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Posted 8/28/2014 9:24pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Happy Labor Day!


    I hope you've all had a wonderful long weekend.  Labor Day has always signaled the end of summer for me and the start of my favorite time of year; Fall!  I love when the mornings are crisp and cool, the changing of the leaves, everything related to Fall.  I don't know about you, but I am tired of HOT and HUMID.  I keep telling Ken I'm ready to move to Maine.  It doesn't get hot and humid there...of course, you have to deal with very cold weather.  But, that doesn't sound bad to me.  Of course, my goat's might not enjoy it.

   Its been very dry at the farm for the majority of August. We did finally get some rain and the pastures are starting to turn green and grow again.  I use a method of grazing called "Strip Grazing" for my young cows and goats.  Basically, you fence off a section, let them eat it down, and then move your fence giving them fresh grass every few days.  You can tell exactly where the fence was:

While I am moving the fence, I keep the goats and young cows out of my way.  When I open the gate and let them back in, they are VERY Happy!  They run, kick, jump, and are all around excited.  Here's my Jersey Heifer Dancer...doesn't see look happy?

  You all know the trouble I've had with my poor laying hens this year. I finally bought a large dog kennel-type of fence and have them locked up.  Well, at night something has been trying to get into the coop.  It had to be something that could climb so I thought maybe a raccoon or possum.  We set our live traps, put some cat food in them and waited.  Yesterday morning, I went out to let the girls out of the coop and found this lovely creature in one of the trap.

I'm sorry the photo isn't really clear, but I think you can guess from the colors that I didn't want to get too close.  You know, skunks are quite cute....but you don't want to get too close.  Don't even ask me how you get a skunk out of a live trap! 

  We love wildlife at Hidden Springs Farms.  It is fun to watch.  The other morning I was getting ready to head outside and saw these beautiful wild turkeys.  About 20-25 of them just walking along our building.  The all took off as soon as they heard me open the door, but it was fun to watch them for awhile

Speaking of Turkey, if anyone is interested, I will have a limited number of Turkeys available for Thanksgiving.  My turkeys are Board Breasted Bronze, and look very similar to the wild turkeys.  They will weight between 12 - 17 pounds (the boys weigh more, the girls will be lighter)  They will be processed the Monday before Thanksgiving by S & S Enterprises in Bowling Green, KY and will be available for pick-up starting Tuesday, Nov. 25th.  My turkeys get access to pasture, bugs, clover, all of the stuff that Turkeys love.  They sell for $5.50 a lb and I require a $25.00 deposit to reserve your bird with the balance due when you pick it up.  You can talk to me at the Robertson County Farmer's Market or just email/call to place your order. 

I LOVE fresh made bread but sometimes you just don't have time to mix, knead, wait for it to rise, and then bake.  This recipe is super easy, no kneading, and taste awesome!

Crusty Bread In A Cast Iron Pot

ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour

1 3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp yeast

1 1/2 cup Water

Whisk together flour, salt, and yeast.  Add water and mix well. Cover and let it sit at room temp. for 12-18 hours (overnight is prefect) 

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees (yep, that's HOT, but you won't burn your bread!)  once the oven has reached the correct temp, put your cast iron pot into the oven for 30 minutes. 

On a well floured surface, pour out your dough and shape into a lose ball. Cover and let it rest while you wait for your pot to head. 

Once your pot is HOT, remove it from the oven, place your dough into the hot pot, cover and bake in the oven for 30 mins.  Over cover and bake for 15 more minute.

Remove bread from the oven, and cool on a wire rack.

This bread is very crusty on the outside and super moist on the inside.  You've GOT to try it.

 

For my goat-loving readers, I have a few little ones for sale.  Two doelings (twin sisters) and a buckling (who is not related to the girls) This could be a great little starter herd.  They will be ready to go to a new home by the middle of September.  If I didn't already have two Bucks, I would keep the little buckling. He is fabulous.....and very friendly. And, you guys know me..I'd keep the girls too but I have several young does that will be having their first babies next spring and it is difficult to keep my big bucks away from little girls during the breeding season.  I am asking $400 for the three of them together.  If three is too many for you, I'm happy to talk about selling individually.  Email me for pictures...I didn't get a chance to take any this evening. 

Have a WONDERFUL September!

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

 

www.hiddenspringsfarms.com      info@hiddenspringsfarms.com    (615) 210-7525

Posted 8/1/2014 9:43pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Hi Everyone!

