Greetings From Hidden Springs Farms
I am wondering if I missed Winter this year. While it has gotten cold a few days, over all, the weather has been rather pleasant, although a bit too wet for me. We have spring flowers already popping up on the farm. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the fact that I have not had to break thick ice on the livestock water tanks and my little utility vehicle hasn't given me a hard time about starting, but I wonder if we are heading for a final BIG winter storm. I'll keep my fingers crossed that old man winter has just decided to leave us alone this year.
We have a new addition! No, Bitty still hasn't had her calf. (she is HUGE but apparently the due date was off a bit) Let me introduce you to Hannah. Hannah is a week old Angus heifer that arrived at the farm yesterday as a bottle baby. Hannah's mom decided she didn't want to be a mother and abandoned her. So, the farm ensured that Hannah got the first milk from momma that she needed and switched her over to the bottle. Hannah is enjoying Goat's milk on our farm. Isn't she the cutest thing?
I am talking the UT Extension Master Beef Producers Class. While I am far from a beef "producer", the class is giving me the opportunity to learn more about cattle and benefit from the wealth of research and knowledge that UT has gathered. The class meets once a week for about 9 weeks. I would encourage you to check out your local Extension Office for classes and workshops. They offer something for everyone.
We had out 1st Soap Making Class this past Saturday and had a great time. All of the participants got to make their own creations with our basic recipe. I love to see the creativity! Our soap making classes are now booked through the end of March. If you are interested in attending one this year, be sure to check out our calendar and register early. Our classes have been filling up early this year. (YEAH!) We have a couple great classes in March that some of you might be interested in: March 10th: Raising Chickens, March 24th: Growing Herbs, and March 31st: Raising Goats. You can get more info on the website or simply shoot us an email and we'll send you the details.
Our Anatolian Shepherd pups are now 8 weeks old and ready for their new homes. We still have a few available is you are interested. These guys were born and raised with goats and love to watch the chickens, cows, and horses. It is funny to hear them bark when they hear a strange noise. They think they are as big as momma.
We still have some places in our Chicken, Egg, and Goat-Share CSA. If you are interested in getting pasture-raised chicken and eggs from us this Spring and Summer, be sure to sign up soon. We don't want anyone to be disappointed. The first group of chickens will be arriving in March and will be ready for dinner the 1st week of May. The laying hens are still on vacation until the days extend a bit, but it won't be long before they are laying like crazy.
I thought I would share this super easy and fabulous recipe that my mother has used for years. It is a wonderful desert on a cold-wintery night (or anytime...really, I could eat it for breakfast!!)
Mom's Apple Crisp
7 apples, peeled & sliced thin
1 Cup Flour
1 1/2 Cup Sugar (divided)
1 ts. baking powder
1/2 ts salt
1/2 ts cinnamon
1/3 C vegetable oil
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced apples in an 8x8 baking dish. Sprinkle 3/4 Cup of sugar over apples and then sprinkle cinnamon. Set aside. In a bowel mix flour, remaining suger, baking powder, and egg. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Slowly pour vegetable oil over topping and then sprinkle with a bit more cinnamom. Bake for 45 minutes until topping is golden brown. Enjoy by itself or add whipped cream or ice cream.
All of my seeds are ordered and I am ready to get my hands dirty again. It won't be too much longer before we'll be planting the garden. And, baby goats will start arriving in a few more week. Winter, what we had of it, has gone by fast. Spring is the BUSY time and it is getting here real quick!
Hope all is well on your homefront! Come and visit soon
The Staff at Hidden Springs Farms