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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...

Let it Grow! Singing to Your Plants

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday March 28, 2014   -   By Katie

So you’ve been singing Let it Go from Disney’s movie Frozen all day, every day? Yeah… me too. It’s not just because it’s a catchy song that is bombarding us from everywhere (although that helps). I personally suffer from a syndrome called...

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: ...

Give that farmer a tip!

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday March 24, 2014   -   By Katie

Dairy cows from Moo-nique {Image Credit} Kriannmon on Flickr Today I wanted give you a brief peek into a sweet conversation that recently happened at our house. Owen has been experiencing some growing pains lately. I heard once that a dose of extra...

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...

Introduction to Gardening Workshop

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday March 03, 2014   -   By Katie

I’m thrilled to announce that Arcadia Farms will be hosting an Introduction to Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo! Participants must pre-register at www.arcadia-farms.net/classes . If...

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...

2014 Seed Starting Plan

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday January 17, 2014   -   By Katie

Earlier this month I shared the 2014 Main Garden Plan for Arcadia Farms (and you can see it by clicking here ). I’m still working on plans for the Fenceline Garden because I’d like to transition it from a garden of annuals to a space for perennial fruit...

Holiday Henhouse

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday December 23, 2013   -   By Katie

This is our first winter with chickens. As I was putting up the Christmas decorations this year I thought it would be fun to spread some yuletide cheer to the chicken coop. It’s nothing extravagant, but it makes me feel extra Christmas-y every morning...

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...

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