It’s COLD out there!

Until things thaw out, we will be working on a “by appointment” basis. If you need eggs, flour or cornmeal PLEASE call or e-mail ahead of time. There will be no eggs in the cooler, and other than taking care of the animals, we will be spending as little time outside as possible. That means we most likely will not see you pull in the drive.

Call 815-467-5259

E-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Even during the deep freeze, there are still lots of things to do @ Creekside Natural Farm. Yesterday, Bill used our stone grinder to make whole wheat flour and Floriani Red Flint corn meal. Our flour and cornmeal are both whole grain, un-sifted and contain the full “germ” unlike most at the grocery store. Because of this, we recommend keeping it in the refrigerator. Some of our customers like to buy a larger quantity (so they never run out) and keep it in the freezer. Keeping it cool also helps retain the nutrition and prevents it from becoming rancid. Because all grain starts to loose it’s nutrition after grinding, we grind in very small batches and sell through before we grind another batch. If you have a grinder, we will also sell the whole grain.

100% Whole wheat flour – 3 lb. bag for $5.00

Floriani Red Flint cornmeal – 2 lb. bag $6.00

 

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First seeds of the season

We received our first seed order of the season – beautiful seed packages from Bakers Creek!IMG_5024

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Early morning walk

Our morning walk started out good on the nice frozen ground, but was ended early by the very large coyote! Fortunately, I saw him before Baron did and was able to get Baron back on his leash. I guess that’s the down side to walking early.

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Time to order the potatoes

I know it seems early, but today I ordered the potatoes. Bill made the raised beds last fall and we are adding a bed since we ran out of potatoes to sell in early September last year.

Some of the new varieties for this year are Sieglinde, Crackled Butterball and Kipfel Fingerling. We will also have some of our favorites – Austrian Crescent and LaRatte fingerlings, Purple Viking, Red Gold, Desiree, Maris Piper, Nicola, Carola, King Edward and Katahdin. And, believe it or not, this is fewer varieties than we grew last year. Clearly, I have a potato addiction!

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We THINK we’re ready

IMG_5004  IMG_4999 IMG_4990The little guys and pregnant girls have their coats on and the barn is closed for the night so Tiger can choose his own sleeping spot outside of his “condo”. Uncle Smoky, the lovely Merideth and the rest of the girls have their treats and the porch is full of wood for the stove.IMG_4994 We hope we’re ready!

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Floriani Red Flint corn

This is a note from one of our customers about our Floriani Red Flint corn

Hi Pam,

Last week I made hominy from your corn. Amazing. I used it in Pazole and it was perfect.

Also tried corn bread with the ground corn. The most flavorful cornbread I have had.

Thank you for growing such good food.

Matt

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This stone ground cornmeal is available in a 2 pound bag for $6.00

We also have stone ground 100% whole wheat flour in a 3 pound bag for $5.00

Eggs from our AWA hens are $5.00 per dz.

And we have a limited amount of lamb chops from our 100% grass pastured Katahdin sheep  – 2 chops per pkg (aprox. 1/2 lb.) $10.00

If you are interested in any of the above, either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259

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Floriani Cornmeal Pizza Crust Recipe

This cornmeal crust is nutritious and will taste wonderful adorned with your favorite cheeses, veggies and herbs.
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Ingredients: 

1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp honey
2 tbls extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup stone-ground whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1/4 cup coarse Floriani cornmeal
1 tsp salt

Instructions:

1. Whisk together the warm water, yeast and honey in a large bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to activate the yeast. When the surface appears foamy, add the olive oil and stir.

2. In a separate bowl, stir together the flours, cornmeal and salt. Add to the liquid, blending with a wooden spoon until a ball forms.

3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes, adding only as much additional flour as needed to keep it from sticking. When the dough is soft and pliable, place in an oiled bowl and flip once to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot to rise until doubled or tripled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

4. After the rise is complete, cut dough in half (or quarters), placing unused portions in plastic bags. Refrigerate if you plan to use within two days; otherwise, freeze.

5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a pizza stone or cast-iron pizza pan in the oven to preheat.

6. Roll out the dough into a thin round. After your baking vessel is preheated, place the crust on it and assemble toppings. Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned and bubbling. Makes 2 large crusts or 4 individual crusts.

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/floriani-pizza-crust-recipe-zwrz10zarc.aspx#ixzz3LuF0CZgi

I made this today using our Floriani cornmeal and whole wheat flour and it was fantastic!

 

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Freshly Stone-ground grain

We put the stone grinder to work this week on our Floriani Red Flint corn and wheat berries.

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Floriani Red Flint’ is a rare, open-pollinated red flint corn from Italy with unforgettable flavor — and the possibilities for cooking with it are endless.

