A True Family Farm

When our boys help in the gardens they represent the fifth generation of the family to work the soil on Kimker Hill. Four generations still live on the farm today. Strong family bonds and a deep love and respect for the earth influence all of our farm practices.

Our gardens provide us with the best and purest of food, matchless beauty, and the ultimate earth science classroom for our homeschooled boys.

Sustainability is a popular buzz word among small scale agriculture. To us it means giving more than you take. Putting back what you use. Remembering that this beautiful earth will last forever and it's our commision to care for. In our gardens we try hard to follow these ideals and work with the earth's design, not against it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

To those who were looking for almond flour and rye flour, I am bringing them with me tomorrow! I am also well stocked on all the beans and peas again!

Gluten-Free Muffins tomorrow!

Don't forget, we'll be at the market first thing in the morning.
Come get your delicious, homemade gluten-free muffins for breakfast! Choose from Banana, Banana Chocolate-Chip or Chocolate Chocolate-Chip! All are made with my Gluten-Free Mixed-Grain Flour and our free-range eggs. Don't miss out!

Come see us at the market tomorrow!

Hello Everyone! Good news for our customers...we decided to do one more market for this season. 
We will be at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market tomorrow, 
October 25th. We realize many of our customers like to stock up for the winter, so we hope to see all of you tomorrow!
We still have heirloom tomatoes, especially the cherry & grape varieties, And we are excited that the Rainbow Swiss Chard is looking beautiful and tasting wonderful again. The bugs have finally left it alone long enough to recover. Stop by our stand and get some to enjoy at home.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Come see us at the market tomorrow!

Have you missed us at the market?? We will be back tomorrow, October 4th at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market, 8am to noon. Stop by and stock up on all your favorites! This may be our last market (we may be at the Harvest Festival? but not sure yet.)
Don't miss out!!! Hope to see you tomorrow!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Green Tomato Cake Recipe

Here is a reposting of an old recipe, with my modifications. Thanks for the request.

This spiced green tomato cake is surprisingly delicious! 
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil or melted shortening
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups  whole-grain flour  (Denise's Combo Flour or 10-Grain Flour) or if you're gluten-free, try (Denise's Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Flour)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 1/2 cups diced green tomatoes
1 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)
coconut (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. In mixing bowl, beat sugar, vegetable oil or shortening, eggs and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg; slowly beat into egg mixture. Blend well. Stir in green tomatoes, nuts and raisins.
Pour into greased 9x13-inch pan. Top with coconut if desired. Bake for one hour, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. .
Serves 12.
Good morning everyone! It's that time again, we will be back at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market tomorrow.

It's time to stock up on all your favorites!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Try my new recipe!

Denise's Grilled Chicken, Split Pea & Spinach Soup

Begin with 1 package of Kimker Hill Farm Yellow Split Peas.  
Put entire package into a stock pot & rinse well.  Then cover with about 10 cups water.
Add about 1 tablespoon granulated garlic, a sprinkle of italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons lemon juice
& 1 teaspoon salt.
Begin cooking on medium-high heat.
Chop 2 large onions & 2 stalks celery, then add to soup.
When it comes to a low boil, reduce heat to low & let simmer about 1 hour.
Add more water if necessary during cooking.
About 10 minutes before serving, add:
One grilled chicken breast cut into small pieces & 1/2 pound chopped fresh spinach.
Turn off heat & cover, allow it to remain on the hot burner until ready to serve.

It got rave reviews from my family this evening.  I served it with my Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread.

You can get the Kimker Hill Farm Yellow Split Peas, the fresh spinach & my Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread 
(already baked or the mix to bake yourself) from us at the next market!

Hello everyone!  Sorry I haven't had time to post for a while, we have all been so busy I even forgot to remind everyone we were going to the market on Saturday.  We were happy to see so many of our regular customers anyway!

In case you missed us, we will be back again on July 12th!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Once again I forgot about the eggs. We have plenty of Free-Range Eggs we will be bringing with us!!!
Tomorrow is the official Opening Day at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market. It runs from 8 am to noon.

We have been busily preparing for the past two weeks. All the greens are producing abundantly! We are bringing lots of kale, spinach, rainbow swiss chard, a variety of lettuces and even some herbs, as well as assorted radishes.

I have also been preparing plenty of freshly ground flours and healthy mixes.

Did you get a sample of my Gluten-Free Multi Grain Bread at our last market? I will be sampling again tomorrow. I have baked more loaves this time, but it sold out quickly last time. If you miss out, you can still get the mixes to make it at home.

Hope to see you tomorrow! It looks like the weather will be perfect.

Here's the current link: tgmarket.org

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Opening Day at Tower Grove Farmers' Market this Saturday, May 3rd

Please come and join us for the opening day celebration at the market!

