Making Honey

The honey bees are enjoying the clover in our pollinator habitat. Can’t wait for the clover honey!

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Creekside Market – July 15th

We are 2 days away from our July Creekside Market – July 15th from 9 am until 2 pm

We will have honey from hives that are maintained on our farm. It was harvested on Sunday and will be delivered to us tomorrow. The pictured bottle is a sample from our bee keeper and it is wonderful! 

We will also have freshly dug garlic – big beautiful bulbs!

Everything we sell is raised or made on our farm so we will have “in season” vegetables – lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, several types of beets, zucchini, eggplant and various herbs. We will be starting to harvest our garlic this week and also hope to be picking beans and tomatoes.

We will have our hand-made goat milk soap made from Staudacher Farms goat milk and some of our yarn from our Suri alpacas.

The Market runs from 9 am until 2 pm in our stand on the farm. After 2, the vegetables and eggs will be in the stand as normal.

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Lots of Veggies!

 

The rainy weather may not be great for making hay but the vegetables love it!

We have an abundance of really lovely broccoli, several types of beets & mixed lettuce. We still have some purple cauliflower, sugar snap peas and cabbage and are just starting to pick zucchini. We also have plenty of eggs.

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Cylindra Beets are ready!

 

We made our first picking of Cylindra beets this morning. They are sweet and tender and are the favorite of our beet loving customers. They’re in the stand for $3.00 per bunch.

My favorite way to use them is to roast them and add them to a lettuce salad. We also chop the greens and add them to the salad.

We also have freshly picked round beets, mixed lettuce, broccoli, green cauliflower and plenty of eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved hens.

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Beets, broccoli and lettuce

We picked fresh beets ($3.00), broccoli ($4.00) and lettuce ($3.00). All are in the cooler in our stand along with plenty of eggs.

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New this week

We’re starting to pick beets, cabbage and romaine lettuce. All washed and in the cooler.

 We also have broccoli sprouts and plenty of eggs.

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Garlic Scapes

 

What is a garlic scape? It’s the flower stalk of a hard neck garlic plant. Soft neck garlic does not get a scape.  One scape comes up from each plant one time during the growing season. So, when they’re gone – they’re gone for the season.

Garlic scapes are in the stand. $3.00 per bag. There is enough in a bag for a couple of pesto recipes and still some to use for stir fry, add some to your salad or any recipe where you would use green onions and want a little garlic flavor.  My favorite way to use them is minced and mixed with butter to use for garlic bread or over hot pasta or veggies. 

There is a recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto on our page under Pam’s Recipes

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Lettuce

Early this morning – before the heat was totaly hideous- picked, washed, spun and bagged lettuce. In the cooler for $3.00 per bag.  Also picked some broccoli sprouts and there are plenty of eggs.

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Busy week!

We have so many things happening this week that we can’t share it all. But here are a few of them. 

Honey bees pollinating

 lovely lettuce picked, washed and spun

Local goats milk and honey soap

Glass Gem and sweet corn coming along

Our Delaware hens are busy laying eggs

Our borrowed goats are busy eating weeds

This cute baby bunny has decided the barn is a safe place

Lots of hay baled

The bee hives are filling with honey

And, in addition to all that, we’re busy trying to keep all the animals hydrated and as cool as possible, and the veggies weeded and watered.

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June Creekside Market is tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow we will be hosting our second Creekside Market here on the farm. The market is held in our stand from 9-2.

We will have plenty of eggs, freshly picked lettuce and broccoli, several types of herbs, our farm made goats milk and honey soap, yarn and fiber from our Suri alpacas AND we had our first batch of meat chickens processed yesterday. If you pre-ordered, I will have them ready for pick up. We have some that are not spoken for so we will be selling those until they are sold out.

 

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Chicken Pick-up & June Creekside Market

 

 

Our June Creekside Market will be one week from today on June 10th from 9 am until 2 pm.

We will have fresh chicken available for pick-up. We prefer that you pre-order if you would like more than 1 or 2 so that we can have it ready for you.

Our chickens are raised outside and their shelter is moved to fresh grass daily. They eat certified organic feed (Never any GMO grain).

We will be trying a new processor this year (only 2 hours away rather than 3) and expect the packaging will be the same as our old processor. We offer a whole chicken – either un-cut or cut into 10 pieces. Our price for the un-cut is still $4.00 per pound and the chicken will average 3.5 to 4 pounds. The processor charges us for the cutting so add $1.50 per chicken for cut up.

