America fell in love with the King family of GAC’s Farm Kings last season when they were introduced to the family’s work ethic, commitment to each other and, in the case of the oldest brothers, their rugged good looks. Farm Kings returns for a second season on Thursday, April 11 at 9/8c on GAC.
“GAC viewers have fallen in love with the King Family, and so have we,” GAC VP/Programming Suzanne Gordon said. “Each triumph and struggle on the farm reminds us that what matters most each day is family.”
Last season, partners Joe, Tim and Pete King grew the Freedom Farms brand to include free range chicken alongside their vast assortment of produce offerings and their plans for the new season includes cattle and pigs, adding enormous responsibilities to an already overworked family. Dan, ever-frustrated as he continues to be passed over for a partnership offer he so desperately wants, actually sought winter employment outside of the farm and could be weighing his options in terms of not working for his family. A possible crushing blow to the family, this would also greatly impact the King’s small but productive work force as each family member has specific jobs to do.
Outspoken “mama bear” Lisa King continues to rule her large brood with an indefatigable spirit that would make most parents’ heads spin. Not only does she cook for her large family, she oversees the Freedom Farms produce market, cooks for their café and carry-out and has a thriving floral business. Lisa and only daughter Elisabeth (“Bitty”) often go head to head in the kitchen, where culinary school grad Bitty loses patience with her mom’s off the cuff cooking style.
Youngest brother Ben, 13, has Down syndrome and one of the family’s favorite nonprofits is their local Special Olympics chapter. The brothers decide to raise money for Special Olympics by holding a Win a Date with a King auction where Bitty will auction off dates with her brothers to the highest bidders. Great idea, except for the fact that two of the King brothers have girlfriends who show up and try to outbid the competition.
The King’s story goes beyond farming. It is one of a large, loving family that lives the America dream, despite a series of constant challenges. For photos, videos and more, visit our Farm Kings section!