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Medical Dolls

October 15, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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It’s going to be a beautiful day and our market is open!

I just love autumn on the farm! Mornings are cool and foggy, but the sun comes out and shines brightly by mid morning. The leaves are beginning to change colors and fall, and that special aroma that belongs to fall is in the air.

It’s going to be another beautiful fall day on the farm and our market is open from 1:00-5:00. Farmer Bob will be giving guided tours at 2:00. Come play in the falling leaves, enjoy our animals, and stock up on lamb, eggs, honey, and other farm goodies! Hours are on Sundays only.

I spent the past week at a quilting retreat with friends, so there’s been no time to prepare baked goods for today. I had a LOT of fun talking and sewing…and there was NO Internet, TV or cell service. Imagine that! It took a while to stop grabbing my phone to check email/messages but, after I stopped thinking about the outside world, it was a wonderful escape. That’s what “retreat” is all about, right?

Here’s where we spent most of our time…sewing and talking, and then sewing and talking some more. 

quilting studio at the retreat

Quilting Studio at the retreat

We all took time off our own projects to make these dolls for a children’s hospice service. It was good to do something charitable, but, honestly, it was the saddest thing I’ve done in a long time. We all hope that they are helpful for the children to understand medical procedures. I wanted to give them faces, but we followed the guidelines. In spite of the sadness of the purpose, we did have fun making the dolls. Some of us cut and sewed the bodies, some stuffed them, some cut out the little gowns and passed them along to be serged. “Flying babies!” was the heads up as they were tossed from one end of the table to the other to be stuffed!

Medical Dolls

Medical Dolls for Hands of Hope

If you’re interested in helping this organization or just learning more about it, here is the website for Hands of Hope.

Cookie was so excited to see me when I got home! She raced around in circles a hundred miles an hour! Gracie came over to the fence and tilted her head up for me to scratch her cheeks. She just stood there with her eyes closed, enjoying being close to me. Of course, Farmer Bob was happiest of all that I was home safe. It’s great to get away, but wonderful to return home to the farm.

Now it’s back to work for me…soap making, honey bee keeping, animal feeding and doctoring, and all the many wonderful farm and housekeeping duties. And, of course, Market Days on Sunday afternoons! We hope to see you…love your visits!

Fox Trot Farm Honey & Beeswax Soaps and Quilted Snap Bags

Fox Trot Farm Honey & Beeswax Soaps and Quilted Snap Bags

Dianne Mahaffee honey pots, soap dishes, and Jantzen Crook's hand made cotton spa cloths

Dianne Mahaffee honey pots, soap dishes, and Jantzen Crook’s hand made cotton spa cloths

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Tour Fox Trot Farm

basket of Fox Trot Farm eggs

Basket of our Fox Trot Farm Eggs

Maremma Guardian Dog Thelma

Thelma being silly

EIEIO!
Debbie

 

pullets

October 8, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Just another rainy Sunday….

***No market or tour today, Sunday, October 8th.***

After more than three weeks of no rain, our pastures are getting a drink! Funny that everyone is griping about a rainy weekend, but you know that all we farmers are cheering, right? Our pastures were starting to get crispy and everything was so dusty and dry that the trees were dropping their leaves from stress. Our creek was dry and the ponds were getting  low. We hope we get a LOT of rain today!

The only bad thing about a rainy Sunday is that we won’t be setting up market or having Farmer Bob’s guided tour. We’ll be back next Sunday (weather permitting). We’ll be here today if you need lamb or eggs or honey…just stop by between 1:00-5:00. 🙂 

Fox Trot Farm Chickens & their Holly Tree

Fox Trot Farm Chickens & their Holly Tree

We hope you enjoy this rainy Sunday, too!

EIEIO!
Debbie

 

Old McCaskill's Farm

October 6, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Fall Family Farm Day at Old McCaskill’s Farm

Old McCaskill's Farm

Wow…is this ever going to be a fun day for us! Once again, our friend and farmer Kathy McCaskill has invited Fox Trot Farm to take part in her Fall Family Fun Day. This will be our third year and we are almost ready…labels made, boxes packed with lots of honey, soap, pottery, quilts….all kinds of goodies from our farm and from our friends! I’ve been getting text and Facebook messages asking if we are going to be there, so I thought I’d take a minute from preparations to let everyone know WE WILL BE THERE, and we look forward to seeing friendly familiar faces and meeting new friends, too! Continue Reading →

Henrietta Hen in the Holly Tree

October 1, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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We’re Open for Business Today!

It’s Sunday, October 1st…hard to believe that it’s fall, but the temperature outside convinced me this morning! It’s a beautiful day to visit Fox Trot Farm and stroll the gentle slopes to see our animals.

