Monday, December 27, 2010

Beautiful thick heavy frost on EVERYTHING! Donna took these pics of the farm today.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blizard 1, Prairieland Herbs, 0.

Donna and the mini horses are warm and safe on the farm...but the wind is still blowing FEROCIOUSLY. Overnight we had windchill of -12 and howling winds up to 50+ mph, coupled with snow. It was NOT nice. The snow has stopped but the wind is still howling, and temperatures are expected to drop pretty drastically today...we are hearing we will get windchills in the -25 to -30 range. We are NOT going to be open for Sample Sunday today...but we hope to be be able to have one next Sunday, December 19th...Stay tuned, and stay warm!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Just some fun photos taken around the farm the last week or so. All pics taken with iPhone, using the hipstamatic app.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

First, a quick apology. It's been so long since I blogged! November passed in a whirlwind of activity. I promise to get back to blogging more regularly!

Now, on to business! Our "Celebration" December Luxury Soap of the Month is online! it is LOVELY! It's scented with essential oils of spruce, fir and frankincense, and smells so woodsy, resin-ey and fresh! We have 40 bars and they are guaranteed to go fast, so, get them while they last. :) (hat not included).

Also - we are now offering $5 flat-rate shipping! Now until December 15, so, enjoy! :)

Friday, November 05, 2010

I've been having fun taking some pictures in the store lately :) All these photos taking with Hipstamatic app for iPhone.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pineapple sage

Donna landscaping with rocks

Fall garden

Texture :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here are some fun pictures from last Saturday's pastamaking class. I think everyone had a really good time!!

Indigo. Is. MAGIC!!

Full blog and pics here!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Terri is teaching our pastamaking class this Saturday, and she sent me these pictures...these are the class samples - YES you will get to taste these in class!! You'll learn to make pasta using an inexpensive pasta machine (I find them at garage sales all the time for $10), simple ingredients (eggs, flour, salt, oil), and very little time. Terri has LOADS of recipes for yummy pasta sauces too. Fresh homemade pasta freezes beautifully and cooks in literally minutes. You could also dry it and use it to make wonderful holiday gifts. You will make regular pasta, angel hair pasta, and ravioli. Still a few spaces available, grab a friend and register here!

Monday, October 11, 2010

It's no TRICK...we've loads of TREATS for you this October Sample Sunday! Come out to Woodward on Sunday, October 17th, from 12-5 pm for loads of fun!

Celebrated Halloween early...costumes encouraged! :)

Pick up a puzzle piece at each location (4 total - Northern Prairie Chevre, Picket Fence Creamery, Prairieland Herbs and Flowers by Donna Jean). Turn in those four puzzle pieces at your last stop, and you'll be entered to win a gift basket featuring goodies from all four stops!

Melodie Proffitt will be offering chair massage, or mini acupressure treatments for $30, and hand or foot reflexology for $30. She has done some wonderful work on many of our Sample Sunday customers, you can tell by the blissed-out expressions on their face!

Lynn Marie Parkey will be offering Reiki, herbal candies, aromatherapy charm necklaces! She can custom-create an essential oil scent blend just for you - ask her about it!

Randi Stone of Lovin' Oven will have fall inspired cookies and some frighteningly tasty treats!

Michelle White of Organic People Salon will be there with John Masters natural hair care products at 10% off and coupons for $5 off any future salon service. She will be offering $10 mini manicures too, how can you pass that up?

Clint Nelson will be on hand with his handcrafted wooden toys - it's not too early to think about holiday shopping.

Sally Kilkenny will have her wonderful handmade jams for sale!

Candy Hoops Entertainment will be there with hoops for sale ($25) and sink tye dyeing ($10 & $20 - and weather permitting) plus henna tattoos ($10) and tarrot cards ($15).

Morning Rain Massage will be offereing ear candles for sale ($25), thai chair massage ($20, done with bamboo sticks) and sweet neck and shoulder rub downs($20).

Peace Out Productions will have their stylin' upcycled creations, and Roxy Seven Salon will be offering shimmerlites, $2 a strand! Laura from Roxy Seven will also be doing pink hair extensions, 4 for $16, and all proceeds will go to fo rthe "I love boobies" campaign, to rase awareness in teens and young adults in cancer and cancer prevention.

