via press release:
Great American Country Kicks Off New Season of “Farm Kings” Series
Celebrating Hard Work, Farming, Food, and Family
Season Two Premieres April 11 @ 9pm ET/8 pm CT on GAC
NASHVILLE, TENN. –April 4, 2013 – Farm Kings, the hit television series on Great American Country (GAC), returns with new episodes starting Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT. The series follows the trials and triumphs of the King family of Freedom Farms in Pennsylvania, a down-to-earth, hardworking clan of nine brothers and one sister—all in their teens and 20s–and one dynamo mom. Together, they inspire viewers with their remarkable work ethic and deep family bond.
The King family’s goals are simple: to make farming cool again, and to remind all of us of the importance of knowing where our food comes from, buying local and eating healthy. Each week the family generously let GAC into their homes, their fields and their farmers’ markets, bakery, and café, for a look into the grueling life of a farmer–one where Mother Nature always has the final say.
“Farming is like gambling. There will be insects. There will be disease. From the moment you get up till the moment you go to bed, it’s total madness,” says eldest brother, Joe King.
Each week, the King Family of Freedom Farms battle the elements – and each other – to provide the Pittsburgh region with the very freshest produce possible. Eldest brother Joe co-manages with brothers Tim, “Head Farmer”, and Pete, the “Human Harvester.” Younger brother Dan, “the Utility Man,” wants to take on more responsibility. Mom Lisa is ever-present to make sure the work gets done on a daily basis.
“Farm Kings celebrates and reflects GAC’s passion for family, home, food, and American culture,” says GAC GM Sarah Trahern. “Our viewers connect in a big way to this hardworking farm family as they tackle obstacles but always love and support one another.”
When GAC left the family at the end of last season, the Kings were struggling to recover from the unexpected hardships and financial setbacks caused by a havoc-wreaking hailstorm that badly damaged crops and rendered them unsellable, making things a bit tighter over the winter.
Now, in the new episodes, spring is in the air and the family is preparing for the new farming season, planting crops and making plans for some big new developments, such as expanding beyond produce into meats with the addition of cows and pigs and beefing up their advance-pay program of community supported agriculture— operations that some brothers are more hesitant about than others. The café is also presenting challenges for sister Bitty, who must ask for help from one brother that will require him sacrificing his own plans.
From overnight bakery shifts and early-morning picking, to stripping down and selling their wares until sunset, the Kings lay it all on the line each week to bring their customers the best in fresh, local food. But when you’re in business with your family things are bound to get personal, so these Farm Kings must find a way to overcome their differences and balance business with family, or see it all come crashing down.
But it won’t be all work and no play. The King brothers will decide to host a benefit for their favorite charity, the Special Olympics, offering themselves in a “Win a Date with a King” auction, and the Kings takes a break with a family vacation to Holiday Valley, N.Y. for some much needed R&R.
Check out video clips, profiles/bios on each of the King family members, recipes, photo gallery and more at: http://GACtv.com/farmkings.
About Great American Country (GAC)
Great American Country is the leader in country lifestyle entertainment, and delivers to viewers original lifestyle programming, music performance specials, live concerts and country music videos. GAC is available in more than 62 million households and online at http://GACTV.com.
GAC is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.