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Posted 5/1/2015 8:27pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Hi Everyone!

    I hope the weather in your area has been as beautiful as it's been here.   I think we're finally getting a break from all of the spring rains.  Things are so lush and green, and of course, that means its time to pull out the mower and start cutting grass.  I know a lot of people don't like to cut grass or view it as a big chore.  I love it.  I put my headphones on, listen to some fun music, and enjoy the ride.  I find it relaxing....I know, pretty weird.

     All of the goats have had their babies now.  I'm glad kidding season is over.  It was a rough one.  I did down-size my herd a great deal.  I'm down to only 5 momma.  With my corporate job right now, I am working very long hours and simply can't do it all. I still have Fawn, Bailee, Baby Girl, Bella, and Daisy.  And, their babies, and my two bottle babies.  Baby Girls

  Ken has been doing a lot of fencing right now.  And, these two cutie wanted to help.  Really, they had a ball following him around.  They are my two bottle babies.  Both of bucklings and would make a new addition to a herd.  Or, if you're just looking for pets or weedeaters, I can wether them for you.  Oh, did I mention, they are for sale.  Contact me if you're interested

Little Boys Helping

     You probably remember that I add a couple sheep to the farm this past fall.  Cinnamon, Ginger, and Louie.  Louie is visiting at a friends house to keep her ewe's happy.  It only took 4 of use to catch him.  Man, sheep are FAST!  Cinnamon and Ginger have not really missed him.  Both of them are getting HUGE, so I'll be seeing some little lambs soon.  These are hair sheep, meaning they don't produce wool.  The shed in the spring.  Here's a picture of Cinnamon.  It looks like her hair is all rubbing off pretty well.  It actually looks like she is wearing a blanket

     The Robertson's County Farmer's Market opens tomorrow, May 2nd at 8:30 am at the Robertson County Fair Grounds.  We will be participating this year but will not start until June.  I'll miss seeing everyone but it can't be helped.  I will be participating in the Hayloft Barn Sale May 14th, 15th & 16 in Guthrie, KY.  This is a great event and brings very talented crafts people from all over.  I'd love to see you there.

     I have a favor to ask our my readers.  I don't normally talk about anything political, but this is something close to my business.  As most of your know, I handcraft goat's milk soap using milk from my girls and as many local ingredients as I can find.  The goats contribute to our farm income and help us live the life we want while supplying high quality products to our customers.  Recently a bill has been introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Feinstein of California.  If passed, this bill will hurt small handcrafted soap and cosmetic companies by requiring small businesses to register with the FDA, pay fees, and file ingredient reports for EVERY product they sell.  You can help by contacting your Representatives and telling "no" to putting more roadblocks up for small businesses.  The Handcrafted Soap Guild, of which I am a member, have a great place to go if you'd like to learn more and send a note to your Congressman and Senator.  Just click here!  The have a template set up and you can automatically send a note.  As always, I appreciate your support!

      And, finally, let's not forget Mother's Day is coming up!  Happy Mother's Day to all our Moms out there.  We hope you have a GREAT day!

    

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

Posted 4/2/2015 9:05pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Hi Everyone!

     Isn't it wonderful to finally be seeing some warmer weather and sunshine! Everyone on the farm is enjoying it.  I had planned to send this newsletter yesterday, but since it was April Fool's Day, I thought you might think I was joking when I start to tell you about everything that has been happening on the farm.  It has been very crazy.

     My goat's, "the girls" began having their babies the beginning of the month.  I had 15 baby goats on the ground in a matter of a few days.  Sounds wonderful right?  Well, my first Doe to deliver was Isabella.  She had a single buckling which is very unusual for her.  So after gloving up and looking to see if there were more, I discovered a second baby that was breech (coming butt first)  It took Ken and I a long time to pull the kid and unfortunately, we lost the baby and Isabella.  I know this happens on a farm, but I get very attached to my girls.  It was hard.  The next girl to deliver was Daisy.  Daisy had triplets, two boys and a girl.  She had them all cleaned up and then she just didn't seem right.  She is normally an excellent mother.  So I checked, no more babies so I called my vet on Sunday.  Ended up taking Daisy and her three little ones up to the clinic.  Turns out Daisy had pneumonia.  She was very sick.  Dr. Todd, at Logan County Animal Clinic got her fixed up and gave a babies a boost as well.  Since Daisy needed to rest to recover, I get to bottle feed her triplets.

