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Feeding the Birds

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Sunday July 28, 2013   -   By Emily

Most people these days have lost any real connection to farms & livestock.  Years ago, most folks at least had extended family living on a homestead...perhaps not farmers, but Grandma or Uncle so-and-so had a garden, or a couple cows, or some...

Opening Early

Blog: Art, Fresh Produce & more   -   Friday July 12, 2013   -   By Haley

We are now open for this season. Cabbage, red romaine, rouge d'hiver, arugula, and zucchini available. New Signs this year. They are working out great. Made them myself using chalkboard paint from Lowes. Really nice stuff; easy to use. Turn any smooth surface...

Almost Open

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Tuesday May 21, 2013   -   By Emily

This is generally the time of year when I usually start to panic.  As I write this, I only have 3 days left to prepare to open the farm stand for the year, and there is still so much to do!  The grass needs mowing, I have 2 cows worth of beef to pick...

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LET'S START SOME SEEDS!

Blog: Shag Bark Hickory Farms   -   Tuesday April 09, 2013   -   By farmfreshchic

It's here, it's here! My honest to goodness favorite part of gardening. I am not sure if it is the mothering or the miracle of the act it's self but I LOVE to start seeds. Big ones, fat ones, small ones, odd ones.... they all make me feel the same. A jump up...

Melons!

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Wednesday July 25, 2012   -   By Jeff

Today we got our first Sensation melons. They are a totally unique melon. Sensation is a one of a kind variety that has excellent taste, texture, sweetness and aroma. If harvested when the rind is turning from green to yellow, the flesh will be green and...

Sweet Corn and Tomatoes!!

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Wednesday July 11, 2012   -   By Jeff

The last few days have been very hectic. Between watering, weeding and taking care of the pests, we have tow satnds open and a third will be open tomorrow. This is the season I love! I love to be busy working hard and seeing our produce sold and enjoyed by...

Cabbage

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Monday June 11, 2012   -   By Jeff

Today has been a long day. First we harvested snap bean samples for a customer; then we weeded. This afternoon was spent planting cabbage. Andy, Peter and I put in about 900 today. I was just out and weeded some more. It is very dry and the rain we thought we...

More Than Rhubarb

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Wednesday May 23, 2012   -   By Emily

It's hard to believe, but by Sunday our opening day of the farm stand season will be behind us.  Now is the time where I get a bit antsy, worrying that I won't have enough things ready to fill the tables.  It's really hard to have fresh produce on...

Thankful for the Rain

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Monday April 16, 2012   -   By Jeff

Today has been kind of slow as I am not feeling the best. I have a terrible cold and chest cough. I guess getting wet and being out in the hot then cold weather got the best of me, I planted more seeds this morning and kept up with the sowing schedule. I do...

Cold in Illinois

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Saturday February 25, 2012   -   By Jeff

Another cold and blustery day here in Illinois. However, it is supposed to warm up. Yesterday was very productive. Due to a snow day, my nephew, Andy came out and helped me most of the day. The day started with my daughter going into the ditch with her car and...

Introducing Farmstead Creamery & Cafe!

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Wednesday February 22, 2012   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Maybe you have met the ladies—Laura, Kara, and Ann Berlage—at the Cable Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, or as a member in their produce CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), or through a friend while enjoying a meal of pasture-raised chicken,...

Seed Orders

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Thursday January 26, 2012   -   By Jeff

Getting Ready Well it's that time of year at the farm where I look over last year's records and plan for the upcoming season. Actually, I have been planning for weeks, but I am finally mapping out the ground and preparing seed orders. I never realized there...

Excited & Overwhelmed

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Wednesday May 25, 2011   -   By Emily

Saturday is the official start to our farm stand season. I'm excited and overwhelmed, as usual.  Excited to see our returning customers, excited to make new friends as well.  I love being able to provide wholesome, responsibly grown...

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Retiring Canned Products

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Tuesday November 02, 2010   -   By Emily

I truly enjoy canning.  I love the process of creating something wonderful from scratch, something that will last for months or longer until I open it up to savor a flavor of something that was plentiful seasons ago.  I love playing around with...

The Lack

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Tuesday August 03, 2010   -   By Emily

Saturday at the stand, we had beets, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow zucchini, pattypan and crookneck squash, bell peppers, jalapeños, sweet banana & inferno banana peppers, Swiss chard, heirloom lettuce, red & white new potatoes and plum tomatoes....

Open for the Season

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Sunday May 30, 2010   -   By Emily

We survived our grand opening yesterday, and I'm happy to say it was a success!  Thanks go out to all who stopped to see us, your support of local, organic food allows us to spend our time doing what we love- farming! I admit, I have been pretty stressed...

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Counting Down to Opening Day

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Thursday May 20, 2010   -   By Emily

Only 9 more days until we reopen for the year!  I'm excited and overwhelmed all at the same time.  I'm glad I was able to take 2 more days away from my day job next week, because as it is I put in almost a full day every evening after I get home....

U-Pick Strawberries

Blog: Bella Organic Farm   -   Monday May 17, 2010   -   By Johnny

Starting June 1st, our Farm Stand will be open and U-Picking begins.  Strawberry varieties include, June and July bearing Hoods and Tillamooks, and ever-bearing, which produce June and July and again in the fall, include Seascape and Aromas.  Hope to...

Butchering Season Begins Again

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Sunday May 09, 2010   -   By Emily

The trailer from our local meat processor just left with some of our pigs on board.  By law, we're required to send them to a USDA-inspected slaughtering facility.  We are able to process the sides of meat here at the farm, which means a busy week...

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