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Gym Time

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Saturday April 12, 2014   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Just this last weekend, area fitness leaders held a gathering event to help the public get motivated about taking care of their bodies and connecting with folks in the area who specialize in fitness training, supplements, personal care, and...

Winter Blues

Blog: The Depot Farm   -   Wednesday February 12, 2014   -   By Phil

  Winter drags on with the cold seemingly relentless. Zero degree nights and days in the single digits. Outside work is keep to a minimum. I've learned to accept it. On the good side, I've managed to catch up and update all my paperwork, do the taxes,...

Work in Progress

Blog: The Depot Farm   -   Tuesday January 21, 2014   -   By Phil

  With another cold blast this winter, my outside work comes to a halt. The past week with temps in the 30's got me out to start trimming and pruning the trees and bushes. Some needed maintainance work got completed in the barn while I mentally keep a...

Finding Joy in the Little Moments

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Saturday January 18, 2014   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Farming can have its moments of drudgery:  mucking barns, cleaning chicken coops, weeding the garden, mulching the potato patch—the sorts of projects that make our summer interns grumble and groan.  And then there are the tastefully unpleasant...

First Snowfall

Blog: The Depot Farm   -   Tuesday November 12, 2013   -   By Phil

We received our first snowfall last night. Not much, only a couple of inches. Just enough to cover the ground over. I bundled up in my hat and gloves, took my morning coffee and went out to sit on the deck. Something about the first snowfall; everything...

Storm Stories

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Tuesday June 18, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

If you’re tucked back in the woods, sometimes it’s hard to see the weather coming.  If you’re on the lake, you might have a great view of impending clouds (especially if they’re coming your way across the water).  But many people who have visited...

You're Kidding

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Wednesday May 01, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Well, actually right now we’re lambing, but there is a “new kid on the block” at our farm this spring.  And no, I’m not kidding—he’s a goat! The story really begins with a sheep—Sweet Pea—who was one of a set of triplets born last...

A Time for Music

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Saturday April 20, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Music and rural living have a long history.  Shepherds passed the time playing flutes out in the pastures; country folks came together, linked hands, and danced to fiddle tunes; and often there was singing in the fields.  This ancient view of music...

Maple Syrup Memories

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Friday April 12, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Finally, the weather has been just about right:  warm, sunny days without a wind that causes the snow to melt in rings around the base of the trees, followed by clear, frosty nights that harden the snow to a stiff crust.  The birds seem to sing...

Shear, Sheared, Shorn

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Tuesday March 26, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

It’s that time of year, with lambs just around the corner.  The great wooly beasts are corralled in the corner of the barn, waiting for the approaching rumble of Chris’ truck to signal the beginning of shearing season.  The enormous sacks for the...

In the Face of Tragedy

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Thursday March 14, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

If ducks were people, there would be 17 extra obituaries in the paper this week:  Miss Puddle Duck.  Loved water sports, green leafy vegetables, and rainy days.  She will be remembered for her joyous attitude and comic antics.  She is...

Seed Catalogue Scribbles

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Wednesday March 06, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

“Need a trellising cucumber that doesn’t get a waist in the middle and peas that harvest all at once,” is on our wish-list this year as we thumb through the colorful seed catalogues that start to fill the mailbox as early as December. December? ...

Sourdough Bread for Gluten Intolerance?

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Wednesday March 06, 2013   -   By Katie

Last week I shared that I brought home two large boxes of frozen grass-fed beef only to find that our second freezer wasn’t working . Our best guess – thanks to input from a friend and reader – is that the garage freezer stopped working because it is...

Chickens Got Cabin Fever!

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Thursday February 28, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

This morning, the chicken watering vessels were torn apart and scattered across the floor, with extension cords barely attached.  The feeders were flipped over, feathers and dust lay everywhere, and on each little red face was a perfect expression...

The Truth about Food Miles

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Sunday January 27, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

A farmer asks a small child, “Where does milk come from?”  The child responds, honestly enough, “From the store.” It’s hard to blame the child, who has probably never stepped foot into a dairy barn or seen the milk from an ample udder stream into...

Never and Idle Hand

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Wednesday January 23, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Being asked the question, “How do you have time to do all these things?!” is not an uncommon occurrence on our farm.  From livestock to gardens, farmer’s market to making gelato, balancing the many layers of endeavors at North Star Homestead can be an...

Wish List Wednesday: Magazines

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Wednesday January 23, 2013   -   By Katie

Wish List Wednesday | Magazines Welcome to another Wish List Wednesday ! When I first started sharing these posts I intended to do them every Wednesday. Then I realized it was a little obnoxious. So now I’m working on making this happen the...

In Search of Light

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Tuesday January 15, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

We are seekers of light.  From the ancient days of setting bonfires atop hills in the darkness of winter to the contemporary fashion of LED Christmas lights turning humble homes into nocturnal gingerbread illuminations, the lure of light in dark times...

New Year's Resolution

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Tuesday January 08, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Almost everyone takes a moment at this time of year to commit themselves to personal improvement in the coming 12-month.  Many of the more traditional commitments are well known—losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking, or spending more time...

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