Baby Girls

A couple days later, Ken and I went to pick up some hay. We were gone a couple hours. I came back to discover that Baby Girl had twins, Fawn, had a buckling, and Bailee had a bucking.  Bella had twins a day later as did Tye-Dye. Bailee decided it was too much work to be a mother, so now I have another bottle baby.  Tye-Dye decided that she loved her little boy, but her little girl was too much trouble.  So....are you keeping count?  I have 5 bottle babies.  Gwendolyn had twins, and Libby had a little boy.......AND, I'm working about 60 hours a week at my corporate job because of a huge project. So, before Ken was forced to have me placed in a white padded cell, I decided that I had to downsize some.  I've sold 4 of my momma goats and their babies.  I was lucky to find several young families that were interested in adding a milk goat to their homesteads.  All of the girls have adjusted very well and I am finding that I am not quite as crazy as I have been this month.  I still have 4 bottle goats and 3 bottle calves and carry 2 gallons of milk to the barn in the morning and the evening to feed them all, but I feel like I've gotten a little bit more control now that the herd is smaller.  I would feel even more in control if the off farm job would settle down a bit.  I just need to win the lottery.  :>)

Baby Boy

  We do have a new addition to the farm; but he has a JOB to do.  Meet our new Angus Bull, yet to be named.  We purchased him locally from Robert Elliot & Sons at their Spring auction.  He is very handsome and the ladies seem to like him as well. I like him because he is VERY laid back.  Of course, you never fully trust a bull, they can be moody and dangerous.  But, one of the reason we purchase this bull was because of his docility.  Anyways, here he is laying around.  Notice the young bull trying to act just like him.

Bull

     In just a few short weeks, the Robertson County Farmer's Market will be opening.  After a very long winter, we'll be back with fresh veggies, plants, meats, crafts, and more.  May 2nd is opening day. Mark your calendars so you don't forget.  We are excited to be participating again this year. 

   We have a Soap Making Class scheduled for April 18th from 1:30 - 3:00.  Our March class had to be rescheduled because of SNOW...when was the last time we had snow in March?  Crazy.  Anyways, if you are interested in participating, we do require pre-registration and you can register on our Girly Goat's Website:  www.girlygoats.com 

Logan County Animal Clinic

   Our Local Business of the Month is: Logan County Animal Clinic in Russellville.  I know it's not Springfield, but Russellville is our neighbor and we've used the fabulous folks at Logan County for years and years.  Dr. Woodall has been so helpful to me as I've learned more and more, and a special "hats off" to Dr Todd who met me at the clinic on a Sunday to check my girl Daisy and her babies.  And, they don't just treat farm animals.  Little Girl, our Anatolian Shepherd has been given her shots by Dr. Woodall since she was a pup.  Well, I could go on and on about these fabulous folks.  If you don't have a a regular vet, I would encourage you to visit with this clinic.  I'm sure you will not be disappointed.  Check them out at www.loganvet.com 

     Now, for my recipe.  This is a quick and EASY, no-bake desert.  With my crazy, long hours and stress level through the roof, these are simple and comforting.  (not low-cal, but sometimes a girl just need sweet and chocolate!)

No-Bake Peanut Pretzel Bars

2 cups of pretzels crushed (run through a food processor until crumbs, or put in a bag and use a rolling pin the crush)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 stick of butter, melted

1 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 small bag chocolate chips

Mix crushed pretzels and powered sugar.  Add melted butter and 1 cup of peanut butter.  Mix well and spread into a 13 X 9 pan.  (put a little butter on your fingers and press)  Put your chocolate chips and remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe dish.  Heat for 30 seconds on high.  Stir.  If not melted fully, add another 10-20 seconds. Once melted, pour over pretzel  crust.  Spread over the top.  Put in the frig for at least 1 hour.  Cut into bars, and ENJOY! 

Happy Easter to Everyone! 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

    

  

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

Posted 3/3/2015 9:14pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Greetings Everyone!

