Saturday, April 25, 2015

Waiting But Not Resting

A half inch of rain was just enough to keep Farmer John from Spring planting yesterday and again today. We are not complaining about this delay however, since the moisture is necessary as our area of Minnesota is still in a moderate drought.

When the weather is right it will be business as usual and John, and nearly every farmer, will be back in the tractor seat. Chances are John will be back at planting tomorrow right after church.

Our barley, peas, and oats have already been planted and now we move on to the corn. Last Spring I shared with you about how Farmer John was Waiting To Get His Hands Dirty. You can read about Johns anticipation and the dollars and cents that go into planting our corn crop each year. 

So what happens when we can't plant today?
There are still calves to feed,

 and cows to feed,

and pens to clean...

 and cows to milk,

so that we can continue to provide you with milk for tomorrow mornings cereal.

Fun Farm Fact:
It takes less than 48 hours for milk to get from the farm to your grocery store.
Isn't that amazing?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day Is Every Day On The Farm

Happy Earth Day!

My family and I live by the motto, “Leave this world a little better than you found it”. We became farmers because of our love for our land and animals. What better way to show this love than to respect our natural resources? 

We pride ourselves on making the best decisions we can to preserve our land to keep it beautiful, productive and sustainable. 

I invite you to read an article I wrote for The Food Journal and Food, Nutrition & Science to learn more about what we do on Bremer Farms to make everyday Earth Day.  

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cows + Books = MOO!

I love to read and I also have many, many great memories of spending time at the local library with Sara and Michael when they were little kidlets, so when the library asks me to help out with an event (especially one that involves cows)
 I say, "What time do you want me there"?

 I recently participated in the "Once Upon a Reader" program which is designed to encourage the love of books.

The featured book was Moo! by David LaRochelle.

There were guest readers, like Tom from our local TV station,
 and crafts to make like these great cow hats...

and I got to talk about living and working on our dairy farm to lots of kidlets.

Cows and books, AND cookies and milk at the library...
my life is good!

You can click here to see a movie of the book Moo

and you can click here to learn more about cows and milk!

Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Day Late

I have a potato recipe I want to share with you. I served Roadside Potatoes 
 yesterday as part of our Easter feast with my family.

 (Hey Jan, why didn't you post this before Easter so we could have served them too?)
I rarely publish a recipe on my blog that I haven't tried first. Come to think of it, I have only posted one recipe that I didn't make. The weird thing is...I served my Easter guests these potatoes without trying the recipe...but yet I won't share it with my readers without trying it. Hmmm...

Roadside Potatoes
24 ounces frozen hash browns
1 pint whipping cream
1 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Place hash browns in a 9x13 pan. Cover with Parmesan cheese. Melt butter and stir in whipping cream and salt. Pour mixture over cheese and hash browns. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown on top.

Everything's better with cheese!
photo from Google image search
* I also made a pan using cheddar cheese. Yummy!
** This basic recipe would be great with some additions- I'm going to try onions, or bacon bits, or green peppers, or ham pieces. The possibilities are endless! What would you add?


Monday, March 30, 2015

Farmer John Plays Weather Man

Farmers have an weather forecasts.

Farmer John listens to the weather forecast as he gets dressed in the morning, and then again three hours later when he eats breakfast. He tunes in while eating lunch, and then there's the television for the 10 PM news/weather report. And don't forget the weather radio that is perched in our laundry room and another in our milking barn. Did I mention the weather calendar that hangs on the wall?

I'm not complaining however, and no, I'm not ready to start an intervention. I realize how much the weather influences most of the chores Farmer John performs each day. So knowing about John's love for all things weather, imagine his excitement when he found this...

So what is it? Maybe this will help...

Curiosity is supposed to have killed the cat, but as far as I know curiosity never hurt a farmer (John) or his wife (me) so we contacted Anna, one of my faithful blog followers whose husband, Jason happens to be a meteorologist for the National  Weather Service.

Jason told us the white thingy hanging from the string is/was a balloon. When it reaches about 100,000 feet it bursts and the orange parachute takes over and the weather instrument floats down, safely resting in our corn field until John rescued it.

So we filled out the requested information, even though the weather service didn't fill out there's. I sure wonder where it was sent from. Oh man, there's that curiosity thing again. We popped it into the mailbox to be delivered to Kansas City. Is that where it came from? Oops, curiosity...again.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's National Agriculture Day

Where does your food come from?
If you're like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. The grocery store isn't where food comes from - it's just from where it's distributed. In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily lives . . . and what it really takes to have food on their dinner table. 

Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of, and had friends or relatives involved with, agriculture. Today, that's no longer the case. Agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life . . . food, fiber, clothing, and shelter.

American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today, each American farmer feeds more than 144 people. And the need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Agriculture is this nation's #1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy. 

And it's not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, all the way to the grocery store, are vital links in a chain that brings food to every citizen - and millions of people abroad. 

Frankly, it's easy to take agriculture for granted in America. Our food is readily accessible and safe. For this, we're unbelievably fortunate . . . but that doesn't mean we don't have an obligation to recognize how it's made possible. 

Today, March 18, 2015, is National Ag Day, hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. Ag Day is a good time to reflect - and be grateful for - American agriculture! 

 Thanks to the Agriculture Council of America for the above information.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Bit Irish

Isn't everyone a bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day?

Celebrate with this corned beef and cabbage soup from The Cooking Mom. It's filled with lots of dairy too!

Reuben Soup

1 cup onion, finely diced
1 cup celery, fined diced
5 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups finely chopped corned beef
1 1/2 cups sauerkraut, drained
3 cups half and half
3 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
Chopped Italian parsley
Rye bread or rye croutons

In a large soup pan, cook onions and celery in butter until tender. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add flour and cook for another minute or two, stirring constantly. Add stock and bring to a boil, whisking often until it starts to thicken. Turn down heat a bit and stir in half and half, sauerkraut and corned beef. Add Swiss cheese a handful at a time. Whisk until cheese is melted. Add ketchup and relish. Taste to see if a little more salt and pepper is needed. If soup gets too thick, add a little more stock, half and half, or milk. Serve with parsley on top.
Notes: Great with rye bread for dipping or with rye croutons on top!