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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

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

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

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Howdy Everyone!


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

Daisy in the Snow

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

Bully

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

truck bumper

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

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

Rebel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Red Hen

 

 

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

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms


Happy New Year Everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

   Have a great January!  Stay warm and be safe!

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

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

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

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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

Little Cowgirl

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

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

Libby and baby

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

Baby Goats

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

1 can kidney beans

1 can white beans (I use northern white beans)

3 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup onion (chopped)

1 can green chili's (optional)

2 cups left over turkey chopped into bite size pieces

1 tsp chili powder

2 tsp Cumin

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

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

Dorris Milling

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

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms

    

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

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

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms

Hi Everyone!

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

Tyler Feeding Cows

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

Roger

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

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

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

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

Berry Wine

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

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

Dean Oil

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

The Staff at Hidden Springs Farms

 

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

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

Welcome to Hidden Springs Farms



Hi Everyone,

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     Have a wonderful October!  

 

The Staff of Hidden Springs Fair 

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

    

    

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

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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