We are so happy to announce that at long last, we have now added an online store. Now you can conveniently shop for maple syrup and honey. Of course, these two items always make terrific holiday gifts too!
As is his morning ritual, Jim went out for a short run on Monday morning. To his surprise, he discovered a truck upside down in Mud Creek just down the road. A woman was crawling out, but his son was still inside, stuck, hanging upside down from his seatbelt. With the aide of another neighbor who was passing by, they managed to get the boy safely out of the truck.
After Jim returned home from his run, he told me all about his unusual encounter. So I tweeted the incident, and a reporter from WCCO responded, sending a news crew up here to the farm. Here is the story as it appeared on the WCCO Channel 4 10 pm news on Monday night 12/2/13.
Supporting small businesses is more than just showing your appreciation for the “little guy.” The biggest benefit is that you will find very unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that you just can’t find in stores. Here is one gift idea that it guaranteed to make everyone smile. Sapsucker Farms combo pack, in a hand-crafted wooden crate made out of maple. The organic Minnesota maple syrup and Minnesota Wildflower honey are right here from the farm, and the wooden box is crafted by my friend Jack Olson from Mora. Cost is $35.00 plus shipping…. unless, of course, you pick it up here on the farm. For details, contact Debbie at 320-679-9195 or email us at SapsuckerFarms@northlc.com. Holiday blessings to you all.
Whether you’re feasting on turkey, ham, veggies, or anything else, may your celebration today be full of happiness, love, and of course, thankfulness.
(Photo by Alaska Grown on Facebook)
The otter family has been out playing on the snow-dusted pond. Their tracks and belly skids can be seen winding all over the surface. Oh what fun, to be an otter.
Temps got down to 1° F last night. Cold is in the air, and this fancy swirling ice formation along the bank of the pond shows off nature’s winter beauty.
Even though I still have a lot of work to do (cleaning out the hoop house, covering up the bees, stowing equipment and extracting honey), I am ready for a nice, long, winter break and enjoy the beautiful winter scenes that nature provides me all over the farm.
The annual ritual of dressing up in blaze orange, waking before the sun comes up and sitting up in a tree stand is here. The firearms deer hunting is here. So far, we haven’t seen any deer, probably because there is still so much corn out in the fields. While we really do want to refill the freezer with some venison, it is such an enjoyable, peaceful time to just sit out in the woods and watch what happens in the natural environment.
Watching the sun come up and seeing the ice forming on the pond.
Watching the moon come up and reflect off the ice on the pond.
Enjoying the humorous displays in the local grocery store to celebrate this annual, and much-loved event.
The same day that I delivered the last CSA box for the season, Jim and I escaped for a short vacation to the British Virgin Islands.
Our dear friends have a beautiful place on Tortola Island and they invited us to come for a visit. Of course we eagerly said “yes!”
This is the view from the balcony of their home that overlooks Cane Garden Bay. Yes, we enjoyed four days in paradise. Now we’re regenerated and ready for the winter. Bring it on.
The snow kept coming down today. Eventually we had about 3″ of snow on the ground. Thankfully, it is quickly melting. It was surreal and beautiful. Lots of color autumn leaves still on the trees, apples yet to be picked, veggies still in the garden, and it’s all covered in snow.
Today was also the day I harvested for the last CSA boxes of the season. After brushing the snow off of the kale, I found a fresh, beautiful plant, ready to be harvested.
Ready or not, the snow is here. We had about 3″ accumulated on the ground. Even though I’m not ready for it yet, I have to admit, it sure is pretty.
The snow-covered kale was also a pretty sight. Good thing kale is resilient in the cold since I’m planning on putting it in my last CSA box for the season. Whew.