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Posted 11/7/2019 12:02pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

I'm late getting this out. We are harvesting.

There will be  a delivery this sat for Elgin, Arlington Heights, and Downers Grove.

December 14 will be the next 

January SKIPPED

February 8 will be the first of 2020

As most of you know we did not raise any turkeys this year, and with the rain we had the farmers were thankful, as it makes taking care of them much more difficult.

We did process some ducks, today in fact I will have them with on the delivery and will be available, just ask me.

Eggs are low again and available by the dozen.

Have a good Thanksgiving,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 9/11/2019 9:07am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

September 11, 2001 what a day. There are no words.

Today 2019, what are we doing in our world now on a personal level? Are our daily efforts healing our communities or driving them further apart?

There will be a delivery this Saturday the 14th. 

If you would like something this month please order through the store on the website.

I'm not sure if harvest will allow a delivery in October I will let you know in the next email. November 9th there will be date in November.

Make the world better today,

Jeremy

Posted 7/29/2019 10:14pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Well it is shaping up to be an average year. Since Thanksgiving of 2018 it has been:

Snowy

Muddy

Extremely cold and snowy

Wet and cool

Now hot and dry.

Put it all together and it looks like an average year that we will never forget. The extremes when put together come out as average but it makes it hard on the farmer, the animals and the soil.

Some of the advantages our management has benefited us during the extremes are:

Less erosion, Less ponding of water, better water holding capacity, cover crops have grown really well with the rain and have been harvested as hay or seed for next year, are some of the many benefits I've seen.

So this year for sure has had many challenges but the system we are using has helped soften the blow of these extremes. We had hoped to offer some food from our extra big "garden" but we picked a new spot this year closer to the house but it has a lot of issues with excess water. As of right now we will probably only have potatoes to offer. We shall see right now we are learning not to count our chicks before they hatch when it come to gardening.

The delivery will be this Saturday August 3 in Elgin, Downer Grove and Arlington Heights. Please place your order on the website meadowhavenfarm.com 

Specials:

1/2 pork is a great deal, lots of great pork for around $400 80-100 pounds in your freezer.

Pork sampler 4 pork chops, 4 shoulder steaks (Cherie's favorite), 4 pounds breakfast sausage, 2 pounds Italian links, 2 pounds Bratwurst, and one package of bacon. For $100 save $25

We look forward to seeing you. And as always we appreciate you, thank you for supporting our farm.

Jeremy, Cherie and family

Posted 5/8/2019 8:14am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

We had some more rain last night, and it is cool outside, that is probably why I'm at the computer. That and there is a delivery this coming Saturday. So if you are wanting to get some delicious meat for the grill or oven please place your order is the store section of meadowhavenfarm.com

Remember the new times for each delivery.

Elgin 9-9:30

Arlington Heights 10:15-10:45

Downers Grove 11:3-noon

We have been getting a few pullet eggs lately. Those are the first eggs from the new hens. Young female chickens are called pullets. I won't know how many eggs there are until Friday evening when the eggs washing is done but we will have more eggs than last time.

If you liked the beef special last month you are in luck. And if you missed it now is your chance. 

Beef Box Special: 3 sirloin steaks, 2 beef roasts, 2 NY Strip steaks for $60

Also Grill box special: 4 packs of pork chops/shoulder steaks, 2 ground beef, 2ribeye or NY strip.

Also the price of a whole hog is dropping from $3 per pound hanging weight to $2.50 per pound. Saving about 100 dollars available in June and July. Now is the time to fill your freezer with the best pork.

Next delivery is JUNE 15 it is the the third Saturday

We are trying something different on our farm this summer and we may have a select offering of vegetables and produce. More to come on that.

Check out the pictures on intagram and facebook. 

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie, and the rest of MHF

 

 

 

Posted 4/5/2019 9:49am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

SPRING is here! It sure seemed like that winter was a double dose. We are through it now and actually have turned the corner to green and soon flowers.

