpa used to do Easter egg hunts for everybody here."

Farming runs in the family, and Lee's parents own the neighboring Four Ds farm.

As they anticipate White Owl Acre's upcoming opening day, the Deckerts are excited to share the property with others

"I love to tell the story that we were first-time farmers and first-time people to own a nursery, and that this was his grandparents' property," Jessica said. "The story behind it, that's what I'm excited about."

The farm's name stems from a childhood memory of Lee's.

"In the big barn, there's a huge swing. We'd go in and swing off the loft and there was always a pair of white owls in there. We'd swing and we could see them looking at us from up there, watching," Lee recalled.

"We were actually sitting (outside) when we first bought the place, and we had a bonfire going. Two owls flew out and circled out here, and our kids got to see that for the first time," Jessica added.

The couple is excited to have Logan and Ruby grow up on a farm. Each morning, Jessica and Ruby tend to plants in the greenhouse, collect eggs from the chickens and feed Lily, among other tasks.

"I hope they grow up with hard work ethics (from the farm)," Jessica said. "I'm glad that they're going to be able to get out there and learn how to grow their own food, or learn how to take care of animals."

Along with what's available now, the Deckerts hope to expand their offerings down the line to potentially include honey, blueberries and an orchard with walnut, pear and apple trees.

Currently, the greenhouse is filled with hanging baskets with million bells and petunias, sunflowers and lavender.

There are several beehives, though honey will not be available for purchase this year to allow the bees to create a stronger colony.

The farm's four legged greeter, Lily, is more of a pet. But the farm's numerous chickens, who might also follow guests, ensure that plenty of eggs are available for purchase.

Lee and Jessica are looking forward to working on the farm for many years to come, and filling the land with even more memories.

"It's a lot of work but it's so worth it to live out in the country on a farm. I just love it," Jessica said. "Our kids are fourth generation to live on the property. It's amazing our kids are even able to play out here."

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