   I hope you are all having a wonderful summer.  It's already August so fall isn't too far behind.  This is the time of year when the children get ready to head back to school and parents are running around trying to get all of the new school clothes and supplies ready.  And, I'm sure there are lots of children that can't believe summer is coming to an end.

   It's been pretty busy around here as usual.  We could really use some rain.  You know me...I hate rain because rain means mud. But I'm saying it out loud "we need rain".  Our pastures are in terrible shape and its sounds like you're walking on potato chips when you walk across them.  Funny, the weeds seem to get enough moisture.  We've been doing rotational grazing for the cows and they are making out all right.  The goats....we'll they kind of like the weeds so they are happy. We've had some cooler weather lately and my bucks have decided that its time for romance.  They are calling the girls and the girls are starting to answer back.  I keep strict rules in place for romance....NO ROMANCE until October!  So, I've moved the bucks as far from the girls as possible in hopes they won't get out like they did last year. I don't want to spend another winter freezing in the barn waiting for baby goats to be born.  If we wait until October, we'll start having babies the end of Feb or beginning of March which is much better!

The one thing about summer that I really dislike are the flies. Nasty little creatures.  And, the do so bother the livestock.  Here's a picture of my least favorite cow "the black-eyed witch" getting her fly spray put on. You can tell she's real excited about being caught.

Not sure if you have heard, but our soap business, Girly Goats, has been nominated for the Martha Stewart American Made Contest.  This contest focuses on handcrafted, made in America products. We are honored to be nominated! We could use your help.  If you haven't already, like our Girly Goats Facebook page.  The more "likes" we have, the better of chances are to win a spot.  You can like us by clicking here

I've posted our 2014 Fall Workshop schedule on the website. You can download a copy of the schedule from our homepage, but here's the line-up:

August 30th:  Cheesemaking

September 6th Soap Making

September 20th Livestock for Small Average

October 13th Kid's Soap Making and Farm Tour (this is held during Fall Break)

October 18th Soap Making

December 6th Quick & Easy Handcrafted Christmas Gifts

You can register for any class  or ask questions by emailing us at info@hiddenspringsfarms.com Class size is limited and we ask everyone to pre-register.

And, We are quickly filling up our Fall Festival and Craft fair schedule.  I'll give you more details as we get closer, but here's the current schedule:

Barn Sale at Port Royal: Oct, 2, 3, & 4

Handmade Harvest at Bethpage: Oct 4 & 5

Rippavilla Vines & Vintage: Nov. 1st

The Christmas Sampler:  Nov. 7 & 8

Handmade Holiday: Nov 15 & 16

   Who needs a Kitten?  I have 3 really, really cute little Orange & White ones.  The other two in the picture have already found new homes.  If you are interested, call me or email me.  Free to a good home!

  I have a GREAT Recipe for you!  Drip Beef Sandwiches from the Pioneer Woman.  This is super easy and uses a less expensive cut of beef.  I made it the other night and we really enjoyed it!  Here you go:

Ingredients:

3-4 lb Chuck Roast

Salt & Pepper

2 TB Butter

2 TB Canola Oil

2 Cups Beef Broth

2 TB Rosemary, Minced

1 Jar Peperoncinis

Hard Rolls

Sauteed Onions (optional)

Melt Butter and Oil on high in a dutch oven or large pot. Salt and Pepper your Chuck Roast. Add Chuck Roast to oil/butter and sear on all sides (should take about 5 mins)  Add your beef broth and 1 cup of water.  Add Rosemary and then pour in the whole jar of Peperoncinis including liquid.  Cover the pot and simmer for 4 to 5 hours or until meat is falling apart.  Remove roast from the pot and using 2 forks, shred the meat.  Then return meat to the pot.  To serve, slice rolls and add beef and a couple peperoncinis.  Top with sauteed onions if desired.  Don't forget to serve with a side of the liquid to dip in.  This is AWESOME!

  Please stop by and visit us at the Robertson County Farmer's market.  And, enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

The Staff at Hidden Springs Farms

     

 

 

www.hiddenspringsfarms.com      info@hiddenspringsfarms.com    (615) 210-7525

Posted 7/1/2014 10:23pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Happy July Everyone!

     I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  It's been swimming pool weather these last few days.  Unfortunately, no swimming pool here and I haven't actually talked myself into sitting in the cattle troughs although, I bet that would feel very good after working outside.  I remember our grandson, Tyler, used to love to play in the goat's water.  Probably one of the reasons he rarely gets sick.  The cows really enjoy getting fresh cold water.  Here's Dancer, my little jersey girl.  She loves to drink out of the hose. 

