CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Three generations, four brothers, one dad and one grandpa make up a large part of the labor for Keonig family. The other part comes from the boss inside home, mom.
They say the farming lifestyle makes this complete.
"It's always something to do," Keith Keonig said. "Never bored."
"He never stops working," Jan Keonig said. "Keith is the only person I know that will commit to doing eight things in a day and actually get seven of them done."
The Keonig family says they tried the city lifestyle, but have found their dream life in the country.
"Well you know we tried to do it the other way first," Jan Keonig said. "After college, we got a job in the city. Once we started spending our vacations coming home to farm, I decided Keith was going to be a farmer even if we cut off his legs. So we decided to come back to the farm and it's been a great thing for our family."
Like many in the farming community, this family says farming has brought a close family even closer.
"You know, I've grown up here on this family farm," Keith said. "I farm with my parents and my family with my four boys. It's all about working together and enjoying God's creation."
Keith Keonig says he enjoys the diversity of his farming operation. Corn, cattle, hogs…he takes pride in it all. In fact, if you are ever in New York, you may be enjoying a piece of meat that came straight from his farm.
"Because they don't have hormones or antibiotics, we market them that way through one of my friends from high school," Keith said. "He's got contacts with chiefs which he sells directly. Some of those went to James Beard House, which I guess is a famous restaurant in New York. One apparently I can't afford to eat at. I eat my own pork chops here…I just can't afford to eat them in New York."
Keonig says that is just another example of how blessed he and his family is. He is living his dream job.
"I get to do all kinds of things," Keonig said. "I work with different people and yet I don't have the task every day. I have the same job of farming and I love that. In the planting time, it's hours on the tractor. In harvest season, I'm hauling corns or beans or working on the combine. I just love the seasonal changes of the jobs."