   I thought by now I'd be saying "Happy Spring" but I do believe that Jack Frost has decided to hang around a bit longer this year.  And, we're getting ready to get some more rain, freezing rain, ice, and snow tomorrow.  I keep telling my goats to hang on a little longer before they start having their babies.  I plan my breeding so I have babies when the weather isn't as cold.  This year it isn't working out very well.  Some of the girls looks like they are ready to explode, but so far, no babies.  They are all ready for the sun to come out and the wet weather to end. 

   We have had two more calves born on the farm.  Mary add a little bull calve and he is doing great.  Mary is a great momma and taking very good care of him.  Jane had a little heifer calve Saturday morning and has decided she does not have the time or desire to raise a calf.  We ended up putting Jane in the head catch and then I milked her and fed the calf.  Then we but the two of them together to see if she might decide to care for her little one.  No deal, she said! So, now I have this exceptionally beautiful little black Angus heifer in my barn and I'm her momma.  I've named her Gabby because she is VERY loud. She wants her bottle when she wants it and wants everyone to know it!  Bottle calves are work, but I do enjoy them.  Isn't she a cutie?  Funny, momma would not let the baby nurse, but stood there and let me milk her like she was a dairy cow. Crazy girl!

     If you are looking for something to do this Saturday, we have a Soap Making Class.  The class is 1:00 - 3:30 at the farm.  We'll be covering everything you need to know about Cold Process soap at home.  Its a very fun class and gets great reviews.  If you'd like to sign up, you can email me or register through our soap site:  www.girlygoats.com  The cost is $45.00 and you'll take two bars of soap home that YOU create!

    Now, I have to share this recipe!  Super, Super easy and PREFECT to warm you up on a cold winter night. 

Skillet Apple Pie

Pie Crust (enough for top and bottom, you can cheat and buy the pie crust that you just unroll)

1 Can Apple Pie Filling

1 stick butter

1 cup Brown Sugar

Cinnamon Sugar (to taste)

   You'll need a cast iron skillet (12 inch).  Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat.  Once melted, add brown sugar and stir until sugar is mixed.  Put bottom crust on top of brown sugar mixture, like you are putting a pie crust in the bottom of a pie pan.  Add Pie filling, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Add top crust.  Vent crust (make a small X in the middle). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Cool slightly, serve with ice cream or whipped cream. 

Super simple and soooooooooo good!

Who could turn a slice of this down? The brown sugar & butter mixture on the bottom is fabulous!

If you are counting, we have less then two months before the Robertson Farmer's Market will be opening.  Your challenge is to tell at least two friends about the market.  We've been at the fairgrounds for several years now and I'm always surprised to meet people who live in the county that have no idea we are there.  Let's start spreading the word now! Robertson county residents are very fortunate to have a Farmer's Market that is made up of ONLY Robertson county farmers.  Trust me when I say, this is a very UNIQUE market.  I hope you plan to come this year.

I have another wonderful Local Business to tell you about.  This month we say Thanks to Corbin Creek Greenhouse on hwy 161 in Springfield.  Now I know that many of you have had the opportunity to meet the Corbins at the farmer's market and have seen their beautiful flowers and plants.  If you haven't visited the Greenhouse, plan to this Spring.  I promise you will love everything you see.  And Amy and Miss Jane are awesome.  Great service, Great plants and flowers, and great conversations!  Make plans to visit them this year.

Have a wonderful March!  Think warm thoughts and hopefully we'll be seeing the SUN again soon.

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

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

Posted 2/1/2015 8:14pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Howdy Everyone!


     It's another rainy day here at Hidden Springs Farms.....I'm tired of rain and its not even SPRING! Give me snow any day over rain. Snow looks peaceful and fresh.  Rain, well, rain just means MUD on a farm.  I don't think any of the animals like it either, well, maybe the ducks.  But I do find them hiding in the barn when it rains hard. We had a beautiful snowy morning a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it.  Here's one of my goats, Daisy.  All she is saying is "stop looking at the snow and get busy with the feed bucket!"

Daisy in the Snow

     Our little calves have become more trouble lately.  They don't think the fences mean anything.  They just go right through them when they want.  We double checked to make sure that the fences were still HOT (electric), and they are. But these little guys don't seem to care.  In fact, I was out in the rain chasing two of them back in tonight.  They think its funny to watch the crazy lady out in the pouring rain trying to get them.  Here's Pearl's little boy who was caught paying in the pine forest.  He's momma was none too happy about it either. 

