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2019-Farm-News

May 8, 2019

All onions and potatoes have been planted in the field along with some cool season crops such as broccoli and brussel sprouts. We are very happy that we got that done before the rain came.

This morning, we rearranged the greenhouse to make room for new plantings of squash, pumpkins, gourds, kohlrabi, and zucchini. Also, we have our Twin Cities orders ready for delivery.

Farm Party is in 11 days! May 19 from 2pm to 7pm here at our farm. Come out for a farm tour and see calves and cows, chickens, bunnies, pigs, lambs and sheep, our hightunnels and the greenhouse.

May 6, 2019

The sun has been drying the field fairly well. We have been flying the onions into the ground since Saturday afternoon. So far, we have all the set onions and two types of seedlings planted. The seedlings we planted from seeds back in March, and now the field is ready for them to be transplanted. Hopefully, this afternoon we can use our water-wheel transplanter to get more plants out of the greenhouse.

Also, our piggies arrived a few days ago, so we will have them for Farm Party!

April 18, 2019

We planted Hightunnel 9 today! Red and green kohlrabi, various types of lettuce, spinach, and a few varieties of tomatoes made their way into the ground. The rain yesterday made things muddier than we would like, but hopefully it will dry quickly. Hightunnel 8 is tilled and ready to plant. I don’t have a picture of the completely planted tunnel, but I’ll try to get one soon.

April 9, 2019

Well, we have been so busy I haven’t been able to update but now that there is a snowstorm I am sitting in the house!

I think it might be fun to hear how farmers get ready for a storm….

  • Check all the ropes on all 14 high tunnels to make sure the winds don’t blow the covers off the tunnels.
  • Feed all of the animals as much as possible so when it is deep you don’t have to carry hay bales too far.
  • Check for all tools or gloves children have left around the yard so that they are not buried.
  • Move all possible mommy sheep and lambs out of ‘nursery building’ so it is easier to feed them without bringing their hay halfway across the farm.
  • Bring lots of soil from the pallet bags we buy into the greenhouse where we can plant after the snow starts to fly.
  • Run to town to get diesel fuel so we can plow snow when it starts to pile up.

Then when the snow starts to fly we get to pay more for heating the greenhouse but we get to write updates on our webpage.

This former cheerleader/lifeguard is now a certified farmer. How do we know this? Yesterday when Dean was in town working on a roof, Andy, my 13-year-old, came into the greenhouse and told me, “Mom there is a sheep  in labor and she doesn’t look too good.” Just what I wanted to hear! UGH. I went into the sheep nursery and sure enough, there was a first-time ewe who had two little feet and a nose sticking out. Unfortunately, at that stage, there should be a nose or two legs sticking out. It was pretty stuck and the ewe was laying down. Didn’t look good, Andy was right. I pulled the lamb out all by myself. I feel like a certified farmer now. That is all it takes right?

Signing off! We are drying apples and praying our farm stays in place. Pray for the health of our animals too. We have a cow that is almost ready to calf too. Go God.

March 28, 2019

The greenhouse is getting a lot greener. Peppers, microgreens, kohlrabi, lettuce, kale, onions, and various other plants have sprouted. Some are even ready to be transplanted into the ground, but the ground isn’t quite ready for them yet. 🙂 It’s a bit too muddy.

The Farm Party this year is May 19, 2pm to 7pm. We’re hoping to have baby chicks, pigs, lambs, and calves.

Also, the end date for the discount codes is April 15.

March 13, 2019

We have all the hightunnel tomatoes planted. Later, we will plant more tomatoes to sell as tomato plants. All the peppers, hightunnel and selling as plants, are planted.

Jonny’s sheep hasn’t lambed yet, but it’s getting closer, and we have two cows that are due to have calves within the next two weeks!

The picture is of the front of the greenhouse. The back has a lot of water in it because of all the rain. The warmer temperatures are nice, but when it dips below freezing this weekend, we might have to use ice skates to get to the animals. 🙂

March 9, 2019

All three kinds of onions are planted! The very time consuming tiny seeds are finished!!! With the cold temperatures in February, we were behind schedule for planting seeds, but we spent two days hard at it and now we are caught back up!

The picture is of some of the flats of sprouted green romaine lettuce. These flats were planted in February before the cold weather.

We are up to 40 lambs now. It is a hopping and jumping lamb party out there. There are three sheep that have not lambed yet. The sheep Jonny bought at an auction with his scholarship money is still holding out on him. He is getting excited though. The fatter she gets the more he thinks she may have twins. 🙂 🙂

This year we have had 6 calves so far. Our cute twins are bottle fed. When a calf nurses from its mother, it gets more nutrients than if it is bottle fed, but if the mom can’t feed them bottle feeding sure works. 🙂

March 6, 2019

Only two more weeks until it is officially Spring. In case you didn’t know, last Saturday, when the discounts changed, so did the codes. Now you can get 3% discount on an order of $400 or more with the code ‘eatingwell’ or a 5% discount on an order of $600 or more with the code ‘healthy1’.

February 27, 2019

Quick! On Saturday, the discount of 7% for a $600 or more order will drop to 5% for a $600 or more order, and the 5% discount for orders of $400 or more will drop to 3% discount. Here’s the link to the store, or you can click on the store icon on the right.

Currently, we are up to 34 lambs, should be harvesting microgreens in about three weeks, and even have a few calves and baby chicks!

Unfortunately, during the really cold snap earlier this winter left some of the plastic on one of our hightunnels in shreds, but the rest of the hightunnel is okay. Hopefully it will warm up soon so we can replace the plastic.

February 18, 2019

Random early Spring update:

We planted seeds for the first time this year. Most of our mama sheep have had their lambs, but we’re still waiting for a few more. Here are some pictures for you. My favorite is the third one. 🙂

  

January 7, 2019

The weather has been so beautiful. Thank the Lord for the great calving weather, now all we need are the calves! 🙂 We have three mommy cows that are within days of calving. I will post pictures when they arrive.

The sad news on our farm is our amazing farmer Dean has separated his left arm bicep muscle. Farming is more complicated with a 10 lb weight limit in one arm. We are very blessed that this happened in the winter. This has changed Jean’s winter a bit because I now get to feed 100 lbs of hay to the sheep twice a day. The sheep are fed in the morning and evening. It is actually quite fun throwing them the bails from on top of the haystack. I feel very loved when they get all excited when I come to visit them.

Part of the morning and evening chores includes the am and pm check of the farm. I get to see if the calves have presented their cute little faces, if the coyotes had visited the farm the night before and the general safety of all the livestock and farm workings. Then I get to come report to Dean who is determined to do all of the taxes for the two businesses before Abby and I leave for Honduras and lambing season begins. Thanks for supporting our farm and be sure to see the discounts we are offering.

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! Did you know that if you have a favorite fruit or vegetable, you can tell us by email, call or text 612-245-6271, or in person, and we’ll see about planting them for you to enjoy.

Exciting things for us right now are: two cows are ready to calve, our sheep will be due on the first of February, and we sold all our old chickens to make room for new ones.

Shares, meat, and granola are all available in the store.



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