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2014 Maple Syrup Season Part 2

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday April 28, 2014   -   By Katie

I was sad when I realized that the best thing for our family was the discontinuance of our CSA. All the same, it was a peace-filled realization. However… I recently had an experience that was easily the saddest, most disheartening experience of my...

How to Freeze Eggs

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday April 07, 2014   -   By Katie

The winter of 2013/2014 was our first snowy season as chicken owners. I say was with a small amount of sarcasm since the snow just doesn’t seem to want to let go. (The three-foot-deep mounds in our backyard have melted to nothing in some places, but...

How to Make Homemade Butter

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday March 31, 2014   -   By Katie

When we first learned about the benefits of raw milk (and the harm of pasteurized milk from non-A2 cows) we decided it was worth switching to healthier dairy products. Buying a herd share was a no-brainer first step. Our herd share enables us to obtain...

We have a New line of Ebooks!

Blog: Johnson's Family Farm   -   Wednesday March 26, 2014   -   By Bill

Things are ramping up for 2014! we are excited to introduce our new line of Ebooks! it took us over 2 years to get the licensing worked out! but we know we are making a valuable contribution to local farmers and communities! here's our latest book: ...

2014 Maple Syrup Season Part 1

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday March 14, 2014   -   By Katie

It’s maple sugarin’ season in Michigan! If I had been on my toes I would have tapped my trees on Thursday, March 6 as the weather conditions were just right for running sap – cold nights and above-freezing, sunny days. But alas, I’m a busy mom and I...

What's new in 2014

Blog: Folls Flower Farm   -   Wednesday February 05, 2014   -   By Thea

Wedding Flowers For the first time since we started the farm in 2000 we are going to have some "pick your own flowers" this year.  The flower choices that customers can pick will be specific shrub varieties such as our twelve different kinds of...

Square Foot Garden Seed Tape

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Tuesday February 04, 2014   -   By Katie

Seeds come in many shapes and sizes. The tiniest seeds – such as radishes, carrots and onions – can be difficult to sow with precision. One way to address this problem is to use seed tape. Fortunately seed tape is easy to make, store and use, both in...

Freezing Cookie Dough

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Tuesday December 17, 2013   -   By Katie

Christmas means lots of things to lots of people. We have several family traditions and one of them involves baking gobs of cookies. The lineup varies from year to year but a few staples remain: Oatmeal Scotchies, Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies....

How to Make Homemade Almond Extract

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday December 13, 2013   -   By Katie

Life, according to my belly, can be categorized into the following seasons: Soup season, grilling season, roasting season and baking season. We, dear friends, are in the heart of baking season! Our household has no concept of portion control loves good...

Planting Fruit Trees in Fall

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday November 22, 2013   -   By Katie

Spring is always a busy and exciting time for gardeners. I’m no exception. Logically I spent a lot of time in the garden this spring, planting, prepping and simply enjoying the sights and sounds of nature waking up from her winter nap. One of the things...

Winter Egg Production

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday November 15, 2013   -   By Katie

If you live in Michigan then you don’t need me to tell you that the weather is getting cold and the days are getting darker. Our yard has already been covered in a dual blanket of leaves and snow several times this month. Another sign at Arcadia Farms...

Pruning Blackberries

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday November 08, 2013   -   By Katie

We have blackberries. Just a small section of canes growing on a portion of our backyard fence. I didn’t plant them. Either the previous owners placed them there or nature was just crafty about placement. Whichever is the case, I have to confess that...

Processing Pie Pumpkins

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday November 04, 2013   -   By Katie

One of the few (possibly the only) crop I grew solely for our family this year was pie pumpkins. I only used one bed and ended up with about a dozen pumpkins. The pumpkins have been sitting around the house for a couple of weeks now, just waiting to be...

Planting Garlic

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday October 25, 2013   -   By Katie

Garlic is a staple in the kitchen for many of us. The fact that it’s so easy and inexpensive to grow means it would also be a great staple in your garden. With just a small amount of garden space you can enough garlic to be self-sufficient for the...

Finding Neem Oil

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday August 05, 2013   -   By Katie

{Image Credit} Home Depot Last year I shared this post about my great love for zucchini and my complimentary great hatred for squash bugs and vine borers . I also shared about my equally passionate distaste for white powdery mildew and anthracnose . ...

Making Strawberry Jam for Dummies

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Wednesday June 19, 2013   -   By Katie

Why can’t my life be simple? Let me preface this post by saying that, when all was said and done, I ended up with delicious, beautiful, properly-thick strawberry jam. If you’re here looking simply for instructions on how to do the same – without the...

Frost! (And Other Updates)

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday May 13, 2013   -   By Katie

There’s a reason why the last frost date in Michigan (the reasonable date on which you can plant outside in the spring without worrying about frost harming your plants) has been moved to May 18 . Last night (May 12/13) we had a visit from good ole Jack...

Seasonal Family Garden Plan

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Tuesday April 16, 2013   -   By Katie

One of the things I’m enjoying most about this year’s growing season is the opportunity to help others with their home gardens. Last week I had a chance to chat with a friend and former college roommate – Sara Heilig, about the garden that she and her ...

Chicken Week (Psst! We Have Chickens!)

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday April 08, 2013   -   By Katie

Guess what? We have chickens! We are the proud owners of six ISA Red egg-laying hens who are six weeks old as of today! If all goes well, they’ll be supplying us with fresh, brown eggs by the end of the summer. We selected ISA Reds because they...

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