Wednesday - Friday 9am to 1pm at the farm 1/2 mi east of the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High then 3/4 mile North on 1050.
Wednesday 3-7 pm at the Painted Corners on HWY 96 in Lomax, IL
7 - 11 am Keokuk Farmer's Market at the mall
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
After pulling a farmer over for speeding, a state trooper
started to lecture him about his speed, pompously
implying that the farmer didn't know any better and
trying to make him feel as uncomfortable as possible.
He finally started writing out the ticket, but had to keep
swatting at some flies buzzing around his head. The
farmer said, "Having some problems with circle flies
there are ya?"
The trooper paused to take another swat and said,
"Well, yes, if that's what they are. I've never heard of
The farmer was pleased to enlighten the cop. "Circle
flies are common on farms. They're called circle flies
because you almost always find them circling the
back end of a horse."
The trooper continues writing for a moment, then says,
"Hey, are you trying to call me a horse's behind?"
"Oh no, officer." The farmer replies. "I have too much
respect for law enforcement and police officers for
"That's a good thing," the officer says rudely, then
goes back to writing the ticket.
After a long pause, the farmer added, "Hard to fool
them flies, though."
Know any good farm jokes? Pass them on.
God Bless You All!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Anyway, I got lunch all ready to cook today when I suddenly realized I still needed to make rice crispy treats and we have to leave for the market in 3 hours! So, I put lunch off and made rice crispy treats. Little Rice Crispy Treat Girl, I don't know your name, but you will have your cookie today!
Then, just as we sat down for dinner, the phone rang. The man on the line said he was from Macomb and he was calling to tell us how much he loves our eggs! What a sweetheart! This is why we love what we do!
God Bless You All!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
When Grampa brought these two little ones in yesterday morning they were almost dead. They had gotten separated from their parents during a bad rain storm and were covered with mud and cold. I put them in a warm water bath till they warmed up a bit. Then we blow dried them and put them in this box on top of a heating pad. Within a few hours they were just fine and back with their parents.
Growing up a city girl, I had the impression that farmers weren't real smart people. Nothing could be further from the truth. A good farmer must have and extensive knowledge of medicine as well as genetics, accounting, mechanics, construction, nutrition and a host of other subjects. Grampa may not read Shakespeare, but he is one of the smartest people I know!
God Bless You all!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Around 9:30 or so I cooked a big breakfast for Grampa and I as we watched a John Wayne movie. I washed the dishes and made up some noodle dough. I had some dried herbs I needed to put in jars, so I did that. Then Grampa brought me a bucket of eggs to wash. I was just about to start working on the noodles when Grampa came in to ask if I could help him a mulch and put cages on all of the tomatoes.
By the time we were done, it was time to gather and wash eggs again, so I did that and packed 24 dozen eggs to take to Quincy tomorrow. I'm doing a promotion at the Broadway Hy-Vee from 10am -2pm. Come see me!
Finally I was able to get busy with noodles. I rolled noodles for about 3 hours, filling every available screen, cookie sheet and tray in the house and I still had to leave some on the counter! I'm going back to work for the Census this week so I'm trying to stock up.
We just got done with supper. It's almost 10pm, 'bout par for this time of year! I'm gonna go jump in the shower and lay my head down real soon!
We've decided our garden needs a rest and so do we, so we aren't going to open up on the farm tomorrow night. I'll probably wind up spending the evening making noodles anyway! Hope you had a good 4th! I did. I spent it doing all the things I love to do! It's an awesome way to live!
God Bless You All!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Make your Mondays a little brighter. Pick up the kids (or the kid in you) after work and head out to the farm to visit with us! We'll show you our gardens, how eggs are candled, the chickens, the baby geese and pick fresh veggies and herbs for you while you visit!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
We probably lost a customer this week. A lady had seen a movie in which a large hatchery disposed of baby roosters in a gruesome way. She asked if we hatched our own chicks. We don't. We order from a hatchery and we order female chicks, probably contributing to this gruesome problem.
We would love to hatch our own chicks and grow all the roosters up to edible size … but there's this big problem … OUR GOVERNMENT WON'T LET US! In order to sell chicken in stores across state lines, we have to have them processed at a USDA plant. The closest one is more than 200 miles away. To sell chicken in state, we have to have a set up comparable to a USDA plant minus the full-time USDA inspector.
This would be no problem if we knew we had the capacity to sell enough birds to make the trip or build our own set up, but 1000 birds at a time would be about the break even point. That's not including our labor. We are a small farm. We don't have the capacity to run that many birds and even if we did, it would take time to build up enough of a market to get them sold.
We need 300 new hens a year. We would have to hatch a minimum of 650 birds a year to ensure that we have enough hens. That would leave us with at least 300 roosters in our freezer a year. We like chicken, but not that much! We need to be able to sell at least 150-200 birds every year to be able to hatch our own.
I've been researching how to set up a USDA plant here because I hear so many people requesting free-range chicken. So far, I just haven't been able to come up with a feasible plan. The really sad thing is that it is OK for a “good” poultry processing plant to sell contaminated poultry. See: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-05-11-safechicken11_ST_N.htm
I've seen how chicken's are processed in those plants and although I've never tested the chickens I process, I'd bet they'd beat any plant processed bird hands down. A small farmer who is doing his own processing is far more likely to care enough about his end product to do a good job than someone employed by a large company. Everything the small farmer owns and has worked for is at stake. At worst, the employee might loose his job and get unemployment for a while till he finds another job.
OK! Rant over. Talk to your representatives about this!
God Bless You All!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Rain, rain go away, at least by 5 o'clock today!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
We had a leghorn that kept getting into our garden. Yesterday she tore up a bunch of our peas. I stalked her until I caught her and now she's in my pressure cooker.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
At least the chickens are happy! Hope you can see this micro length video! It's proof that roosters don't crow only at dawn.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Our dogs have been working hard all night every night chasing off coyotes. They laze around all day.
If'n ya got a hankering for fresh spinach, herbs or noodles, come to the Hamilton city park Wednesday afternoon or just give me a call and swing by my place! 309-221-0785
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
2010 WIU Farm Expo - Feb. 27 9-5 and Feb 28 10-4
#10 Great big equipment! Look at, ,marvel at, and climb up into huge combines, tractors and other big machines. Totally worth it if you have kids or are a big kid!
#9 Door Prizes! Sign up for sign up for gift certificates, savings bonds, Grama Sue’s Noodles, water and air filters and more!
#8 Big craft show upstairs on the North Concourse (Grama Sue will be there!)
#7 Huge toy show! Close to every farm toy ever produced! South Concourse.
#6 Garden deals! Tools, ponds, landscaping, fertilizers and more.
#5 Kids tractor pull – several times a day! Bring your camera!
#4 Free pens, pencils, magnets and free samples!
#3 Lots of free education! Many exhibits aimed at children and families.
#2 Big variety of home improvement deals. Builders, windows, filters and more!
#1 Come see Grama Sue! You know you’ve been missing her! Get some noodles, pies, cookies, glory hoops, finger jingles or decorated light bulbs and see her egg demonstration! She’ll be upstairs in the North Concourse about in the middle on the south side. See you there!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I ventured out to where only dogs had trod since the snowstorm. The snowdrifts are protecting the beehives from the worst of the wind.
The chickens have slowed down on their laying. They don't like this weather much. We haven't even bothered to open the chicken shed door for the last few days. They won't come out anyway.