Bully

     We were in Russellville, KY yesterday morning and on our way home, as we made a left hand turn, the person behind us didn't stop......so, BOOM!  Rear-ended.  Our truck got whacked pretty bad but it is drivable and will be fixed and we are all OK, so other then having to be without the truck while it is fixed, its all good. You can see in the picture below the bumper, but she hit us hard enough to buckle the bed of the truck as well.  The poor girl that hit us was fine physically as well but her car...not so much.  But as the police officer said "that's why you have insurance". 

truck bumper

  OK, so I totally forgot to list my LOCAL business of the month in January.  Can't believe I forgot.  This month I want to thank the folks at our local ACE Hardware, located on Central Ave in Springfield.  If you have not had the opportunity to shop there, you really need too.  The folks there are AWESOME!  Always smiling, always helpful, always grateful for your business. 

    I made a really hard decision last month to sell my Tennessee Walking Horse, Rebel.  I've had Rebel for 10 years and truly loved him.  But, I rarely have time to ride him and hated that he is such a fabulous horse who doesn't get the attention he deserves.  So, Rebel went to live with a young lady who needed a well-trained horse that could help her rebuild her confidence and get her back into riding.  I'll admit, I cried.  I know it is best for him, but Rebel and I had a connection.  Maybe one day I'll get another horse, but none will ever replace my boy Rebel.

Rebel

     We have a couple of classes/workshops coming up soon that I want you let you know about:

**Scrubs/Balms/Salts:  Feb. 28th 1:30 - 3:30  In this class you'll learn to make your own Scrubs, Balms, and Salts.  Think of this has learning to create your own "spa" experience at home.  You'll even take some products home with you!  $45.00

**Cold Process Soap Making: March 7th 1:00-3:30  Learn to make soap the old-fashioned way just like great grandma did.  We'll talk about equipment, safe handling of lye, and more.  You'll create two bars of soaps to take home with you.  $45.00

  You can register for any of our classes or workshops at our Girly Goats website  We'd love to have you join us! 

     It's COUNTDOWN time for baby goats!  They should start arriving the towards the end of the month and beginning of March.  Of course, that is all dependent upon whether or not my bucks got right to work when they were with the ladies or if they took their time.  I will definitely keep you posted.  You can follow us on Facebook.....I always post pictures there when the little ones arrive. 

  Keep an eye out for SPRING....its going to be here before you know it.  Have a fabulous February!

Little Red Hen

 

 

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Posted 1/2/2015 7:39pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Happy New Year Everyone!

     I am a couple of days late but like most everything these days, it got here before I was ready.  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed celebrating the New Year.  Our oldest son and his family spent some time with us on Christmas Day.  It is so much fun to have the grandchildren around on Christmas.  Let's face it, Christmas is really for the kids.  Tyler was thrilled with his new books (he LOVES to read) and was especially happy with his new book on how to tie different knots.  He spent quite a bit of time with his Dad and Papa learning how to tie all kinds of fancy knots.  Emery loves her new babies and stuff animals.  We spend lots of time kissing the babies and sitting them in the chairs.  All around, it was a fun day. 

   I've finally gotten brave enough to allow my few laying hens to roam around the farm.  As you probably remember last spring I had a group of stray dogs kill the majority of my hens.  I only have 8 left and they've been limited to a small fenced in yard by their coop.  I really prefer them running around the farm and since I was outside working, I decided to let them stretch their legs.  Little Red hen LOVES to wonder.  She's a pretty little lady and quite friendly. 

     I decided to add a few additions to the farm in December.  Ginger, Cinnamon, and Louie, my hair sheep.  They were purchased at Windy Acres Farm in Orlinda and will hopefully be supplying us with a some nice lambs in the late Spring/early Summer.  I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of sheep.  Nothing really wrong with them but they are not friendly, stare at me funny, and are rather boring.  BUT, I do love lamb chops!  Since we enjoy producing the majority of our own meat, I figured I might as well do the lambs as well.  I mean, have you priced lamb in the grocery store?  Very expensive!  Cooper, my collie, loves the sheep...they run when he chases them!  Bad dog!

