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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 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.


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

Posted 6/4/2018 11:44pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

We have been busy in the fields and it looks as though that will continue with the good weather forecasted for this week. That is good and bad. Good for the crops that need to be planted and weeded. Bad because Jeremy cannot be away from the farm this Saturday and we just found out that Barb (Cherie's driver ) is unavailable so the the delivery will be pushed back till the 16th. We are sorry if this causes any problems but we have not been able to come up with any other solution.

I promise a better newsletter next month.

Please place you orders for the 16th on the store section of

Thank you for your patience with us,




Posted 5/8/2018 2:50pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

The sun is shinning the grass is growing and green is still my favorite color. When the plant captures sunlight it turns co2 into sugar. Some of that sugar is taken to the root zone which feeds soil life. This helps the soil hold more nutrients and water which allows the soil to grow more green plants.

Here are some pictures I like that I've taken in the last month. Each one tells part of the story.

I don't feel like typing much on a beautiful day sorry.

Make sure you go to the store at I made some of the beef specials from last even better. Pork maybe limited next month. We are good on eggs, get some to share.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF


Posted 4/4/2018 8:37am by Jeremy House.
Howdy from the farm,

Do you know what April showers bring? Time for the farmer to do his computer work. Like update the website inventories, calendar and writing the newsletter. I’m grumbling about it but it gets me indoors so…

We have officially started spring planting sowing oats, oats and peas and peas. Most will be for cover crops but some will be for seed for next year. It was nice to get in the tractor and get some work done in the fields. It is nice to have something growing and feeding soil life as well. Last fall the harvest was very drawn out and as soon as it was done winter came like 3 days after and the window was closed on field work and the growing season. One field of rye was planted and almost immediately it got cold, I figured that was a waste as it could never grow but this spring (I used that word loosely) the rye has grown enough that the field is already greening up. As soon as we get some warm sunny days that field and the ones planted this spring will really start growing well.

The reasons we do this even if the cover crop will not be harvested in anyway is: The cover crops protect the soils from wind, rain, and sun. The plants convert sunshine into sugars that are translocated down to the root zone and the life in the soil gets to wake up earlier than if it were waiting for the corn or beans to grow. The cover crops suppress weeds. When the cover crops are terminated the plant is worked into the soil and feeds the soil life and releases the nutrients back to the soil so it is readily available for the crop that will be harvested. The whole process is a way we can add “life” to the soil which really helps fix and restore mismanaged soils and helps the soils stay full of life.

When you eat food from Meadow Haven Farm this is what you are supporting and we appreciate you caring enough to make our farm part of your food choice. If you would like to place an order please do so on our website and then go to the store tab and place your order.
Eggs are back in stock was a long winter for the hens and those that took care of them.
Beef has many specials this month
1/2 beef the price is $3.75 per pound based off the hanging weight plus about $275 processing. This come out to about $1400 for a half beef or about $7.50 per pound of meat then bones organs and fat are in addition to that.
Ground Beef ordered in 50 pound increments is $7 per pound. If you choose this just add a note in the note section as you check out.
NY strip steaks $16 per pound
Ribeye steaks $18 per pound
Pork Chops are still $8 per pound
Time to get the grill going.

Thank you for being a part of our farm,
Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF
Posted 3/6/2018 8:10pm by Jeremy House.
Howdy from the farm,

Welcome to March, the bridge between the last of winter and the first of spring. Now we wait while the world turns green and comes to life. Somedays we have to look for the signs of spring harder than on others.

With the February delivery being cancelled to Elgin, Arlington Heights and Downers Grove if your order has not changed we will have what you ordered at this delivery. If there are changes or other arrangements please let us know.

I have updated the inventory for the store so it should be accurate. The hens are liking the warmer weather and the egg production has been increasing. I am hoping to be able to meet all the orders this delivery but please understand I am an optimistic farmer.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF
Posted 2/3/2018 8:27pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Grey days, although February is a short month I find myself looking to the horizon for spring.

Like this picture a little bit of light surrounded by grey. March will soon be here as will the mud that comes with. But, in March the daylight increases by 1 hour 24 minutes and the average daily high temperature increases 14 degrees. So there is light and there is hope but we have some plodding to do.

One upside is that I have my chores fairly consolidated so it is easier than past years to take care of the animals. So I have caught up on family time and rest. The downside is the paper work is trying to fill in the void. Things that need to be done but once they are done I haven't really achieved anything. So I have been trying to remind myself to get it done now while the days are grey rather than when the sun is shining and real work could be done rather than to meet some paperwork deadline.

I do temper some of the boring paper work with planning out the 2018 growing season. Figuring what crops will be planted in each field and then make a backup plan in the event the weather necessitates the first plan is changed.

Another upside is that the really hard cold should be behind us. There was a stretch tin he beginning of January that 10 out of 11 days had low temperatures below zero. The cold makes watering the animals much more of a challenge. The focus during that time is to maintain the animals rather than have them gain. During the extreme cold the hens were for the most part fine although many of the eggs frozen and cracked. Water was much more difficult as the water quickly froze as a result their production dropped. It has been coming back but that is always a slow process as all waiting is.

