Saturday, May 02, 2009

It's the fifth and final day of blogging about tomorrow's Sample Sunday! Today, it's all about US.

We have DOZENS of varieties of herb plants for sale - $4.00 per 4 inch pot. Many kinds of basils, thymes, mints, lavenders, sages and rosemaries. We have exotics such as patchouli, lemongrass, stevia, pineapple sage, lemon verbena, white sage and vanilla grass. Plus all your tried and true favorites - parsley, oregano, marjoram, savory....a wonderful selection!

We also have peppers and heirloom tomatoes, many varieties, available in both singles and 4-packs.

Guest vendors: Zoko Jewelry with beautiful affordable handmade sterling silver jewelry.

Sally Kilkenny will have her delicious homemade jams - they are divine!!

Local reflexologist Lisa Carstens will be on hand offering mini-reflexology sessions.

Fiber artist Traci Leff from Triple Moon Farm will be doing weaving demonstrations, and will have some wonderful hand-woven goods for sale!

Our sample basket is jam-packed with assorted samples - try our soaps, shampoo bars, bath salts and more - for FREE!

Our MAY LUXURY SOAP OF THE MONTH - a spectacular, feminine Rose Geranium soap - will be available for purchase starting tomorrow.

We have a fantastic selection of Mother's Day gifts, and as always, are offering free gift-wrapping on all items!

Kiddos can pet the mini-horses, cats and dogs - the weather is going to be gorgeous, so come on out to Woodward for a great afternoon!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Day four of blogging about the wonderful stuff happening in Woodward this Sunday, May 3rd!
Today, we'll talk about Flowers by Donna Jean....a great business located in the heart of Woodward. It's a gorgeous business and well worth a visit!


Join us in our renovated 1800s Building, complete with restored tin ceilings and wood floors. Browse over 3000 sq. feet of Period & Shabby Chic furniture.

Antiques & Collectibles

Beautiful Garden Art

Large Selection of Willow Tree Angels

Blue & White Pottery, Green & Blooming Plants Featuring local artists......

Native American Lakota art work by Michael "White Feather"

Moon Dance Jewelry by Kelly Moore

Hand Blown glass by Art Ciccott, and others.

We will be handing out a Touch of Spring and Free popcorn for the Kids.

Mothers Day is just around the corner!! Order your Outdoor planters or Hanging Baskets. More than just a full Service Florist!

For more information, call 525-438-2557.

Happy Freebie Friday everyone!

Torchsong Studio will be hosting the 10th and final week of our blog contest.

Maryanne is offering something a little different to close out the contest.

A lead free pewter garden pin with a little glass ladybug charm in the middle and garden tools on either side.

Just comment on this, or any of the other blogs participating for a chance to win one of ten pins to be given away. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A CONTACT email.

Remember all of the blogs below are participating, so visit all of them and post to increase your chances of winning.

The Essential Herbal magazine subscription
Garden Chick - fairy cookie kit
SunRose Aromatics - facial exfoliant and liquid soap
Herbs from the Labyrinth - tea sampler
Patti's Potions - lip balms
PrairieLand Herbs - healing wand
Aquarian Bath - lip balm and soap
The Rosemary House - Bertha Reppert's "Twelve Month Herbal"
Nature's Gift - purse-sized inhalers & inhalation blend
Torchsong Studio Our final contest - check back on May 8 for the list of winners!

Thanks everyone for participating and for playing!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 3 of bloggin' about the May 3rd Sample Sunday. Today, let's talk about Lake Robbins Ballroom. Yes, it's true. One of the finest ballrooms in Iowa is located on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere, near Woodward, IA. Strange, no?

They are only a short drive from Picket Fence Creamery, and are offering some cool stuff this Sunday. Check it out!


Sample Sunday at Lake Robbins Ballroom 1.00pm - 4.00pm

FREE Samples –
Some of our Wedding Choices
Picnic Specials
Sample Wedding Display & Information.

