Author: susan

Radish Shoot Pesto Dipping Sauce

One of my favorite conversations that I have at market is when customers ask what to do with our microgreens. The answer starts with "you can use them on a salad, or a sandwich instead of lettuce..." but there are so many MORE things that can be done with these flavorful little powerhouses of nutrients. Since our microgreens are part of the Cedar Valley Farms Winter CSA, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase some recipes using our microgreens. The first winter CSA box has a pack of China Rose radish shoots - essentially, the very immature greens from a radish plan...
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S’more Summer Fun at S&B

This summer, I've been enjoying hearing from so many people about their summer bucket lists. And how fun for us that visiting an alpaca farm has made the list for quite a few! In response to these requests, we decided to hold a summer fun family event. On July 15 from 5-8pm, we will be hosting "S'more Summer Fun at S&B" at our farm. Alpacas, sheep, making alpaca spit (Elmer's Glue Slime), games, a hayride - and s'mores of course! The cost will be $5/person, and children 3 and under are free. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we can all enjoy a fun evening. Please drop me ...
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S&B at the Hardin County Farmer’s Market

I want to say a big HELLO to everyone who is looking at the website after finding us at the market! The past 2 Saturdays have been wonderful. Although the Microgreens addition to S&B was a little unexpected, we've had great success at the market sharing our sunflower shoots, pea shoots, and daikon radish shoots - along with our pasture raised lamb. Today, I was asked how I got into microgreens. As with all things for the farm... I sort of fell into it. About a year and a half ago, we attended "Alpaca 101" and "Alpaca 102" at the White Violet Center in St. Mary-of-the Woods, IN. One of ...
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Shearing Day

Shearing day is so exciting... since it happens only once per year, there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into the day. We've learned that the best way to prepare fleece is actually by preparing the pasture and their living areas first. A week or so ahead of time, we started raking loose hay, limiting access to the dirt piles that they love to roll around in... and then finally by hand picking "stuff" from their fleece. Fuzzy Butt Alpacas from Berea, KY is the company we use for shearing. Don & his crew take such good care of the animals. We started the day with our p...
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Monarchs and Milkweed Moths

So much of life on the farm is routine... up in the mornings to feed, water, and scoop - and in the evenings to repeat the same. But it seems as though there's always something new to find and discover. Two years ago, I read about the plight of the monarch butterfly, and how their numbers were declining. I planted a patch of milkweed and installed a butterfly house (which will be available for sale in the spring from the online store!) to see if I would be able to attract them. Last summer, I remember laughing at the fact I intentionally planted weeds as a flower garden - and I also re...
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Where are all the pictures?

I love having the farm all over social media - and it's fun being able to use so many different outlets to share S&B with everyone. No matter the day, there is always something new and exciting to me. Just to let you know: if you're interested in seeing more photos, please be sure to "like" our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter! The links are all in the green toolbar at the top of the page, right hand side .
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Rainy days on the farm

My niece and nephew came down to spend this weekend with their grandparents, and now that S&B is around there are usually farm activities planned for them. Unfortunately, this weekend there was also a lot of rain. Playing with the animals isn't as much fun when you're dodging raindrops and mud puddles. But just like rain doesn't stop the chores on the farm, it sure didn't stop them from farm activities! They learned about Camelids when they made camelid cookies. And their baking adventure didn't stop there! They also made some homemade dog treats for Patu and Sharna! One...
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Tuesday

Tuesday was one of those days for us at the farm that didn’t go at all as planned. We took off work for one reason: to pick up Beate! Our friends at Eagle Bend have been working to get her bred, and she finally was confirmed pregnant on Thursday last week. She’s about 2 months along (due summer next year), and we were so excited to finally take her home. Well, Tuesday was hot. And the farm truck doesn’t have air conditioning. And Eagle Bend is almost 3 hours away. So, by the time we got home I was just miserable. We developed a plan that I was going to get a bucket of water for Beat...
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Permaculture

Have you heard of permaculture? It’s a cultural movement, that has its roots in “older” practices. We’ve unintentionally accepted so many of the standard practices of permaculture because they just make good sense. Though we most certainly don’t fall in the “doomsdayers” category, we appreciate and understand how people would want to take steps toward self-efficiency. This year, we made a point to introduce our sheep to the apples from the trees that have been on the farm for many years. That way, come winter, they will be able to enjoy the added nutrition that we’ve stocked away for th...
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