   We've had a lot of things happen on the farm this past month. Some of it position, some of it sad.  My girl, Abby, had her babies early on a  Saturday morning.  I had to help her and she delivered triplets.  Only two survived, two cute little girls.  I got Abby and the girls in the barn and checked on them often. Everyone was doing great.  On Sunday, we decided to do something off the farm.  This is something we rarely do.  We were gone all day and when we got home I rushed to the barn to get started milking and found Abby.  She had bloat which is rare from goats and unfortunately, she didn't make it.  So, here I am with two 24 hour old baby goats that I have to bottle feed.  Well, Gracie, another of my goats decided that SHE was adopting the girls.  It took a bit for the girls to decide that Gracie was OK, but now we have a happy little family again.  Cooper loves the babies and is willing to babysit when needed

    Most of you have probably heard about my poor laying hens.  Another dog attack and I'm done to only 12 hens.  I'm done!  Its so frustrating to work so hard only to have other people's animals destroy it.  I bought a big dog kennel to let the girl out in during the day, but no more free-ranging all over the farm.  (see, I told you, lots of bad stuff in June...)

   Bailey, one of my bottle girls, had her first baby.  A little buckling.  He's adorable.  Bailey did well but was clueless on what to do with him.  I got her in the barn with the little guy and as long as I was with her, she would let him nurse.  If I left, she screamed like a crazy women.  Since I do not have the time to sit around keeping a momma goat company, I finally let her outside with the herd.  Once she was back out with her friends, she decided that taking care of her baby was a good idea. 

     There are so many ups and downs in farming.  There are days when I could sell everything and move to a very remote cabin in the woods where no one could find me.  Of course, that doesn't last long and besides, what would I do with nothing to do? 

      For our Robertson County readers, we have two Farmer's Market Announcements.  First, starting Thursday, July 3rd, we'll be having a Thursday Night Market.  It will run every Thursday, from 4:30 - 7:00 pm at the Fairgrounds.  We thought that some of you might be interested in getting your fresh veggies earlier in the week. Especially if you plan on traveling out of town for the weekend.  And, mark your calendar for July 11th.  This is Customer Appreciate Day at the market.  We'll have door prizes and lots of fun! 

    I hope that everyone has a great July!  I know some of you will be away on vacation so safe travels to you.  And, Happy 4th of July!  Our son and his family will be here and we're looking forward to grilling, eating, and have some fun. 

Until next month,

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

    

    

www.hiddenspringsfarms.com      info@hiddenspringsfarms.com    (615) 210-7525

Posted 5/3/2014 10:20pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Hi Everyone and Happy May!


     I'm a little behind on getting my newsletter out this month. I swear, May got here before I was ready for it.  I'm not sure what happened to April other then crazy weather.  It does seem that thinks are looking up though.

    Its been very busy around here.  Tyler, my grandson, and I went to the Amish auction in April to get some more laying hens.  This auction is held every year and is so much fun.  They have several auctions going on all at the same time.  Horse-drawn implements, small livestock & poultry, and so much more.  I bought 20 new laying hens.  I do love the excitement of bidding.  Here's a picture of Tyler in front of the goats and sheep that were to be auction off later in the day

Tyler at the auction

     We have a few new additions to the farm.  We picked up 3 new Angus Heifers from a wonderful farm in Kentucky.  These girls have fit in very nicely with our other beef cattle.  I also have another bottle baby who I've named "Little Lady".  Little Lady came from our neighbor.  She had a rough entrance into the world, but is doing very well here.  I raise these little calves on goat's milk and they do terrific! 

Little Lady

     The meat birds were processed this week just in time for the Robertson County Farmer's Market which started today.  Its long day to load up the birds, drive to Bowling Green, KY, wait for them to be process, then reload them, and drive back.  BUT, it is well worth it when you get to cook a farm-raised bird.  They taste so much better then store bought. 

    Speaking of the farmer's market, I sure hope you will take the opportunity to join us each Saturday, from 8:30 - noon at the Robertson County Fairgrounds.  We have started a new program called "Farm Fan" which we'd love to have you as a member of.  Basically, Farm Fan is a reward program for our customers.  You sign-up with your mobile phone and earn points for every dollar you spend with us.  Then use your points to get Free Soaps, Free T-Shirts, and more.  You'll get one text message from us per week letting you know what we'll have at the market and any specials going on.  You can get all of the details and sign-up by clicking here. 