FREE sample dance lessons 2.00 - 3.00pm
Regular dance lesson – basic Swing, 4.00 - 5.00pm, $5 per person
Dance Big Band, 6.00 - 10.00pm, $8 cover (Al Wells)

We’re open every weekend! Fri. & Sat. varies (dances, weddings, banquets)
BUT every Sunday is Live Big Band Music, 6.00 - 10.00pm
New ballroom dance lessons 3.00 - 4.00pm Basic, 4.00 - 5.00pm Basic II
$5 each dance lesson per person

Just show – no signing up

For more information, visit their Website

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Today's May 3rd Sample Sunday blog post is all about Picket Fence Creamery, our fantastic neighbors to the south.

Join us for a 3-Farm Tour and Mother's Day
May 3 Noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is FREE!
FRESH SPINACH AND LETTUCE! (Grown in Woodward - no chemicals!)
Local food samples: Strawberry ice cream, buffalo ring bologna, Neva's cheese ball, fresh made natural and honey roasted peanut butter, tortellini, creamed honey, salsa, Iowa wines, and more!
Guest vendors: Prairie Moon Winery of Ames, and Taste of the Town Salsa, Waukee. Music provided by HB Productions of Altoona.
Lunch is served! Picket Fence sloppy joe or grilled brat, kettle cooked chips, milk, and ice cream - ONLY $5!
Kid's meal, $3.
Kids! See the bottle calves, cats, Jack, and take a pony ride in the pasture!
Super Deals: Fresh rhubarb or apple crisp and quart of ice cream, $10; Our own ham loaf, $5.99 for 1 1/2 lb. loaf; our own 90% lean ground beef $3.49/lb. with 10 lb. puchase, buy a local salsa and get a bag of fresh tortilla chips for $1. More in-store specials!
Featured Foods: Fresh local spinach and lettuce, deviled local eggs, sweet breads, fresh local black walnuts, fruit crisps, 9" deep dish lard crust pies. breads, Pella Dutch letters, Kalona noodles, wines from 10 Iowa wineries, and more!
Mother's Day All-Iowa Food Baskets - Build your Mom a gift basket she will truly appreciate! The basket itself is FREE!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We have a fantastic Sample Sunday coming up Sunday, May 3rd. FIVE different businesses are participating! (Remember to bookmark our new Central Iowa Small Farm website and check back each month for new details). Each business has their own specials, events, guest vendors and samples, so I though I'd blog about one per today.

Today - Northern Prairie Chevre.

Celebrate Spring with Northern Prairie Chevre

All of the kids have been born, our short respite is over, the girls are back in milk, and we’re in cheese production. So, it must be time to begin open houses once again!

· Cyd from Cyd’s Catering in Johnston will have items she makes with our cheeses for you to sample. She’ll have recipes as well!

· Relax in the front yard while listening to Saturn V, a jazz band from Valley High School. They’re great!

· Visit with Larry and Barry from Quilted Gardens Nursery about your flower garden needs. They’ll have bulbs, plants and many unique items for sale.

· Chris from Snus Hill Winery has samples of their award-winning wines, the newest is made with their own grapes – all for sale in Miss Tillie’s!

· Stevie from Tassel Ridge Winery will sample several of their award winning wines – also available in Miss Tillie’s.

· Louise, our “Chicken Chat” note card creator will be available to show you her note cards with women to women social expression messages. They’re delightful!

· Milton will be selling grilled hamburgers topped with our chevre for just $4!!

· Sheeder Farms meats and eggs are available. Check out the selection.

· 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 her delicious creamed honey.

· Various cuts of elk from Skeeter Creek Elk

· We now have Denison Mustards in several flavors.

· NEW – CafĂ© Diem Coffee House coffees and chai

· Kids – enjoy the swings and sand box in the front yard and be sure to visit all the babies!! They’ll amuse you with their sweet personalities and antics!

· Come on in to Miss Tillie’s for samples of our cheese and MUCH MORE!

When: Sunday, May 3 12-5 pm, Rain or shine!!

Where: 1247 310th Street, Woodward

Monday, April 27, 2009

The wild plums are blooming! They smell SO INCREDIBLE.

And our buckeye tree is about to leaf out. This is my favorite tree on farm. It's so beautiful and interesting.

Sunday, April 26, 2009