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.

Piglet Willie's French Black tomato

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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Garlic

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Our most beautiful new garlic variety for this year is Belarus. I will be finishing up the garlic planting on Monday and hopefully it will get a nice rain on Tuesday to get it going.

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Salsa

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Beautiful peppers for the last batch of heirloom tomato salsa for the season.

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We also have okra, potatoes, garlic and plenty of eggs.

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Tomato season is finally here!

 

wpid-img_20150906_21133.jpgThe tomatoes, peppers and okra really enjoyed the warm temps of the last couple of weeks and we’re picking lots. Also, still getting some eggplant and put a few bags of green beans in the stand this morning. That will be the last of the beans for this year.

If you would like to freeze, pickle, dehydrate or can peppers, we have plenty. We have Italian frying peppers, poblano and jalapeno available in larger quantities. You can also easily freeze or pickle okra. If you’re interested in a larger quantity, contact us by email at pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or phone at 815-467-5259

The abundance or peppers and tomatoes also means I’ve made another batch of Salsa!

In addition, we have potatoes, hard neck garlic, still getting some zucchini and plenty of eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved hens.

 

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Heirloom Tomatoes

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We are finally picking heirloom tomatoes and have them in the stand for $3.00 per tray.
We also have sweet peppers, Poland and jalapeño peppers, bell peppers, okra, zucchini, potatoes, garlic and eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved hens.

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3 French Hens Market

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All set up at the market with garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, okra, peppers, eggplant, beans and Sri alpaca yarn. Lots of vendors with beautiful fall decorations and beautiful weather!

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Salsa Finally!

We finally had enough tomatoes for a batch of fresh salsa.

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More Green Beans!

wpid-img_20150827_48394.jpgWe have green beans available for canning or freezing – Or just eating if you love them.

They are $2.00 per pound for a 10 pound bag. 2 bags available

If you would like them – please contact me at 815-715-3590 or email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Also in the stand: Tomatoes, Garlic, potatoes (just added Purple Viking), sweet peppers, bell peppers, poblano and jalapeno peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, Dragon Tongue beans, green beans, beets and eggs.

We are selling small/medium eggs from our young hens for $3.00 per dz. They are in the same cartons as our regular eggs ($5.00 per dz.) but have a note on the carton indicating the price and size.

We also have chickens available  – both regular and Heritage for $4.00 per pound. Raised on pasture and organic feed.

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Fall Chickens

Our last batch of chickens for the year is processed and ready.

If you pre-ordered, please contact us with a time and day you would like to pick up your order. If you did not pre-order, but would still like chicken that was raised on pasture with organic feed, please contact us either by phone at 815-467-5259 or e-mail at pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

This year – in addition to the regular chickens that we have raised in past years- we also have a heritage chicken available. They have a superior flavor and are great for slow roasting, stewing, bone broth. You can also roast or stew them and use the meat for other recipes – chicken salad, pot pie, casserole, ect…  AND use the bones for bone broth.

Both types are $4.00 per pound and sold as a whole chicken

Whole Chicken

Whole Chicken

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Homeopathic

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Can’t wait to start using my homeopathic kit for the alpacas.

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Green beans

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We have 2- 5 pound bags of green beans available for 2.00 per pound. They’re easy to freeze and a treat to pull out of the freezer in December. First come first serve. Either email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com
Or call 815-467-5259
If we don’t answer, please leave a message. We’re probably out picking more beans or feeding the baby alpaca.

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Sunflowers

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We have beautiful sunflowers in the stand today for $1.00 each!

Also, potatoes, garlic, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, beans, cucumbers and eggs.

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Owl Excluder

Our most recent attempt to prevent our resident owl from having a chicken dinner seems to be working. Yea! They will have to go back to their diet of rodents. Double Yea!

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3 month Birthday

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Happy 3 month birthday to Thomas Magnum. He weighed in at 43 pounds this morning!

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Eggs and Cherry Tomatoes

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We are finally getting eggs from our young hens. They start out small so we are putting them in the clear cartons and selling them for $3.00. These hens are Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers. The Barred Rocks lay brown shelled eggs and the Easter Eggers lay blue and green shelled eggs.

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Lots of cherry tomatoes in the stand this morning for $3.00 per pint.
Also, sweet peppers, jalapeño peppers, large and small eggplant, beets, beans, okra, garlic and several varieties of potatoes.

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This mornings discoveries

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Baby snapper covered in mud on the bank of the pond.  I almost didn’t recognize it.

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Swallowtail butterfly in the hoop house.

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Monarch on milkweed

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My helper and I were checking the milkweed for monarch caterpillars today and just as I was saying that I’ve never seen one on the common milkweed – there it was!

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New things at Creekside Natural Farm

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Freshly picked sunflowers this morning. $1.00 each and like everything we grow – never sprayed.
Also new this morning – hard neck garlic and LaRatte fingerling potatoes.

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3 French Hens

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Ready for the 3 French Hens Market in Morris today from 8 until 2. We have several varieties of potatoes, hard neck garlic, baby eggplant, mixed beans, peppers, sunflowers and yarn from our Sri alpacas.

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