Strawberries are almost here...(should have them at the market next Saturday) and we do love them here.  We eat a lot of them. I bet you do too.  Here's a great recipe to try.  Its easy and oh so yummy!

Strawberry Betty

1 Pint Strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced

1/3 Cup Sugar

1 TBS Cornstarch

1/2 a loaf of french bread, sliced into 1/2 inch cubes (about 4 cups)

1/2 Cup Butter melted

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degree.  Coat an 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray

2.  In a large bowl, combine sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch, toss to coat.  Add bread and melted butter and mix well.  Spoon mixture into baking dish. 

3. Bake for 35 - 40 mins until warm and bubbling.  Bread will be golden brown.  Serve warm. 

 

    My goal for tomorrow is to get my raised beds planted!  I've had the beds built for a few weeks but haven't had time to get any plants or seeds in.  If anyone knows how to get more time in a day, please let me know :>)

    Have a GREAT May and don't forget Mother's Day is May 11th.  Visit our Girly Goats site for some wonderful gifts for mom including our new Shampoo and Conditioner and limited edition soaps. 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Read more at http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Desserts/Strawberry-Betty/#2wFCXfjuM5TWMmrW.99
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large bowl, combine strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch; toss to coat. Add bread cubes and melted butter; mix well. Spoon into baking dish.
     
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly and bread is golden. Serve warm.

 


Read more at http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Desserts/Strawberry-Betty/#2wFCXfjuM5TWMmrW.99

www.hiddenspringsfarms.com      info@hiddenspringsfarms.com    (615) 210-7525

Posted 3/30/2014 9:53pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Hi Everyone!

    I'm pretty sure that Spring has finally arrived.  It was a little if-y for awhile.  We'd have some days with highs in the upper 60's and low 70's and then BAM, a snow day.  Today was absolutely gorgeous.  And, the weather man says its here to stay for at least a week. YEAH! Its been pretty busy around here.  I have a new puppy named Cooper and he is a sweetie. Cooper is a Smooth Coat Collie, like Lassie without all of the hair.  He has introduced himself to everyone including our Anatolian, Little Girl.  He makes her seem 3 times as BIG.

Cooper with Little Girl

     In last month's newsletter, I told you about Isabell having her babies, and this week Tye-Dye had hers.  A beautiful set of twins, a little girl and a little boy.  They look nothing like their mother but are super cute.  The little girl is covered with white dots so I'm calling her Polkadot.  I don't name the little boys since they don't stay around, but he's a handsome little guy.  More babies to come in the next couple of months.

Tye-Dye's babies

      I've been wondering why my three ducks have been hanging out in the barn so much.  I thought it was because it has been wet and cold, but while cleaning out an area, look what I discovered....A HUGE nest with about 35 Duck eggs!  Fabulous!  I have no male duck so they will never hatch.  Had I known they were laying them there, I would have been collecting them.  Silly girls!  I need to find them a boyfriend.

Duck Eggs

    We did suffer a big loss a few weeks ago.  One of our cows was not able to deliver her calf and while our wonderful vet worked extremely hard, we were not able to save her.  The calf was simply too big.  Ken had to put Bitty down.  I share with you because I know that my readers like to hear about what is happening on the farm.  Some days are fabulous and others are not.  Still we love what we do.  We'll miss Bitty, but sometimes these things happen on a farm.

   Now, on a much more positive note, remember our old truck that we purchased?  Well, her facelift is complete and she is back at the farm.  We're thrilled with her.  Here's a great picture of Ken and Kirby with our beauty.  Kirby is the guy who fixed her up for us.  You'll be able to see her in the person at the Robertson County Farmer's Market this year.  I can't wait!

Old Truck

    We have some great classes coming up and would love to have you join us.  Here's what coming:

April 26th:  Chicken Processing: learn to process your own chicken. 

May 10th:  Raising Chickens 101:  Learn what you need to know to start your own flock

May 24th:  Cheese making:  learn to make your own cheese.  We'll be making several types.

You can get more details about our classes on our website, or email me at info@hiddenspringsfarms.com

     I'm sure I am forgetting to tell you LOTS, but I think my mind is starting to drift.  If you don't want to miss anything, join us on Facebook  I try to post just about everyday about what's happening.  One last thing, we will be participating in a Spring Festival at Shade Tree Farm in Adams, TN on April 12th.  It will be a fun event for all.  Plan on joining us there.

