Silvana Bella Dad and Marisa working with the Organic hogs!
Here we are, down on the Callens Honey Farm. Our farm life in photos! Hope you enjoy our busy life which just became a bit harder with these cold temperatures that could freeze an ocean! I apologize for not having posted for awhile but being busy means we are alive and well…..and that my friends is a good thing! We now have snow so these photos are a few weeks old. The weather alert warns that frost bite tonight and tomorrow can occur in less than ten minutes!!!!
Good neighbors like Denny Timmerman make life good by giving the girls an old bin to repair. Works great now and holds Organic Barley!
Old Hog slats make for instant mud relief! Fred put these in all over the farm to keep the hogs out of the mud and make driving and walking easier.
More hog slats and beef!
After all….man cannot live on pork alone!!
One mans junk is another mans treasure! More bins from Denny Timmerman purchased at a good deal for the girls. This little area is for boars, gilts and sometimes sows that are in between breeding or farrowing.
Empty farrowing house just before we dismantled the pens for the winter.
These turkeys are happy having lived through Thanksgiving day.
Organic feed for the hogs stays dry in the Quonset.
This East facing pen has been given a face lift. Since this photo was taken we now have 20 head of bred gilts in it. Thank God for cement!
Anyone working up an appetite yet? You see a hog and I see Polish Sausage.
Oh baby! Home made polish sausage from our own pork! Smoked by my very handsome husband!
Okay so you don’t like Polish sausage? Can I tempt you with our own Summer Sausage? How does 150 pounds sound?
When we’re done with the sausage we’ll feast on this Christmas Ham.
This ham tastes as good as it looks! Thank you Alan Ferber for sharing your trade secrets with us!!!
And then there’s the chickens! We picked one of the coldest days last week to put the roosters in the freezer! Looking back tonight I realize that was a heat wave!
Feathers be gone!!! Note how they are dressed….so cold.
Okay lets get this straight. We did the hog, steer and then the roosters all in one day. All went well until the deep freeze hit that night. I mean deep, deep freeze. And….the power went out. We lived through it and I am packing the new bacon this evening.
Fire Cider is a winter tonic. I made my first batch and it is wicked!!! Thank you Kay for the recipe. I brewed it for a month.
Here is the recipe. The only thing I added was dried elderberries. Using this on the family now to keep them flu free. Warning….go heavy on the honey!!!! Wish me luck.
Thanks for stopping by the Callens Farm. If you don’t hear from me again very soon I just may have frozen to death along with the rest of the family. Hoping the snow holds off a bit tonight since the girls are loading out 30 Organic Prairie hogs ready for market tomorrow.
A blessed Advent to all and to all a Wonderful Life. Life is Good by Golly!!