Would you have ever guessed? Check out this headline from our local paper, Leesburg Today!

“Loudoun Healthy Eating Pioneer Wins National Honor”

Time spent in NYC with my daughter and partner MaryTeresa could not have been more rewarding in so many ways. The inspirational stories of women making their way in business was encouraging.  I am still in awe of the fact that I, representing Fields of Athenry Farm, and all that we stand for in healthy eating, was on the nominee list for the Golden Plow Award. I am humbled and honored. It is with great joy that we can bring joy into your lives through our foods, flavors and love. To win the 2015 Golden Plow Award put me over the top in renewed dedication toward our mission and philosophy.

 Coming home from NYC was a pleasant drive and fun time discussing the HUGE win but even more special was the time alone with MaryTeresa who will be wed this coming October. Yes, we did a little shopping in NYC. We talked about wedding plans, honeymoon, flowers, all the wonderful things a mother and daughter can, alone. Then we sat down together with our small farm staff and wrote our very first press release!

I still can’t believe this! I am so excited to say the least.


A farmer on a mission to heal chronic illness with food is nationally recognized at NYC gala.


April 25,2015, Purcellville, VA – On Monday, April 20th, Elaine Boland of Fields of Athenry Farm in Purcellville, Virginia just outside of the Washington D.C. metro area,  took home The Golden Plow Award at the 2015 Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ ‘Women Who Inspire’ Awards Gala. The Golden Plow Award recognizes excellence in growing or producing from nature’s bounty and honoring a woman whose skill in farming or making artisanal products results in food that graces our plates while respecting the environment. 

Fields of Athenry Farm was always a lifelong dream of Elaine Boland’s, a mother of five daughters who began her journey of providing nutrient dense meats and products over thirteen years ago.  Because of her daughter’s Cushing’s disease, Boland began to recognize the relationship between the foods we eat and chronic disease.  Through this experience she developed delicious, nutrient dense bone broths that included organ meats as a way to help her daughter’s failing organ functions. The WCR recognized those efforts on Monday night by awarding Boland with the coveted Golden Plow award.

Boland remarked; “We feel incredibly blessed to be recognized at this level. The WCR group of women has re-opened our eye’s to see the importance of why it is we do what we do. There truly is power in the solidarity of these women and we are proud and humbled to now be in the WCR family.”

As her family’s health improved, the farm business grew. She quickly went from a personal source of healthy foods for family and friends, to a thriving farm store and home delivery business. More importantly, she became a resource for people looking for both knowledge and ways to feed themselves in a healthy, holistic way. Her work and philosophy on food has been featured in Flavor Magazine, Inspired Magazine, and the Washingtonian.

MaryTeresa Boland, co-owner, commented “I remember when this journey started 13 years ago and learning of my sister’s diagnosis. To have come so far and to have my mom recognized for all her hard work and passion was such an amazing moment. It’s an honor to work beside her every day.”


Today, Boland continues to sell her fresh, weekly butchered pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free Beef, Lamb, Poultry and Pork from her farm store and is shipping her nutrient dense broths across the country with the demand higher than ever.

About Fields of Athenry: Fields of Athenry Farm (38082 Snickersville Turnpike, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 703.300.5765 Twitter: @FieldsofAthenry) is a family owned and operated farm providing Bone Broths, premium grass-fed, pasture raised beef, poultry, and pork along with other items like Raw Milk cheese, prepared seasonal meals, butter, ghee, and eggs. The farm’s philosophy is a belief in healthy eating as the first and foremost preventative to many illnesses that are a result of a reliance on convenient and processed foods. For more information about Fields of Athenry Farm, please visit our Website or like us on Facebook!

About WCR: Established by Barbara Tropp and seven pioneering women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR is an active resource for women seeking to advance culinary education and gain recognition in various areas of the food and beverage industry. Through invaluable experiences and opportunities, WCR helps leverage the voice of talented women, helping to elevate their position while building a strong connection of industry peers. These connections have influenced the careers of many notable chefs today.


Glad to be back on here! It’s been a crazy transition from 2014-2015! More about that later. In the moment, here and now, I am in New York City with my daughter and co-owner of Fields of Athenry Farm, MaryTeresa Boland. What, you might ask, are we doing in New York City? So there’s this organization of amazing women called Women Chefs and Restauranteurs, WCR! Each year, WCR holds a conference and a “Women Who Inspire” awards gala to celebrate the efforts of all the outstanding women who have been recognized by their peers as exceptional leaders in their field. I am honored and humbled to have been nominated for the “Golden Plow” award.

This morning we started our day off in gratitude and celebrated mass in Saint Patricks Cathedral.


We then came back and enjoyed delicious breakfast bites from various NY women chefs,

Katarzyna Ploszaj, Petite Oven, NY

Shannon Collins, Grace Café, NY

Erica Kulaga, Agatha Kulaga, Ovenly, NY

Katherine Thompson, Lartusi, NY

Keynote with Lidia Bastianich award-winning chef, restauranteur, TV host, educator, business partner with B&B Hospitality Group and one of the original founders of WCR, was inspirational to say the least. We are looking forward to visiting her Eataly and butcher shop here in NYC.


Lydia was followed by a great panel including;

Susan Ungaro, President of James Beard Foundation

Dana Cowin, Editor Food & Wine

Kat Kinsman, Editor-In-Chief The Tasting Table

Melissa Clark, Journalist, New York Times

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The message shared of finding power in female solidarity has been inspirational. We will keep you updated as our eventful conference unfolds. It is a joy and a privilege to be here as we continue to learn.