 Happy Spring!

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

www.hiddenspringsfarms.com      info@hiddenspringsfarms.com    (615) 210-7525

Posted 3/1/2014 8:39pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


     WOW!  Its been a long winter this year.  Mother Nature is teasing us with some days in the 60's and then pushing it back down to the teens.  The grass is confused.  My laying hens are confused.  Heck, you never know if you need a heavy jacket or none at all.  But the good news is that at least we know that Spring is on its way. 


    Another reason that I know that Spring is coming is that we have lots of new babies.  Isabell, the goat I talked about last month FINALLY had her babies.  I was starting to think that she has super glued them to her.  She started in labor on Thursday evening.  It was a very cold night so I checked on her often and finally sat out in the barn with her.  Now, imagine me wrapped up like an Eskimo, sitting in a stall with a very pregnant goat.  I actually fell asleep and woke up freezing cold, with Isabell laying right next to me and my two barn cats curled up on me too.  BUT, no new babies.  I gave up at that point and went into the house and went to bed.  Got up Friday morning and still no babies. I was starting to worry and went back to the house and when I got back about an hour later, I was greeted with these beautiful babies.  A little girl (the brown one) and a little boy (the flashy one).  The little girl is going to a new home on Monday but the little boy is for sale if anyone is looking to had some "flash" to their herd.

New babies

    We've also added 4 new calves to our herd.  Libby, Pearl, Thelma, and Hannah all had their calves.  Some of you might remember Hannanh.  I raised her as a bottle calf a few years ago and now she's had her first calf.  I told Ken "my little girl is all grown up". 

Calves Growing

    And, I have 75 baby chicks in the barn now.  50 will be future "fried chicken" and 25 will be future egg layers.  They are very cute right now and are driving the barn cats absolutely nuts because they can hear them but can't get to them. 

baby chicks

     We have two classes/workshops scheduled in March and have space in both if you are interested:

Cold Process Soap Making:  March 8th; 1:00 - 3:00 pm   Learn to make soap the old fashioned way.  You'll create two bars of soap to take home.  $40.00

Raising Goats 101:  March 22nd; 1:00 - 4:00 pm   If you are thinking about adding some goats to your family, this is a prefect class to learn everything you need to know to raise, care for, and house your goats.  $45.00

   If you'd like to sign up, just email me at info@hiddenspringsfarms.com  We have a lot of fun in our classes and its a great place to meet new friends. 

    Have a wonderful March! 

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

    

www.hiddenspringsfarms.com      info@hiddenspringsfarms.com    (615) 210-7525

Posted 2/2/2014 1:14pm by Karen Wortman .

Hi Everyone and Happy Winter!

     It does amaze me how quickly the months go by.  I mean, really, we are already in Feb. when it seems like we were just welcoming in a New Year.  I'm sure some of you can't wait until spring officially gets here.  Its been a much colder winter then we're use to here in Middle Tennessee. We've had a few days were we never got out of the teens.  Burrrrrr!  I, for one, do enjoy winter.  I like the cold.  And, I've love to see some "real" snow not just a dusting.  I might get my wish overnight tonight. 

    Things are going well on the farm.  I have 4 little bottle calves that I am raising.  Two Holstein Bull calves, a Jersey heifer calf, and a Black Angus Heifer Calf.  I got the dairy calves at an auction up in Kentucky and yes, they rode home in the back of my Tahoe.  The Black Angus girl came from my vet, Dr. Woodall.  She was a twin and her momma didn't want her. Her name is Stinky Poo.  Ken named her Stinky because, well, she did stink up my Tahoe.  I plan on calling her "Poo"; that sounds much better then Stinky!  The little Jersey is Dancer because she dances around while she is taking her bottle.  She will be a future milk cow for us.  The two little boys are Bucky and Casper.  Here's a picture of Dancer and Casper.

Casper and Dancer

Now little Poo is quite the aggressive eater.  She attacks her bottle like no one's business.  And, she has discovered that Gracie, my Nubian dairy goat, is just another bottle.  She figured this out all on her own!

Stinking Poo Nursing

  It won't be long before I have more baby goats on the ground.  Isabell is HUGE!  I expect her to have 2 very large babies or maybe even triplets. Tye-Dye and Libby won't be far behind her.  That means SPRING is on its way!

