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Posted 8/10/2016 7:34pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Minnesota

Hi My Friends!

I thought I'd better send out an update since our move!  What am adventure!  We left Tennessee the end of June.  Ken headed to Chicago with a trailer hauling our household stuff and I went to Maryland with the two dogs to stay with my sister, Amy.  Amy was nice enough to provide me a bed to sleep in and a place for Jumper & Winnie.  I have to say, the doggies did great on their 12-hour drive.  Of course, Jumper was on Prosac and Winnie is simply great in the car.  We took several breaks for them to walk, stretch their legs, and get some water and snacks.  I'm thinking of helping the dogs write a book to review all of the boarding facilities they have stayed in since we left Tennessee.  They have stayed in: Kentucky, Maryland, Illinois, Wisconsin, just to name a few. Some places were far better then others.  What do you think?  A Dog's Review of Boarding Facilities on the Eastern U.S.    

    I flew from Maryland to Chicago the beginning of July and Ken and I drove to Minnesota to look at properties.  And, we found a wonderful place in Bigfork, MN; population 465.  The house is on a private lake (Connors Lake) and is prefect for Ken and I.  The dogs are settling in nicely and I've been busy painting, getting new carpet put in, and working on getting ceramic tile put in the kitchen and laundry room.  You know there is always something you want to do to make a house your home.

 

    One of the very nice perks of living up here is the weather!  Sorry my southern friends, but this is NICE right now.  Today the high was 68 degrees and I've only turned on the AC in the house twice.  I know you will all be laughing at me in January, but I say "you can always put more layers on to get warm but you simply can't take enough off to enjoy the southern heat and humidity."  

    Ken and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in July.  And, Ken bought us Kayaks to use on the lake.  I'm been putting some miles on mine and having a great time fishing in the evenings.  I'm not a very experienced fisherwoman, but I've landed a few nice Large Mouth Bass.  What a thrill!  (and I do operate under the "catch and release" method)

Large Mouth Bass 

   Winnie and Jumper, after being moved around for a month, are Lov'in their new home.  They are labs, so you can only imagine how much they LOVE the lake. Jumper just dives right in.  Winnie takes a more lady-like approach.  But it is fun to watch them try to catch fish, frogs, and whatever they think they see.

 

    Bigfork is about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids on State Highway 38 which is considered one of the most scenic byways in the state. Yep, we're pretty close to Canada!  I've never seen so many deer when I am driving in my life.  In fact, the other night, there was one in the front yard.....stealing the bird seed that I put out for the wild birds.  When I stepped outside to get a closer look, she didn't even run away.  I also get to hear the Loons on the lake every morning and every evening.  There is something about their call that I really love. I've been told that when it gets colder, I will hear Wolves howling.  Yep, Wolves.  I told the gentleman that was telling me about the wolves that I was ok hearing them, I just didn't want them showing up in my front yard.  He told me they never see them.  Since he's lived up here for over 40 years, I'll take his word for it.  

   I do have to plan my time a bit better.  Bigfork does have a grocery store, hardware store, and gas station, but if you want to get some serious shopping done, you have to go to Grand Rapids.  I doing that trip once a week right now.  Usually heading to Home Depot or a tile store, or the farmer's market.  You sure don't want to forget anything because its a long, although very pretty, drive.  

    Ken is back in the Chicago area finishing up a project and I'm the lucky one who gets to stay here.  I've started looking for a job that I can do from home.  Overall, life is very good!  

 

Enjoy!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  


  

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Posted 6/28/2016 10:46pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Hi Everyone!


 This will be the final newsletter from Hidden Springs Farms.  As most of you know, we've decided to sell the farm and move north.  Well, the farm has sold and we are closing on Friday and heading to cooler temperatures.  Once we are settled and I figure out what I'm doing, I'll send out an update so you know where we land.  

