Friday, January 14, 2011

And the name is.........

Bountiful Harvest Farm! We finally decided. Go check out our new blog at We'll keep this one up for awhile, but it will not be updated again. Hope to see you all visit soon.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Farm Name....

Our new farm name will be announced soon, along with a new blog (which I am currently working on). We'll keep you posted.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Name Change?

It's been awhile since I've blogged...we are contemplating many things about the farm. One of those is a name change. When we named the farm "Picket Fence Farm", we thought it was unique to our area. Since then we have found out about Picket Fence Creamery in Woodward, Iowa that has been around longer than we have. In an effort to be more unique and original we want to rename our farm. So we are currently brainstorming ideas. We are also coming up with new marketing ideas, farming practices, and deciding what we will grow for the 2011 season. We are thinking at this time we will operate a small CSA and try out selling at area farmer's markets as well. Our goal is to try to make our farm our primary source of income in the coming years so that we can do it better. It is hard having the husband working full-time off the farm, as well as trying to raise a family and grow a business. This farm is what we are passionate about...providing local, farm-fresh, chemical-free food for our own family and our community.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Picket Fence Farm Newsletter #19

Picket Fence Farm HappeningsSeason 2 Issue #19

What’s Happening on the Farm
Well, the garden is in pretty bad shape this week; there is not much left to harvest. This will be our final delivery/pick-up of the season. It hasn’t been the best year for growing...the weather definitely did not cooperate, but we had many blessings along the way. Thanks to all of our CSA customers for sticking with us (even during weeks when the bags weren't as full as they should have been). This winter we will be coming up with new plans and ideas for our business and gardens, so please keep reading our blog for new developments. If you know you want to join the CSA again next year please let us know so we can write your name on our list. We will be accepting a limited number of people on a first come, first served basis (with current members getting first choice). We are excited for next year and the possibilities that a new season will bring. Here’s to a better 2011!

What’s in the Box?
Jalapeno Peppers
Lettuce-All season mix
Cooking Greens
Herb Bundle-Rosemary and Thyme

Recipe Ideas

Mandarin Mixed Greens Salad
2 cups torn mixed salad greens
1/2 cup mandarin oranges
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

3 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon minced gingerroot
1 garlic clove, minced
Place greens on two serving plates; top with oranges and walnuts. In a blender, combine the vinaigrette ingredients; cover and process until blended. Drizzle over salads.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Help Crooked Gap Farm!

Our friends at Crooked Gap farm have some great farm raised meat for sale. Help support a local farmer by checking out their info below to order some.

Crooked Gap Farm

Friday, October 01, 2010

Picket Fence Farm Newsletter #18

Picket Fence Farm Happenings
Season 2 Issue #18

What’s Happening on the Farm

The weather this week has been great. It has been dry so we are getting some field work done, finally. The garden is starting to wind down, so we will probably only have a couple more weeks of deliveries/pick-ups. Farm Crawl is this weekend, and I would encourage everyone that can make it to go. It is always a good time, plus you get to support local farmers--for more info you can check out the website at On a sad note, we lost 4 chickens this week. We learned a lesson the hard way...when moving the chicken house and some chickens escape, don’t just let them go and think they will come back to roost at night...they DON’T know where their house is. We were able to catch 5 of the escapees, but 4 just would not let us near them (and they are fast, by the way), so we gave up discouraged and said they were on their own. Well, that didn’t go so well, because there were feathers in the yard the next morning and we haven’t seen the chickens since (besides the carcass of one left in the field by our house). Some lucky animal(s) had a nice chicken dinner.

What’s in the Box?

Tomatoes-Big Beef, Celebrity, or Roma
Cherry Tomatoes, assorted varieties
Jalapeno Peppers
Cucumbers-Tendergreen, Diva, or Lemon
Sweet Potatoes-Georgia Jet
Assorted Pumpkins

Recipe Ideas

Sweet Potato Pie
1 (1 pound) sweet potato
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Picket Fence Farm Newsletter #17

Picket Fence Farm Happenings
Season 2 Issue #17

What’s Happening on the Farm

Well, the farm is MUDDY this week. Fall is supposed to be a drier season, but not so this year (yet). We hear it is the third wettest year on record. Not the best conditions for gardening, but we continue to push on. The tomatoes look to be about done...we have some green ones on the vine, so we will see if they get the warmer temps they need to ripen. We have some pumpkins this week. They are mystery varieties as they grew on their own accord out of our compost pile. The pumpkins and winter squash that we planted in the field were a total loss, yet these did great...they loved the fertile compost I guess. We will be spreading our compost on the garden this Fall in hopes of a more abundant season next year.

What’s in the Box?

Tomatoes-Big Beef, Celebrity, or Roma
Cherry Tomatoes, assorted varieties
Cucumbers-Tendergreen, Diva, or Lemon
Green Beans--Maxibel
Lettuce-All Season Mix
Chives-Garlic or Onion
Assorted Pumpkins

Recipe Ideas

Garlic Thyme Potatoes (
2 pounds small red potatoes
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Peel a narrow strip of skin around the center of each potato. Place potatoes in a steamer basket; place in a saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Cover and steam for 20-30 minutes or until tender. In a serving bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add potatoes and toss gently to coat.

Cheddar Thyme Flaky Biscuits (
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cream of tartar. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or a fork until it is the size of peas. Make a well in the center of the mixture and measure the milk, cheese and thyme into the bowl. Gently mix until a soft dough forms. Roll or pat out on a floured surface to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into circles and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms of the biscuits are golden brown.