The field that were planted to rye last fall made it through and are starting to green up nicely. After a long winter I am always reminded why my favorite color is green. Since it is warming up and drying out we have been in the fields planting. Some fields we are adding clover and alfalfa to rye=, others we are planting cover cops of peas and oats they are a pre-crop before the field is planted to corn. My dad is also transitioning a field that was going to be planted rye last fall but it was too cold and wet after harvest so this spring we planted it to peas, red clover, alfalfa, and annual rye grass. This will be for forage for the cattle.  We may also keep some of the peas for seed for more transitioning acres.

This past February our whole family went to the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Conference in LaCrosse Wis. I want to start the foundation of think like an organic farmer with our kids. It was good. There were some boring parts for the kids. But I have told them I can teach you two things in this life, how to work hard and how to raise good food. 

So everyone in the family has a summer project in the garden and or with goats/pigs etc. There is usually more learning than success the first couple years of trying new things but it is possible we will have other products to offer this summer/fall.

I have updated the times for deliveries again. it will allow me to leave the last delivery by Noon. This should allow me to still get some work done on the Saturday of the delivery if I need. Hopefully this will prevent us from having to cancel deliveries because I am not available to drive a truck. 

The website has been Changed on the delivery site time and calendar.

Elgin 9-9:30am

Arlington Heights 10:15-10:45am

Downers Grove 11:30-12 noon

SPECIALS for April 

Beef box 3 sirloin steaks, 2 roasts, 1pkg. (2)Ny strips for $60 save $25

or a Double beef box and save $60 total is $110

Grill box 4 total packs of Pork Chops/ Shoulder steaks 2 ground beef 2 pack of ribeye/ny strip for $100 save $25

We will have some eggs there will likely be a limit on how many can be purchased.

NOTES SECTION of checkout is where to add beef box and eggs to have them included in your order.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

 

 

Posted 3/5/2019 10:51am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the ice house,

I'm ready for spring. I think everyone else is too. I've had some calves born and they are doing pretty well even with the cold.

I'll have a larger newsletter soon.

But there is a delivery this weekend 

Elgin time 9-9:30

Arlington 10:30-11:15

Downers Grove 1-1:30

If you can get your in by Thursday that would be great.

If there is something you are wanting and it is out stock we may have it just out it in the notes section of the checkout and we will add it I it is in our freezer. Sometimes computer inventory is the last thing to get updated.

 

Thanks,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 2/8/2019 7:41pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy,

Just a quick update.

February 16th will be the next delivery as long as the weather permits. I have been thinking of shortening up the time we are at each delivery location. So for the Downers Grove the delivery time will be from 1:00 to 1:30 Let me know if this will be a problem and we can figure something out.

After December winter stopped goofing of and decided to let us have a good dose of what winter could be like. The town that the tv station is in set an all time low of -33. Then a few day later we had more mud than I care for, and now back to bitter cold and wind.

It makes life a challenge. It also makes the good days more special.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 12/3/2018 11:36am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

There will be a delivery this Saturday, December 8th. We have lots of beef, pork and whole chickens, but unfortunately no eggs at all. The hens are older and the cold has basically shut them down. We have 500 hens and they are producing less than 30 eggs per day. Our biggest expense with the chickens is the feed so you can imagine what it costs us to produce one egg right now. The feed cost is almost 10 times normal. I have been trying to get new pullets in, they are young hen chickens. The market is short organic eggs so hens are harder to come by. We are not the only farmers having this issue with outdoor raised eggs, just this morning I got a call from a small store in Rock Island asking if we had eggs as the other farmers he works with don't have any eggs. I am trying to get some hens that will be available in April. Those chicken would probably start laying in May

As for the rest of the farm we were able to finish harvest just before the blizzard. I harvested soybeans till 4am Thanksgiving morning to finish up before the rain and then snow stopped harvest. We do have some rye we want planted in, but not all. So I have been doing some research to see if rye can be planted by frost seeding. Frost seeding is sowing on frozen ground and the seed grows as the ground makes little cracks from freezing and thawing. It is usually quite successful with clovers and alfalfa, we will probably have to find out for rye. Last year I planted some late and it did not get much of a chance to germinate in the fall and it did relatively well.

Monday or Tuesday the week after the delivery I'll go get some more feeder pigs. This is an all day trip, not my idea of fun anymore. But I have a love for our pork chops and our daughter Leah loves the pork sausage, so I will go get about 60 feeder pigs and that will make sure our freezer alway has pork in it.

