We are Finding Home Farms
Welcome to Finding Home Farms, we are so glad you have joined us. We are Laura and Dana, and along with our daughters, we live in the Hudson Valley of New York.
FHF is a family-owned, lifestyle brand that brings the best of the farm with our organic maple syrup and combines it with our home decor products to provide the perfect ingredients for creating a welcoming home. From hand crafted organic maple syrup and pantry offerings to soy candles and home decor, we proudly source and produce all of our products in the USA. We hope to create products, ideas and inspiration that encourages you to gather with your friends and family.
Working Hard Towards the American Dream
Finding Home Farms initially started out as a blog in 2010, where Laura happily shared decorating ideas and DIY projects. While Laura was trying to figure out the world of blogging, Dana was stressed and run down doing the corporate gig. He traveled the globe in a great job, but he was never home. In 2015, the Putnams decided it was time to start a new path by returning to their roots. Dana grew up on a dairy farm in New Hampshire and his favorite time of the year was the 6 weeks of “sugaring” when they made maple syrup. For 14 years, the Putnams were “backyard sugar makers,” crafting just enough syrup to share with neighbors and friends. Those six weeks were always the happiest. Now they’ve turned sugar making into a full time career, going for the BIG dream – making a life AND a living doing what they love best – crafting maple syrup and creating a welcoming home.
Finding Home Farms has now developed into a Sugarhouse, an online store and a wholesale line. You can shop for maple syrup, soy candles, home decor and holiday items right here on our site.
We hope you will join us on our ever-changing journey toward FINDING HOME.
This is the short and concise version. If you are anything like us, you like to really know the story of how we ended up here. To read the whole journey, start HERE.
Come Visit Us!
We started out with a small sugarhouse at our home. We ran the business out of our office and kept our product in the basement. Then, we moved the “warehouse” to the garage, added some team members who worked out of our dining room. When we received our first large delivery of pancake mix, we didn’t have room in the garage so we began loading them into the dining room. At a certain point, we actually heard the floor joist crack from the weight. We quickly dispersed the pancake mix all over the first floor of our house!
Now, we have a warehouse (with a loading dock), a full area for making and canning our maple syrup, a retail store, offices and event space to invite all of you in. It is not lost on us how lucky we are to have evolved in this way. And our team is likely happy to be out of our dining room! To find our more details about visiting us, please click HERE.
Laura Putnam is the co-founder of Finding Home Farms, along with her husband Dana. Laura is extremely passionate about a few key things: her family, galvanized-metal-anything and developing products for Finding Home Farms. She spent more than a decade helping others create welcoming homes for their families through her home decor business and popular blog called Finding Home. Prior to that, she was the marketing and communications director of an internationally recognized shoe brand. She officially “found home” when she and Dana turned their sugar making hobby into a full time business.
Aside from meeting and collaborating with retailers, one of Laura’s favorite parts of the business is product development; particularly the Shine and Signature candle collections, food products and entertaining/decor pieces. She also enjoys community events held at the Sugarhouse, Finding Home Farms’ retail location in Middletown, NY.
Laura is the author of DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts, published in 2015.
With a PhD in animal nutrition, Dana Putnam lived full force in the corporate world for many years. High profile, high stress, and high travel eventually took their toll and Dana longed for a simpler life….a life more like the one he enjoyed growing up in New Hampshire as a fourth generation sugar maker. He started his first sugar making business at an early age. His father built a little shed so Dana and his brother could have their own sugar house with about 80 trees. He continued to work on the family farm through college, until joining corporate America.
In 2015, Dana and his wife and co-founder, Laura, took a leap of faith and launched Finding Home Farms. Life has never been sweeter!
He enjoys merging old traditions with new technology. When he isn’t boiling sap or tapping trees, he can usually be found researching more efficient ways to make maple syrup, running or coaching their girls’ multiple sports teams.
He believe, “Finding Home Farms is who we’re supposed to be.”