Wednesday, April 9, 2014

More planned for this year's Farm Crawl

In addition to expanding the Farm Crawl to two days this year, there will also be more demonstrations at the various farms. Although the schedule has not yet been finalized, here are some of the things visitors can expect at this year's farms.

At the Farmer in Odell, visitors can see how to milk a goat, grind your own flour, make bread, and make soap.

At Antiquity Oaks, there will be goat milking, mozzarella making, solar oven cooking, soapmaking, and scything (cutting grass hay with a long blade).

Visitors to Cherokee Winds will learn about goat milking, needle felting, making felted soap, soapmaking, and beekeeping.

M2A Farm has a new resident -- Olivia the emu -- that visitors will be able to see, and there will also be spinning demonstrations.

There will again be a corn maze at Eden's Harvest Farm for a $3 fee, and there will be lunch available as a fundraiser.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mark your calendar for 2014 Farm Crawl

The date has been set for the Third Annual Livingston County Farm Crawl. We are expanding to two days this year and moving it to the fourth weekend of August, rather than the third. This year's event will be Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24!

Stay tuned for details as plans are finalized! Type your email address into the box at right to receive new posts by email.

Monday, August 26, 2013

And the winners are ...

Spinning demonstration at Antiquity Oaks
The Second Annual Farm Crawl was a success, according to farmers and guests alike.

Raffle winners were:
Marlana Sokolovich - The Country Mansion
Taylor and Logan Conger - The Country Mansion
C. L. Gukeisen - The Country Mansion
Mike & Elena Cummings - Station 343
Sherri Sachs - Station 343
Lesa Namchick - The Basket of Homegrown Products
Mike Sinks - Pet Products

Planning for the Third Annual Farm Crawl will begin soon!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Look For These Signs Tomorrow!

Each farm has several out on the main intersections near their place, as well as one at the driveway.  Keep your eyes peeled!

A Few More New Babies

Farmer in Odell has 4 new ducklings!

Born just in time to show them off at the crawl, they hatched on Thursday in our incubator.  Here is a picture of our Andrew holding 3 of them.  Sorry for the blurry one - it's hard to get 3 newborns to all stay still at once!

Farmer in Odell is also going to have a limited amount of kale and chard available for sale and we regret to say we will not have lemon balm tea.  The lemon balm isn't looking too good and we don't want to sell you poor tea.  The oregano is slowly taking over the yard and is crowding out the lemon balm.  That, coupled with the lack of rain over the past 3 weeks, has made it turn yellow.  Next spring we'll have to do some serious work on the herb garden!j

We're so excited about meeting you all tomorrow - drive safe and ENJOY your day on the farms!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Last minute updates!

When heading out to Saturday's Farm Crawl, if you are coming from up north, be sure to check an online traffic map to make sure that the traffic on I-55 isn't backed up too far due to the construction on the DesPlaines River bridge. If it is backed up, you can take alternate routes through Seneca or Morris, and that will only add about five minutes to the normal travel time down I-55. If you live farther east you can take I-57 south and then go west on Rt. 17 from Kankakee.

We also have a couple of additions to the items for sale. Melinda at Cherokee Winds will have beeswax candles available, and Kat at M2A Farm has handmade tote bags, which are made from repurposed feed bags.

There is a corn maze this year at Eden's Harvest Farm, and the entrance is only $3 per person.

To get your free tickets to the Farm Crawl, go to EventBrite! Although tickets are not required, we do appreciate having an idea of how many people to expect. So, to thank you for getting tickets, we will have a special drawing for the EventBrite ticket holders. The winner will receive a gift bag of pet car products, including oatmeal soap, conditioner, oatmeal conditioning spray, ear and eye wipes, full body and paw wipes, and a leash. And as much as we all love animals, please don't bring your dogs to the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New babies on the farms

There have been a few new additions to a couple of the farms! At Eden's Harvest, Princess the bantam hen hatched a chick. Yes, just one chick, and yes, that's unusual to hatch only one.

On Antiquity Oaks, the two llamas have recently given birth to babies. Sitara gave birth to this pretty little thing on Monday! This picture was taken when she was only a few hours old.

And Katydid gave birth to this lovely male a couple weeks ago.