🐓The Farmgirl Monthly🐓
Shopping Guide ~ February Edition
FARM-PICKED GOODS
Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture
Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture is located in a small town known as Kapaau which is on the most northern point of Hawaii Island.

HIP Ag is a non-profit whose mission is to practice and teach regenerative agriculture. They are dedicated to teaching the youth, growing food, supporting farmers and food soverignty issues through an assortment of programs including farm field trips, in-school workshops, career development through internships and apprenticeships, and a local food hub, @kohalafoodhub.  

Premium Hawaiian Turmeric (fresh or powdered) This curcumin rich yellow spice, also known as Curcuma longa, turmeric has a warm aroma and gingery/peppery taste making it an excellent addition to Indian, Moroccan, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes! It is produced from pure turmeric rhizomes, is packed with curcumin, antioxidants, and has been historically known to have anti-inflammatory effects. To make our powder we take fresh turmeric, dehydrate it, and blend it down into a soft powder for easy use.

Mahalo!

The Gateway Farm
The Gateway Farm

Two farm kids fell in love and settled their roots into Bristol, Vermont on 350 acres and established The Gateway Farm in 2014. A passion driven diversified farm specializing in the long tradition of Vermont maple sugar making, but also pure birch syrup, and pasture raised meats. Owners, Trent and Abby Roleau, with their three young children (soon to be four), focus on ensuring the highest quality products without compromising the integrity of their land and animals. Abby stayed home full time on the farm after third child was born, to focus more on raising their children, expanding their maple business to ship products nationwide, and raising beef, pigs, chickens, and holiday turkeys for their on-site farm stand. Establishing a personal connection with each customer near and far in hopes to make business personal again, giving a sense of knowing where your food comes form, and in hopes to bridge the gap between farms and families, one family at a time.

Two farm kids fell in love and settled their roots into Bristol, Vermont on 350 acres and established The Gateway Farm in 2014. A passion driven diversified farm specializing in the long tradition of Vermont maple sugar making, but also pure birch syrup, and pasture raised meats. Owners, Trent and Abby Roleau, with their three young children (soon to be four), focus on ensuring the highest quality products without compromising the integrity of their land and animals. Abby stayed home full time on the farm after third child was born, to focus more on raising their children, expanding their maple business to ship products nationwide, and raising beef, pigs, chickens, and holiday turkeys for their on-site farm stand. Establishing a personal connection with each customer near and far in hopes to make business personal again, giving a sense of knowing where your food comes form, and in hopes to bridge the gap between farms and families, one family at a time.

FarmHouse Teas
In 2014 we left our city lot for our current 2-acre farm outside of town. With dreams of growing the bulk of our own food, we also started handcrafting our own herbal medicines & teas. Our family of 6 was gathered from across the world through adoption and we love working & schooling together. Our products are a reflection of our belief that God placed us as stewards of the land and that food is our best medicine. We hope that you enjoy not just loose leaf tea, but also our whole real food recipes & herbal education. Paul, CeAnne & The Rest of the Farmhouse Crew.

The image is for our  Rose City Repose Tea Here , lots of floral! 

Gorsky's Farm Market
Gorsky's Farm Market in Stillwater, New York, is an important part of a diverse family farm, including Dairy & Beef Cows, Laying Hens, Pigs, Firewood and about 1000 acres of crops in upstate New York. We are nestled in between the Saratoga Lake and the Saratoga National Battlefield, the turning point of the American Revolution. Our Market connects folks to local, real food, simply. In addition to the on-farm Market, we offer home delivery to customers near and far. Our commitment to real food is evident in every product, just pure whole ingredients turned into your family's favorite foods, by our family. Fifth generation farmer, George, is 8 and makes all of the market's cookies in our commercial kitchen. Katie, the New York City girl turned farmer’s wife, oversees the market and her Marketing Agency, Katie Gorsky Marketing. Husband Wayne, manages the calves, milking duties, crop growth, harvesting and sales, and is the official Chicken Tender, caring for the couple's 200+ laying hens.

