Welcome to our Website! (and an update)

If you visited our page in the past, and are visiting it again now, you may have noticed that it has a new look.  Thanks to a good friend, the webpage got a face lift.  :)  If you click on the menu, you will find a place to order using an online order form.  

I haven't written a blog post in quite some time, so I thought I would do a little update right now. As many of you know, this has been a very difficult and challenging spring for farmers across the country.  In our area, the ground has not had a chance to dry out enough to get in the fields before another bout of rain comes and the temperatures have been on the cooler side.  Because of this, spring planting is several weeks behind schedule, as well as hay-making. If you were out and about today, chances are high that you saw farm equipment traversing the roads and fields. Today conditions were favorable enough to get equipment hooked up and rolling. Kevin has been working in fields all day today - chisel plowing and spreading manure. As I write this, he is still spreading manure. Normally a friend spreads the manure for us, but because of the conditions this year, everyone needs him at virtually the same time. Kevin was able to borrow a spreader to get our turkey litter spread. We are thankful for great friends and neighbors all around us. 

Some snapshots of today:

Taking another load to the field

I went to town to deliver eggs and run errands, and look who I happened upon on my way.  :) 

Getting ready to do some field work 

We had a few litters of piglets through the late winter and early spring. We've had a few hiccups with our breeding program, including the sad loss of our Large Black boar, Boss. We hope to get a boar from the breeding study that Purdue University is doing with several Large Blacks, including one of our gilts. He wouldn't be joining us for a few months, however. So, in the meantime, we will just have cross-bred piglets for feeders. If you haven't met Gino, he is our Berkshire boar that we have been using to cross breed our Large Black sows.  We have meat stocked at the farm for purchase, as well as Phillips Orchard and Foods for Living. Delivery is available as well - we deliver to St. Johns on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will deliver to other areas upon request. 

Kevin giving Gino a cookie.                       Piglet and Mama
                            (above two photos courtesy of Kennen White)

This spring we again participated in the Eat Healthy Eat Local Festival in St. Johns, MI.  It was great to see so many familiar faces and people in the community supporting local food. At the start of the day, I was delighted to look up and see my flute professor from CMU, Dr. Joanna White and her husband, Dr. Kennen White. They made the trip down to visit us at the festival. It made my day. This led to conversation about them visiting our farm, and we made it happen.  Kennen was able to capture some beautiful photos from around the farm, and I plan on sharing several of them.
Thank you, Kennen! 

Joanna and I

We are raising meat chickens again this year, and have a group out on pasture right now (we're still taking orders!)  :)  

Life throws some curveballs at us sometimes, and this spring has been no exception. It's hard not to get discouraged when challenges arise. This past Monday, a dear customer sent a card with her egg money. I pulled it out of the envelope, read it, and was amazed at how perfectly timed the card was. It was a great reminder from scripture, a reminder to me that no matter what, God is in control, and my worrying will accomplish nothing. If you know me, you know I tend to be a worrier. (I'm still working on this....work in progress). I will leave you with a snapshot of the card, and hopefully it will encourage you too.  Thanks for reading.