July 9, 2018

It seems like acronyms are everywhere anymore, but one you might be hearing around the local foods scene is CSA.  CSA stands for community supported agriculture and normally means boxes of vegetables, but did you know we offer meat shares as well?

A vegetable CSA is normally paid for in the middle of winter, and entitles you to a share...

June 27, 2018

Have you wondered why we appear to have volleyball nets strung all over the farm?  We're not getting ready to send our sheep to the next Olympics; the nets are actually woven electric fence for rotational grazing.

 This fence is called Electronet, and is sold by Premier 1 Supplies in Washington, Iowa.  They sell versions of this fence...

May 17, 2018

A few days ago a customer asked if I could write about how we price our products.  Since we're all about transparency, and I'm always on board with not coming up with blog ideas myself, this week's #whatswithWednesday is all about how we decide what to charge you.

The process for pricing beef and lamb is roughly the same.  I start with...

May 14, 2018

Whether you're dealing with small children, suffer from heartburn, or are just a mild-mannered Midwesterner like myself, sometimes you want a flavorful chili recipe without spicy peppers.  This is the recipe we use on the farm, and it's always well received.  If someone in your family does prefer it hotter, you can always add hot sauc...

May 2, 2018

For today's #whatswithWednesday, we're going to talk about why we raise hair sheep, why they're not just ugly goats, and what it means for you.  Our flock consists primarily of Katahdin hair sheep, with a few Romanov and Barbado crosses wandering around.  Katahdins are an American breed, developed between 1956-1976 in Maine from Afric...

April 30, 2018

We've finally got lamb back in stock for you! Add this delicious (and easy recipe) to your #menumonday and enjoy the leftovers for your lunch.

Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables

By Jennifer Segal of www.onceuponachef.com

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds lamb shoulder, well-trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces or 1-2 pounds lamb ste...

April 3, 2018

The other night we had a lamb with a bit of a health crisis.  As an older farmer told us "Murphy must have been a sheep farmer, because anything that can go wrong will".  Basically, sheep will look for any possible opportunity to cause trouble, whether by getting hurt/sick at inopportune moments, running away, getting stuck in ridicul...

January 4, 2018

So, following our post about our sheep being on drugs, a friend asked me to write more about my explanation for why there are ABSOLUTELY ZERO ANTIBIOTICS IN YOUR MILK!  None.  Unless you're buying milk direct from some really sketchy farmer (which is illegal in the state of Iowa anyway), your milk has been rigorously tested for residu...

January 3, 2018

There's so much controversy surrounding antibiotics in livestock production now, and so much argument, and so much denial.  So, here's the God's honest truth- for 8 weeks a year some of our sheep are on drugs.  

Now, before you get too worried, let me explain.  None of our animals destined for your plate get any fed antibioti...

December 6, 2017

We have a number of neighbors who hunt deer in our timber every fall.  This means that we have access to a fair number of deer carcasses, delivered fresh to our farmyard.  Now you may well be wondering what this has to do with our chickens.

While we don't feed any animal byproducts, chickens (and other poultry) are actually not ve...

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