The Very Best Things About Planting Season

During planting season the highs and lows are never that far apart, and they always have more to do with our attitudes than our actual circumstances.  There’s no doubt that our energy will be depleted, our patience stretched thin, and our motivation tested... but at the same time our days will be filled with the warmth of longer sunshine, sweeter moments, a million growing miracles, and hope that outlasts our exhaustion.

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#SustainAble Farming

If I could get people to remember only one thing about modern or “conventional” farmers, its that we are people too.  We love our families, we care for our animals, and our livelihood depends on the health of our natural resources.  We do everything we can to protect and preserve all of these things, and by embracing science and technology we can do so without sacrificing the world's food supply.

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Cattle Health: Rumensin

It takes communication, education, and innovation on all sides to create a sustainable world.  As producers, we take efficiency and animal health very seriously.  We are taking proactive steps to benefit our animals and our customers.  One way we are doing this is by adding Rumensin to our herd’s diet.

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Our European Honeymoon & How We Got It 85% OFF: Part I

When I started telling people that Derek and I were going to Rome, Italy and Paris, France for our honeymoon, most reactions were a mixture of "so-happy-for-you" and "how????".... 

I've been anticipating taking a major vacation for over a year.  I'm thankful that major vacation turned out to be my honeymoon! :) But before I was even engaged, I began learning about these little miracles called "travel hacks".

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Our European Honeymoon & How We Got it 85% OFF: Part II

All in all, we decided it was about 20 degrees too hot and we walked about 30 miles too far to classify our trip as relaxing vacation, but wow... what an experience!  To walk the same streets and see the same sights that people did centuries before us was truly amazing.  The icing on the cake was that we got to see the world, and then come home to the United States of America.  We may be poor enough to depend on "travel hacking" but we'll never be able to comprehend how rich we really are, just because of where we were born. 

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The Whole Beef Story

I have been helping my family raise cattle my whole life, but I've only just gotten serious about raising beef.  There's a lot to know about the whole process and only a few places to find good information. 

For those of you who are curious about just how a calf becomes a steak, I've now got the full inside scoop.

Here's the whole beef story: 

A calf is born February 1, 2017.  Let's call him Sir Loin...

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Grain Fed & Grass Fed Beef (and why we choose grain fed)

Though we've only just started selling our beef at the farmer's market, we've had several questions about this issue specifically.  Many people have questions, and many of them already believe that grain feeding our steers negatively affects the welfare of our animals, the environment, and the healthiness of our product.  I'm here to offer the truth.  It's up to you to draw your own conclusions.

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    A Video Recipe: BBQ Meatballs
    1. Combine all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Roll into walnut-size balls.  Place in 9x13 baking dish, in a single layer close together.  (Try to keep them in two dishes.)

    2. Combine all the sauce ingredients together.  (I always double the sauce!)  Pour sauce over the meatballs.

    3. Cover dish with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Makes about 50 meatballs.

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    A Video Recipe: Swiss Steak

    Cut each round steak in half.  Add black pepper to the flour and coat both sides of each piece of meat.  Put the canola oil in a skillet and heat to medium.  Brown the steaks for about 5 minutes on each side.  Set aside. 

    In a crockpot, mix onions and bell pepper slices.  In a small bowl, mix water, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic powder.  Empty mixture into the crockpot and stir.  Place your browned steaks on top of mixture in crock pot.  Pour stewed tomatoes on top of meat.  

    Cook on low heat for 10 hours, then serve and enjoy!

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