     I've put all of the goats back in the pasture together and the bucks back in their pasture.  All of the girls should be bred and lots of babies arriving in the Spring.  I spent New Year's Day trimming hooves.  Made it through half of the girls and will finish up with the rest on Saturday. Some of them don't mind me trimming and the others fight like wild cats.  But they will all get on the stand if I give them a cookie.  The quickest way to a goat's heart is with a cookie.  (Animal cookies! They love them!)  Here's Baby Girl.  She is one of the bottle babies I raised almost 2 years ago.  She is such a sweetie.  She loves to be loved on.  And what a cutie!

    I'm still working on my 2015 Class/Workshop Schedule and should have that posted shortly.  And, I am still considering whether or not I will be doing the Poultry CSA this year.  I appreciate all of you that purchase chicken and turkey from me and I am considering my options.  I'll be honest, I hate raising the birds but we love to have them on the dinner table.  I just have to decide if I want to go through the yucky parts to get to the good fried chicken dinners. 

   And, it is already count-down time for the Farmer's Market!  In just a few months we'll be opening!  My garlic is looking very good this year!  Can't wait!

   Have a great January!  Stay warm and be safe!

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

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

Posted 12/1/2014 10:29pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Can you believe it is already December?  Only a few short week left before Santa arrives!  Shopping, Parties, Decorating, so much to do, so very little time! I don't know about you, but November flew by.  We took our annual trip to Bowling Green to have our turkeys processed and then took time to deliver all of the turkeys so they were ready for a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our oldest son and his family were here for Thanksgiving.  We had a very nice time.  Emery, our granddaughter is getting big!  She's trying to decide if she wants to be a cowgirl or not!

Little Cowgirl

     Now you all know that I plan the romance on the farm so my goats have their babies in the spring when the weather is not so cold.  But, its a bit harder with the cows.....at least for someone who is not that experienced with cows.  So, we have started calving already.  We have 4 little calves on the ground now. Two bulls and two heifers.  They are all adorable!  But I am especially in love with the little Red Bull.  All of our cows are black.  The bull we had was also Red Bull

black, but some how we ended up with this very cute little Red and White bull calve.  I'm in love.  I want to just pet him.  He reminds me of a cute little stuffed animal.  But, needless to say, he is not wanting me to pet him. And his momma, "the Black-eyed Witch", is not wanting me to pet him either.  So, I just watch him from a distance.  Libby also had a very cute little heifer calf.  Libby is very easy going and doesn't mind if I rub on her baby.

Libby and baby

     The weather has gotten colder much earlier this year.  We had a small wood-burning stove installed and didn't think we'd need to use it until January, but we've had it fired up quite often lately.  The colder weather also means feeding the animals hay already and keeping everyone warm and dry.  Things have slowed down a bit on the farm which is normal this time of year.  But it won't be long before things start up again.  I should have lots of baby goats starting the end of Feb.  If you are interested in possibly getting a doeling or buckling from me this spring, send me an email.  My babies goes fast and I think to keep a list of folks that are interested so I can send them a listing of the available babies.  Let's face it, there's nothing cuter then a baby goat!

Baby Goats

    If you're looking for an easy recipe to use some of that leftover turkey, how about Turkey Chili?  Easy, quick, and oh so tasty!

1 can kidney beans

1 can white beans (I use northern white beans)

3 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup onion (chopped)

1 can green chili's (optional)

2 cups left over turkey chopped into bite size pieces

1 tsp chili powder

2 tsp Cumin

Heat 1 TBS Olive oil in a sauce pan.  Drop in onion and cook until the onion start to brown.  Add green chili's, beans, chicken stock, turkey, chili powder and cumin.  Heat on simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve with crusty bread!  You can also top with shredded cheddar cheese or sour cream. 

    I started last month thanking a local business that we frequent and get such awesome service that I feel its important to let others know about.  This month, I want to thank the fine folks at Dorris Milling, our local feed store.  I can't say enough good about the great people at the mill. First class service, smiles, and a great place.  Thanks to Houston and his team for everything they do to make our farm successful. 

Dorris Milling

     I also wanted to take a minute to Thank all of your for your continued support and friendship.  And to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Enjoy your time with family and friends! 

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

    

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

Posted 11/2/2014 8:03pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Hi Everyone!

