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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

    

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 

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

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