You can find Grama Sue's Rainbow Eggs at:

The Hy Vee on Agency in Burlington, IA


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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Winter Onion

Our Winter Onions have put on sets that should be ready for the markets this week! Their scientific name is Allium ×proliferum. They are also known as Egyptian Walking Onions, Tree Onions, Top Onions or Top Setting Onions.

These onions aren't like regular onions. They don't form a big bulb at the bottom. You can dig and eat them like a green onion, but if you leave them in the soil, they will grow back year after year. 

I was first introduced to these little marvels many years ago by my husband's uncle. He gave me a few sets and told me the onion bulb would grow on the top and not on the bottom. The first year, they grew nice onion like leaves that I could cut off to use in recipes, but that is about all they did. The second year, they put bulbs on the top, but they were really small and hard to peel. I wasn't very impressed. Since then I've learned the sets on the top are actually seeds. They can be eaten, but I'm more inclined to sell them or use them to make my bug spray

The real value of these prolific plants is in their extreme hardiness. In the late fall, through most of the winter and very early in the spring when nothing else is growing, I can still eat out of my garden by going out and cutting the tender leaves that valiantly  keep on growing. The only thing that stops them is a week or two of below 20 degree weather, but as soon as it warms back up again, they are up and growing again :)

To plant the sets, just poke them into them into the soil and let grow. You really don't have to even put them in the soil. If you lay them on top, they will root, but poking them in gives you a little more control. They spread easily by bending over and dropping their little sets on the ground. The crazy way they grow allows them to deposit them up to 3 feet away, but you can keep them from doing that just by removing the sets as they come on. 

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Thieves Oil

I love my Thieves oil! Yesterday, I woke up with a monster sinus headache. Normally, I would struggle along with one like this for weeks until I finally went to the doctor. Yesterday, I started putting Thieves on my forehead, cheeks, temples, around my ears, down to the lymph nodes in my neck and on the roof of my mouth. Within a couple of hours I felt better and today I feel great!

Grampa Tom has snored like a freight train for years. A couple of weeks ago I asked him if I could experiment on him by rubbing his feet with Thieves at night before he went to bed. He loves to have his feet rubbed, so he was all for it. At first, he says, his nose ran all night and he slept worse than normal. But after a few days he started sleeping much better than he has for years and he hardly snores at all! On the feet? Crazy, I know, but I'm a believer!

If you are interested in this stuff, let me know so I can hook you up!

BTW, this is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. I'm just letting you all know what works for us :)

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bailing Wire Fix

When I got my final assessing check, we went to Wal-Mart in Keokuk with every intention of replacing my ancient umbrella clothes line, but they didn't have one. Of course, making time to get to Lowes or Menards in Burlington on market day is about impossible. In the mean time, life happens - priorities change. We keep saying, we'll get one next week, but I'm giving up.

Obviously, I've been married to a farmer for to long .  Hopefully this will last me till Jesus comes :)

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Monday, June 17, 2013


 If you've been by our stand at the farmer's markets in the last week you may have noticed a new addition to our table, cookbooks! We've already sold 3!

Did you know there is a publishing company in Weaver, IA? Neither did I! When I think of publishing company, I think of New York City or Phoenix, Arizona, not little itty, bitty Weaver, IA! But it's there, I've been there and we are now carrying Hearts-n-Tummies cookbooks. For this aspiring author, it's exciting to be working with a local publisher. 

So how did we hook up? Last winter, Bruce Carson, the owner of Hearts-n-Tummies called me wondering if I'd be interested in carrying his cookbooks at our farm stand. I told him I was interested, but at the time we were leaving on a trip or something and I'd have to get back  with him. I forgot all about it until a few weeks ago when I was brain picking a fellow vendor who writes and sells her own children's books about self-publishing. She suggested I get in contact with Bruce.  As she described what he does, I realized he was the one who called so I called and set up an appointment to kill two birds with one stone. 

Bruce is an awesome guy. We talked about the books I am writing and the publishing process. He offered to mentor me and I offered to carry his cookbooks! What a deal! We even talked about the possibility of me writing a cookbook about using pasture raised eggs!

I'll plan to do some short reviews of some of his cookbooks. There are tons of them, I don't know if I'd ever have time to do them all! So be looking for cook book posts!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Garden Pictures

Just thought I'd jump on here and share a couple of the gardens with you.

This is the oldest row garden.  It is officially planted now.

As is the new garden in the north yard. (Although I still want to put more asparagus on the north side.) Grampa Tom says he's never had prettier gardens. I have to agree. Only 4 chickens in the yard as compared to hundreds, makes a big difference :)

The garden over at the neighbor's is mostly planted with corn and squash . We've already harvested quite a bit out of the raised beds. We're even on our second crop in one bed! Planting and creating gardens will go on most of the summer for me, but the major push is done for now.

I should be posting more now. Maybe I should put one of these in my yard!

Pft! Kids would probably be the only ones who ever use it :(

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Breaking New Ground

This past week has been a whirlwind. We've planted almost everything I had in the my cold frame. Just have asparagus and tomatoes to get in the ground yet. Then, I can start working on turning lots more space into gardens.

Grampa Tom and I had talked about filling this garden with the blackberries in with rhubarb. I found a really good deal on rhubarb a couple of weeks ago so I bought a whole flat. Of course, there were to many for this garden so I had to dig up a new garden. 

This little garden is out by the road, and I had some roll out flower seed that I had bought last year for 99 cents each so decided to put a few flowers out there too. Of course, while doing that, I got to thinking this whole area ought to go into strawberries or something. I'm gonna be busy this summer, cause this whole area under the apple trees is going into herbs too!

I may not get it all done this year. But give me a 2 or 3 years and almost all of this ground that we are currently mowing will all be in food and flowers! I will leave a little bit of yard for the kids to play in, but I see no sense in spending money mowing when I can grow food!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue