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Posted 1/26/2016 10:31am by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Happy Winter!  Yes, winter finally arrived here at Hidden Springs Farms.  After having 70 degree weather at Christmas time, Mother Nature gave us a wintery wonderland this past weekend.  First came the ice, followed by snow and BOY-OH-BOY did we get snow.  I'd estimate around 8-9 inches and the snow drifts were even higher.  They say its the most snow we've gotten since 2003.  While I know it is a pain in the tush for those that have to drive to work, I love to see the snow.  It is so calming and relaxing to me.  Here are a couple pictures from around the farm.  You can see that the ice really was tough on the trees, but it looks beautiful.


winter 2016

Winter 2016

Jumper and Winnie LOVED the snow.  It was funny on the first morning when I went over to the barn to let them out of their kennels.  Usually the first thing they do is go running out of the barn to chase the ducks or barn cats.  This time, the took off running until they got to the door and stopped very quickly.  Snow is a new thing to both of them, or at least this much snow.  It didn't take them long to say "this stuff is COOL!" 

Snow Dogs

The cows and sheep are doing well.  They are so well insulated that the snow stays on their backs like it does on the roof of the house and barns.  And, as long as they have hay and water, they don't mind being in the weather.  We still have 4 girls that need to calf and quite honestly, I'm glad they have waited until after the snow.  I know it is possible for cows to deliver in terrible weather, but I feel better knowing that the little ones won't get too chilled.  Besides, I'm really not ready to raise any bottle calves right now.  

   I have a very fun day the beginning of the month.  I spent the day doing a ride-along with my Vet, Dr. Woodall from Logan Bethel Veterinary Clinic in Russellville, KY.  Dr. Woodall has been my vet for years (and years).  Since I am not working a corporate job right now, I thought it would be both fun and educational to ride with him and see what the day in a life of large animal vet is like.  I met Dr. Woodall at 6:30 am at a large dairy near Adairville, Ky and then visited 7 dairy farms with him.  Basically doing pregnancy checks but also other things such as sick calves, a cow with a dislocated hip, and castrating bull calves.  What a great day for me!  

New Clinic

Milk Jugs

Dancer, my Jersey, will be calving in May.  She is getting to the end of her current lactation, but after she delivers, I'll be up to eyeballs in Milk.  Just curious if any of my readers would be interested in a Cow Share program this summer and fall.  For those that don't know, a Cow share program makes it legal for folks that want to drink raw milk to do so legally in the State of Tennessee.  Raw milk (non-pasturized) is illegal to sell in Tennessee but through a Cow Share program, participates buy an interest in a dairy cow.  Then pay a monthly fee to the farmer to care for and milk the cow.  In exchange for this service, you get a gallon of raw milk per week.  We can also make arrangements to get butter and/or cheese.  I have worked out all of the details at this time but let me know if you are interested.  I want to be sure there is interest before moving forward.  

Not a lot of other things happening on the farm.  We are fencing a back pasture when the weather cooperates and doing the normal farm chores every morning and night.  Bullford, our bull, will be put in with the ladies this month and I'm sure he'll be VERY excited.  With that move, we'll be moving a couple young heifers and a young bull out of the "romance" pasture and putting them in with the two young Jersey steers. 

I hope that everyone stays warm.  It won't be too much longer before Spring is heading your way.  

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

 

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Posted 1/2/2016 7:39pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


     Happy New Year everyone!  2015 really flew by quickly for us.  And honestly, I had a hard time getting into the festive spirit during Christmas when it was 75 degrees and raining, raining, raining.  We did have a great Christmas with our family; especially the grandchildren.  Tyler got his Kindle (he LOVES to read), Emery got her Cabbage Patch doll, and Zander (who we call "Happy" since he is always happy) got Beebo who dances, make noise and in general is pretty cute. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

     Our cows are calving now.  Angel was the first, followed by Libby.  Then Hannah, Pearl, and "The Black Eyed Witch" all had their calves on the same day.  One in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening.  I tried tagging the calves myself since Ken was working and that didn't go over very well.  Angel's calf was easy.  Libby's was a nut case which caused Libby to want to kick my butt.  I made a command decision and said "no tagging"   The Black Eyed Witch had the most beautiful little heifer that looks just like her.  I have named her "She-Devil".  She wasn't even 12 hours old when she started going under the fence, not listening to her momma, AND, came in my barn.  I heard momma yelling and walked out of my office to find her standing in the barn.  I think she will not only look like her mother, but be like her mother.  