Isabell is huge

I have baby chicks arriving later this month. More laying hens and a bunch of meat birds.  And, turkeys will be coming later on.  We are getting ready to be very busy!  We have two beef calves on the ground now and are just waiting for Bitty, Hannah, and Thelma to deliver theirs. 

For those of you counting, we only have a few months before the Robertson County Farmer's market starts.  I've seen many of our farmers and they are all ready to start digging in the dirt and planting.  On a cold winter day its fun to start thinking about fresh lettuce, tomatoes, squash, and more.  We will again have some non-farm vendors and if anyone is interesting in applying, feel free to contact me for the details.  Here's a beautiful picture to put you in the mood for fresh veggies

Fresh Veggies at the Market

This month we are offering our first Cheese Making Class. The class will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22nd from 9:30 - noon and cost $55.00.  We will learn the basics of cheesemaking and will be making Mozzarella and Ricotta and you'll also learn how to make fresh chevre.  I have a few spots still available so if you are interested in attending, please email me at info@hiddenspringsfarms.com

    You still have time to sign-up for our Poultry/Egg (We Love Local Chicks) CSA and receive a discount.  You can get all of the details on our main page.  We also have a few spots left for our herd share program for fresh goat's milk, cheese, and yogurt.  Details are also on our homepage. 

    For Christmas, my sister-in-law got me a gift card to Amazon where I quickly purchased two cookbooks.  For those of you that know me well, you know I hate to cook.  Love to bake, hate to cook!  So, to try to improve my cooking attitude, I've been trying new recipes.  This one if from the Barefoot Contessa.  I absolutely LOVE her stuff.  Easy to make and simply fabulous! 

Chicken Caesar Sandwich

2 Chicken Breast (to save time, purchase a rotisserie chicken at Kroger)

Olive Oil

Kosher salt

Black pepper

4 oz thinly sliced Pancetta

1 clove of garlic chopped

2 TBS of chopped fresh parsley

1 1/2 teaspoons of Anchovy paste (sounds terrible but I promise it is awesome)

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1 1/2 TBS lemon juice

1/2 Cup mayonnaise

1 large Ciabatta Bread

2 oz baby arugula washed and patted dry

1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil

2-3 oz parmesan cheese shaved

  If using a pre-cooked chicken skip this step. Place chicken breast on sheet pan and  rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 mins.  Cool slightly, and then slice meat thickly.  Place pancetta on another sheet pan and roast for 10-15 mins until crisp.  Set aside on paper towels to drain.

Place garlic, parsely, anchovy paste, mustard, lemon juice and mayo in a food processor and  process until smooth. 

Slice in half and Lightly toast Ciabatta bread.  To assemble sandwich, spread dressing on bottom of bread, layer arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, shaved Pasmesan, crispy Pancetta, and sliced chicken.  Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper and finish with another layer of arugula.  Place more dressing on the top of bread and place on sandwich.  Slice into thirds, serve with salad.  YUMMY!

     I hope you all have a very wonderful month, stay warm, and think Spring thoughts!

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

 

Posted 1/2/2014 7:26pm by Karen Wortman .

Happy New Year!

    Can you believe that another year has ended?  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a safe New Year's Eve.  Christmas was very nice here but I'll admit, I'm glad it is over.  Our New Year's Eve consist of staying home, watching a movie, having some wine, and eating Super Nachos.  (yeah, Nachos and wine doesn't sound too fabulous, but its our tradition)  We usually fall asleep before midlight and this year was no exception.  What happen to those days when we could stay up late?

     Our day started out pretty nice this morning. A "warm" 45 this morning, but this afternoon, BURRRRRRRRR!  Snowy, windy, and a 20+ degree temperature drop in a few hours.  I do like the cold weather.  I have all of the right cold-weather gear so I just bundle up, and head out. 

snowy day

    In last month's newsletter, I told you about Zoie having her twins.  Well, the next morning when I arrived at the barn, Gwendolyn had triplets.  Three little boys and momma is doing a fine job of taking care of all of them.  So, we have two momma's with 5 babies between them.  Gracie, who totally surprised me, also had a little boy.  I think this is a "buckling" year!  Here are three of the boys.....with goats, if you leave anything out, they will try to jump on it. 

Baby Boys

    We also have our first baby cow, a little Hiefer, named Holly.  Libby, her mom, is doing a wonderful job with her and I can tell you, she is a handful.  She runs around the pasture giving everyone a hard time.  I'm sure Holly will be happy once another calf is born.  Then she'll have some one to play with. 

