~Country Life~

Have you ever seen such a beautiful pair of little cowgirls?  Isabella and Kallie Jo were out enjoying the cool, beautiful weather this afternoon.  Once in a while you get a gorgeous, almost fall like day and it makes your heart swell with joy, especially after having had such hot weather.  God sent us almost an inch of rain the last two days, for which we are truly grateful!!   I was reminded by one so innocent last evening, as we ran for cover during some very dangerous weather, and missing the end of the rodeo trick riders and bull riding, that “we prayed for this, you know mom”.    

We have been busy juicing grapes this past week.  They are very early compared to the usual September harvest.  As I type, my juicer is heating up some crab apples from one of our nice neighbors.  Most likely those will be turned in to Crab Apple Jelly and some for juice.  Fred pulled up some of our onions to dry which was also early.  The girls finished picking the last of the Concord grapes today and Fred is turning that into wine.  The Frontenac wine grapes are a later variety and are not ready yet.  It was cool enough the other day to butcher a hog which is already packaged up and in the freezer.  Our new saw worked great and Fred was very pleased.


Unfortunately, we had a skunk that was eating bees from one of our hives.  Caleb trapped it and now we are waiting to see if there are more.  We have harvested so far, 480 pounds of honey and it is delicious!  We’ll be taking more supers off soon.  The new electric uncapping knife worked terrific.   It really made things go much faster and again Fred was happy:)  

Some of the photos below were taken before the first rain we received, others this week.  Even though I live here and see this beauty on a daily basis, I still can’t believe how pretty it is.  Hope you enjoy the photos.

There is always time for some fun when all of the work is done!

About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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11 Responses to ~Country Life~

    • Thanks Nick, Jackie and Mary!
      Theresa, we are finally getting some much needed rain. The pork tastes great, had some last night on the grill and did have Fred’s homemade wine to celebrate Kallie Jo’s first birthday. We sell our honey locally, here on the farm, in a grocery store in Minneota, and on line. I also use it to barter with.
      Take care,

  1. Jackie says:

    You are blessed there Sandra.. I love all the outbuildings you have… Lots of work and lots of fun!…

  2. Jackie says:

    That new saw is awesome, Sandra…

  3. mary says:

    Lovely pictures!! 😀

  4. Ohmy, I am so HAPPY that you received some rain eh!! My mouth is just a watering for a BBQ pork chop served with a nice glass of red wine mmmmmmmm. Where do you sell your honey? Do the buyers come to your door or do go to a farmers market?

  5. chiara petruccelli says:

    I’m so excited to see everyone Aunt Sandra!!

    • Ahhh Chiara,
      Can’t wait to see you on Sunday. If you get here in the morning you can attend the Waubay Ranch Rodeo with us, so hurry up. Clayton is in it!
      We are excited for a good week of fun with you all.
      Love you dearly,
      Aunt Sandra……..your favorite Aunt:)))))

      • chiara petruccelli says:

        im not sure when we are getting there but i hope we can see the rodeo that would be awesome!!

  6. Angela says:

    That sky is beautiful! I think you should get your brother out there to make some wine out of those grapes. Also, I can see from Chiara’s comment that you must be EVERYONE’S favorite aunt! Aren’t you lucky 🙂 ?!

    • Thanks Angela Bella,
      Wish you could be here with us. We’re making cherry pies, apple pies and homemade vanilla ice cream. Joe wants dessert!! I love you dearly. See you soon………..come to Ohio if you can.
      Love everyone’s favorite Aunt:)) kidding

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