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Today only free shipping @ Bakers Creek

This is one of my favorite seed companies and they are offering free shipping TODAY Only. www.rareseeds.com

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Creekside Natural Farm Open House!

We will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, May 18th from 9am until 4 pm. We’ve had many requests for farm tours and can’t always accommodate them during the busy summer season. So, if you would like to come … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter from us, Merideth (grey hen) and all the other lovely ladies at Creekside Natural Farm.

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This week at Creekside Natural Farm

The season begins! Beets, radishes and sugar-snap peas growing in the tunnel and Tiger keeping me company. Tuesday we brought 3 Katahdin sheep home from Graze N grow in Scheffield. They love the creep feeder where They can eat alfalfa … Continue reading

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Alpaca Fiber Weekend

I spent the weekend in Flora, Indiana at Heritage Farms learning how to wash, dye and card Suri Alpaca fiber. Thank you to Elizabeth and Liz from Alpaca Fiber Solutions for the great workshop and to Beth and Tim Sheets … Continue reading

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Family Fun Night

We have been invited to take part in the Family Fun Night at Ellis House Equestrian Center. We will be there from 4 till 7 tomorrow night (Friday April 4th) and will be selling our heirloom stone-ground cornmeal, basil and rosemary plants and … Continue reading

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Spring at Creekside Natural Farm!

We think it may FINALLY be here! The pussy willows are about to open, the young hens are thinking about coming out of their house, the alpaca coats are off and washed and the vegetable plants are getting bigger in … Continue reading

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Heirloom corn and Sunflowers

Today we ordered the seed for Floriani Red Flint corn! It’s a beautiful Italian heirloom that will make fantastic polenta and corn meal. It’s higher in protein than most corn so we will also use it to feed our chickens. To … Continue reading

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Animal Welfare Approved

CREEKSIDE NATURAL FARM IN MINOOKA, ILL. AWARDED TOP ANIMAL WELFARE CERTIFICATION –Local farm uses sustainable agriculture methods  to earn Animal Welfare Approved certification– MINOOKA, ILL. (March 11, 2014) – The flock of laying hens at 70-acre Creekside Natural Farm is … Continue reading

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Good Food Festival

Some of the things we got at the Good Food Festival today. Also learned about growing old grain varieties that haven’t been altered.

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Hopefully – the last snow day of the year @ Creekside natural Farm!

Baron is the only animal who wanted to play in the snow today. The chickens,  kittys and even the alpacas prefer to stay inside. Baron loves the snow and sticks and ESPECIALLY a snow covered stick!

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Basil and Rosemary

The first sign of new life in the greenhouse is the basil. It sprouted in 2 days on the heat mat! This is the first time our rosemary has flowered.

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Another Recipe for our Heirloom Stone Ground Cornmeal

Creamy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms Yield: Serves 4 (makes about 3 cups polenta) Creamy polenta with roasted mushrooms-an easy and comforting meal. Ingredients: For the Roasted Mushrooms: 1 lb. Baby Bella mushrooms, stems removed and cut in half 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

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Heirloom Corn Meal

Just finished grinding more heirloom corn into cornmeal with our stone grinder. We are grinding small batches so it will be fresh and have its full nutrition. This is a multi-colored heirloom corn from Sandhill Preservation (non GMO) grown by … Continue reading

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Beautiful seed packets!

In addition to the fantastic seeds varieties they carry, Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds clearly has the most beautiful packages! Some of the new varieties we will be growing this season are Black Krim, Paul Robeson, Comstock Sauce and Mariglobe tomatoes. … Continue reading

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Grandpa Harris’ Cornbread

1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 large eggs 3 heaping tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 2 1/2 cups buttermilk 3 cups cornmeal Preheat oven to 450 degrees Put skillet in the oven to heat with 2 tablespoons of lard or bacon … Continue reading

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Heirloom Corn Meal

  We are finished with the long process of growing, picking (by hand), shelling (with our antique corn sheller), drying (with our dehydrator) and grinding (with our stone grinder) our heirloom cornmeal and now are ready to sell it! It’s  a multicolored … Continue reading

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Seed ordering

Today I plan to sit in front of the wood stove and order seeds from a few of my favorite companies and go outside a little as possible!

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New winter coats

I bought a new coat for Betsy and then heard the weather forecast for next week and decided that Apollo also needed a coat. Too late to order him one, so I used Betsy’s as a pattern and made one … Continue reading

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New Egg Price and Hen House

Bill’s first project of the winter was a new portable home for the additional 100 hens who will be laying eggs for us this spring. He started with an old boat trailer and built a beautiful hen house that we … Continue reading

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Fiber processing time

Santa delivered the last piece of my fiber processing equipment – my Patrick Green blender/carder. Now I have lots of work to do!

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Betsy needs a new coat,

I had to make an emergency alteration to Betsy’s coat. She seems to have here mamas appetite! Clearly, She’s still little miss independent. She’s laying by herself while Apollo rests his head on his mama’s back.

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E-mail

Our e-mail is currently not working so if you need to reach us you will need to either send a message on FB or call 815-467-5259. I’ll update when it’s working again.

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In for the night!

I know it’s not 3 o’clock yet, but all the alpacas,  hens and Tiger are locked in the barn, they all have their winter treats (pumpkins for the hens and pears for the alpacas), the wood stove is @ 500 … Continue reading

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Winter Egg Program

It has gotten to cold too leave eggs in the cooler, so starting today we will be on the “Winter Egg Program”.  You will need to either: call 815-467-5259 or e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com Let us know how many eggs you are … Continue reading

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Betsy Ross

Betsy was 1 month old on Tuesday and has gained 11lbs. I think she got her appetite from her mama. Her personality is so different from our 1st born cria Apollo. She’s far more independent even though he is 6 … Continue reading

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Getting ready for winter

This is Bill’s winter project. He will be building a portable home for the new hens on this old boat trailer. These are Rhode Island Red and Black Australorp. They are both a heritage breed that we chose for their … Continue reading

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The making of an apple pie

  I have 1 lattice top apple pie available today. Made with organic apples, organic sugar, organic cinnamon, pastry flour, organic lard, butter, organic egg, vinegar and water. $13.00 We will be home today but may not be outside, so it’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Pie

    We will be selling fresh pies made from scratch for Christmas (including hand rolling the home-made crust) using my mothers fabulous crust recipe! The available filling will be organic apples or organic pumpkin. You can choose between a lattice top or … Continue reading

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This week

Here’s what we have this week: Kale, pears, butternut squash, bell peppers, poblano peppers, Italian Frying peppers and eggs. We also have lamb chops and leg of lamb from our pasture raised Katahdin sheep. If you’re coming out for lamb, … Continue reading

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