Saturday, June 02, 2007

Fowl update!!! Beaker, the fellow shown above (who used to be yellow and fuzzy but is not getting his feathers!!!) is a Canada Goose - thanks to all of you who called or emailed to help us identify him! He is, I think, the world's most spoiled goose. He has his own huge and comfy pen in the barn for at night, and during the day he wanders around at will, eating just about anything he can find (grass, dandelions and bedstraw are favorites, as are worms, ants, and crackers) and getting lots of attention from us and our customers. He gets in our little pond several times a day and has a good swim, and eats the water lily leaves. he sure is handsome! He chases the cats and will even snitch their food - he is one onery goose!

Sadly, we lost his duck brother, Stu...the neighbor dogs came over and, well....we never saw Stu again. Our dogs are fine with the fowl, but the neighbor dogs...not so much. We are keeping a very close eye on the situation. Our most fabulous neighbor and postal-delivery guy has offered us a few of his ducks to keep Beaker company, so we think we are going to take him up on that offer. We'll keep you posted on their progress!

The other day when Donna FINALLY got to plant a few things (it's been so wet here, we haven't even gotten our garden in....can you believe it?), Beaker discovered very quickly that when she digs up soil, there are you can see just how eagerly he is awaiting each turn of the pitchfork. Aahhh..gardening with a goose. Every day is a new adventure around here!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Sample Sunday! Come on out to the farm this Sunday and see what we have to offer!

3-Farm Tour spotlights Dairy month...
3 Woodward farm families
offer 'A day in the Country'
You are invited to bring the kids to see the dairy calves, baby goats, and sample some of the finest local foods available at a 3-farm tour near Woodward, Sunday, June 3, from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is free to this "June is Dairy Month" event.
The three farms, Picket Fence Creamery, Prairieland Herbs, and Northern Prairie Chevre, invite you to enjoy a day in the country, complete with live animals, kids' activities, wine tasting, guest vendors, and the enjoyment of fresh air and wide open spaces!
At Picket Fence Creamery, 14583 S Ave., the kids can see the new calves, make their way through a hay maze, decorate cupcakes, and get free posters and pencils. There will be local food samples galore, including orange-pineapple ice cream, swiss chocolate milk, fresh white cheddar cheese curds, elk sticks, Russ 'n' Franks BBQ, and wine tasting from Rosey Acres Winery, Runnells. The country store offers local meats and foods from 85 Iowa families.
Prairieland Herbs, just up the road at 13505 S Ave., will sample handmade herbal luxuries as visitors browse their line of milk baths, shampoo bars, natural baby care, organic chocolates and teas, jams, and more. Check out their summer schedule of classes as well!
Northern Prairie Chevre will offer a glimpse of a goat farm including the kids, and sample cheeses, confections, dipping oils, jams, and other local foods, and crafts. The Onion Creek Cloggers will perform from 1 to 3 p.m., and there will be barn tours

Tuesday, May 29, 2007