🐓The Farmgirl Monthly🐓
Shopping Guide ~ November Edition
FARM CRAFT
Eight Hands Farm & Bee Co.
Eight Hands Farm & Bee Co. offers handcrafted, small batch goods inspired by their bees including honey soaps made from scratch, beeswax + soy candles & skincare. Always taking a more natural approach with their product's ingredients, Eight Hands Farm uses their own raw honey in many of their recipes in an effort to provide you with a simple, high quality good.

Located in Lambertville, New Jersey near the Delaware River, Eight Hands Farm is a small family business made up 8 working hands and besides their handmade goods they also have a seasonal honor system style farm stand that offers fresh vegetables, cut flowers & honey. The area is rich in history and the property was founded in 1789 hence the name of their signature candle "Circa 1789".

Sweet Pea Farm NY
At SweetPeaFarmNY we raise sheep, boer goats and kunekune pigs. We use our sheep’s wool to make wool dryer balls and needle felted critters. We sell our wool items locally at our farm stand as well as on Etsy.

We are a small family farm in upstate NY focused on permaculture and humane care of animals and taking care of the land. I teach classes on needle felting in person when possible and now more often virtually! We document our farm journey on our Sweetpeafarmny YouTube channel and love to share our passion for agriculture!

North Road Sugarworks
North Road Sugarworks is a producer of pure, artisan maple syrup located at the foothills of the scenic Catskills Mountains of New York. Our first generation maple farm is owned and operated by myself (Danielle Buck) and my husband Chase. Sugaring begins in the Springtime when the days are warm and the nights freeze. Our season is fast and furious, usually lasting about two months depending on Mother Nature. The rest of the “off” season is spent canning and marketing our syrup and pure maple products. That’s right- we turn our maple syrup into pure maple products- granulated sugar, cream, candy and whiskey barrel- aged maple syrup!

Maple syrup and products make the perfect addition to the holidays. Whether it’s pouring some of the good stuff on top of that perfect pile of French toast at holiday brunch or putting a bag of candy in as a stocking stuffer- most of our products are completely customizable, just send an email if you have a special request!

Lady Farmer
A small guide for those seeking a life of beauty, simplicity, and sustainability.

In this simple and inspiring lifestyle handbook, Mary E. Kingsley – novelist, wife, mother, homesteader and co-founder of Lady Farmer – briefly discusses the history of humanity’s relationship with the natural world, how that relationship has shifted, and how the concept of “slow living” can return health to ourselves and our planet. This guide not only includes an exploration of the damage done by our fast-food, fast-fashion, fast-everything culture, but offers simple ways each of us can help to heal that damage.

The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living is the perfect introduction for anyone looking to live a slower, more connected, and more harmonious life on Planet Earth.

FARM WISDOM
Building Community ~ Tenfold Farmstand
The idea of opening Tenfold Farmstand came about because I got addicted to growing our own food and went way overboard! I was growing more than we could eat, can, freeze and dry, and my friends were tired of being given gifts of zucchini. Of course, it's not as simple as putting extra produce out on a table by the road and hoping honest people will leave you money in exchange for it. Here in Sonoma County, CA there are various licenses, permits, training and certification required in order to start a farm-based business. And each category of food requires an additional permit, such as refrigerated items, eggs, honey or canned goods. My stand is kept simple by the fact that it does not have electricity (another permit!), so I harvest the evening before and the morning of farm stand days and sell fresh produce. Tenfold Farmstand is a one-woman business. I do all the farming, harvesting, washing, processing, packaging, accounting, cleaning, stocking, etc. Because of how busy I am growing and preparing the produce, I decided to make my farm stand a self-serve honesty stand. Customers can pay into a lock box or online. When the farm stand is open you'll usually see me working outside, and I try to pop in regularly to chat with customers and restock, but this way I don't need to be continually working in the stand as a cashier.

Figuring out what crops to grow has been an interesting challenge. A few factors play into my decisions: 1) if it doesn't sell will I eat it myself (no thank you, eggplant), 2) is it a product that can be given a second life as a dried/canned/ processed good, 3) is it shelf-stable enough to still look fresh after sitting in the stand for several hours, 4) is it a crop that requires a reasonable amount of time and labor for the return it provides, and most importantly, 5) does it bring me joy to grow it and offer it to my customers? Fresh herbs can be dried and packaged, tomatoes and chiles can be sun-dried, onions and garlic can be powdered, and most of the flowers I grow were chosen because they dry beautifully and can be used in winter arrangements. At the close of business all that fresh produce has to be dealt with. I make a lot of stir-fry dinners and soups with whatever is left over! What has brought me the most joy has been growing fun varieties of pumpkins and seeing families having a great time together picking out their favorites. I hope to expand on the pumpkin varieties next year, but they need a huge amount of space to grow, so I'll need to decide what crops they'll replace.

On New Year's Day my husband and I choose a word we want to be our focus for the year, and my choice this year was "community". Tenfold Farmstand has brought together an amazing community of people who share the same values as I do of locally grown, organic produce with a very low carbon footprint (my produce travels feet, not miles). It has been such a joy to meet neighbors and make new friends and create a community around my little stand. The online social media community has been incredible as well. Friends on Instagram have been so generous with their comments and posts, and that has truly been the backbone of the growth I've experienced. The love and labor I have put into my business has definitely been returned to me "tenfold".