   Its been a busy couple of months.  We did our auction on May 21st and oh my, what a mess.  It was by far the worse auction I've ever been too....and unfortunately, it was our stuff that was being auctioned.  Poorly organized, poorly advertised, and the "crew" they kept telling me would be working the event ended up being mainly Ken and I.  We showed cattle, loaded all of the livestock and a lot of the equipment and other things.  We did sell every thing, EXCEPT the farm.  The high bidder didn't have the money.  So, then I found myself with no equipment to maintain the farm, but still had the farm.  Talk about stressed out!   The good news is that we don't have to move much!  

   I listed the farm with Ed Cope and he had a buyer in less then 2 weeks.  YEAH!  A nice family will be taking over the farm and I think their kids will love it.  I've been busy, busy, busy packing up our personal stuff and we'll be loading it all into the trailer this weekend.  I'll say moving does get to be a tad stressful but things seem to be rolling right along.

 

   Ken and I spend last week in Minnesota looking at properties, fishing, and hiking.  The hottest day was only 81 degrees and we went on a 6 mile hike.  Can you say "no humidity!"  Most days were in the mid-70's and overnight in the low 50's.  I'll be honest, I was not excited about getting off the plane in Nashville on Saturday.  

We spent most of our time in the Grand Rapids area.  The day we arrived, we go in early so we were driving around and decided to go to the Forest History Center.  It was so cool.  They have a logging camp that looks like it would have back in the late 1800's and folks in period clothes that tell you the history of logging.  I loved it.  We went into log cabins, saw how they cooked for all of the loggers, and even got to see some draft horses (that's how they got the logs out of the woods and down to the river)  Plus, we went up in a 100 ft fire tower.  

   

We did two nice hikes in this state park.  Really beautiful with tons of beautiful trees.  We saw deer both times.  


This waterfall was in the park; it was the reward for a long hike.  How beautiful is this?  We also did some fishing while we were there.  After working the farm for so long, both of us seem to wake up at 5 or 6 am.  But the folks in Minnesota, don't get started that early.  So, we'd get up, have breakfast and then go down to the river and fish.  

Here's a Northern Pike.  (sorry, the picture didn't want to rotate!)  I caught the first one but since Ken didn't see it, he said it was an unverified catch.  HA  We did go out with a fishing guide to try to catch a Muskie.  I've never fished so many hours in my life.  They call the Muskie the 10,000 cast fish.  In other words, you have to make 10,000 cast before you catch one.  I believe it!  We fished all morning.  Took a break and then fished until 10:00 pm.  We saw 17 of those HUGE fish but couldn't get them to bite.  I was amazed at the size.  Even though we didn't get one in the boat, it was absolutely fabulous.  Our guide was a great kid.  If you ever get up to the Grand Rapids, MN area, look up Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods and ask for Grant.   I did get a Small Mouth Bass (team effort since I am not the best fisherwoman!)  Nice fighting fish for sure.

  We thought we had found a house, but couldn't reach an agreement with the seller.  I'll be heading back up there so we can look again.  I know we will find something......I don't want to be homeless!  My sister is letting me move in with her until we find something.  She's the bomb taking in her older sister with TWO dogs.  

    We have really enjoyed our farm, learned a great deal and met so many wonderful people.  I can't even begin to mention everyone that holds a special place in our hearts.  I do want to thank a few folks that have contributed to Hidden Springs Farms success:

Logan Bethel Vet Services in Russellville:  I can NOT say enough about Dr. Woodall and the new addition to the clinic Dr Sam.  We didn't grow up on farms so having such a great partnership with people that know their stuff was great for us.  Dr. Woodall takes the time to explain, education, and always make you laugh.  He is a great man. 

Dean Oil and Gas:  These folks kept the tractor rolling with our agricultural fuel.  Clyde and the team are wonderful people. Heck, these guys even pump my gas when I go to fill up my SUV.  That's service!

Dorris Milling:  Houston and his folks have kept our livestock fed.  All of the livestock...chickens, horses, sheep, goats, cattle, turkey's, even those nasty pigs I had.  I looked forward to going every week just to say hi and have a good conversation with Art, Houston, and the lovely ladies.  

