Life at Maple Hill Farm
A day in the life at Maple Hill Farm. Hopefully we can share a few stories through our blog that will help you see life on the farm through our eyes.
|Posted on July 23, 2017 at 7:35 AM||comments (0)|
You know what I am going to talk about right? HAY! Of course I am going to talk about hay. It is July! We are farmers! Mother Nature is cooperating! The first crop of hay is almost in the record books for the year. Over the course of about a month, we have been able to cut, rake, and bale 400 round bales. That is phenomenal for us. Not all of this is for us. We sell some, bale for others, but most of it is our hay which is a big weight off our shoulders knowing that our animals have ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 10, 2017 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Well we seem to have a constant topic of conversation lately here on the farm . . . . when will we ever get our hay all done? Mother Nature just does not seem to want to give us several days in a row of rain free days. We cut one day to sit and dry on the field. The next day we rake into rows, and then finally we can bale. Unfortunately, we have not had those consistent days. But on the positive side (yes, we always need to look on the positive side), the gardens have been growing nicely...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 25, 2017 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
The last week has been fun for us as we have had several groups come visit us on the farm. First we had Samuel Thayer, Author and Forager, bring a tour through while they picked out many edible “weeds” that can provide both tasty sources of food as well as many vitamins. We love collaborating with Sam as we learn the many weeds we can start to include in our own diet that just grows without any cultivation. We have an abundance of lambs quarter and decided to saute that up for d...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 18, 2017 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
The last time I left you, we were hoping to make hay if the rain held out. Well we had a glorious few days of making and baling hay. You may have seen our video of Brian’s view from his office . . . which is from the seat of the tractor. It is hard work, but when I am sitting in an office by day, I am jealous of his view. We were able to finish about half of our first crop which is always a relief. But of course, as Brian says, hay is always on the brain during the summer. So now w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 4, 2017 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
So it has been a few weeks once again since our last post. In that time, we had a graduation, planted a garden, started making hay, started making jam, and always making soaps, lotions, and other goodies. But summer is all about being busy and loving life!
Graduation was a beautiful day – not too hot, not too cold. Lots of family, friends, and food. Oh and yes, our graduate who celebrated in style by driving his tractor to and from the ceremony (returning in...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 21, 2017 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
It has been a couple weeks since I was able to write a post . . . and it has been a little chaotic to say the least. As we said in the last blog, we celebrated Mother’s Day at the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo MN. A couple days of selling our goods and visiting other vendors that we see a few times throughout the year. We love this event as it is only a few hours from home and most people actually know where our little town of Ladysmith WI is located.
After r...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 7, 2017 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
May already? Wow, as I get older, the time goes faster. But even though we are so busy, life on the farm is always the best. As I sit here at the kitchen table typing up the blog, the wind is drying our clothes hanging on the line, Sugar is lounging in the sun, customers are shopping, the sheep and cows are grazing on the pasture, and the pigs are lazily wandering around. Doesn’t that paint a picture of bliss? We all know that life isn’t always like this, but I will take it w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 30, 2017 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Here we are at the end of April, thinking of flowers, green pastures, budding trees . . . and there is snow in the forecast. What is up with that? Well, Mother Nature is in control so we must learn to adapt and move on. We held our first class of the season on the deck at Maple Hill Farm and it was a full house. The topic was foraging for spring mushrooms. While the weather hasn’t been cooperating and mushrooms are several weeks behind schedule, the class was interesting and full o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
While we shift our attention to an upcoming high school graduation for our youngest son, we take time to reflect on how busy life gets. While life on the farm and operating a business can be chaotic, we also know that our children are better for having lived this life. It has taught them how to work hard, how to enjoy nature, how to appreciate what you have, and they have also learned that life isn’t always easy. While we have made sacrifices, we know that our life here on the farm h...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 16, 2017 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
You may have noticed that we did not post a blog last week. We were busy showcasing products made from Wisconsin’s sheep dairy farmers at Cheesetopia in Minneapolis MN and were unable to get a post written in time. So we will double up this week and give you some great reading on our past two weeks.
We belong to an organization called Sheep Dairy Association of Wisconsin (SDAW) and were honored to be able to show off the wonderful products coming from Wisconsin at the Aria in Mi...Read Full Post »