Thank you to everyone who entered the feedback contest! The winners were just emailed! Congrats to Sam, Mary, and Charlotte! Get back to me with the title and best address and keep an eye on the mail. And for everyone else, do not fret, because more contests to come!
It’s a damp and beautiful morning here on the mountain. I’m just back from a short run, and getting ready to do some pancake “experiments". What do I mean by that, you ask? I’m going to beat some egg whites and sugar into soft peaks—like you would for an angel food cake—with some cream of tartar. This will make an airy mound of lovely shiny egg whites fortified against collapse with the tartar. And I am going to fold those whites into my regular pancake recipe and see if I ca
The rabbits are doing so well! Our moms are a pair of Flemish fawns and their babes are old enough to be bouncing around a bit each day with their siblings in the updated rabbit tractors (constructed from the bones of my old chicken tractors). Updated the lld chicken design with a wire bottom that lets grass in/rabbits unable to dig their way out, and an open top a human can get into to collect the hopping babies at dusk. The bunnies are adorable, chonky, fluffers. They run a
The heat came this week with July intensity, days in the eighties with evenings humid and warm. I love it. It feels like summer is finally here, even if my body wasn't quite ready to run on these fumes. I should have known as much after I decided to hoe up a 10x10' plot of old horse paddock (the horses were moved months ago from this area) and make a bed for potatoes and mangelwurzel. It's not a large bed to make, but it is if it's one woman in the heat who decided after a fi
Pet portraits are on sale, two for the price of one! And the first person who orders through the blog will get 3 bars of soap shipped free! (the soap is also free). Pet portraits are drawn and painted here in my spare time on the farm, they take a few weeks to complete but I can rush orders if needed. They are a wonderful way to support this farm hoping not to fall behind. My goal is to sell 3 sets of these today! And if you don't want a pet portrait, or don't have pets, thes
Yesterday morning was glorious. The sun shone through our window, filling the bedroom with dappled morning light. We’ve been getting up earlier and earlier as we head towards the Solstice. We're greedy for daylight, still trying to play catch up from the darkness of winter. Recent memories of soaking our feet in epson salts by the wood stove (just to feel warm) send shivers cold enough to bring our body temperature down a few degrees, so waking up to sunbeams and birdsong fee
To celebrate the new website, the new blog, and the farm's 2021 season just kicking off - I'm offering a signed book giveaway! I'll be sending three people a signed copy of their choice of either Made From Scratch, Cold Antler Farm, Barnheart, One Woman Farm, or Chick Days along with 3 bars of the farm's homemade soap! So three of you get a package in the mail, at no cost, for helping out with this general question I have for you: What do you want to read about here? I want t
Summer starts when the days are warm, the garden is planted, and the lawn needs to be mowed. At least that is my internal clock's way of saying we made it through winter. Yesterday my neighbors let me borrow their old Toro mower (we're saving up for a new one - our old one died last summer). What was a wild patch of chives, young grass, high weeds, and rude sprouts is now a tamed lawn so splendid I just sit in it and watch the chickens and songbirds. Few things are as instant
Well, when I started this new website I wanted to commit to writing 2 times a week, scheduling posts if I had to. But I find myself feeling very much the way I did when the farm started, wanting to share more and more often! I wake up eager to get outside, see the animals and veg, explore for morels and check in on the babies. So if it's okay by all of you I am going to write more than twice a week and not worry what days it posts. If anyone has an issue with that please writ
Earlier this month I got an email from a reader who was writing from a city. They were disheartened. They have been reading Homesteading and Farming books and following rural folks’ stories online for years. They share the same dream I know so well - to get away from the city and farm. But they were feeling as though they would never get to the point where they were finally out in the country; as if they’d lost the steam and energy to do anything towards reaching that goal. I
Hello there! If you use soap and want to help contribute towards this farm's new truck repairs and feed bills - I am offering boxes of 20 bars of soap (random assortment) for $100 and shipping is included! The regular price of soap is $6 a bar, and shipping is usually a $15 USPS flat rate medium box. This sale saves you $35 and really throws some hope at our May! They will most likely be a mix of unscented, oatmeal, coffee and red clay bars. The money from these boxes will go
Good morning from a very bright and busy Cold Antler Farm! After days of rain and the kind of downpour yesterday that turned the low areas of this farm into a wetland worthy of conserving waterfowl populations into perpetuity — the sunshine returned and we're all drying out if we can manage to weave around the mushrooms. We're just back from taking our Cornish Rocks to our local poultry processor and will be picking them up and delivering them to customer this week. It feels
Hey there readers! A fun quick update to share that today Patagonia has featured a story about Cold Antler Farm! Check it out here! It's a summary of my decision to leave one path I thought I had to follow for the farm's. An honor to be featured and lovely words by Kristen Schmitt, who penned it.
It is turning into a very gray May. The rain is welcome, but it doesn't do much for the spirit when there is so much to be done around the farm. This morning chores went well in a mist of fog and sprinkles. By the time the coffee was ready and I had been through my emails it was time for the horses' farrier appointment. Happy to report the horses' feet are doing well and they look pretty smart with their freshly trimmed hooves! Dave was wonderful, as always, and we got some r
Hay delivery of a pickup-worth of bales this morning. The price per bale: $10! I don't begrudge the farmer that got handed the check, but I do blame myself. I knew hay was scarce last fall going into winter. I knew that come spring the price would be through the roof if there were even bales available. A lot of farmers around here paid to have bales trucked in from down south, like Pennsylvania, for this reason. I was able to put aside around 250+ bales into this winter, but