Co-Op:  I can't even think where we'd be with out Co-Op's equipment.  We purchased all of the cattle handling equipment from them.  Rusty Bennett is top notch.  He is NOT just a salesman.  He made a point to stop by and see how things were going when ever he could.  

S & S Enterprise:  Barb and her husband processed 1000's of chickens and Turkeys for me over the years. Super nice people who treated every bird with respect and caring. I enjoyed just sitting and talking with Barb.  Always had fun at their place.  

Robertson County Farmer's Market:  Three cheers for the farmers who are their every Saturday providing locally grown and raised produce, meats, and more.  Springfield and Robertson County is so lucky to have a market where you actually speak to the person who produced it.  I learned a lot from all of them and so enjoyed our friendships.  

and finally, YOU!  Everyone of you that reads this newsletter has contributed to our success. I hope you've enjoyed what we've offered and watching us change and grow over time.  I promise to keep in touch.  We are looking at this move as a new chapter in our lives.  We are excited to have the opportunity to do some different things, see new places, and take life at a slower pace. (yeah, I know, farming looks like a slower pace but trust me, it is NOT)  We are also very concerned about our Country and the direction it is going.  Our rights are being stripped slowly away, we are so divided, and their is simply no incentive to be successful anymore.  I'm not saying that  we don't want to be successful....I'm saying that success doesn't have to come in the form of money that our government wants to take. We can live comfortably with less so their is less to give to a wasteful, ever-growing monster of a government.  So many of the beliefs, morals, and way of life that we remember is gone.   I haven't traditionally mentioned anything political in my newsletters and I don't want to preach now.  Just answering the question "why would you move up North?".  We are going to escape and get as far away from this crazy world has possible....in our little cabin in the woods where no one can find us.

Stay in Touch!

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms.  

 

  

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Posted 5/3/2016 11:17am by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


So, it seems like we got those April showers everyone talks about and now all of the weeds....oops, I mean Flowers, are pooping up in the pastures.  I hope you all are doing well.  I just got back from a trip to Wisconsin.  Ken and I were looking at properties up there trying to find our next place.  What a beautiful state!  We had a great time with our realtor, Teresa.  She is a hoot!  While we didn't find the prefect place for us, we did get to see a great deal of the central and northern part of the state.  Remember, I said I wanted a cabin in the woods where no one could find me.....I think we did indeed look at a couple exactly like that.  One was as high as you can get into Wisconsin without living in the middle of Lake Superior.  I thought it was AWESOME until Teresa mentioned we'd likely see deer (ok), turkey (ok), bears, (hum, ok) and Wolves  (hummmmm, no thanks!)  Call me crazy, but I'm not so sure I'd like to run into a wolf while walking my dogs along the trails.  I think we'll find a place a little closer to central Wisconsin.  Ken and I were both sick the last two days of my visit and I got to spend almost 12 hours in the Chicago airport waiting to get home.  Why do they just cancel a fully booked flight?  I could have driven home faster!!!


The auction date is set for May 21st.  I still have quite a bit of stuff to get done to prepare for it, but things are moving right along.  Brochures are out, signage is up, and excitement is building!  I do have mixed emotions.  Very, Very excited about our move and new chapter, but I'll also leave a piece of my heart on our farm that we have loved and enjoyed having.  I'm sure you understand.  

I had a bit of fun before I went to Wisconsin.  A good friend of mine was out of town visiting her family and some of her Nubian goats decided to have their babies while she was away and then didn't want to raise them.  I was luckily enough to get to bring two of the little ones over to my house and played Goat-Sitter for a couple of days with two little bottle goats.  I got my goat fix and had a great time although I did forget how much work bottle babies are.  You just tend to overlook the work because they are so darn cute! Jumper and Winnie thought it was great too.  Winnie is the mothering type and Jumper just thought they were fun to chase.  


