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Kauffman Farms Creates a Family Oasis of Fun

How finding creative ways to spend quality time outdoors at home has really taken off

Article by Nicole Bell

Photography by Plum Poppy Photography

Originally published in Gallatin Lifestyle

For Tom and Valerie Kauffman, the ultimate dream for their family became a reality shortly after relocating to Middle Tennessee from Pennsylvania in 2017. Previously, Tom had worked for an Amish swing set manufacturer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When Tom, Valerie and their growing family moved to Lebanon, Tom quickly saw a need for families in the area to have access to the same type of family and outdoor-oriented equipment that wasn’t necessarily or readily available in the area. Kauffman Farms was started in January 2020 to fill just that need. 

Kauffman Farms began providing high-quality, vinyl swingsets and poly, outdoor furniture to families in Middle Tennessee. While starting a business in the middle of a pandemic posed its own set of challenges, an unexpected benefit to their timing saw great growth as more and more families sought out ways to outfit their homes and recreation areas with quality outdoor equipment, as staying home became the norm during 2020 and into 2021. Outdoor furniture, play areas and swing sets quickly became a popular way to spend more time outdoors when other areas were still shut down during the pandemic. Even now, and after more families discovered (or rediscovered) ways to spend quality time outdoors and at home, Kauffman Farms has seen great growth in services and the equipment they are able to provide. 

Kauffman Farms vinyl swing sets are maintenance and splinter-free and come with a 20-year warranty against fading and a six-year structural warranty. With the needs of families in mind, Kauffman Farms offers complete customization of any swing set, from the array of colors to spiral slides, rock climbers, misting systems for hot days, accessories and almost anything else you can think of to add those extra touches. Tom and Valerie help bring visions to life for families to enjoy spending quality time outdoors while making memories.

“First and foremost our business is guided by our faith in God,” Tom says. Striving to do business with integrity and provide great customer service is what sets Kauffman Farms apart from other swing set and poly furniture companies. Tom also installs rubber mulch with a border that encompasses each swing set to give the play area a safe surface for activities. For those who are looking to relocate or need to remove and dispose of old swing sets, Kauffman Farms offers those services, too. 

Reflecting back to Tom and Valerie’s first three years in Tennessee, Tom managed the retail lot in Lebanon while Valerie homeschooled their three children. Their desire and dream were to live a self-sustaining life by raising their own animals and growing their own food on their homestead. They bought a fixer-upper home on a 12-acre farm to do just that. Now, focusing on growing Kauffman Farms full time, and raising five beautiful children with their sixth on the way, Kauffman Farms is a true family-owned and operated business. Currently, Tom and Valerie have in the works a showroom and office space that is being built on their property to display their top-of-the-line furniture and swing sets in an indoor setting. Looking toward the future, Tom and Valerie aspire to further their connection to the area by holding community events, open houses, birthday parties and even desire to have a free playground, petting zoo and other opportunities for fun for the community on their property. 

“It is a passion and our pleasure to have products that bring families and friends together, creating memories for a lifetime,” says Tom. And, with so many opportunities now available for families to create their own fun zones at home, there’s no better way to outfit an oasis for you and your family to help find that quality time and memories that so many families continue to rediscover.

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