At the end of last winter Carhartt made it's first trip to Fort Jones, California. This small rural town is where Mary and Brian Heffernan, as well as the couple’s four daughters all named Mary (who go by nicknames!), have called home for the past three years. It’s also where we first fell in love with Five Marys Farms.
Their story reads like something that might inspire a Hollywood movie: a Silicon Valley lawyer and entrepreneur who decided to trade it all in to live the Carhartt way of life. But it doesn’t take you very long to realize there’s nothing glamorous about the 24/7 commitment to hard work that goes into running the ranch, their farm store, and newly opened restaurant in town called Five Marys Burgerhouse. Or the manual labor required to keep their fine-tuned machine churning and keep the couple “farm fit” as they work with their kids seven days a week to care for their menagerie of livestock including beef, pork, lamb, chickens, turkeys, horses & ranch dogs. Not to mention the fact they’re still new to this whole thing and continuously striving to learn the ins and outs and this new life they’ve built for their family. That’s what inspired us to anoint Mary the matriarch of the hardworking Carhartt women everywhere.