Jumper and Winnie were extra excited to see me when I picked them up from Logan County Animal Clinic where they were boarded.  I think Jumper would have sat in my lap all the way home.  He doesn't understand that he isn't a lap dog.  They were so excited to be back in the woods taking their run!

 

  I had the opportunity to take my Dancing Cow Creamery products to the Country Living Fair in Nashville before my trip as well.  WOW, it was an awesome fair.  Vendors from all over the United States were there and I can't even guess how many people came.  It was 3 jam-packed days of selling.  I met people from all over and really enjoyed myself.  They will be back next year so if you didn't go this year, make sure to attend next year! 

Mother's Day is coming up fast.....don't forget!

 

Have a great month!

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

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Posted 4/1/2016 9:49pm by Karen Wortman .

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Happy Spring Everyone!

   Before my big announcement, I wanted to tell you about a recent trip I took to Minnesota to visit my hubby who was working up there.  Beautiful state, friendly people, and we had the chance to see some very cool places.  A special thanks to my neighbor, Jonathan, for keeping an eye out on the farm and to Logan County Animal Clinic for keeping my two labs happy and well cared for.  I haven't left the farm for a very long time! 

   If you get the chance, check out Stattuck-St Mary's School.  Ken was building a girl's dorm up there.  I feel in love with the campus.  Maybe it was because it reminded me of Hogwarts from Harry Potter or maybe it was the beautiful buildings.  I was very impressed.  I had the opportunity to take a private tour of the school with Amy Grant who works in admissions and she gave me a great deal of information about the history of the school.  It was awesome.

  We also went to Wabasha, MN.....you remember, from the movie Grumpy Old Men.  We ate at Slippery's Bar and visit the National Eagle Center.  I love Bald Eagles and was able to get up close and personal with the few they have there.  The Eagle there have been rehabbed but because of their special needs are not able to be released into the wild again.  Very cool place.  We also spent the day in New Ulm, MN which was settled by the Germans.  Since both Ken and I have German heritage and LOVE German food, it was a fun place to visit.  (Oh BTW, the food was AWESOME!)  

Overall, a very fun, relaxing trip.  I'll admit I do not like to fly.  Never have.....there is something about putting my life in the hands of a pilot I've never met and traveling so high up in the air where I have no control.  I make it through with tomato juice, a good book, and a prayer.  

And now.......

     After farming here for almost 11 years, Ken and I have decided to sell our farm and move North either to Minnesota or Wisconsin.  I know you are all thinking....IT GETS REALLY COLD UP THERE....and you are right, it does. I, personally, love the cold weather.  It's been something we talked about for some time and feel that this is the time to do it.  We've loved our farm and spend a lot of  energy getting everything just right. I've learned sooooooo much and have had many great experiences here.   But it is time for us to enter into a new chapter of our lives that involves a slower pace, more freedom to travel, and some new adventures!  I'm planning on learning to ice fish and explore the hiking trails and new places where ever we land.  For years, whenever I've had an especially stressful time, I've told Ken "I'm moving to a remote cabin in the middle of the woods where no one can find me"......looks like that's what we are going to do. Well, maybe not super remote; a girl needs electricity.....at least this girl.  

   We will be hosting an auction in the next 40 days or so (as soon as we can get it together) to sell the farm, equipment, livestock, etc.  I'll be sure to share with you when the date will be once it is finalized.  Selling a farm and all of the "stuff" you acquire  is not easy task.  We felt this was the best option for us.  If you're in the market for farm related stuff, I probably have it.  

   So, are you shocked? I know it is pretty big news.  I hope you'll continue to read the newsletter.  I plan to continue with it to share our new adventures with everyone.  We have been very fortunate to meet so many wonderful people in Springfield and other areas through out farm.  

   Thanks for reading!  Thanks for your Support!

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

 

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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

 

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

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?

 

Your Friends at Hidden Springs Farms

 

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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   

 

 

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

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

    

  

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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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