This heirloom corn is an old variety from the Italian Alps that was originally selected for qualities that make great polenta. This particular variety is a landrace (a locally adapted variety that has more variation than a variety bred for specific qualities) from the Valsugana Valley, where subsistence farmers grew it as the staple food until the mid-20th century. While the hulls are red, the meal is a deep yellow with a hint of pink. It is physically beautiful and has a rich, complex flavor to match.

Floriani Red Flint cornmeal is far more nutritious than store bought, degermed cornmeal (see chart below). Fedco, a Maine-based seed company, had this to say after they tried this exceptional corn: “Floriani’s richly sweet, delicious, corny taste beat the competition silly in our pancake and cornbread muffin bake-off.”

We have the Floriani available in a 2 lb bag for $6.00

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 Our flour is 100% whole wheat with all the nutritious bran included!

It’s available in a 3 lb. bag for $6.00

Because our flour and cornmeal are 100 % whole grain, we recommend keeping it in the refrigerator or freezer to retain its fresh flavor.

I will be adding recipes to our page as I test them. This morning I made the buttermilk pancake recipe using both the Floriani cornmeal and the whole wheat flour. It was delicious!

to arrange purchase

Either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

or call 815-467-5259

 

 

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Found Keys

I was emptying a large Kohl’s bag of egg cartons today and found these keys in the bottom of the bag. If they are yours, please e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259.

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eggs

eggsJust a reminder that during daylight hours, our eggs will continue to be in the cooler in the stand for as long as the weather stays above freezing. If you need to come by after dark, please call or e-mail and we will have them at the house.

815-467-5259

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Winter Eggs

Animal Welfare Approved Logo It looks like the 10 day forecast will be above freezing during the day, so to make it more convenient for everyone,  we will have eggs in the cooler during the daylight hours.

If you come out and there are no eggs in the cooler – please feel free to call. We have the house and my cell phone numbers listed in the stand and we have plenty of eggs.

815-467-5259

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Happy Thanksgiving!

No turkeys here – Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Creekside Natural Farm

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Winter Egg program

Animal Welfare Approved LogoToday will be the last day to get eggs from the cooler.
After today you can still get eggs from our organically fed and Animal Welfare Approved hens, but will need to either
call 815-467-5259 or
e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

 

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Eggs

Eggs are back in the cooler for at least the next few days.

Depending on the overnight temps. –  we may need to take them out at night. We have a sign in the stand with phone numbers to call if you come out and there are no eggs in the stand. Please don’t hesitate to call. We have plenty of eggs and don’t want anyone to make a wasted trip.

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Organic Pie

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We are taking a limited number of orders for pies for Thanksgiving. The pie in the picture is a lattice top apple made with organic apples and organic sugar. We will also have organic pumpkin. Each pie is made by hand by me using my mothers recipes. I use butter and lard in the crust (no hydrogenated fats) and organic ingredients if I can find them in the quantities I need.

They will be $13.00 each for a 9 inch pie.

To order, Either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or

call 815-467-5259

 

 

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Eggs

We still have plenty of eggs

However, due to the super cold weather forcasted for this week, we will not have them in the cooler until Saturday (hopefully Mr. Skilling is correct about the “warm-up”).

You can either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259 to make sure we will be home before you come out.

 

 

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Early Winter

Because of the extra cold temps coming today we will be taking the eggs out of the cooler at night and putting them back in the morning. When the daytime temps become too cold, we will post the “winter egg program” info. If you come for eggs and there are none in the stand, feel free to call 815-467-5259.

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We still have plenty of kale and the cold weather has improved its flavor.

We will also be taking the butternut squash out of the stand but it will still be available on request. Also available on request – Heirloom stone-ground cornmeal, Katahdin lamb (chops, leg, sausage).

Either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259

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Local and Organic dinner

Bill and I were discussing our dinner today and how much of it came from our farm or from a local farm. We realized that the only parts that were not local were the yeast and butter in the bread. The flour and eggs came from our farm, honey from Contrary Mary’s (Minooka), milk from Traders Point Creamery through Amy’s Organics (Plainfield). The chili had our own tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, beef from Graze and Grow (Schefield) and red and black beans from Breslin Farms (Ottawa).

The flour was stone ground from our organic wheat and will be available for sale in a few weeks after I have had a chance to test some recipes with it.

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Lamb and Applesauce

We have lamb available for sale. This year we raised 3 Katahdin sheep on our grass pasture. This breed of sheep is known for producing fine flavored meat without the strong flavor that some lamb can have.