So it is with this time of year, in the grey days of winter looking off to the horizon to the promise of spring. The thought of green and new life can be what keeps us going but it is important to be thankful for all the blessing known or unrealized we have.

Changing gears a little bit if the thought of planning fields and green has turned your mind to gardening we will have more to offer in the area of soil fertility. We will still have azomite which is a mined volcanic ash that has been micronized and provides many (67) trace minerals to the soil. We also use it as a feed additive and I believe it adds to the flavor of our meat and eggs. This spring we will also offer fertilizers from a company Midwest Bio Ag they are approved for organic use. The founder of the company Gary Zimmer helped shape my thinking into the "organic mind" I now have.


Bloomington Normal will be 2-5 as a long as it doesn't snow too much

Quad Cities the store Healthy Harvest Urban Gardens is supplied with our meat and usually eggs. It is a neat store and a good place to support.

Elgin, Arlington Heights, Downers Grove will be on the 10th please have your orders in by WEDNESDAY as Cherie is going on a field trip with Elijah on Friday and any late orders will be put together by Jeremy which will probably get goofed up. We will be short on eggs again this month.

Chicago Primal Gym- the organic farming conference MOSES in LaCrosse Wi is 2/22-24 so the delivery will be one of the following days 2/19,  2/20, 3/1, 3/2 I will let you know when it will be.

We've lowed Prices on some more beef products but the best deal is the 1/2 beef so get your orders in soon.

Thanks for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF




Posted 1/10/2018 9:19am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Winter remembered how to get cold! It makes life on the farm challenging in new ways. As always the weather is very important to our everyday life here on the farm. I have recently asked some people would they take a job if the pay was based not only on performance but also if the weather was favorable?

Challenges the below zero weather brings are: frozen water and hoses, gates can be very hard to open if they are frozen to the ground, eggs freeze and crack, the extra time to bundle up and walk around wearing extra clothes, and starting loaders and vehicles. We have been able to manage fairly well from the farmer perspective. The animals for the most part have done quite well, although the goal moves more to maintaining rather than gaining weight.

I have updated the inventory on the website on our items, I know it is late. Eggs are limited due to production challenges. If you are wanting a case of eggs place your order and put in the notes that you want a case. The cases may be 10 dozen rather than 15 dozen so that everyone can get some. The price for the cases will be a little higher as we cover costs.

For beef I've lowered ground beef and stew meat and kept the roast price at $7.50. Also the price of half a beef is now $3.75 per pound of hanging weight plus processing. There is good supply but don't miss out on this deal. 

Place your order at

One of our goals is to provide Great food at a price that is fair to you and us. As we change our marketing and spend less time away from the farm we can charge less for our products especially when the quantity stays the same or goes up. 

One of the balancing acts we are trying to figure out is eggs production. For the year we probably produced just over what our demand was for the year. But some months production was close to 150% and other 50%, so please be patient with us as we try to figure that out.

Thanks for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 11/7/2017 10:35am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

I know this is on a lot of peoples minds:

Turkey Delivery Schedule 

Monday Nov 20 Frankfort 7-7:30pm corner of Oak and Kansas, Frankfort farmers market loction
Monday Nov 20 Peoria Noon pm. Crosssfit North Peoria 8002 N Sommer St
Tuesday Nov 21 Moline 4:30-5pm Great River Chiropractic
Tuesday Nov 21 Elgin 5-5:30pm 
Tuesday Nov 21 Arlington Heights 7:15-7:45pm 1602 W. Roanoke Dr.
Arlington Hts, IL 60004

Wednesday November 22 Chicago Primal Gym 1235w Belmont 9:40-10:20am

Wednesday Nov 22 Green City Market Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum 11am -Noon in the marina parking lot across the street
Wednesday Nov 22 Downer Grove 4-4:30pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
5211 Carpenter Street
(at Grove Street)

If you are wanting meat or eggs for the second Saturday deliveries please order them by Thursday at the latest. We may not have enough cases of flats for this delivery. They will be first ordered first served.


November, turkey, Thanksgiving, giving thanks.

Not long ago we had friends over for a meal and our guests were beginning a 28 day no complaining challenge. It has offered a different perspective to the way I sometimes view challenges in this life.  A similar idea is the verse "in everything give thanks." Last Sunday I overdid it, one of the things I did was run a 10K and now my right knee is a little sore. (I'm already on the uptick). Sunday morning my knee was fine and I didn't even think about my knee, no complaining but no being thankful either. As I was running I passed a guy that I'm sure didn't have right knee pain after the race. I can be sure because missing his leg from just above the knee down. So I can complain about my knee being sore, or I can forget to be thankful that I have a knee, but to do so is to miss so much. I wonder if someday we will able look back on our lives a realize how acute the danger was, that we were unaware of?

As I look back on the year for our family it has been in a very good way boring. While I know others whose each day is a challenge almost every day who would be thankful for the minor things I find myself complaining about. This year I have been reminded to be thankful in everything, for the time when everything is working without issue and to be thankful when life is hard. Mostly I have been reminded to be thankful for the one who will never leave me or forsake me.

Thank you for making our farm your farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and everyone at MHF