~ Summer Photos 2019~


Caleb and I.  He lives in rural Canby now where he works as a plumber.

Hello from the farm! I couldn’t resist the waving photo above! 

Time has gone by quickly and it’s been a busy summer so far. Bella and I spent a couple weeks out on a guest ranch in Wyoming working in the kitchen during a Catholic camp.  My ulterior motive was to spend time with Jessi, Luke and the kids who were the hosts.  I had a blast and was able to work  under Maggie…meaning I took orders from my own daughter!!! She was the head chef.  

 If you would like frequent updates, you can visit us on Instagram under callens_honeyfarm.  Hopefully I’ll do better about posting, but I know I’ve said that before!  The following are photos from our summer so far.  Posts on farm food and three engagement announcements in our family to follow this one.  I take no credit for the photos as I haven’t taken a photo all year.

Barn Dance practice and set up!



Young people having fun!

Unloading organic straw for the hogs.

Many hands made light work. Picking up straw bales from Carmens farm.

All done loading the straw. Bless the old Ford and hope for the best in safe travel!



Our new State Fair apple tree. Such a great variety.

Good ol’ Chief, fairly loyal farm dog but not like Rowdy!

Home grown beauty!

Fred and some of our grandchildren.

Super important cats!! Toothless, the black cat is our best mouser.  Mouse control…..

Shaking the apricots from the tree.

These apricots are now brewing into wine!

Tater planting next to the garlic.


No till potatoes growing with grass mulch between the rows.

Happy ewes on the pasture after their lambs were weaned.

A very lonely steer, sad that his buddies are sold.

Cousins having fun together with grandpa.

First load of lambs were sold in June.

The days are never long enough so Fred and Mario are often grinding feed in the evening.



Marisa took off for a fishing trip to Big Stone. I think they got 75 Perch.

Rare photo of Fred off the farm. He also went fishing!

I love seeing Fred taking time to play!

Mario also had a good time on Allan and Lynda Ferbers boat.

Farm beauty fills our lives on a daily basis.

Our barn and a lovely sky.

The three new boars..

Filling the “air” bubble bath for the pigs!

Yeah! Our pool is almost ready. The water tastes great!!


Stormy skies bringing in a ton of rain just as were getting ready to load hogs for sale!

Minnesota skies can be amazing and keep us praying to be safe here.

Bringing in corn for the Organic Prairie Pigs!

June brought us strawberries.

Never too busy to enjoy the beauty!

Filling water tanks for sheep.

Sweet 16 apple blossoms.

Soaking in the sun, our pigs are looking good!

Happy hens doing the chicken dance! Use your imagination!

Choke cherries.

Choke cherries were juiced for pancake syrup.

Making choke cherry syrup.


Jersey beef is the best tasting beef in my opinion!

Farm flowers in bloom.

Garlic planted last fall has been harvested this summer.

Love it when the grandchildren are around. Frenchy and Peters son, Rafe and the cats.

Fred the farmer. He’s the love of my love and farming is his love!!

Lightning illuminated the barnyard, during a night time rainstorm!!!

Marisa and I had a great weekend watching the grandkids. Time off for their parents and us!

It’s been a wet year!

Recycled washer tub….bon fire.

I am going to post this now and upload a post on the three family engagements and what we are eating lately on the farm.  Life is good by golly.  May your life be blessed!

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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4 Responses to ~ Summer Photos 2019~

  1. Rick says:

    Sounds like you folks had an active Summer so far. Love the pictures! Good to see Fred get out and have a little relaxation time. Also, choke cherries make great wine as well, but I’m sure you
    already know that. -Rick

  2. Fran Syl De Baere says:

    Awesome photos and updates!! thanks.


  3. Kathy Bridge in WI says:

    Such a blessed life! Thank you for the update and inspiration. God is so good!

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