Friday, April 18, 2014

We'll be at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market tomorrow morning!

I forgot to say, we have lots of free-range eggs we will be bringing tomorrow as well.  The  eggs are a pretty mix of colors and spots.

Tomorrow is our first preseason market at the Tower Grove Park. The weather has really helped us out with our preparations.
We are bringing lots of beautiful rainbow swiss chard. We also have several varieties of kale, spinach, and an assortment of spring lettuces and radishes.

In addition, I will be bringing the new mixes, Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Mix and Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread Mix. I also have 4 loaves of Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread freshly baked and ready to enjoy. I will be sampling it tomorrow, stop by & give it a try!

Hope to see you there! It's from 8:00am to noon. Here's a link:

New Babies!

We're having a very busy week!! Our first outdoor farmers' market is tomorrow. We've been making lots of preparations!
We also have baby chicks hatching again. They're so cute to watch!
Nate managed to catch the first one as it hatched. We thought we'd share the video.


Look how creative Danny is, he just finished a new, larger brooder for the chicks! They are almost 2 weeks old and were way too crowded in their brooder box.
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We woke up this morning to an "escapee" chick out of the brooder.   Now they are all in a new brooder box with taller sides!

Here are some pictures of them during the past week
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The incubator is half empty now, the brooder box is filling up! 6 chicks hatched during the night & 3 more this morning. Another one looks like it should pop out any time now.
Chick #11 just hatched!!
The first 10 are very happy with their surrogate mommy!!!!!
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Here are a few posts that I forgot to put on here:
Second chick hatched!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The fun begins!

Spring arrived 2 days early here!!!

Our first chick hatched this morning! We can here the others "talking to each other" in the incubator. We are excited, the fun has begun!!!

March 7,2014

Oh, I forgot to say, we will be bringing LOTS OF FREE-RANGE EGGS with us. The chickens are cooperating nicely, all the different breeds are laying, and the eggs are a pretty mix of colors.

March 7, 2014

Hi everyone! We're all busy here getting ready for market in the morning. Hope you can join us!

Have you tried my Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread Mix yet? Not ready to bake your own? Well, tomorrow I will be bringing the actual Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread. It is rising in the oven right now! I'm only making a few loaves this time, I want to find out how much interest there is before I make too many.

Come get yours at the Tower Grove Winter Farmers' Market tomorrow. It runs from 9am to 1pm. Need more info? Check out http://www.tgmarket.org/

Friday, February 7, 2014

Come hungry and get your muffins for breakfast!

I made Chocolate, Chocolate-Chip Muffins and Blueberry Muffins for the morning.  Come get some for yourself and your family!  Both are gluten-free, made with my Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour and our free-range eggs.
Remember the new winter market is at the City Garden School gym.  It's bright and spacious with plenty of parking.

Winter market tomorrow morning!

Eggs, eggs & more eggs!!!! Our chickens have really been cooperating, we will be bringing lots of eggs with us to the market tomorrow! Hope to see you there!  Open 9am to 1 pm
For more info check out http://www.tgmarket.org/

Friday, January 10, 2014

Muffins for breakfast!

Hope you're hungry in the morning. I just finished baking muffins for the market. I'm bringing Gluten-Free Chocolate, Chocolate-Chip Muffins & Green Tomato Spice Muffins with raisins.

Don't miss out! See you tomorrow!

Another new mix for the market tomorrow!

And now I have finished the new Gluten-Free Cookie Mix!

Please stop by the market tomorrow and get some to try at home. The market runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Hope to see you there!

Need more info? Check out http://www.tgmarket.org/

Exciting news!

One good thing about this crazy weather has been my having time to perfect the recipes for new mixes.

 I just finished making the first batch of my new Gluten-Free Bread Mix! 

I'm trying to decide if I should make more.  I'd love some feedback, if you will be at the Tower Grove Winter Farmers' Market tomorrow and are interested in getting the new mix, could you let me know?  I would greatly appreciate it.

Back to work.

What wild weather we are having this winter!

 Last weekend we started out sunny with temps in the 40's. Then we got a few flurries and the temps dropped quickly. By Sunday morning we were in the middle of a blizzard, lots of snow with high winds. We ended up officially with 12" snow, but it was such a dry snow the wind just kept blowing it around. We had places with just a dusting and places w...ith 5 feet of snow. We still can't see the end of the hoophouse, the snow piled up against it almost as high as the top of the door on one end. By nightfall, the temperature fell below 0, with a low of -9. Monday only got up to 4 degrees. It's slowly been warming up, high of 34. 

 This morning started out cloudy, then boom! Thunder, lightning and rain! and the snow is finally starting to melt, it's 43 degrees. You just never know what to expect with Missouri weather!