Can you believe this weather?! Thank goodness it is finally warming up. Felt like spring would NEVER get here!
We received our packages of bees 2 weeks ago during the blizzard weather. Talk about bad weather to install bees into their new homes. Yikes! It was so cold and wet and miserable. We sadly lost 3 of the 20 new packages because of the terrible weather conditions. Now the bees will have to work a little harder to make up for the lost one.
Speaking of bees, we got some awesome boxes back from our Adopt - A- Hive program! These kids and families did such awesome jobs! Here are a few pics, but we have have them all posted soon!
Please welcome Tupac to the homestead. Tina Turkey was lonely- and calling constantly, but no one was here to answer her calls. So we decided to search for a mate for her. We found Tupac, a Blue Slate Tom. He's beautiful. He was on a farm, with his own lady. His lady was an escape artist. She could get out of the enclosure and would take Tupac with her. But sadly his lady was hit by a car and killed. He spent several days wandering around looking lost and calling for her. We are very glad to bring these two together so they don't have to be alone any more <3
We have put together some Mother's day gift bags this year. There are four sizes to choose from. Everything made here at the homestead. You can find these on our website.
New things are coming
If you didn't see our Facebook post announcement- we decided we will be getting a store front here at the homestead. This building will be split in half, store front and honey house. We will have all our goodies for sale, with set hours of operations. We will also have the honey house. We hope to not only be able to extract our own honey easier, but to do custom extraction for other local beekeepers and also rent the space out to other beekeepers.
The building is very exciting, and very scary all at the same time. We had to get a loan for the building, and it doesn't come with the inside finished, so that is left to us as well. Luckily we have lots of friends and family who plan to help us do the work. We just have to come up with the money for the materials. We have put together a small fundraiser to help pay for materials. There are 7 packages up for auction on our Facebook page. Something for everyone!
If you want to help us fund our next step there are a few ways you can help. Our auction on Facebook, purchasing any of our items on our website, sharing our Facebook page or website to help us expand our customer base, supporting us on Pateron, or a donation. Any of these are so very much appreciated during our leap of faith.
Pork for Sale
2 More Hogs back from the locker! Grilling Season is here!
Red Wattle Pigs. Raised with love in the mud- not a confinement!! You won't find anything like this at Hy-Vee or Fareway. All USDA Inspected for Resell.
New York Top Loin Roast $7/lb averages 3.5lbs
Ribeye Roast $7.50/lb average 3lbs
Boston Butt (shoulder) Roast $7/lb 2-3lbs
Ribeye Chops (packs of 2) $8.50/lb averages 1.25lbs
T-Bone Chops (packs of 2) $7.50/lb average 1.25lbs
Porterhouse chops (packs of 2) $8.50/lb average 1.5lbs
Iowa Chops (thick cut) packs of 2 $8.50/lb average 2lbs
Blade (shoulder) steak $7/lb average 2.25lbs
Spare ribs, whole racks $7.50/lb averages 5lbs
Smoked Bacon $9/lb approx. 1lb packages
Smoked Bacon ends $9/lb approx. 1lb packages
Fresh (not cured or smoked) Bacon Sliced $9/lb approx.. 1 lb. packages
Fresh bone in Ham $7.25/lb average 2lbs
Fresh Hock $6/lb average 2lbs
Smoked & Cured Bone in ham $8.25/lb average 5lbs
Boneless shoulder Roast $8/lb average 3lbs
Brats $8.50/lb approx. 1lb packages
Specialty Skinless Brats $9.50/lb approx. 1.5lb packages
• Jalapeno Cheddar
• Wisconsin Style (Beer)
Ground Pork $4.50/lb approx. 1lb packages
Breakfast sausage $5/lb approx. 1lb packages
Italian Sausage $5/lb approx. 1 lb packages
2 Whole Heads available 2.50/lb approx. 20lbs each
Hearts, Kidneys, feet, tail, skin (scalded), lard (ground approx. 5lb/ package), and bones available $2.50/lb
**Nothing is sold until it is paid for
I should have taken "before" pictures to show my great progress this spring, but I was too embarrassed.
Feels like we are so far behind, but we will make it work. So far in the ground we have potatoes, onions, garlic (from last fall), carrots, radish, and peas.
The basement is exploding with plants that need to be moved outside. Tomatoes everywhere.
We will get the greenhouse set up today and start moving plants out. We will also be selling some starter plants. All chemical free, organic seeds, and plantable pots. So stay tuned for those to be for sale!
Kids Gardening Camp
Don't forget about our upcoming summer camp for the kiddos!
This is a unique camp here at the homestead where we teach everything gardening. There are only a couple spots left, but if this sounds like something your kids, or another family's kids would enjoy- check out our website for more details. Kids Gardening Camp 2018.
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Tyler & Sara
The Holton Homestead