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Winter Meat CSA: Highlight #1 Pasture Raised CHICKEN!

As we move towards December, we wanted to spend the next couple of weeks highlighting the nourishing food that will be included in our Winter Meat CSA So let's start with the basics. What is our Winter Meat CSA?  Think of it like a monthly subscription box of our premium local meat-- delivered right to your door from December through February. Perfect timing for all that hearty cooking. The Meat CSA will contain a farmers choice box of our pastured chicken, Angus beef, heritage pork, and pasture raised lamb from our friends as Sundog Farm in Solon.  So let's start our highlight series with the humble, but oh so delicious chicken. Chickens take Shae's #1 spot of favorite animal to raise....

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Peony Planting in November!

This past weekend we planted 100 roots of one of our  favorite perennial flowers-- PEONIES. It was a gorgeous day for it and we've certainly been lucky with this sunny and warm early November.  Let's start with a few definitions first so we're all on the same page.  Perennial: enduring or continually recurring. Aka, plants that come back year after year.  Annual: occurring once every year. Aka, plants that grow only for one season.  Peonies are perennials and should continue to grow and bloom for many, many years to come. They do well in our Iowa environment and bloom in the late part of the spring / early part of the summer.  So how did we plant them? What was our process? ...

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What is a Flower CSA?

CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture," is a model of production where customers typically pay ahead before the growing season and then receive their "share" of the goods all throughout the summer (or growing season). You can think about a CSA like a subscription but with a way more personal touch. Joining a CSA means being part of a community, knowing your farmers, and being an integral part of the growing season.  You may be familiar with a vegetable CSA where you sign up and then receive a box of veggies throughout the season.  Our Flower CSA follows that same model. So let us run you through exactly how it works!  Step 1: You sign up before the growing season...

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Getting Creative This Holiday Season with Local Gifting

It's official. The Holiday season is upon us. And we all have those people in our lives who we can never find the perfect gift for. With all the supply chain challenges this year, we wanted to make sure we had an abundance of holiday gift ideas for you that makes creative gift giving easy. 

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Our Favorite Whole Chicken Recipes

Cooking with a whole, pasture raised chicken is an amazing way to feed yourself and/or your family. Remember to always test the doneness of your meat using an accurate meat thermometer.  Recipe 1:  Apple & Sage Whole Roasted Chicken What better flavor combination for fall cooking? We love this super easy, delicious meal.  1) Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees 2) Chop 1 whole apple into slices, chop two whole onions, and mince a head of garlic (or whatever amount you enjoy for flavor) 3) Mix a half a cup of oil of your closing (we usually pick butter or vegetable oil), and mix in your favorite seasonings like salt, pepper, and dried parsley 4) Stuff your chicken with your chopped...

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