     I do have some sad news to report.  Cooper, my collie, went to doggie heaven this week.  He had not been acting like his normal self and losing weight so we went to the vet on Monday.  After x-rays, blood work and surgery, they found a growth that was effecting Cooper.  Non-operable, and we are not sure at this point if it was cancer or a fungal growth in his intestines.  Instead of allowing him to suffer, we decided not to wake him up from his surgery.  Very hard decision to make as Cooper was such a young dog and very much loved.  I just couldn't watch him suffer.

     Not a lot going on right now.  We are working on some fencing projects and enjoying a nice fire in the wood stove (on those nights that have actually gotten cold)  We are excited to kick the new year off!  How about you?

 

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Posted 12/1/2015 7:28pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Yep, its almost that time of year!  I don't know if time speeds up as you get older or if it just seems that way.  I swear if feels like Christmas was just here and now its back again.  The thought of dragging the Christmas tree and decorations out and putting them up is not really appealing, but see my grandchildren enjoying it makes it worth it.  
     I know I've been out of pocket a lot this past Spring and Summer.  My corporate job was a nightmare.  Very long hours, lots of stress, and little time for anything other then work.  I'm lucky I survived without a trip to the crazy house.  But, good news, I was laid off a little over a week ago.  I know I should be worried, stressed, and unhappy, but seriously, I'm loving it.  I have time to spend working on the farm, working on my soap business, and enjoying life.   I'll find another adventure I'm sure

    So, what's happening:  I thought of using the subject line FREE MUD Baths at Hidden Springs Farms.  When you take pregnant cows (very heavy) and add three days of non-stop rain, you get LOTS of mud.  Nice deep, slick, yucky mud.  The girls don't seem to mind as much as I do, but I really don't like it.  The only happy people are the ducks.  Even our dry pond (it never holds water) was getting pretty full. I would have preferred all of the snow they got out in Colorado!  

   

We have a new puppy, Princess Winnie.  Her name is "Winnie" but I've added the Princess part since she seems to think she is extra special.  And for the first time EVER we have a dog in our house.  She does sleep in the barn because I don't want her to get too comfortable sleeping in our bed and she loves to yell at 1:30 a.m. when you put her in a kennel in the house.  So, Winnie sleeps in the barn with the big boys and is bonding nicely with Jumper and Cooper.  She is a 10 week old Chocolate Lab and really, isn't she just a cutie.

We are getting ready for calving season on the farm.  Our girls are ready to start delivering around the 10th of December so we'll probably have a Christmas baby or two.  All of the girls look huge.  Bullford, our Bull is getting his annual check-up this week to make sure he is in top physical shape to start working in Feb.  I tell you, a male animal on a farm has the best job ever. Work for 60-90 days and lay around the rest of the time.  Bullford and I don't seem to get along. he is HUGE and doesn't really have any respect for me.  If Ken goes in the pasture, Bullford keeps  his distance or backs up.  If I go in the pasture, he gets way too close.  My solution?  Don't go in the pasture!  Dr Woodall will be here this week to check him out.  And, I'll have baby pictures for you in January! 

    I know you are all busy getting set up for the holiday and getting your shopping list together.  I wanted to give you a few specials that I am offering at Dancing Cow Creamery.  I have two gift sets that are nicely discounted just for Christmas.  My Coffee & Cream Gift set comes with Soap, Lotion and Balm for $25.00 ($32.00 value) and my Flowering Herb Gift set has Soap, Lotion, and Shower Cream for $27.00 ($37.00 value).  Please take a minute to look at the new site.  I've spend a lot of time putting together the new packaging, boxes, website, etc and would love to get your feedback! You can visit Dancing Cow Creamery by clicking here.

   Finally, We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We hope you get to spend lots of time with family and friends and enjoy all of your get-togethers.  Thank you for your continued support. And don't let the holidays wear you out!  You'll need your rest.....just like Winnie

 

Your Friends at Hidden Springs Farms   

 

 

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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!

    

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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

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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

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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

    

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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

 

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