THE STORY OF COW CHIP SHIRTS
We grew up on a farm and were discussing our childhood memories, the way things are today in the world as compared to the way they used to be. We talked about the cows and things that would happen as we were doing our daily chores. Long ago we knew we worked hard and didn’t spend any time on ourselves until our chores were finished. We never realized we were being taught a work ethic and imprinting unforgettable memories at the same time. My how times have changed. It’s sad nowadays, that the independent farmers and what they represent are disappearing, a dying breed, gobbled up by the big corporations.
Our parents worked hard on the farm, from the age of 5 to 20 they had us doing chores, right along with them. They by example created a great work ethic that stays with us to this day. Even though the work was back breaking, we look back on those days with very fond memories.
There was no “calling in sick”. If you had the Flu or cold or an injury, the chores still had to be done, cows needed to be fed, milked and barns had to be cleaned. We did chores in the morning from 5am till 7:30am, then went to school. After school, chores started around 5pm till 10pm. Bedtime was somewhere between 10:30pm and 11pm, this was the routine 24/7.
In the barn, doing chores, no matter how hard you tried to avoid getting manure on your clothes and boots, it was guaranteed to happen, it was part of the job. The manure left stains on clothes, especially white T-Shirts, which is what we wore every day. Our Mom washed & washed those shirts, but the stains were there to stay.
We remembered, one winter, leaving a lunch box at home and one of our parents bringing it to school. They rushed, from doing barn chores to showing up at school, delivering a lunch box, all bundled up, with hip boots on and manure all over their clothes & boots. Appearance did not matter; their only concern was that we never went hungry. Even farm kids from other families would occasionally show up at school smelling from barn manure. We used to also get teased at school that we were farmers, but it rolled right off our backs, we loved the farm.
You always had to be very careful which way the wind was blowing when you spread the manure on the fields with a manure spreader. If the wind changed direction quickly, you would find yourself covered with manure from head to toe.
When you work around manure for years , you don’t smell it. Even if you wash it off, the scent still permeates your clothes. Sometimes when we visit a little grocery store in the area, a farmer may be ahead of us at checkout and the cashier may make a comment about the faint smell of manure after they leave, but we reply, “Hey, we were born and raised on a farm. The scent reminds us of when we were kids, Doesn’t bother us one bit”
We finally realized that in discussions about our childhood days on the family farm, the topic of manure always crept into our conversations. The scent of it and the fact that it was everywhere. You even had to watch your step in the field as you herded the cows home for milking but what really ran rampant thru our minds were those stains that the manure created. Like a hot branding iron, once touched by manure, the stain was there to stay.
DEVELOPING THE SHIRT
Every Farmer knows what happens when cows are kept inside during the winter then let outside when spring comes to feed on fresh green grass. You know what happens if you fall and slide on green grass and the stains created by the chlorophyll.
We gave it great thought on how to re-create a T-Shirt and in the course of discussion we realized there was only one-way to achieve it, so we decided to experiment with a little cow manure we borrowed from the Farmer up the road (with their permission of course). In fact, when we asked the farmers if we could take some cow manure from their barnyard, they said “Sure, take all you need, we got plenty”.
Cow Chip Shirts are not mass produced by some big corporation. Just like snowflakes, every shirt has it's own unique stains and colors. When you own one of our Cow Chip Shirts, you own something personal, a one of a kind.
Our staining process remains a closely guarded secret so we will now refrain from discussing it any further.
NAMING THE SHIRT COLORS
We came up with the names of the shirt colors (Udder Rose, Stanchion Gray, Silage Brown, Apple Drunk Green, Milk House Blue)
DEFINITION OF SHIRT COLORS
Udder Rose: Named after the cows pink udder.
Stanchion Gray: Usually gray in color, Stanchions were used to hold the cows in place as they were milked.
Silage Brown: The color of shredded corn stalks left for months in a silo and used for feed.
Apple Drunk Green: Cows sometimes get drunk eating green apples.
Milk House Blue: The Milk House (where milk is stored) walls were always painted, half way up the walls, with blue paint.
THE COW LOGO NAMES
Cows have personalities too, some have sweet personalities and some not so sweet, so we came up with the cow logo names of: Cute cow & Grunt cow
PRINTING THE SHIRTS
We had the shirts printed at SILKSCREEN UNLIMITED in ERIE, PA. The Owner said to one of his employees in the graphics department “You’ll have fun, working on this one”. Ed at the silkscreen shop was a great help. He had a big chew of snuff in his mouth as he worked on the shirts and I think we found a few snuff stains added to the shirts.
We believe Cow Chip Shirts represent the strong work ethic and taking responsibility for yourself. Cow Chip Shirts are to be worn as a badge of honor, celebrating the hard working farmers from all around the world.
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19051 Hillcrest Drive, Corry, PA 16407
Ph: (814) 664-7549 Cell: (814) 664-0402