Friday, February 06, 2009

Happy Freebie Friday! It's a glorious sunny day here....I hope it's beautiful where you are too.

Last week's winner is JAN from NC! She found us through the one world one heart blog giveaway. Jan, drop us an email (prairielandherbs at shop dot com) to let us know your address, and what scent of body oil you'd like!)

Today's Friday Freebie is extra-cool, because: We have a GUEST GIVEAWAY!
Our friend Tina, at The Essential Herbal Magazine, has generously donated five copies of the latest issue of her magazine. It is absolutely jam-packed with herbal recipes, information, lore and more! We are sure you are going to love this magazine.
But wait - there's more! (hee hee)

Each lucky winner will not only get a copy of this fantastic magazine - but they will get to choose an 1/3 oz. bottle of essential oil (of their choice) as well as a 2 oz. bag of dried herbs (again, their choice). So you will be ready to get crafting, cooking, and creating with your herbs, after being inspired by this wonderful magazine.

This week's Friday Freebie will have not one, but FIVE winners, so sign up now!!

If you'd like to win one of these fantastic herbalicious prize bundles - you must leave a comment on today's blog post.

1) One entry per person.
2) You must have a registered ID to post - if your post shows up under "anonymous", we don't know who you are, and therefore you can't win.
3) You have until the next Thursday at midnight, CST, to enter your comment.
4) Winner will be announced the following Friday - you must check back to see if it's you!
5) International folks are welcome. We ship Prairieland Herbs items all over the world, so we'll ship our "Friday freebie" anywhere too!
6) Each eligible post will be assigned a number, and we'll use a free online random number generator to determine the winner.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

There is a benefit going on Saturday February 14th at the Methodist Church in Woodward for Lindsay Pickell May. She has ALL leukemia. (Lindsay is Maggie's age - they went to school together. )

Here is the information: Warm Your Heart Benefit Soup & Supper

Soup Supper 4-8 pm Woodward Methodist Church
Silent Action* 12-8 Woodward Methodist Church

Raffle Tickets are done by the Woodward Lions club and can be purchased at AJs grocery or at the event. An account has been set up to accept donations at Wells Fargo. If you are wanting to volunteer your time, help with raffle tickets or donate items for silent action, please contact Kathy Yager (515) 438-2775.

I have heard that Lindsay had a bone marrow transplant lined up and the donor backed down. However, there are a couple of other prospective donors. The surgery would be performed at University of IA hospitals. I'm sure any and all help is appreciated by Lindsay, her husband David, and 2 year old son Dalen. As well as Cambre (Lindsay's twin sister) & her folks.

*we donated a large gift certificate and large gift basket to this raffle - so if you are a fan of PLH goodies, please - buy raffle ticket to suport this good cause!
News from our neighbors at Picket Fence Creamery! :)

