Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sunday, September 21st, 12-5 PM 10th BIRTHDAY BASH!

It's been TEN YEARS since we opened our doors. Help us celebrate with a FANTASTIC and action-packed 10 th Birthday Sample Sunday!


Guest Vendors:

Funkie Organics – funky hemp and stone jewelry (

Kristi Poole – handmade paper beads

Nikki's Designs – handmade sterling silver jewelry

Sally Kilkenny – handmade jams & jellies

Mary DouBrava – Reiki sessions

Jill Beebout will be having free, 15 minute STORYTELLING at the top of every hour, beginning at 1 PM! Fun for the entire family.


Are you a great cook? Bring your best dish and join us for a cooking contest and potluck on Sunday, Sept 21! Judging begins at 4 PM.

3 Categories: Herbal Breads, Herbal Desserts, Herbal Dish or Beverage.

Prizes given in each category:

1 st Place - $25.00 Prairieland Herbs Gift Certificate

2 nd Place - $15.00 Prairieland Herbs Gift Certificate

3 rd Place - $10.00 Prairieland Herbs Gift Certificate

Stay afterwards to share and sample the herbal delights!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Last week we had a group of 80 (!!!!!!) homeschool kids/parents visit our farm. it was a MADHOUSE for about and hour, then...whoosh.....they were gone. Mostly, the kids liked the dogs. I tried to get a picture of the mass pandemonium. :)

I don't recall there being a calico cat for sale on our website, but someone must have ordered one. :) Here is Violet being extremely cute, in a flat-rate priority mailbox. ;)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Here is our beloved "Crazy", aka Karla the Crazy Soapmaker, who makes the majority of soaps here at Prairieland Herbs. She's been making soaps professionally for 8 or 9 years, and is REALLY knowledgeable about what she does. A few times a year, she teaches really rockin soapmaking classes on our farm, and we're lucky she's going to teach not one but TWO soapmaking classes this fall!
Students make and take home their own 2 lb. batch of real, cold-process handmade soap. Soapmaking is amazing - it's art, science, and alchemy all in one procedure. You take fats, oils, and lye, and end up with this amazing bar of bubbly wonderful handmade soap! Magic!Students work in pairs, and class size is strictly limited to six participants, so Karla can ensure the best learning experience for everyone. Lye safety is emphasized. The recipe you use is easy to duplicate at home - no hard-to-find or expensive oils or ingredients are used.

The first class is already halfway full, so Karla's offering a second class in November. These classes truly do fill up quickly so please register soon! (We do not charge your card until the day of the class, just FYI.)

Our friend Fae at Faerie Made Soaps has some great pictures of the soapmaking process on her blog - check it out!

Monday, September 15, 2008

And now, for the listing of events happening this Sample Sunday (Sept. 21st, from 12-5) at Picket Fence Creamery!

They will be sampling: Caramel apple ice cream, cheese ball, elk sticks, fresh peanut butter, Two Sisters breads and salads, fresh local salsa, caramel apple pecan butter, fresh cheese curds, Iowa wines, and of course, "the best chocolate milk this side of the Milky Way!".

*5th Anniversary $5 lunch! Brats, fixin's, chips, milk or water, and ice cream! (Kids' meal is $3.)

*For the kids - pony rides in the pasture, see the calves, hay maze, FREE kittens, pencils, and posters!

*FREE! Picket Fence Creamery 5th Anniversary commemorative gift with your

*Guest vendors - Penoach Winery, Prairie Moon Winery, Russ 'n' Franks BBQ, Watkins, and handmade snuggle blankets and wool scarves!

Super Deals: Fresh cheese curds, $3 a bag; 90% lean ground beef $3.49 lb. with 10 lb.
purchase; any large Pasquale's pizza, $4.99; fresh 1 1/2 lb. ham loaf, $5.99; fresh apple crisp and
quart ice cream, $10; 5 lb. bag local McIntosh apples for $5; and more in-store bargains!

Browse our store full of local foods from 90 Iowa families! Chemical free onions, tomatoes, garlic, pears, peaches,apples, zucchini and more!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

It's our 10th BIRTHDAY in just one week. Can we say - WOW??

So, of course, we are having a fantastic all-out party, in conjunction with our September Sample Sunday, Sept. 21st from 12-5. Northern Praire Chevre and Picket Fence Creamery, our 2 neighboring farms, are also joining us, so this week several of myblog posts will detail what is going on for this great event. Today, we'll talk about what is happening at Northern Prairie Chevre.
Dance Arabesque from Des Moines and Benu Dance Troupe will perform in the front yard.

The Atlantean from Des Moines will have a variety of ethnic merchandise for sale.

Snus Hill Winery, Tassel Ridge Winery, La Vida Loca Winery and
Olde Main Brewery will give out samples of their wonderful wines and beers.

Relax with Shannon, Massage Therapist, is offering chair massages - $10/10 min.

Milton from Sheeder Farms will be grilling steak sandwiches for just $6!!

Mary Boyvey, Hoopnotica Certified instructor will be offering free classes on the hour, and have hoops available for all ages to try and/or purchase.

Pat from Randol Honey will be sampling hercreamed honey.

SALE: Creamy goat milk and honey soaps 2/$6! NEW- Dog Shampoo Bars and Canus – excellent for dry coats & flees!!

NEW – Just arrived – jewelry from Sun Creek Jewelry; beautiful and affordable. Delicious baked goods from Corn Crib Catering in Madrid. Stock up Sheeder Farms meats and eggs & variouscuts
of elk from Skeeter Creek Elk. Salad dressings, Vinaigrettes, Honey Mustard, Cape Cod Caviar, Chipotle Bleu Cheese dip from Appalachian Naturals. New products have arrived! Kids – enjoy the swings and sand box in the front yard.

Not many babies left, but they’re looking for your loving and hugs!! Tours of the barn to visit the girls thatmake this whole business possible! (Don’t forget the best guard dogs in the whole state too!!!)Come on into Miss Tillie’s for samples of our cheese and MUCH MORE!