One of our chickens’ favorite spots is their holly tree. They roost in it at night…nothing is going to get them through all those prickly leaves. They seem to “play” in it during the day. Isn’t this hen beautiful? Continue Reading →

Fox Trot Farm Pot Roast using our pastured lamb

September 19, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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The BEST pot roast you’ll ever have, hands down!

We have gorgeous neck roasts from our pasture raised lamb, but there’s not been much interest in using those to make a pot roast, and I think it’s because most of us haven’t branched out far from the very familiar chops and racks and legs, right?

Fox Trot Farm Pot Roast using our pastured lamb

Fox Trot Farm Pot Roast

A while back, I came across a Chef Gordon Ramsey video where he said the neck roast is his favorite part of the lamb for pot roasts because it is so incredibly flavorful. I agree that it is a best kept secret! So, I’m going to share MY secret with you for a very easy and oh-so-yummy recipe for YOU to try with our neck roasts. I made this yesterday and Farmer Bob was so happy! (The full recipe comes after the “how-to” pictures.) Continue Reading →

Cheesy Noodle Casserole with Lamb

September 17, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Lamb-extravaganza! Loin chops and ground lamb on sale today!

Farmer Bob and I were rearranging our big chest freezer and we discovered that we have an abundance of ground lamb and lamb chops! Lucky for you because Farmer Bob said, “Why don’t we have a special sale this Sunday?” I agreed, so our yummy, delectable, lean and juicy loin lamb chops are just $8.99/lb. and our tender and versatile ground lamb is just $5.99 today! Continue Reading →

Feeding the chickens

September 10, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Honey Sticky Buns and more for National Honey Month!

Honey Sticky Buns

Honey Sticky Buns

Oh my goodness….Granny Bee sure has been busy baking! September is National Honey Month and what better way to celebrate than cooking and baking with honey? Here’s a plate of freshly baked sticky buns….made with lots of butter and HONEY, of course! We’ve got three plates of these at the market today. 🙂

Dutch Apple Pie with honey

Granny Bee’s Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Crumb Pie, full of mountain apples, sugar, spices and HONEY

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sandbagging

September 9, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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The calm before the storm at the farm

Whew! We’re so thankful that Hurricane Irma isn’t going to be a direct hit here on the farm. We sure do remember Hurricane Hugo‘s visit back in 1989; who can ever forget that? We lost most of our fences and the roof to the hen house, but all thirty-two of the trees that went down in the front yard blew away from the house, thank goodness. Our six horses ended up in the back yard, wild-eyed and bunched tightly together. I can only imagine what they experienced all through that long night!

Last week we took a break and went to the Great Smoky Mountains for a few days of R&R and, while we were there, we donated a shopping cart full of diapers, formula, and personal care items to Hearts with Hands in Asheville for distribution to the flood victims in Texas. Now, we are looking at another huge hurricane barreling through Florida on Sunday, and there will be more victims in need of supplies. 

Back in 1982, Farmer Bob and I were living in Ft. Wayne, Indiana with our infant daughter, when we were impacted by a late winter flood. The whole city was flooded, including many of the neighborhoods around our house. We had a basement full of water and were evacuated. Somehow, the old dike next to our house maintained its integrity…probably due to the huge sandbagging effort by every able-bodied person in the city. The Chicago Bears football team came to help, and even President Reagan flew in to lend a hand. Here are a couple tiny pictures I found on the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel website. If you’d like to see more pics in a larger format (including President Reagan), you can visit their website here. (Seems like just yesterday, but you’ll get a kick out of the hair styles and clothes…and you can’t help but notice how skinny everyone is!) Continue Reading →

decorative skeps

September 1, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Why we keep bees in boxes, and discovering an old skep

***Our market will be closed on Sunday, September 3rd, for Labor Day.***

Ever wonder why we keep bees in wooden boxes? It’s because it’s easy to inspect and manipulate the bees using these hives with removable frames. In fact, in South Carolina, it’s the only “legal” way to keep bees because the state inspector must be able to do a thorough inspection in the event of suspected honey bee ailments. Here’s a picture of some of these modern Langstroth hives in our apiary here on Fox Trot Farm.

modern langstroth hives

Modern Langstroth Hives

Prior to Rev. Langstroth’s invention of his “modern” hive with removable frames, beekeepers commonly used “skeps.” That’s what you see in pictures and even embossed on our gorgeous one-pound “Muth” jars of honey we sell here at our farm market. Here’s a drawing of a skep…I’m sure you’ll recognize it now. Continue Reading →