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, April 18, 2014
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!
Denise's Banana Muffin Mix-$4.50 Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries and flaxseed. Also makes great Banana Bread or Banana Cake.
Denise's Cornbread Mix- $4.25 Made with freshly-ground, organic cornmeal. Gluten-Free Mix also available.
Denise's Gluten-Free Spice Muffin Mix - $5.00 Made with my Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour.
Denise's Healthy Buckwheat Pancake Mix - $4.25 Wheat-Free and Milk-Free. Made with freshly-ground, organic buckwheat, flaxseed and oats.
Denise's Healthy Gluten-Free Pizza Dough Mix- $5.00 Made with my Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour.
Denise's Healthy Gluten-Free Waffle Mix - $4.75 Made with my Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour.
Denise's Healthy Pancake Mix 1lb- $4.25 -2lb- $8.00 Milk-Free Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries, flaxseed and oats.
Denise's Healthy Pizza Dough Mix- $4.50 Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries, flaxseed and oats. Will make 2- 15" pizzas or a pizza and breadsticks.
Denise's Healthy Waffle Mix-1lb-$4.25 Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries, flaxseed and oats.
Denise's Mixed Beans & Peas Soup Mix-1lb-$4.50 A beautiful, colorful mix of organic dried beans, peas and lentils.
Denise's Mixed Grains-1lb-$4.50 A blend of certified organic barley, brown rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, spelt and wheat.
Denise's Spice Muffin Mix- $4.25 Made with freshly ground, organic wheat berries and flaxseed. Makes great Zucchini Muffins, Zucchini Bread or Zucchini Cake. You can even substitute applesauce, pumpkin or green tomatoes in place of the zucchini.
Denise's Split Pea Soup Mix-1lb-$4.50 A delicious mix of organic split peas, lentils and barley.
FRESHLY GROUND, CERTIFIED ORGANIC FLOURS FOR SALE
10-Grain Flour-$4.50 lb. Made with the 10 whole grains in Denise's Mixed Grains
Almond Meal Flour $7.75 lb
Amaranth Flour $5.50 lb
Barley Flour $3.75 lb
Black Bean Flour $4.25 lb
Brown Rice Flour $4.25 lb
Buckwheat Flour $4.00 lb
Chickpea Flour $4.25 lb
Combo Flour $4.00 lb Made with wheat berries & flaxseed.
Corn Grits $3.50 lb
Cornmeal $3.50 lb
Flaxseed Meal $3.00 4-oz
Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour-$4.75 lb. A blend of amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, milo, oats, quinoa, soybeans & tapioca.
Kamut Flour $3.75 lb
Millet Flour $4.00 lb
Milo Flour $3.75 lb
Oat Flour $3.50 lb
Quinoa Flour $7.50 lb
Rye Flour $3.50 lb
Soy Flour $4.00 lb
Spelt Flour $4.25 lb
Tapioca Flour $5.75 lb
Whole Wheat Flour $3.75 lb
CERTIFIED ORGANIC WHOLE GRAINS, BEANS AND PEAS FOR SALE
Using 1 pound of Denise’sMixedBeans & Peas, begin by rinsing beans thoroughly with cold water. Then put them in a crockpot with a hambone or beef soupbones, cover with water and begin cooking on the low setting overnight.
In the morning add: one chopped onion 2 to 3 stalks celery, finely chopped minced garlic, about 1 T 1 t chili powder ½ t Italian seasoning 4-5 carrots, thinly sliced (other vegetables if you like, sometimes I add turnips, beets, Swiss chard, cabbage...)
Allow to cook on high setting most of the day.
About an hour before serving, I add: ¼ C brown or raw sugar, about 2 C chopped tomatoes, more minced garlic & salt to taste.
I like to serve with my hot, fresh homemade cornbread or biscuits.
Interesting Info on Milo
Grain sorghum is native to Asia and Africa where it has been grown since ancient times. This marvelous, energy-producing plant is a basic food for mankind in regions of Africa, Asia and India, because it is very hardy and can be grown in areas of the world that are too hot or too dry for other crops to be grown successfully. Grain sorghum is a small round berry which may vary in color from yellow to cream to white. The crop has been adapted to the dry hot climate of the midwest and southwest United States.Sorghum may be ground in hand mills or food processors to the degree of fineness needed (coarsely ground for a cooked cereal, finely ground for flour). Flour should be prepared fresh and used within a few days, or it may be stored in the freezer. Whole grain, if kept cool and dry, may be stored for over a year without becoming moldly or rancid. Store sorghum flour in metal or plastic containers with a tight lid. Grain sorghum flour contains no gluten, so people who have Celiac disease are able to digest sorghum flour products. Because it is gluten free, recipes will need to be adjusted when replacing flour with sorghum flour. Add one tablespoon of corn starch to every cup of sorghum flour to improve smoothness and moisture retention. An extra egg white will also improve the smoothness and crumb texture. Basic cooking instructions: 2 cups of water to 1 cup of sorghum and cook for 45 min. season to taste. Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1/2 cup (100 g) Calories 339 Calories from Fat 8% Total Fat 3.31 g Saturated Fat 0.46 g Monounsaturated Fat 0.99 g Polyunsaturated Fat 1.37 g Protein 8 g Carbohydrate 74.6 g Dietary Fiber 10 g Sugar 1.20 g Calories from Carbohydrates 80% Sodium 6 mg Protein 11.3 g 15% Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0 mg Calcium 28 mg Iron 4.41 mg Potassium 350 mg
While we are not “certified” organic by the USDA (not yet anyway), we do try to practice natural organic principles. We do not use any synthetic chemical fertilizers. We use only natural fertilizers like manure from our chickens, horse and cow manure from neighbors, and our own compost. Pest problems are handled naturally as well. We do companion planting and encourage natural predators (aka: good bugs). Most of the time a healthy plant can tolerate a little nibbling and we do nothing. But when we do intervene we try to be responsible and use things such as Neem oil, cayenne pepper or simple dish soap. We’ve even gone after bad bugs with the shop-vac. The kids call it playing “suck-a-bug”.