Maria Romo Photography ~ Photo Credit
Farm Pie School ~ Prairie Home Farm
A lesson in good ol’ fashioned tender and flaky pie crust.

How does a critical care nurse go from a cardiac CICU to owning a 100 year old farm , opening a pumpkin patch, and starting a little pie company offering lessons in pie making? It’s a story as long as that sentence but much more full of joy, passion, dreams and hard work!

Baking runs like sap thru our family tree. My grandfather owned a bakery on the “ave” of our little town in Washington state. My father was a beer drinking electrician, who decorated cakes for the linemen, Girl’s and Boy Scouts, demolay, rainbow girls, church events and all our birthdays. My baking story starts with a membership in high school to the baking club. It was in that club, “busy bakers” that I went as far as to teach a group of grade schoolers how to preplump your raisins to keep their oatmeal raisin cookies moist. A trick my gramma taught me. Baking was my jam!

Gardening moved into my pocket of passions when I was in college and then exploded when I completed the Master Gardener program at WSU. And it’s when the farm was bought in 2001 that it all seemed to be a plan already in place. Just waiting for me to find, follow and enjoy!

A 5 acre 100 year old farm was a perfect investment for my husband. For me,
It was what I’d always wanted. A perfect background for all that was me. With a milking barn and a mulberry tree, the 2 geese were included. I saw it all while we walked the property with the real estate agent. I tugged on her sleeve like a little kid and whispered in her ear just that!

The farm was rich with fruit trees. And with my Master Gardener certification and love for gardening I started adding whatever was missing. Preserving and baking with my bounty. An open field just seemed to expect something to be planted. With all the farm animals I had smuggled in past my husband, it seemed pumpkins were it. Making the whole kit and kaboodle a fun experience for my community. So I opened my gates.

I just completed my 16th year of the pumpkin patch. 16 years of families visiting. I continued to work as an RN until 4 years ago after an injury made me assess my future and off the “real job” cliff I jumped!

And oh my pie! Once I started selling my pie at the farmers market I was always asked how I did it. Like it was magic!

Linda swenson
Coeur d Alene idaho

Thanksgiving on Capon Crossing Farm
Thanksgiving on Capon Crossing Farm is a marathon of a few days of meals with family, and friends that are as close to family as you can get. We're likely to have a beef roast on the farm in lieu of turkey, because according to my cattle farming dad, beef is the only "real meat". If our boys have anything to do with it squirrel will be the type of gravy served this year.

My name is Aliza Dunlap. My husband Buddy and I manage and run our multigenerational family farm, Capon Crossing Farm, along with our 3 wild boys in the mountains of West Virginia. We raise grass fed, grass finished, dry aged beef and 100% pastured lamb. We are a family farm in the big transition from one generation to the next. Buddy and I are taking in my parents experience and know how, while implementing our new ideas and motivation. We spend most days together around the kitchen island planning, dreaming and working things out. Thanksgiving on the family farm looks much the same. We're more likely to grab our plates of food and stand around the kitchen island eating and talking, than we are to sit down around a set table. We often joke how Thanksgiving feels like any other day sometimes with maybe a better meal though.


Have a Healthier Thanksgiving Meal From the Garden ~ The Organized Homemaker
Gardening is one of the most rewarding activities that one can engage in. It’s an activity where your labors are rewarded with bountiful harvests that can be turned in tasty meals for your family. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and besides the opportunity to count our blessings, it is also an opportunity to utilize items that we grew in our gardens this growing season as part of the meal. While most of our Thanksgivings will look different this year because of COVID19 our celebrations can with careful planning include some of our favorite dishes made a bit healthier but just as delicious. If you opt to eat your current version of a Thanksgiving meal do not feel guilty. It is one day out of 365 and if you follow a generally healthy diet one day in the greater scheme of things will have limited impact. If however, your diet could benefit from some changes this article is for you.

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN RECIPES
Pumpkin Chili with Lamb
Pumpkin Chili:
1 pound ground meat (we like lamb in this recipe, but beef or whatever you have on hand works too)
1 onion
1 whole head of garlic
Hi! I'm Alexa, author of the blog TheDuvallHomestead.com where I write about farm to table eating and homemade natural living. Ten years ago I started learning how to cook real food with real ingredients, like a whole chicken with farm fresh, imperfect-looking carrots and potatoes. After years of practicing cooking from scratch and learning how to use real food to improve health and wellness, it was this passion that drove me to start the blog The Duvall Homestead. My husband John and I have since then learned how to keep chickens and grow some of our own food, and my dream of an all natural, all organic home is coming true in new ways each day.

You can start homesteading no matter where you live! My advice would be to start with one thing at a time. Try making a sourdough starter or planting some herbs on a windowsill. Use your hands to refinish and paint old furniture, or sew yourself some curtains. While you can buy food and furniture from a store, yes, there is something so much more satisfying when you make something all by yourself. 

The Homestead Documentary
The Homestead Documentary is a grass roots documentary series created by the collaboration of 30 homesteading families from all over the USA who are talking about their niche area of homesteading and sharing their own stories on how they produce, provide and profit from what they do. We have a 10 part series that covers topics such as market gardens, chickens, bee keeping, DIY diary, pasture raised meat farms online ( you tubers, bloggers and online shops) , trees that give - maple syrup and woodland homesteading.
Starting November 1st 2020 with new episodes released every 5 days.

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