Laura Hess will also have her nifty neato upcycled typewriter jewelry.

We have two gorgeous adult foster cats from Panora P.E.T.S up for adoption - stop by and visit Walter and Bridget!

Bridget is available for adoption!

This is your last chance to get our soaps and shampoo bars before we have to raise the now and stock up!

Be sure to ask about our amazing class schedule, and visit our sample basket, which is chock-full of bath salts, soaps and shampoos for you to try.

Can't wait to see you!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy 12th birthday to us! Celebrating 12 years by offering you 12% off ALL PURCHASES made now until Sept 20, instore and online! (classes not included)

Back in stock - our Mountain Mint soap, featuring our own mountain mint hydrosol and dried herb! A fantastic way to incorporate native prairie species into our bodycare line!

And introducing AppleJack & Oats soap, loaded with local farm-friendly ingredients! We want to source more local fats (goat's milk, and pasture-rasied organic lard and tallow) to use in soaps - they utilize LOCAL, sustainably produced ingredients that support local farmers, and make great soaps too!

Terri excels at creating clean, fresh, spa-scents and this Refreshing Rosemary is one of her best EVER. This is a clean, crisp blend of rosemary, lavender, tangerine and lemongrass essential oils. The scent is positively addicting!! Very unisex. We have 40 bars of this soap, and when it's gone, it's gone, so get yours now!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

And here's what our fantastic neighbors at Picket Fence Creamery have planned for this Sample Sunday!

Sept. 19 Noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is FREE!
(This event is held in conjunction with our great neighbors to the north, Prairieland Herbs, Northern Prairie Chevre, and in town, Flowers by Donna Jean.)
FREE local food samples: Caramel apple ice cream, elk sticks, buffalo summer sausage, Neva's cheeseball, caramel pecan apple butter, nut butters, snack mixes galore, Iowa wines, local salsa, breads, dips, and more!
Guest Vendors:
*Prairie Moon Winery, Ames, Iowa.
*Salsa by Joni, Waukee, Iowa.
*Sunrise Farms (garlic, potatoes, onions, Job's tears), Woodward.
*Two Sisters Pantry (pasta salad, breads, muffins, dips), Knoxville, Iowa.
*Jordan Clausen (wheat grass, coconut milk), Beaverdale, Iowa.
Lunch is served! Beef sandwich or brat, chips, milk and ice cream - only $5! Each item available ala carte, too! Kids' hot dog meal, $3. Music provided by HB Productions, Altoona.
Kids! Pony rides in the front pasture, wind your way through the hay maze, see the calves and pigs, face painting, free pencils and stickers!
7TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER DEALS (specials start as soon as you receive this newsletter!)
*Fresh farm eggs - 2 for $5 (Reg. $2.99/dozen)
*Pella's VanderPloeg Bakery pie and quart of ice cream - only $10
*Our own 90% lean ground beef - $3.49/lb. with 10 lb. purchase (Reg. $3.99)
*Iowa wines - 2 for $22! (And $11 for each additional bottle!)
*FREE bag of Picket Fence organic tomatoes with your $25 purchase!
Just arrived: Organic red raspberries from Woodward, organic Brussel Sprouts from Coon Rapids, a fresh supply of elk, beef, buffalo, chicken, eggs, and pork, Kalona noodles, all-natural Swiss-style muesli, raw honey and honey comb, hulless popcorn, and Pella canned beef and chicken.
That's the news for now; we hope to see you this weekend! Don't forget your coolers. Feel free to forward this message to anyone in your address book who may be interested in spending a nice afternoon in the country!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I LOVE Sample Sunday! Where else can you stomp grapes AND bellydance AND learn African Drumming, while supporting small local farms and eating amazing food?? Here's the happenings and events this Sample Sunday at our neighbor farm, Northern Prairie Chevre!

Please plan to join us, Flowers by Donna Jean, Prairieland Herbs and Picket Fence Creamery for Woodward’s Tribute to International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sunday, September 19, from noon to 5 for food, wine, fun, relaxation, and a chance to be entered in our Treasure Chest ‘O Loot drawing!

