Sunday, September 10, 2017

Schedule of Events

   Trail Ride - 8:30 am Registration and 9:15 am Hit the Trail $20 per wrangler.
                      Contact Jodi McNulty - 435-513-979 or JoDe Miles - 435-783-2493

   5-K Run - 

                       Call Giselle Rasheta - 435-513-

   Boutique - Unique crafters' booths open at 9:00 AM and run through 5 PM.  There is something                      for everything!  "Down on the Farm" jellies and jams, featuring Chokecherry Jelly
                     and some new tasty jelly/jam treats.

   Food Booth - Melt in your mouth homemade cinnamon rolls beginning at 8:30 AM. Wonderful                          fall soups and chili, breads and chokecherry jelly or hone butter, hot dogs, chili                               dogs, chili baked potato, drinks throughout the day.

   Kids Games - Activities to keep the kids involved and happy throughout the  day!

   Pumpkin Patch Hay Ride - A hay wagon ride to the pumpkin patch where you can choose your                           own pumpkin ... all day!

  Hay Maize - Wind your way through the crazy hay maize and smell that sweet hay - open all day!

Come and share a great fall day on the farm with us!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Chokecherry Festival Time

     The Chokecherry Festival time is one week away!  I still have jellies and jams to make and the barnyard to clean!  Where does my time go?  Here's a couple of well-kept secrets...I have a few new flavors of jams and jellies I've been testing, and I'm so excited! Side note:  This picture is from the past, so the REAL date is September 16th this year!

  The very day I went to the farm to begin my "clean-up," I received a call from a gentleman with a very kind voice.  He asked if I made hawberry jam, to which I replied, I did not.  He recalled this wonderful tasting jam that his Mother used to make and I told him I did not have a recipe.  He told me how his mother made it...right down to the last detail!  Well, there I was at the farm, standing on the creek bank under a hawthorn tree!  The only thing I knew they were good for was a very deep, non-healing wound from the big, sharp thorns every where on the tree.  I knew I didn't want to be anywhere near the tree!  I remembered the voice of the man who I could visualize as he told me lovingly of his mother and her wonderful tasting jam.  I knew I must try to replicate it for him!  My hands shot up in the branches (being careful not to get near a thorn) and I begin picking!  I had no where to put the berries, so I set my handfuls on the ground and ran to my husband's old "Bubba" farm truck.  I searched for a bag of some kind and ended up taking some bolts out of a plastic bag and throwing them in with a bag of nails (he'll never know - right?)  I ran back to the tree and picked enough berries until I thought I had enough to juice for a batch of jelly.  Let me tell you....this jam is to die for delicious!   I can't wait for him...and for come and try a bottle of this beautifully red, sweet--but not too sweet--jam!

      Last year at the Festival, I had a couple of guests come to my booth searching....  When I asked if I could help them find something, they responded they had been directed to come to the Festival for the Chokecherry Wine!  I laughed and asked where they received their information!  When they told me, I knew this was a practical joke being played on me by a dear friend.  This dear friend just happens to make his own Chokecherry Wine!  Well, I coaxed him out of a bottle of his precious blend and created a new Vino Chokecherry Jelly!  Ok -- let me just say, this stuff is divine!  Joke is on him, because now he has to supply me with his good stuff so I can supply you!  This is definitely a gourmet taste treat you will want to sit down to experience, close your eyes, and be prepared for a taste bud sensation! 

      Last note -- a couple of years ago, I attended a farm seminar with my husband.  One of the speakers told us that less than 5% of Americans are involved in farming today.  This shook my world!  A life that I know and love and have so many fond memories locked away, and just a tiny fraction of people are able to experience it!  The Chokecherry Festival is not housed in a lovely, state of the art building nor in a brand new ranch barn.  The Festival is a "real" look at farm life and the everyday happiness and clarity that the life brings.  Lay aside your normal pressures of the day and come share a day "Down on the Farm"  Look to the left sidebar for the schedule -- and please come and share a wonderful day with us at the farm!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's that time of year!

     YES!  It IS that time of year again!  How often do we hear that....however....for me it means something entirely different! When I begin to see the tiny little clusters of green berries hanging from the trees on the side hill, slowly taking on a red, then burgundy color, I know.... it's that time of year again!
     I remember as a child when my Mother would get all
my sisters and me together to go pick chokecherries, I 
really did not like doing it!  It was hot and the berries
were difficult to pick and it took a long time and it seemed like it took forever to fill my bucket, and ....I 
could go on and on!  Now, however, I love being on the
quiet side hill, with no one around but the birds and the
sound of an occasional car passing by on the road below.
It's actually quite relaxing and allows plenty of time for
private thought. Everything just depends on your perspective...

    From my perspective...I love my life in the country!  I am truly a "farm girl!"  I love sharing a bit of my country life with you and the peace I feel.  The Chokecherry Festival allows me that opportunity and I'm glad  you love it too! Circle Saturday, September 16th , on your calendar for the 2017 celebration. 

                                                           This old fashioned, farm-house cupboard will be filled as full                 as possible with  flavorful chokecherry jelly and syrups...just waiting for you! When you step through my front door, the odor of raspberries, peaches, jalapenos, strawberries, fresh rosemary, sage and basil fill the air! I thoroughly enjoy tasting every new recipe idea I come up with...and I've got some new ones for you to try this year!

My "farm-boy" husband will be on hand to take you on a wonderful ride to pumpkin patch!

 There's always plenty of fun for the kids, while the parents stock up on the famous "Fudge Fairy" delicious goodies!

   I'll add the schedule soon, but save the date - Sat. Sept. 16th - and be prepared to enjoy a beautiful fall day in the country!

See you soon - I'm out picking chokecherries!