“To Market, To Market To Buy A Fat Hog…”


IMG_5169Only in this case we were not buying…we were selling! We shipped 38 head of organic hogs out for Organic Prairie on Thursday morning. These are the first ones to market from our group born in the late Summer-early Fall of 2017. Time is flying by and we will soon be setting up pens for another season of farrowing.

IMG_5172The loading went well except for 4 renegades that decided to turn back before we could get them inside of the trailer and so they made things a little difficult for a while. If a pig gets away one time it learns very quickly how to escape again and again until you finally outsmart it or get reinforcements, and that would be either more gates or more people! 🙂

IMG_5176The dogs wanted to help but sometimes they are more of a nuisance and need to be kept away so they don’t scare pigs in the wrong direction.

IMG_5164Bella turned sweet 16 a few days ago! Her hat is so fitting for a day of loading hogs for the organic market. When you’re trying to eat healthy with all of the good food out there remember to keep Organic Prairie and Organic Valley products in mind!

IMG_5204Then it started snowing as we finished up with the loading and we received over 12 inches, which is the most we’ve had in a snowfall at one time all through this Winter so far.

IMG_5199Minnesotan’s need four wheel drives! Those tracks took us to stations of the cross last night!

IMG_5210The snow makes farm chores more difficult but after the necessary work is finished outside everyone eventually makes their way back to a nice and cozy house kept warm with our outdoor woodstove that Mario is in charge of keeping full at all times.

IMG_5230Frost and snow covered everything so beautifully this morning.

IMG_5233We haven’t taken down our outside Christmas garlands and lights yet and they look lovely after the snowfall!

IMG_5223Our statue of Mother Mary surrounded by a Winter wonderland.

IMG_5215It’s snowing as I’m writing and it looks as if we’ll be getting quite a bit more throughout the day and into tomorrow morning. Hopefully you’re staying warm somewhere with a hot cup of coffee or tea as you read this post! Life is good!


































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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5 Responses to “To Market, To Market To Buy A Fat Hog…”

  1. such beautiful pictures — love to all our MN relatives!

  2. Theresa says:

    MMMMmmmm pork chops, ribs, bacon, ham…..Drooling from Canada eh!

  3. Anet says:

    Beautiful Photos of your wonderful homestead! Can’t wait to visit! XOXO

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