Holly Hiefer

    With the start of the New Year, I have lots of information for you!  As promised, I have finished all of our brochures for our 2014 Spring Classes/Workshops, 2014 Poultry CSA, and our NEW Herd Share Program. 

  • 2014 Spring Classes/Workshops:  We are adding a Cheese-making class this year along with our Soap-making, Poultry Processing, Raising Goats, and Raising Chickens workshops.  You can download a copy of all of the information by clicking here.
  • We Love Local Chicks:  this is our Egg and Poultry CSA, plus you can reserve a Thanksgiving Turkey.  You an download this information by clicking here.
  • Herd Share Program:  It's illegal to sell raw milk in the State of TN, but it prefectly legal to drink raw milk from your own cow/goat.  With our Herd Share program, you purchase an interest in our herd of Nubian Dairy goats, thus becoming an owner.  Details of this program can be downloaded by clicking here

Now, I know this is a lot of information so if you have questions as you review, please feel free to email me or call.  Here are a couple of things to consider:  

  •  Our classes fill up fast so register early!  All of the classes have limited space
  • We have special discounts for our CSA customers if they sign-up and pay in full by March 15th (details in the brochure)
  • Our herd share is limited, so if you are interested, we encourage to sign up early.  We will add shares as the rest of the girls have their babies.

Now that we are in January, we are on countdown to the farmer's market!  In just a few short months, we'll be back.  I have seed catalogs coming in like crazy and have ordered more soap making supplies.  The first batch of chicken are in the barn (under heat lamps).  Time goes by so fast!

 Have a great January! Stay Warm!


The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

   

Posted 12/3/2013 9:51pm by Karen Wortman .

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

     It's here!  December is here and that means Christmas is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  I'll tell you I'm not.  I'll get the Christmas tree up in the next couple of days and I have purchased a few (very few) Christmas gifts.  This month seems to fly by for me.  I bet its the same for you!

     We've had a few early Christmas gifts arrive today.  Zoie had her babies.  A little buckling and a little doeling. The little boy is gorgeous and BIG!  His sister is petite with a very LOUD voice.  Zoie's doing great.  Next in line is Gwendolyn.  She should have her babies any second now.  You know that I don't normally have babies this time of year but thanks to our big buck Roo and his ability to jump the fence, we're having unplanned babies.  They are super cute though!  This is the little boy, his sister is a bit camera shy.

Baby Boy

     Our son, Jon, loves to hunt and trap.  He's been trapping on our friend's farm.  He's had a BIG problem with Beavers eating the trees in his nursery.  Today Jon took care of one of the problem animals.  Look at this HUGE beaver.  Guess eating trees is a great way to gain weight! I never knew Beavers got this big!

Jon's Beaver

     We've had a wonderful time at all of the Holiday Festival and Craft shows that we participated in the last few months.  We've met a lot of new friends and reconnected with many of our old friends.  There are lots of folks that will be getting some of our Girly Goats Soaps, Lotions, and Bath Products for Christmas this year!  We're running some great specials this month if you need to pick up some Christmas gift.  Now through Dec. 8th, we are offering $7.00 off an order of $25.00 through our webiste www.girlygoats.com  Just use coupon code: Cyber2013 at check out.  You will receive a FREE Girly Goats Soap dish with your purchase of $35.00.  And, if you follow us on Facebook, you can participate in our weekly give-a-ways.  Just click here to like us on Facebook.  This week we are giving away one of our cute Felted Soaps.  Just like us and share the photo to enter. 

Girly Goats Logo


     Next month I will have our Spring Class & Workshop schedule ready for you.  We'll be offering some of our old favorites plus some new classes.  We'll continue with our Raising Chickens, Raising Goats, Poultry Processing, & Soap Making Classes.  And, **ta-da**, we will be offering a few Cheese-making classes.  Keep posted for all of the details!

   I will also have details for our CSA (Poultry, eggs, breads) program and our Herd Share (milk & cheese) program ready for you.  There will be lots of options for you to join our farm family! 

     Now, let me close out with one of our FAVORITE Christmas Candy recipes.  Oh yeah, the calories don't count at Christmas time.  That is what January 1st is all about.