Our processing day is Thursday so there will be a limited amount of fresh chicken available on Saturday. If you would like to place an order, either call 815-467-5259 or email us at pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com. We will need your name, phone number and the quantity you want.

We will also have our hand made goats milk soap, alpaca items, plenty of eggs and are starting to pick broccoli and lettuce. 

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Glass Gem Corn Seed

 

 

 

 

We have seed available from our Glass Gem corn. This is seed that was selected from last years crop for a wide range of color. They are packaged in plastic bags and in our cooler in the stand. Plant in a block of 4 rows for best pollination and color mix

$2.00 for a 1.5 oz bag (approx. 200 seeds)

 

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Organic Veggie Plants

 

It’s finally warm enough to keep the tomato and pepper plants in the stand!

We grow our plants in organic potting soil and never use any type of insecticide or fungicide. Some of the tomato varieties we have are Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Black Heirloom, Black Beauty, Royal Hillbilly, Paul Robeson, Sungold Cherry, Black Cherry, Sunrise Bumblebee, Pink Bumblebee, Piglet Willie and Galiana. We have a few plants of each variety and expect that they will be gone by the end of the weekend.

Our pepper varieties are, King of the North, Flavorburst, Lunchbox  Mix, Aura, Glow, Melrose, Purple jalapeno and Poblano.

All plants are $2.50 each.

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Thank You!

Thank You to everyone who came out for our first ever Creekside Market.

It was a great success and we really appreciate everyone’s support!

Our next market day will be on Saturday, June 10th from 9-2

We anticipate having more veggies and eggs available (weather and hens permitting) along with our hand made soap, alpaca products and fresh chicken!

We will add more information on what we will have as we get closer to that date.

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New this year – Creekside Market!

 

 

 

 

 

We will be holding our own market on the farm this summer rather than packing up and hauling everything to Morris. The first Market will be this coming Saturday-May 6th-from 9 until 2 pm.

 

We will be in our vegetable stand with our own seasonal produce, eggs, stone ground heirloom cornmeal, organic tomato and sweet pepper transplants, alpaca fiber items (yarn, nest ball kits, raw fiber), and our own home-made soap!

The stand will still continue to be open during our normal hours – Every day from 8 am until 7 pm but will not be stocked with the alpaca items, soap or frozen chickens when they become available. 

Come out and visit this Saturday! We can answer your questions about the plants we have available and if the weather is nice enough, I will be spinning some fiber into yarn with my spinning wheel!

 

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Ready for the rain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a long week with lots of planting, we are ready for the coming rain (and a chiropractic adjustment) – LOL!

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, beets, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, strawberry plants and zinnias – all in the ground!

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Organic veggie plants

We will have organic transplants available for sale beginning on May 6th.

They are currently getting acclimated to the cooler temperatures and will be ready for planting in your garden as soon as the danger of frost has passed. Tomatoes do not like temperatures below 50 degrees and will be stunted by too many cool nights. And, peppers are even more sensitive to cold. So, help your plants live up to their full potential by planting them at the correct time!

We grow our seeds in organic soil in our own greenhouse with no insecticides or chemicals of any type. We have a variety of heirloom tomatoes and several different types of sweet peppers. 

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Asparagus season

We are just beginning to harvest asparagus! We have a few bags in the stand – $5.00 per bag and will also be adding wheat berries so you can make this delicious salad. The recipe is on our blog.

We also have eggs in the stand so you can make our other favorite asparagus dish – scrambled eggs with asparagus. 

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Bees and the honey they make!

Super excited by today’s development!

 We were contacted by a local bee keeper who would like to place some of his hives on our farm! There are not enough exclamation points to convey how excited I am!!!!! He will maintain the hives, which is fantastic since I have a bee allergy, and we will get the benefits of the pollination AND HONEY from our own farm! 

This will be the perfect compliment to our pollinator habitat – 20 acres of bee food!

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Morning Project

Our morning project was building a gate in the lean to so that Thomas and Luna can easily (meaning we don’t need to put halters and leads on) have access to the pasture that’s been re-seeded and “resting” since last spring. Since we only want them in there for a couple of hours at a time, the gate eliminates lots of stressful catching.

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Eggs are in the stand

We have opened the farm stand and stocked the cooler with eggs!

Eggs are ready!

Fresh eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our egg price remains the same as last year – $5.00 per dozen

Our hens eat a diet of certified organic grains, oats and peas that we grow on our farm and all the things they can find outside. They have free access to pasture every day and are certified by the most stringent animal welfare group – Animal Welfare Approved.

Because this is a working farm with things like electric fencing to protect our hens and alpacas from predators, we ask that you remain in the area immediately surrounding the Farm Stand. Also, please keep your children with you at all times.