We have chops in a package of 2 (aprox. 7-8 oz per pkg.) – $20.00 per pound

Leg of lamb – cut in half and aprox. 3-4 pounds – $12.00 per pound

Italian style sausage – 1.5 lb package – $13.00 per lb

Lamb chops

This morning I made a batch of Organic applesauce from Earth First Farm apples and cider. Their apples and cider are certified organic and are the only ingredients in our applesauce. NO SUGAR ADDED and it’s not needed. I used a combination of Empire and Golden Delicious and a small amount of their fresh cider to keep the apples from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

It’s in the stand for $4.00 per container

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We also have Kale, butternut squash, eggs and a small amount of sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Freshly stone ground Heirloom Corn meal is available on request.

To request Lamb or cornmeal, either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or

call 815-467-5259

 

 

 

 

 

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Why is this chicken SOOO good?

Many people ask why our chickens, eggs, and produce taste so great compared to what they’re used to buying at the grocery store.  The reason is that we are truly passionate about natural, sustainable, non-GMO living, and we run our farm with these guiding principles.  On our new Sustainability Initiatives page you can read about several programs and certifications for Creekside Natural Farm.

Here’s the link:  http://www.creeksidenaturalfarm.com/blog/sustainability-initiatives/

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The girls are coming home!

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We’re on our way to Heritage Farm in IN to pick up our pregnant girls and bring them home. Apollo will be so happy to see his mama.

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This Week @ Creekside natural Farm

This morning we picked what will likely be the last of the cherry tomatoes for the year.

We are picking some beautiful Kale and have Butternut Squash and the end of the sweet peppers.

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We also have eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved and organically fed hens.

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Tomatoes are still here (but not for long)

The cool weather is here and we’re nearing the end of the warm weather veggies. We still have tomatoes and peppers in the stand, but the end is definitely near so get them while you still can! We also have some fall veggies – Butternut squash, bok choy and kale, pumpkins and corn stalks.

We also have eggs from our AWA  and organic hens.

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Bok Choy

Baby Bok Choy is washed and in the cooler for $3.00 per bag.

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We also have eggs, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, baking pumpkins, zucchini, tomatillos, green beans, decorative pumpkins and corn stalks from our Non-GMO corn.

If you’re interested in chicken or corn-meal, you can either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259

 

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Tomatillios and Corn stalks are new this week

We have bundles of corn stalks for sale for $5.00 per bunch. They are from our own non-GMO and un-sprayed corn. We have also finally started picking tomatillos! They make fantastic salsa verde with our purple jalapenos.

We also have tomatoes, green beans, okra, zucchini, sweet and hot peppers, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkin for baking and decorative pumpkins. also, plenty of eggs from our AWA hens.

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Our hens enjoying the day

You can see that our hens are living the “good life” and the fantastic eggs they produce are a result of that. They have free access to pasture and certified organic feed. We also supplement their feed with our own oats and lots of veggies. They particularly love the watermelon rinds and tomatoes. They are certified by Animal Welfare Approved and also by Certified Humane.

We have plenty of eggs in the cooler for $5.00 per dz. We also still have some small eggs for $3.00 per dz.IMG_4875

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Pumpkins and Squash

We have a variety of pumpkins and winter squash this year. Winter squash includes butternut, spaghetti and Kabocha. We have Valenciano and Autumn Crown pumpkins for baking (or decorating) and Bliss and Speckled Hound for decorating. Bliss can also be used for cooking and is recommended for curry dishes, but is not sweet.

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Cut-up watermelon and garlic for next year

I used the rainy morning to cut up some of our organic watermelon for those who don’t have the time or the space in their frig. It’s in the cooler in 16 oz. containers for $2.00

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The afternoon excitement was our awesome mailman bringing our box from the Garlic Store with our first delivery of seed garlic this season. We like to try new varieties every year, so we order from several sources.

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Melons this Week @ Creekside natural Farm

We didn’t plan to have enough cantaloupe to sell, but it has been a good year for all of our vine crops, and the cantaloupe are soo sweet that we’ve decided to sell some. They’re in the stand for $3.00 each.

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We also have sweet organic watermelon, Purple Viking and Fingerling potatoes, Spaghetti squash, Valenciano pumpkins (beautiful white pumpkins that are also great for baking), green beans, beets, various sweet and hot peppers, zucchini, garlic, eggplant, tomatoes, okra, fresh salsa and eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved hens.

Call 815-467-5259 or e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com to arrange for purchase of our organic pastured chicken or heirloom cornmeal

 

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Watermelon!

After a cool summer, the watermelon is finally ready and in the stand for $7.00 each. Like everything else we sell, it was grown here with no chemical sprays or fertilizers.

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We also have eggs from our pastured hens,spaghetti squash, hard neck garlic, heirloom tomatoes, various sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, lemon squash and we are making a fresh batch of Fresh Salsa.

We still have frozen chicken and heirloom corn meal available by calling 815-467-5259 or e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

 

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