~Happy Thanksgiving!~


I can’t believe it’s been so long that I have made a post.  It gets busier it seems even as our kids grow older.  I’m  blessed to be able to see them so often.  Especially since I know what it is like to be so far away from my family.  I have so much to be thankful for.   Above are our nine blessings.  Two shall become one, or in this case 11.   See below how the 11 then turned into 16 all because two people fell in love:)


Below are the two that started all this fun!  And yes, it has been fun.  I thank God for my wonderful husband, Fred.  I am also so thankful for the life we have had on our small farm.  What a blessing to be able to grow most of what we consume.  Not to mention the freedom our kids have enjoyed and continue to do so.  We never did strike our fortune but what we have is paid for!  If anyone is thinking of moving to the country……..grab what is yours and run….do it while you can.


What have we been up to?  Well, mostly butchering poultry, wintering the farm, hunting and a wedding trip down to Kansas City.  In between all of this there is school to keep us busy.  I’ve been making a gallon of yogurt every couple of days and plenty of mozzarella cheese and  some cheddar.  Preparing food from scratch takes so much time but it’s well worth it.  Our hunting party ended up with 5 deer and we put two of them in our freezer and an extra one from our neighbor.  The other 3 went to our friends.    I think we processed around 30 roosters as well and they have been used for some great meals.  So you can imagine the freezers are full for now.


Farm fresh turkey, a flavor that would surprise those who eat a store-bought bird.  Fred injected this bird with organic butter.  The home-grown food was fabulous this year and our tables were crowded with people and wholesome treats.  After we processed 16 turkey’s, Fred smoked two on the grill.  Then the kids put into the freezer, through much effort, in the cold butcher shop, 49 ducks.  This pleased me since I don’t like the ducks on the farm.  Now we are down to 10.  There are 46 turkey’s left for breeding stock.

The honey production was very good this year and so have our sales.  Thank you to all who support small farmers and enjoy the health benefits of locally grown, farm fresh goods.  The bees are all tucked away in their boxes covered neatly with black tar paper.   May they live through a Minnesota winter that doesn’t go on too long as it did last year!


Some of us attended the wedding of my nephew down in Kansas City.  It was good to see my mom, brother and his family.  Now, since WordPress is acting up on me and making this post difficult, I better quit while I am ahead. God bless everyone!

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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6 Responses to ~Happy Thanksgiving!~

  1. what a great family philosophy — today is what we have, let’s make it worth while, right, ‘Cita?

  2. Fran Syl De Baere says:

    thanks. great!! you and your family never cease to amaze me!!! awesome!!

    Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2013 05:27:44 +0000 To: franscom@msn.com

  3. Anet & Jim says:

    Love the black and white picture of the whole gang…the grand-babies are growing so big…the wedding picture is adorable…you and Fred look so at peace!!! Love it!

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