Local honey Sources

We have had several inquiries about honey recently and wanted to share our sources. We do not sell honey. Our nearest local source is Contrary Mary’s. She’s about a mile from here and we love that her bees are most likely visiting our farm. She has a limited supply (but lots of beautiful plants).

Our second source is Belfry Bees out of Oswego. Ed Bell made a presentation at our Farm Day last year and is a great source of honey. His website shows the different locations where you can buy it. You can also have it delivered by Amy from Amy’s Organics in Plainfield (that’s how we get it).

www.contrarymarysplants.com

www.belfrybees.com

http://amys-organics.myshopify.com/

PS Much of the honey sold in the grocery stores is mixed with high fructose corn syrup that comes from GMO corn. It is also pasteurized – which kills all the live enzymes (the good stuff). Raw local honey is neither and also has the benefit of improving hay fever type allergies because the bees are making their honey from local pollen.

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Farm visitors

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Today we had a group of students from Joliet Job Corps  visit the farm. They are part of the culinary arts training program and enjoyed seeing how food is raised on a small farm. Most have never visited a farm and loved meeting the baby chicks, laying hens, Uncle Smoky and especially loved the alpacas. We were impressed with their knowledge of pollinators and GMO’s.

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Organic Heirloom Tomato Plants

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Our tomato plants are happily growing in the greenhouse and will soon be ready for sale.

We grow our plants in Purple Cow organic soil and use Dr. Earth organic fertilizer along with compost tea made from purple Cow compost and we never use any insecticides so you know our plants will not harm your pollinators! The majority of our seeds come from Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds with the remainder coming from Adaptive Seeds and Mariann’s Seeds.

We will have them for sale in the stand at our farm as well as at the 3 French Hens Market. We have a wide variety available – including some of our old favorites – Mortage Lifter, Cherokee Purple, Black Cherry, Sun Gold, Royal Hillbilly , Anna Aasa and some new varieties – Black Beauty, German Pink, Strawberry Leopard, Cherokee Tiger, Mule Team, Blue Ridge Mountain, Pink Bumble Bee, Golden Currant, Martian Giant, Blue Cream Berries and Piglet Willie’s French Black.

We know everyone is looking forward to putting their plants in the ground, but it’s still too cold! Tomato plants are stunted by temperatures below 50 degrees. So, (depending on the weather) we are planning to put them out for sale on Mother’s Day weekend – May 7th.

They will be priced at $2.00 each

 

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Our trip to Polyface Farm

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Joel ringing the bell to start the “Lunatic Farmer Tour”

We took a short vacation a couple of weeks ago and were able to time it with the first Lunatic Farmer Tour of the season at Polyface Farm in Swoop Virginia. And, the tour was led by the “Lunatic Farmer” himself – Joel Salatin!

These pictures show how he raises his meat chickens, laying hens, pigs and beef cattle. Joel was open to any questions that anyone had for him and the farm is open to visitors every day except Sunday.

The day before we went to Polyface, we took a drive through the Shenandoah National Forest. At several of the scenic overlook spots we could see long buildings down in the valley. When we got down the the valley, we know what they were before we could even see them. Such a shame that the beautiful Shenandoah Valley is being ruined be large confinement chicken buildings. And that these people don’t choose to raise their animals like Joel does. There was absolutely no offensive smell on his farm – not even from the pigs! When asked what his neighbors think of the way he raises animals, Joel’s response was that they think he’s a bio-terrorist because he doesn’t use any drugs or antibiotics.

My favorite quote from the day “There’s nothing quite as useless as doing with great efficiency something that shouldn’t be done in the first place”

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Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day! We have had a very busy week. We moved our hens into a new pasture and they are busy eating greens, enjoying the sunshine and laying LOTS of beautiful eggs. They are in our stand for $5.00 per dozen.

We planted 18 additional acres of pollinator habitat.
The spinach that Jill is growing is starting to come up.
We moved our cabbage family plants to the cold frame.
And, we got our new/old tractor!