  • Happy Anniversary to US!!! Join us for our 10th year celebration and enjoy a piece of goat shaped cake make by Carefree Patisiree!
  • Bring a lawn chair and watch our 4th Annual Belly Dance Festival – don’t be surprised if they pull you in to dance too!
  • Costume and jewelry sale and swap
  • Alex Mohr of Lincoln, NE will have free-will offering Middle Eastern Drum lessons. Join in the Drum Circle.
  • Old Maine Brewery of Ames will have samples of their micro brews!
  • Chris from Snus Hill Winery will sample several of their award-winning wines AND will host a grape stomp!! Come on out and participate!
  • Milton from Sheeder Farms will be selling sandwiches!
  • Delicious baked goods from Country Lane Bakery
  • Sample creamed honey with Pat from Randol Honey Farm.
  • Make this your stop for gourmet foods that go well with goat cheese, wine and more.
  • Dreesman Buffalo meat in a variety of cuts – very healthy!! Several cuts of Sheeder Farms meats (Great for grilling - T-Bones, Iowa Chops, Ribeye, to name a few) and Skeeter Creek Elk.
  • KIDS: Decorate our giant chalk board, enjoy the swing set and sand box! Don’t forget to come into Miss Tillie’s and get your free freeze pop!
  • All of our kids are sold and will be leaving by the end of this month. L Come enjoy them while you can. Tours of the barn. Honeybump will be looking for you!
  • Check out our 50% off table.
  • Come in to Miss Tillie’s for samples of our cheese and MUCH MORE!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's been twelve amazing years since we opened our doors, and we're going to celebrate in style! We are offering 12% off ALL PRAIRIELAND HERBS GOODS (excluding classes), Thursday, September 16 through Thursday, September 19th (Sample Sunday). Come on in and shop until you drop!

It's also "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" on Sept. 19, and we plan to participate! Feel free to dress up, talk the talk, and walk the walk, let your inner pirate out, mateys! We will also have a treasure map...find treasures on all 4 Sample Sunday locations and enter to win a treasure chest full 'o loot!! Spend $24 or more at Prairieland Herbs and get two free gold shimmerlites put in your hair! (Shimmerlites are fun, tie-in hair highlights).

Dawn Suarez, of Morning Rain Massage, will be selling hula hoops and offering free mini hooping lessons, as well as running a wonderful TIE DYE STATION! Bring $10 and any cotton or cotton blend items you want to dye. This is a TON of fun!

Lynn Marie Parkey of Gauranga Reiki will be offering $5 mini reiki sessions, free herbal consultations, $25 aromatherapy necklaces, and have delicious elderberry truffles for sale!

Stamps Family Farm will be on hand promoting their sustainably-raised pork and offering samples and information.

Sally Kilkenny will have her gourmet homemade jams and jellies for sale.

Melodie Proffitt will be offering reflexology treatments.

Laura Hess will have beautiful upcycled jewelry, and doing "shimmerlites" - fun, sparkly tie-in hair highlights.

Maddie Hess will be selling handmade upcycled t-shirt bags!

Ebersole Cattle Company will have information about their grass-fed beef, and have limited beef items for sample and for sale.

Michelle White with Organic People salon will be doing $10 mini manicures and mini pedicures, and have a wonderful line of natural hair care items avaliable for sale.

Panora Pets will have kittens and cats available for adoption! Here is Walter, one of the adoptable kitties.

Rebecca Brandow of Willow Avenue Pottery will have her beautiful handmade pottery for sale.

Maggie's naturally dyed silk scarves and yarns will be available for sale too!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We had a group of DMACC students out to tour the farm today, learning about different types of local agriculture and small business. Here's Donna, doing her "professor thing". :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Our wonderfully talented friend Angie is teaching a papermaking class at Prairieland Herbs, Saturday, September 11, from 1-3! She took some wonderful pictures of the process. I think it's so amazing to take JUNK MAIL, and turn it into something useful and beautiful! And have fun and be creative at the same time.

This class is going to be a lot of fun - we'll play with adding dried herbs and flowers, maybe some natural colorants, and even animal fibers, to add texture and interest to the paper. Angie is a creative genius, and super-friendly. Fun is guaranteed. :)

Also you get to take your paper-making screen (provided in class) home with you, so you can make more paper at home!

If you're interested in this class, please register online!