Our stand hours are 8am until dusk. Our stand is not lighted so we can’t allow shopping after dark.

We accept cash for payment and are not always available to make change. 

 

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Winter Chores and Projects


 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in case anyone wondered what we do in the winter – here is a partial list

Start seeds, read books (that inspire us to continue what we’re doing), make lovely yarn, re-paint our wagon/sign (so people can actually read it), build hay racks, keep little (and big) alpacas warm and full, raise hens (so we will have eggs this spring) – and dream about summer and a good tomato!

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Animal Communication Workshop

If your coming for the workshop tomorrow – dress warm as part of our time will be spent in the barn.

We will have some alpaca products and our first batch of lotion bars available for sale prior to the workshop – from 8:30 until 9:30. Cindy plans to be here around 9:15. So, if you would like to get more information on what the workshop is about or would just like to shop, come out during that time. We will be starting the workshop at 10:00. If you choose to stay, the fee is $65.00 – payable to Cindy.

 

Come join us for a day of fun and learning!

Creekside Natural Farm will be hosting Cindy Myers for a day of learning how to communicate with animals of all species.

We first learned of Cindy from an article in an alpaca magazine and were impressed with her methods and use of energy work to help the animals she was working with. So, when I sent her an e-mail and she said she would be in the area this spring and would be happy to come to our farm – I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

Click on the link below to reserve your spot. There will be an option for an individual purchase. You will also have an option to get the discount for each friend you bring.

Illinois 2017 Workshop

 

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Save the Date!

Creekside Natural Farm will be hosting Cindy Myers for a day of learning how to communicate with animals of all species.

We first learned of Cindy from an article in an alpaca magazine and were impressed with her methods and use of energy work to help the animals she was working with. So, when I sent her an e-mail and she said she would be in the area this spring and would be happy to come to our farm – I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

We will have a “shopping cart” option within the next few days and will add that as soon as it’s available.

Email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com with questions

 

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Seeds – YAY!!!

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Look what came with the mailman! I’m SOOO ready!!!

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Ordering for the New Year!

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Today we started our “New Year” ordering with our first 2 batches of chicks – 1 heritage and 1 broiler. Next up was our Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds order. Lots of old favorites as well as a few new varieties including Dr. Wyche’s Yellow tomato.

Our new project for the coming season will be a medicinal herb garden. Please feel free to share any requests for the coming season!

We currently have eggs, stone ground heirloom cornmeal and Turkey Red wheat flour available by prior arrangement. You can either call us at 815-467-5259, email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or send a message on Facebook

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Barn comedy

In an effort to give Thomas as much “eating time” as possible, I’ve been leaving the barn lights on for a couple of hours after dark. When I go out to turn them off, I offer Thomas some feed before bed time. Tonight he wasn’t that interested in the feed but when Chukilla (who’s 175 pounds) got too close to the bowl, Thomas (all 51 pounds of him) would turn around and make a little spit at him. 

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Bread Lab

Today was a perfect day to do some “bread lab” work. This was the result!

I used our own stone ground Turkey Red wheat flour that I sifted once. 

We grow our heirloom wheat with minimal natural fertilizer  (horse manure) and no insecticides ,  herbicides, or fungicides. It’s stone ground in small batches.

Turkey Red is a hard red winter wheat from Ukrain that has not been altered. it makes a fabulous bread.

Flour is available in a 3 pound bag for $6.00. Please call 815-467-5259 or email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com 

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Ready for the cold-we hope


Thomas has his coat on, everyone (alpacas,chickens and Tiger) has lots of fresh straw, the alpacas have high value hay , all the heated water has electrolytes and the heater is running in the barn just long enough to take the extreme chill off. I think that’s everything we can do short of packing up the farm and moving to Hawaii!

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Winter Egg program

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It is officially too cold to keep eggs in the cooler so we are now on the “Winter egg program”.

We still have plenty of eggs, but you will need to either call or send a message before you come out. We hate to have you come out in the cold to find no one home. For insurance reasons, we will limit pick-up to daylight hours.

You can call us @ 815-467-5259

email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

send a message on Facebook

Our eggs are $5.00 per dozen and Animal Welfare Approved certified – That means our hens live like a hen was meant to live – free access to grass pasture (when it’s not covered in snow), organic (Non GMO) feed and no antibiotics in their feed, water or given directly. You can check out the Animal Welfare Approved website for more information on the long list of requirements we follow. AWA has the most rigorous standards for farm animal welfare in the U.S.

www.animalwelfareapproved.org

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