The cattle. I have two groups of cattle right now. One is near the house and they are getting baled hay and haylage. Which some days is a pain to take the feed and water. The other group is 8 miles from home and they are still eating grass that was stockpiled this summer. Here is a picture of some of that group. 

I am very happy with how they look right now.

My dilemma with the cattle right now is that I am short feed to get both groups through winter. So my options are: sell cows and or calves in a down market or buy feed and get them through winter. Both options have positives and negative to them.

So if you need some of the best raised and really great tasting meat for your freezer please visit our website meadowhavenfarm.com and go to the store section and place your order. We have a really great price on 1/2 beef. If you order more than $75 we will have two stewing hens for stock and orders over $100 will get a beef roast also.

We have had some really good feedback on the popcorn we raised it is $5 for a 1 pound bag. Great for snacking and for gifting. Order through the store there is now a popcorn tab.

Delivery this Saturday, the 8th.

Delivery in January will be the 12th.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 11/5/2018 10:09am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Here is the turkey and regular monthly delivery schedule:

Saturday November 17 Turkeys will be frozen. Processed the week of the 17th.

Elgin - November 17th 8:45-9:30

136 Brookside drive, Elgin Illinois 60123

Arlington Heights - 10:30-Noon

1602 W. Roanoke Dr.
Arlington Hts, IL 60004

Downers Grove - 1:15-2:30pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church

5211 Carpenter Street

As another growing season winds down we have a lot to be thankful for. Harvest has been good and it is still wrapping up. We will be glad to be done. Here are some pictures from this fall.

The combine full of feed corn for grain.

The new bin is full of organic corn.

Over a 1000 pounds of organic popcorn. We will have some cleaned and ready to sell this delivery.

One of my favorite mother cows on pasture.

 

Turkeys grazing.

The hens coming out to meet us.

Whats up duck?

A field of rye planted for next spring.

Cherie has asked if possible can orders be placed by this Thursday. it will allow her to pack some this week as next week is going to be very busy. Most of the inventories are current but if there is something not listed put a note in during the checkout and if we have it we will get it in your order.

Many of the beef and pork prices are still low so be sure to check them out. This is a great time to stock the freezer. Also we will have whole chickens available. New this fall organically grown popcorn from our farm.

Thanks for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 7/9/2018 8:49am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Unfortunately we have to change the July delivery. Barb who is Cherie's helper/driver has hurt her back quite severely and will not be able to go on the 14th. If you would like to send her a get well note, her address is Barb Metzger 20665-1300 E. St. Princeton, IL 61356. Jeremy already had something and can not change those plans. We will reschedule for August 4. This will be the delivery for July and August both.

We know this is an inconvenience. If it helps we will offer pick up at the farm. This will come with a 10% discount. The farms address is 6139 1700N Sheffield Illinois 61361. You will need to set up a time with Cherie when she will be at the farm to help with your order. Her number 815-303-6226.

Farm update, the crops look good for the most part. They may be a little behind but weed control is acceptable to great. When the weather allows we have been spending long days in the tractor, getting fields ready to plant, planting and weeding. There have been periods where the soil is too wet. With the warm weather and good soil moisture the crops are growing fast.

Beside the corn and soybeans for feed we have small fields/big gardens where we planted green beans, pinto beans, pop corn, and sweet corn. We also have a big garden. I will know in a couple of weeks if we will have an opportunity for you to come if you choose and do a u-pick for the green beans. Canned green beans make a good vegetable dish in the winter and spring months when nothing is growing in the snow and mud. We will keep you updated and try to give as much advanced notice as possible.

The animals are enjoying the break in the heat and humidity. You may have seen we have 4 steer calves loose. They are technically on my parents farm now but they are not in the pasture they belong in yet. Livestock always manages to make life on the farm interesting. A boring day on a livestock farm is a good day. That means everything stayed in its pen and there were no emergencies for the animals or people.

Specials

Buy 3 beef roasts get the 4th free

Orders over $100 will get a package of NY strip steaks

Thank you for being a part of Meadow Haven Farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF