hobbit day party

Happy Hobbit Day 2014

Yesterday our family hosted our second annual Hobbit Day party. In the fictitious world of Middle-Earth, Hobbit Day is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. In the real world, it happens to be the first day of Fall. Both are great excuses for gathering family and friends for an outdoor gathering. Intermittent rain threatened all day to cancel our plans but the skies cleared by late afternoon, settling into a brisk but lovely fall evening just in time. […]

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apple tree blossom

Photo Update Spring 2014

Wow! Our recent weather in West Michigan has been fabulous gardening weather. Several warm, sunny days with intermittent rain. Not enough rain to keep you indoors all day, but just enough to keep me from needing the sprinkler more than once. I’m so thankful! During this previous winter I realized that I simply didn’t take enough pictures of the farm in 2013. To remedy that in 2014 I plan to, at a minimum, take photos for a spring, summer and […]

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chickens

2013 Farmer’s Report

At the beginning of this month I delivered the final round of produce for our 2013 season. Now that the season has ended, it’s time for me to provide you with our second annual Farmer’s Report. The annual Farmer’s Report is an exercise that helps me analyze what went well, what went wrong and – most importantly – what I’ve learned so that I can apply those lessons to improving subsequent seasons. It’s also a great way for me to […]

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raw milk butter

When we first learned about the benefits of raw milk (and the harm of pasteurized milk from non-A2 cows) we decided it was worth switching to healthier dairy products. Buying a herd share was a no-brainer first step. Our herd share enables us to obtain raw milk from the cow we lease and yogurt and cheese made from her milk. We’re not big milk drinkers so keeping our consumption (both for straight drinking and baking) to 1 gallon a week […]

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singing talking to plants

So you’ve been singing Let it Go from Disney’s movie Frozen all day, every day? Yeah… me too. It’s not just because it’s a catchy song that is bombarding us from everywhere (although that helps). I personally suffer from a syndrome called can’t-stop-singing-and-don’t-even-realize-I’m-doing-it. Just ask my husband and former co-workers… they’ll tell you. My condition often manifests itself in a rare condition I refer to as Disney-Tourettes. It’s the best way I can think of to describe my inclination to […]

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Last Frost Dates West Michigan

Wondering when it will be safe to transplant your seedlings out into the garden? Here’s a handy chart to give you a guideline for the Last Frost Date in your area. The Last Frost Date is the date after which it is generally safe to plant outdoors without fear of frost. Some plants can handle (and maybe even benefit from) a smidge of frost, such as broccoli, peas and chard. Warm season plants such as tomatoes, squash and peppers will […]

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moonique dairy farmers Ty Nadine Kriannmon

  Today I wanted give you a brief peek into a sweet conversation that recently happened at our house. Owen has been experiencing some growing pains lately. I heard once that a dose of extra calcium can help to soothe growing pains, so I always offer him a glass of milk. Maybe it’s an old wives tale… maybe it’s all in his head… but he usually calms down and goes to sleep afterwards. The other night at bedtime I was […]

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wire garden word plant marker

Wish List Wednesday | Garden Plant Markers Welcome again to Wish List Wednesday! This month’s list is all about garden markers. I’m aching for spring so I wanted to find something garden-related, but of course it’s not quite time to work outdoors. These DIY garden markers are a great spring-is-almost-here project to work on while we wait for the last of the snow to melt. Wine Bottles I love this idea for many reasons. First, it’s a great way to […]

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collecting maple sap tap trees

It’s maple sugarin’ season in Michigan! If I had been on my toes I would have tapped my trees on Thursday, March 6 as the weather conditions were just right for running sap – cold nights and above-freezing, sunny days. But alas, I’m a busy mom and I didn’t get to it until Tuesday, March 11. It was a beautiful, relatively warm, sunny day… and then that evening our lovely Michigan weather crashed from 40 degrees and sun to windchills […]

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