    I'm running a bit late with the Newsletter this month.  Sorry about that.  We've had friends and family visiting the last few weeks and I've gotten a little behind.  Our grandson Tyler spent sometime with us on the farm while he was on fall break.  They used to live right here in Springfield but moved to Chattanooga this past spring so I don't get to see Tyler as often.  We had a great time. He is still young enough to think that cleaning out the garden shed or moving fencing is FUN!  He loves the goats, chickens, and Rebel, but he's not real sure about the cows yet.  I don't blame him..they are BIG!

Tyler Feeding Cows

    We've had a first little calf born this fall.  Angel had her calf late one evening so we weren't able to tell what it was until the next morning.  While Ken and I were weighing it and tagging it, Ken felt underneath and told me it was a bull calf.  We named him "Roger" after a friend who was visiting.  Well a few days later I was checking on Roger and his mom and noticed that Roger is NOT a Roger after all.......So, we have a girl named Roger.  Reminds me of a song about a Boy Named Sue!  We've decided to call her Raja.....but she'll always be Roger to me.  All of her "Aunts" love her too.  Its amazing to see how nice the other cows are to her.

Roger

I know you don't want to hear it, but Christmas is just around the corner. Hard to believe, but it will be here soon.  I'm participating in a few fall/holiday festivals that next two weekends that I hope you'll be able to attend:

Nov 7th & 8th: The Christmas Sampler in Springfield at The Center on Main street. 

Nov. 15th & 16th: Handmade Holiday Fair in Clarksville at Liberty Park.

 I'll have all of my Goat's Milk soaps, lotions, bath salts, salves, and more PLUS, our new Wine Soap that is made with wine from several Tennessee Wineries.  Here's a picture of the Berry Wine!  oh yeah!

Berry Wine

  I love local businesses.  There is just something wonderful about them.  I'd like to start recognizing local businesses in our Newsletter. So each month, I'm going to tell you about a local business that we support on our farm and that gives the BEST of their service, product, and time.  This month, I want to Thank Dean Oil in Springfield.

  Dean Oil has supplied our farm gas for several years, had tractor tires repaired and I've made it a point to get my Tahoe filled up at their station on 11th Ave.  Talk about FABULOUS Service!  Its been years and years since I've had someone pump gas for me.  Great people, great service.....I hope you'll stop by and visit them. 

Dean Oil

     And finally, I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Spend time with family and friends.....We are grateful for so much!

The Staff at Hidden Springs Farms

 

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

Posted 10/6/2014 9:45pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms



Hi Everyone,

   Sorry for the delay in getting this month's newsletter out.  It's been pretty busy around here.  Fall is my favorite time of year, I love the cool mornings and fabulous days.  I really love that I do get sweaty and nasty at 6:00 am!  I love the color of the changing leaves and the fact I don't get so sweaty.....you can probably can tell, I hate the humidity.  Who's with me on that?

    I spent this past weekend at a wonderful Barn sale up in the Guthrie, KY area.  It was all handcrafted and vintage items.  It was held at the Hayloft and if you get the chance to attend in the spring, I'd really recommend it.  I'll get you the dates as we get closer. Girly Goats soaps were a hit and we had a ball.  I loved getting to meet so many talented and creative folks.  How about this cute mobile country store?

     It's romance time at the farm now.  I spent Sunday morning separating my bucks (not very easy since they are both nuts!) and putting the girls with their boyfriends.  The boys wasted not time letting the girls know they are ready for some lov'in and the girls let them know that they need to work on their seduction techniques.  Either way, they will work it out and we'll have cute little babies starting the-middle of Feb.

     

    I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all of you that took time over the summer to visit us at the Robertson County Farmers Market and the Clarksville Downtown Market.  We really appreciate your support and friendship.  While I'm ready for a rest, I'll look forward to the markets starting back up in the Spring.

   I know it is only October but Thanksgiving is not too far away.  If you want a farm raised turkey on your thanksgiving table this year, be sure to reserve yours early as I only have a limited number.  The birds will be processed the Monday before Thanksgiving and will be ready for pickup or delivery on tuesday.   Email for more details!

   I have quite a few shows coming up in November and hope you'll be able to come to them.  Here's the breakdown:

Nov. 1st: Wine & Vintage at Rippavilla in Spring Hill, TN

Nov. 7th & 8th: The Christmas Sampler in Springfield, TN

Nov.  15th & 16th: Handmade Holiday Fair in Clarksville, TN

     Have a wonderful October!  

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Fair 

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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