Iowa is known for corn. US state maps have corn as an image for Iowa. If you’ve ever taken a drive through Iowa, you will see cornfields as far as the eye can see. Corn upon corn upon corn.
So why did we plant most of our farm in soybeans this year?
Continue reading “Why Crop Rotation Works”
Tibetan Buddhists hang prayer flags high in the Himalayan Mountains. When the wind blows over a flag, the air is purified and goodwill is carried by the wind.
Continue reading “Prayer Flags”
I did a bit of research. According to the CDC 30-40% of people in the United States suffer from some sort of insomnia. I have a sleep cure AND a way to make your children want to do homework every night!
Continue reading “A Farmer’s Cure for Insomnia”
Squash is easy to grow in any garden. My Iowa garden is no exception. I always have a bumper crop of butternut squash every fall. So here’s my favorite Squash Soup. This recipe makes 3 quarts! Add croutons for a dash of flavor and crunch.
Continue reading “Farm to Table Butternut Squash Soup”
I just read that the sales of cereal have risen 214%.
That’s quite an increase! I get it. If you are exhausted, and need something to eat, and you don’t care to cook, a bowl of cereal can fit the bill!
Continue reading “Old Fashioned Cereal Cookies”
Sales of Peleton bikes and bicycles are up 172% and 121% respectively. There is a revived interest in riding a bike, for exercise or as a form of transportation.
Continue reading “A Bike Ride in a Cornfield”
I was planning to post about an easy and thrifty way to can pickles that taste like expensive deli pickles.
But instead I must discuss the Disastrous Derecho (Source: weather.gov) that blew in on August 10, 2020 that has brought Midwest farmers to their knees. (We were one of few that missed devastation, where the epicenter was less than 20 miles away. We are stunned the Derecho went around our tiny spot in the state.)
Continue reading “Derecho Devastation in Iowa”
Whelp. The corn market sucks and the bean market sucks more. Or is it suckier?
Continue reading “Small Farming Can Save Big Money”
In keeping with more postings of thrifty and easy recipes, here’s a recipe from the 1960’s. I don’t think Grandma was aware of the words Keto or Whole 30 back in the day, but she did have the good idea to put together this tasty side dish.
Continue reading “Green Beans With Onion and Tomato”
Change. We’ve all had some! There have been a couple hundred thousand of you who have voted by visiting my Pinterest account that you need thrifty, homemade food! So, starting today, I will be posting easy from-the-farm recipes more often until we all get through this. And because Lila gave me her large collection of vintage Midwest farm cookbooks, we are set for decades! (I’m not kidding…)
Continue reading “Easy Pulled Pork”