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Big News from the Sunflower Fields

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On the way into Kansas City earlier this week, we made a quick stop by the Grinter Farms sunflower fields. Grinter Farms is about 15 minutes from our own farm and, each year, they plant a crop of thousands of sunflowers. It’s gorgeous to see in person and is truly an incredible kick-off to Fall in the Heartland. Aaron and …

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Crossley Farms Blackberry Jam

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This summer, we’ve had some excellent salads, unreal potatoes, delicious sweet corn and epic tomatoes. While our oversized garden didn’t quite have the same oversized production – we had more than enough to feed our family and friends and are still celebrating the abundance. Over the long Labor Day weekend, I unfroze some blackberries that we pulled from the brambles and …

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Kristin’s HOT Salsa Recipe

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I’ve been dying to learn a thing or two about canning. I bought a great book of recipes – but there’s only so much of the intimidation factor that can be eliminated by a book. To really understand how this process goes, I needed some help from the fam. Thankfully, my cousin Kristin from Krash Design was totally up for it. …

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More Blooms in the Flower Garden

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Just when I thought the cut flower blooms were dwindling, the Dahlias go and throw in a few more surprises. After harvesting a pretty bouquet a couple of weeks ago, I figured we were creeping toward time to mow and till what’s left of this year’s crazy garden experiment. A few surprise blooms are keeping the magic alive though. I’m …

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Meet the New Chicks

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A week or so ago, Aaron went to town for farm stuff and came home with new chicks. Without missing a beat, he had a whole chick habitat assembled in the garage as if our March chick babies had never left. Since we’ve been down to 7 chickens in the coop – we’ve been feeling the itch to grow the flock. …

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Early Morning Fog

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After dusting off my Canon in the last couple of weeks, I thought it would be fun to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to snap a few sunrise shots of the sunflowers at Grinter Farms nearby. Boy, was I wrong. Our little dude is on week #2 of a double ear infection. What was a hellacious …

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Water for the Calves

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Aaron has a general mantra for pretty much anything that challenges either fo us: “We will always find a way.” As annoying as it can be to hear it sometimes – he’s generally pretty right. When the cows moved out to the pasture, getting water to them became a pretty big challenge. The longterm goal is to build them a …

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My Banana Bread Addiction

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This time of year, I’m seeing tons and tons of posts involving canning, jamming and all of the amazing things friends are making from their gardens. To say our garden was a bit of a bust this year is an understatement. For all of the work that we put into it at the start, things have really fizzled late in …

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Another Kitchen Bouquet

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One of my bigger ambitions for the farm when we purchased it was to really dive deep into creating a massive cut flower garden. Despite the chaos that is now the garden, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the handful of blooms that continue to pop up. This week, I took a bit of a mental break from another day of …

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The Freeloading Chickens

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They finally quit being complete and utter freeloaders. After the recent loss of another chicken and our last guinea – we are officially down to 7 chickens. We think we have 4 hens and 3 roosters – but our opinions there tend to change day by day. Finally. Fiiiiiiiinally. Our chickens are no longer total freeloaders. I’ve been telling Aaron …