20 April, 2016

A Special Message From A Freezer Meal Workshops Hostess

If you have not yet participated in one of John Henry’s Freezer Meal Workshops, you have no idea what you are missing!  I made a great decision last summer to host the “Get Your Grill On” Workshop with Kellie and Katie.  First of all, who knew meal planning could be as fun, easy and yummy as this workshop was!  Since most men I know love to grill, I also decided to make it a couple’s workshop which definitely made it even more fun.  I used my Wildtree Taco Seasoning from a previous freezer meal workshop I participated in, and we had a wonderful Mexican spread and some great cocktails!  We then moved on to the workshop and made yummy ribs, sliders, steaks and so much more, but my favorite quickly became the Rodeo Burger.  I was very hesitant to make this burger because the recipe calls for Blue Cheese, and I am not a fan, but I was diligent and followed the recipe (although not required), and the result was the very best burger that I have ever had in my life.  It was so moist, delicious and flavorful that we have continued to make them even through the winter.

All of my guests agreed that not only was the workshop a super easy, fun evening of nutritious meal preparation, it was also very cost effective.  The icing on the cake for everyone was how the meats were delivered.  Each guest received either 10 or 20 bags (depending on the size of their family) all custom cut by John Henry’s for the workshop, labeled and organized in an easy to carry box. 

05 April, 2016

Hello Everyone!

Mud, mud and more mud; that’s what we have.  The time has come for things to dry out because every day matters from here on out.  Now please do not take this the wrong way, farmers have a knack for making lemonade out of lemons.

I thought I would take this time to give you a perspective on how weather and other circumstances that are beyond our control effect the everyday life on the farm. Let’s start with a general time table of events.  Below is a time table list when things should be done and how long it usually takes under normal weather conditions.


1st thru 10th         Barns should be cleaned and manure spread on the fields. First calves are born.

11th thru 20th       Ground worked, new hay seeded and oats planted. Fix any broken field tiles.

21st thru 30th       Ground worked and prepared for corn.  Fencing inspected and repaired


1st thru 10th         Crops planted and ground worked.  Calving still in progress.

11th thru 20th       Silage corn planted.

21st thru 31st       Clean silos and barns for new crops, put away planters and tillage equipment and get out hay equipment.


1st thru 15th         Start cultivating crops, put up 1st cutting of hay. Calves still being born.  And , of course, every single day we are gathering our farm fresh eggs.

The April showers that bring May flowers has been plentiful in our area this year, this has held us back from getting anything done. If the weather continues the way it is forecast we will still be planting the first of June.  As with any farm, a delay like this means a loss in revenue, and in our case feed.  It is not the first time we have faced such challenges, nor will it be the last. We pray that a little rain is saved for the summer growing season with a lot of warm summer nights.

Kellie and I hope that your upcoming summer is full of sunshine with a few good rains to keep things fresh and growing. We will leave you with a few pictures from our farm with visions of what's to come.

Been great to touch base with you.

Kellie & John Henry


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