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Pollinator Habitat

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It was an exciting day at Creekside Natural Farm.  We started planting our pollinator habitat! The seed mix has several varieties of prarie grass and about 30 different flowers. We are planting 18 acres to add to the 10 we already have. It will be bordered on 2 sides by our creeks where we have been planting trees and shrubs to benefit birds and pollinators.

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New projects

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This morning we left Beckley West Virginia and drove home with our camper through the mountains. That wasn’t enough excitement for one day so Bill decided to work up the 20 acres where he will be planting our pollinator habitat seed tomorrow.

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Cold frame is ready

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Bill made me a cold frame using some old windows from our house and also some from my grandpa’s house that was built by my great grandpa. All ready for my cabbage family seedlings !

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Chicken and Eggs

We have stewing hens available for $4.00 per pound.

 Stew on it. Heritage birds, particularly older birds, make excellent stewing chickens. Put a whole or cut-up chicken in a pot, add enough water to cover, and simmer on low heat for about one hour per pound. Try this in a slow cooker, too, on low. Do not allow the water to boil. As it cooks, the meat will fall off the bone, ready to be used in soups, casseroles and other recipes. Strain the resulting stock for all manner of use, as well. After you’ve removed the meat, you can add celery, carrots, onion and garlic and continue to simmer the bone to make a rich bone broth.

Either call 815-467-5259 or email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com to set up a pick-up time.

We also have plenty of eggs in the stand – $5.00 per dz for regular size & $4.00 per dz for mediums.

Our hens are Animal Welfare Approved as well as Humane Handled approved. They have free pasture access and are fed with organic grain as well as wheat and oats that we grow using organic practices.

No GMO’s, no pesticides, no herbicides, no fungicides – ever!

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Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

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Happy Easter and Happy Spring to all of our friends and customers. We love raising healthy food and appreciate all of you who love eating it!

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Hard working girls!

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Our girls are working hard and producing plenty of eggs – Yay!!!

 

 

The stand is open and we have eggs in the cooler! Our prices are the same as last year -$5.00 per dozen of mixed sizes and for a limited time we have medium-sized eggs for $4.00 per dozen. They are on a separate shelf and are clearly marked.

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We also have frozen stewing hens for $4.00 per pound,  Floriani Red Flint cornmeal (2 lb. Bag for $5.00) and Turkey Red whole wheat flour (3 lb bag for $6.00). Both are freshly stone ground on our farm. The meat and ground items are available by prior arrangement. Either email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259.

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Spring is on the way

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Garlic is coming up nicely

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Rosemary is blooming in the greenhouse.

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And thanks to Renee who made all the soil blocks for me today – cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi are planted in their soil blocks.

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The babies are growing up

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Luna Lu and Thomas wearing halters for the first time. One little spit from Thomas, but pretty smoothly after that. I think they bring comport to each other and Thomas is more confident because he can see that Luna is not afraid of the people. The Stress Away oil, soothing music on my phone and small catch pen helped also.

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New Old tractor

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Our neighbor is restoring his dad’s 1948 Alis Chalmers G tractor and it will soon be coming to live at Creekside Natural Farm! Can’t wait to use it for planting and cultivating sweet corn and other veggies.

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2016 Season

1-58Today we had a meeting with Jill who has been our main help here for the past 2 years. We are all excited and looking forward to the 2016 season! She will be planting some of our ground with her own crops in an effort to get some experience from the beginning to end. We are thrilled to see someone much younger than us (and with a better back) express an interest in growing healthy food!

 

 

 

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Stewing Hens

Now is the perfect time of year to make stock, soup, chicken and dumplings, chicken and noodles, chicken casserole, chicken enchiladas, ect…

We have frozen whole stewing hens available that were raised with full pasture access and supplemented with organic feed. These chickens make a rich nutritious broth and the cooked meat can be removed and used in any recipe where you would use chicken.

We sell them for $4.00 per pound

either call 815-467-5259 or send a message to pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com to set up a pick-up time

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We also have  Floriani Red Flint cornmeal  – $5.00 for a 2 lb bag

and Turkey Red wheat flour – $6.00 for a 3 pound bag

All of our grains are heritage varieties raised using organic practices and stoneground in small batches

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Luna’s last bottle

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Luna Lu is officially a big girl and tonight she had her last bottle feeding. It’s a bittersweet night.