Happy Valentine's Day from Picket Fence Creamery!
Yippee! Temperatures in the 50s this week even though the ground hog saw his shadow! Our cows and calves will be kicking up their heals for sure! And the rest of the Picket Fence crew is celebrating by inviting you to our...
Valentine Sample Sunday
Feb. 8 Noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is FREE!
(This event is being held in conjunction with our great neighbor across the highway to the north, Prairieland Herbs. They'll have samples of body butter, whipped shea and facial serum you won't want to miss!)
Local Food Samples Galore - Cherry vanilla ice cream, Neva's famous cheese ball, Bob's Red Mill 10-grain muffins, elk sticks, freshly made peanut butter, local gouda cheese, creamery butter, "the best chocolate milk this side of the Milky Way!", creamed honey, and MORE!
Kids - Explore the barn and see the bottle calves and cows. Enjoy a bag of freshly popped, Picket Fence buttered hulless popcorn for 50 cents.
Guest vendor - Stan from Penoach Winery will be here to sample several of his wines - perfect for Valentine's Day!
Valentine goodies
Chocolaterie Stam Chocolates - the finest chocolates in the area - made in Des Moines. Priced right too - we'll have selections under $10, and up to $20. Treat your valentine to the BEST!!!
Joan's Cheesecakes - the finest cheesecakes in the area - made just east of Woodward with Picket Fence cream! The selections will be black forest, pink champagne, and white chocolate with raspberries. All are heart-shaped and very reasonably priced at $18.99. You have to see them to believe them! (Also available will be the cutest minature cheesecakes (look like cupcakes) in containers of 6 for $6.99!)
Iowa Wines - Buy any bottle of wine and receive a FREE wine basket or valentine bag! Your valentine will definitely be impressed!
Cherry Pies - Homemade lard crust pies from tart cherries made right here in Woodward! Priced right at $9.99 for a deep dish 9" pie. PIE AND QUART OF ICE CREAM SPECIAL $12.99!
Valentine All-Iowa gift baskets - Choose from the beautiful baskets that sister Julie made up, or grab a basket and make your own - full of yummy Iowa foods! You're sure to be popular!
Ames's Cafe Diem coffees - Choose from Chocolate Seduction (dark chocolate, sweet caramel and a hint of berries), Cafe Amore (rich custard with sweet brown sugar and vanilla), vanilla creme, snickerdoodle, and caramel crunch. Reasonably priced at $2.99/small bag, and $6 for the large bag.
And don't forget the 25 flavors of ice cream!!!
1. Buy a bottle of wine, and get the gift basket or bag FREE
2. Apple crisp and quart of ice cream - $10
3. Buy a local salsa, and get a bag of fresh tortilla chips for $1.
4. 90% lean ground beef, only $3.49/lb. with 10 lb. purchase. And for our newsletter readers.....
90% lean ground beef, only $3.39/lb. with 20 lb. purchase; $3.29/lb. with 30 lb. purchase! WOW!
DOOR PRIZE! Sign up for an All-Iowa Valentine Gift Basket - value of $50!
Farm-raised PUPPIES! Jack Russell-rat terrier mix - adorable! They'll be here Sunday, or call 515-438-2641.
Other News...
NEW! Kutztown sodas - made with pure cane sugar and no caffeine - only 99 cents!
Choose from grape, orange cream, root beer, and sasparilla.
New Location for Ice Cream - we are now in the Johnston Dahl's store (along 54th St. on the north side) with our ice cream!
Teacher Supplemental Grants - The Farm Bureau is again offering grants of up to $200 to teachers to increase agriculture knowledge from books and supplies to field trips. (We have hosted many school groups who have benefited from this money.) Contact Melissa Brooks at 515-225-5425 or The deadline is Feb. 13.
If you are interested larger quantities of beef, contact our friend, Jerry Peckum, at 515-370-0077. He has quarters and halves of pasture-raised Angus beef available.
That's the update for now. If you want to special order anything for Valentine's Day, give us a call at 438-2697. If you have friends in your address book who would like to spend a warm and wonderful February afternoon in the country, feel free to forward this message! Hope to see you this weekend - the specials start as soon as you receive this email!
Your friends,
Jeff, Jill, Jenna and James Burkhart
14583 S Ave.
Woodward, IA 50276
We accept MC, VISA, EBT

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

We love giving out free samples.

If you've visited our shop, you've seen/browed in the infamous "sample basket". It is a huge brown basket that sits on the edge of our shop counter, and we just keep it full of - well, samples. Whatever we have made last, our whatever bits of soap we get from Karla. When we pack orders, we'll usually toss in a few samples too. It's our way of saying "thank you, and here's something else we hope you will like".

Well, I'm feeling rather generous right now - because there are some AMAZING samples in our basket right now.

Yesterday I bottled up 100 little sample bottles of our "normal" facial serum.

I also spent ages scooping bits of our Wise Woman Whipped Shea butter into sample-sized jars. There are about 75 of those.

Next, I'll cut up about 10 bars of these amazing Amber Resin Luxury Soaps.

SO - if you want a free sample of any - or all - of these items - just let us know when you place your next order. The catch? We have a Sample Sunday this week, so the samples will probably be gone by then. So, you've been warned! :)

Otherwise, it's a good week here. The sun is shining! I'll try to get some more farm pictures soon. Donna is feeling better, and we've got lots of orders and 2 wholesale orders to pack/deliver. Just a normal week here at Prairieland Herbs.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

We've been tagged!

Tina at The Essential Herbal tagged us for this game, so here goes...
6th Picture Meme!
Here are the rules to the photo meme
1.Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures
2.Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder
3.Post that picture on your blog and tell the story that goes along with the picture.
4.Tag 6 other people that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.
This is a borage plant, from our garden in late June 2008. I love borage plants - they're beautiful, have delicious edible flowers (they taste like cucumbers),and self-seed every year. When we have bus tours or garden tours, I usually just lead folks around and ask them to taste various herbs. This one is always a favorite - it's got such a delicate and lovely taste.

I'm tagging:

Sagescript Institute and Colorado Aromatics
Jag's Photo Blog
Sun Rose Aromatics
Blue Gate Farm
Walk Slowly, Live Wildly
the delightful Miss Effie