~ Farm Girl Wisdom ~
Valentine Heart Seed Treats ~ Lisa Steele
Valentine's Day is right around the corner which of course prompted me to come up with a chicken-friendly heart-shaped treat for our flock.

They were a big hit with all of our chickens and so easy to make!

And if you don't raise chickens, the wild birds will love these treats too.

Valentine Heart Seed Treats for your Chickens

To make these Valentine heart seed treats, I used a variety of my chickens' favorite seeds including sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and flax.

Pumpkin seeds are thought to act as natural wormers, flax seeds add beneficial omega-3s to your chickens diet and to the eggs they lay, and sunflower seeds are high in protein. I also added some dried grubs..


Involving the Kids ~ Farm to Table Mama
"You can't have the family farm without the family."- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Roots run deep for American families and our farms, that's why as a country we've been able to keep passing the torch down through generations. The majority of farms in America today are amazingly, still family owned and operated.

We cannot separate our love for the land and love for family...they are one in the same. When we successfully sow seeds of love and passion for agriculture within one of our own, it is a dream come true.

Although we can never guarantee our children will end up catching the farming "love bug", we can do our best to get them involved on the farm at a young age. We can gift them...


Goat's Milk Soap ~ Stoner Family Farm
Hi, I am Julie Stoner from Stoner Family Farms. 

My husband and father-in-law have been raising sheep for 20+ years in NW Indiana. In 2014 Ken & I had a vision for a small, side business and thus Stoner Family Farms was born. 

My motto is ‘Use as Much from the Farm as Possible’. From bones and organs of our harvested animals to beeswax from our honeybees, we try to use it all. I started milking goats 2 years ago as a supplement for our baby lambs. I had a large amount of milk leftover that summer so I started to find ways to use my frozen supply. Naturally, goat’s milk soap was on my list to try. I spent 2018 making soap and giving it away as gifts to family & friends. After good reviews I started selling my soap at the local farmers market in June 2019 and opened an Etsy shop in August of 2019.

When I got the following review this fall I knew had and publish it around Valentine’s Day. 

“My hubby and I have been married for 30 years and shower together every day. We love good smelling, healthier soaps and yours have been lovely. Thank you!”

My new slogan might need to be Stoner Family Farms goat’s milk soap…Keepin’ Marriages Strong since 2019!

My combination to make a sudsy- hard bar of goats milk soap:
  • Lard
  • Shea Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Goats milk
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Fragrance

Processing Farm Hemp ~ ScarpFarm
Happy February! February is my favorite month! It holds two very special days for me ~ my birthday and Valentine’s day. Here on the farm we are still busy even though harvest season is long gone. We are looking ahead to the new growing season and ordering all different types of seeds. Dreaming of Spring, finds us planning the hoop house set ups and getting ready to prepare soil. Meantime, there is plenty to do with the last of 2019’s harvest. We saved some specially tended hemp to make candies with this year. When the growing season is over in the fall we cut down the hemp plants and hang them to dry in a temperature controlled area. When they have just the correct amount of moisture left we grind the hemp in preparation for CBD extraction. Once the hemp is ground it undergoes a week long process to extract the full spectrum CBD distillate. This is done using a CO2 extractor. This machine uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull CBD from the hemp. The CBD distillate is then what we put in our delicious candies.  They come in packages of different colors and fun flavors and would be a perfect treat for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart.

We welcome you to the wonderful world of Farm Hemp & the many products this plant produces. Follow us along on our hemp journey!

-Melissa

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN RECIPES
Honey Ricotta Toast with Cherry Compote
This breakfast toast will make you fill like your at a luxurious restaurant without the price tag. This is a perfect breakfast treat for your family on Valentines that is enjoyed by adults and kids. The sweet and sour cherries over the creamy ricotta and crunchy sourdough makes for a texture explosion in your mouth! 

Honey Ricotta Toast with Cherry Compote

  • 4 slices of sourdough toast
  • 8oz of fresh ricotta 
  • 4 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 Pound cherries (jarred, fresh, or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 dried sour cherries
  • 1 drop pure almond extract
  • dash of...
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