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Biodynamic!

We are starting a new adventure this year – Biodynamic farming. According to the calander, today is a “root” day, so I will be starting some onions.

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Sunshine

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It’s warm and sunny in the greenhouse
Time to start some seeds!

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Thinking of summer

It turns out I have no self control when it comes to ordering seed – especially tomatoes! My original plan was to cut back on the number of varieties but I just can’t help myself. Too many awesome heirloom varieties with equally awesome names. New for us this year will be Piglet Willie’s French Black tomato (pictured), Royal Hillbilly, Strawberry Leopard, Cherokee Tiger, Mule Team and my old favorite – Mortgage Lifter.

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Piglet Willie’s French Black tomato

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Winter Eggs

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Our hens are still laying eggs, but the cold prevents us from putting them in the cooler for sale. So, if you would like eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved hens you will need to either call (815-467-5259) or email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

We also have freshly stone ground Turkey Red wheat flour in a 3 pound bag for $6.00 and Floriani Red Flint cornmeal in a 2 pound bag for $5.00. We grind in small batches. Because these are whole grain flours with their full nutrition (germ) intact – You will need to refrigerate them to prevent nutrient loss and spoilage. 

 

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Uncle Smoky and friend

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We decided it was time to move our favorite rooster Uncle Smoky in with the alpacas so he could spend his retirement in peace. Our younger rooster wanted to be the boss and we didn’t want our boy to be picked on. We also moved a hen in with him so he wouldn’t be lonely.

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Luna Lu

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Happy 6 month birthday to Luna Lu! She has a pretty purple coat and a warm barn, alfalfa hay and apples for breakfast and a bottle of warm milk coming for dinner.

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Winter is finally coming!

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Winter is finally coming to Creekside Natural Farm and the little ones are ready with their coats on.

We will also be closing the stand but will still have eggs available. We ask that you either call or email ahead to make sure we will be home and have eggs. Our avalability for egg pick up will be daylight hours only.

815-467-5259
Pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Please leave a message if you call and no one answers.  Sometimes we are just outside making sure all is well with our hens and alpacas.

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Eggs

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For the next couple of days we will be leaving the eggs in the stand only until dark because of the cold weather.
They will still be in during the day and it looks like the tempature will be going back up so we will continue to keep them in the stand until it is consistently below freezing.
If you come for eggs before dark and there are none in the stand, please call

815-715-3590

For safety reasons , we ask that you not come by after dark.

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our friends and family. 

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Happy Birthday Luna Lu

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Happy 5 month birthday to our sweet girl Luna Lu. She had a rough start but with a little help from her friends, she’s made a full recovery and weighed in at 62 pounds this morning!

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Cover crop

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The lovely Meredith is loving the kale. Our cover crop serves double duty. The chickens and alpacas love it and it also improves our soil for next year’s crops.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Luna is thankful for APPLES! And Thomas wishes he was brave enough to eat from my hand.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family.

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Fall and winter availability

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Stewing hens are $4.00 per pound and average 3 to 4 pounds. They were raised with free access to grass and clovee pasture and supplemented with organic feed .

We also have lamb chops, leg of lamb and stew meat from our pasture raised Katahdin sheep. Katadhin sheep are a breed that was developed especially for mild flavor and our spend their entire life on grass pasture. The only supplement they receive is kelp meal – never any grain and never any type of growth hormone or antibiotic.

Chops are $20.00 per pound and come in a 1/2 pound package of 2 chops
Stew meat is $10.00 per pound in aprox 1 pound package
Leg of lamb is $12.00 per pound and is aprox 3 – 4 pounds

In addition to meat, we will be grinding our Turkey Red wheat and Floriani  Red Flint corn. Both are heirloom grains raised using organic practices.

And we will have potatoes, garlic, herbs and eggs available .

We currently are keeping the eggs in the stand until it gets too cold. There may be a few nights this week when we will take them out for the over night. When we take them out for the winter, they will be available by contacting us ahead of coming out.

All of the items above are available by contacting us at 815-467-5259
Or pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com Continue reading

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