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Farm visitors

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 … Continue reading

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Organic Heirloom Tomato Plants

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 … Continue reading

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Our trip to Polyface Farm

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 … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day!

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 … Continue reading

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Pollinator Habitat

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 … Continue reading

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New projects

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 … Continue reading

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Cold frame is ready

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 … Continue reading

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Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

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!

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 … Continue reading

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Spring is on the way

Garlic is coming up nicely Rosemary is blooming in the greenhouse. 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

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 … Continue reading

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New Old tractor

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

Today 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Luna’s last bottle

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

Posted in 3. 2013 Harvest | Comments

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

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 … Continue reading

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Winter Eggs

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 … Continue reading

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Uncle Smoky and friend

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 … Continue reading

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Luna Lu

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!

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 … Continue reading

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Eggs

          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 … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

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

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Happy Birthday Luna Lu

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading

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Garlic

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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