 Mom's Chocolate Toffee

1 pound of butter

2 Cups Brown Sugar

2 Large Hersey Chocolate Bars or 12 regular size bars

Walnuts (optional)

   Melt butter and brown sugar.  Bring to the hard cracked stage over medium heat.  (Use a large pan so you don't boil over)  While you are waiting for the butter & sugar combination to reach the correct temp, butter a 13 X 9 pan and break your chocolate bars in to pieces.  (the pieces don't have to be prefect, just chucky.  When your butter/sugar mixture has reached the hard cracked stage, pour into your buttered pan (be careful....this is VERY hot)  Sprinkle your chocolate bar pieces over the top.  Sprinkle  walnuts if you decide to add them.  Place in the  frig to cool.  Once cool, turn out onto a cutting board.  Use a hammer to break into bite-size pieces.  Store in an airtight container.  ENJOY!

     Finally, from our family, we want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We appreciate your support and look forward to a new & exciting New Year with you!

Merry Christmas


The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

    

Posted 10/30/2013 9:23pm by Karen Wortman .

Hi Everyone!


     I am a few days early for our November newsletter but I'm booked (over booked to be honest) for the next few days so I wanted to let you know I've not forgotten.  First off, I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.  The weather doesn't look too promising for middle Tennessee tomorrow but maybe the nasty stuff will pass before the children head out.  I can't believe it is almost November.  The months really seem to fly by this time of year.

    Thanks to all of you that supported us at the Robertson County Farmer's Market this season.  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed being there every week.  We have BIG plans for next year including expanding our pastured poultry and giving you the opportunity to buy cheese, yogart, and milk from our herd of lovely Nubian Dairy goats.  Yep, we are going to be offering a Herd Share program where you can get cheese, yogart, and milk.  More details in January, but wanted to give you something to look forward too over the cold winter months. 

   I really need your help to qualify us for the opportunity to be considered for a Main Street Grant through Chase.  In order to qualify, we have to have 250 votes.  It only takes a minute (you'll have to have a facebook account to vote).  This grant would give us the capital to build a Grade A licensed Goat Dairy and Cheese plant.  Wouldn't it be GREAT to have farmstead cheese produced right here in Robertson County?   Please take a minute to cast your vote for us by clicking here

     If you are familiar with our Pastured Raised Chickens, you know that we use the tagline "We Love Local Chicks"...we wanted to have a cute visual to go along with that so we ran a contest and ** ta-da** here is the winning design!  What do you think?  Would you like a T-Shirt or Shopping Bag with this design?  (yeah, she's a little "flashy" but I wanted a Pin-Up Girl kind of chicken)

   As you know, we added a new grandbaby to our family in May.  Little Miss Emory is a handful.  I call her my Drama Queen!  G-G, that's me, finally decided to get a little help and got a bouncy swing.  She loves it for about 5 minutes!  She loves to be entertained 100% of the time.  But she's a cutey and loves her Big Brother Tyler!

     A few weeks ago I participated at a festival in Clarksville at the Hayloft.  What a wonderful event.  It was held on a farm and in and around a beautiful barn.  I had to snap a shot of the cute bathroom they had.  Everything was rustic looking but I thought this was a clever idea.  Very simple but very cute!

    Its been romance time on the farm.  The cows are all bred, the goats are bred, and I will most likely have some puppies in the next 30 days.  Don't be surprised if you see baby goat pictures in our next newsletter either.  While I normally don't have baby goats in the winter, this year my bucks have been experts at getting to the girls.  In fact, Zoey looks like she could deliver within the next couple weeks.  I honestly don't know HOW that happened.  I never saw her with a boyfriend!!!  And, I certainly didn't consent to her visiting either boy!  Oh boy!

    Cows are interesting characters. Ken put a tire swing up for our grandson Tyler years ago.  Its in one of the cow pastures and they LOVE the tire swing.  Just before I snapped this shot, Thelma was pushing the swing all around.  It was like a game.  As soon as she noticed I was watching, she stopped and I swear said "I wasn't doing nothing."  Thelma

    This weekend, Friday & Saturday, I'll be at the Christmas Sampler at the Center in Springfield.  It is Friday evening from 4:00 til 9:00 pm and from 8:00 to 5:00 on Saturday.  It is a great event to get your Christmas shopping started.  I'll be there with all of the Girly Goats items.  I'm on the second floor.  Please plan to stop by and say "Hi"!  If you can't make it, I will be at The Grace Lutheran Christmas Craft Show on Nov. 9th in Clarksville and the following weekend at the Handmade Holiday Fair in Clarksville. Watch our facebook page for the latest. 

     Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away.  I hope you all get to spend a lot of time with family and friends and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!  We have lots to be grateful and thankful for!

  The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms