Saturday, June 18, 2011

Strawberry Pickin'

Last year at this time, I had already posted about our strawberry pickin' trip to Jelli's Market in Helenville, WI. 

We're eagerly anticipating another trip to the strawberry fields this year; however, spring arrived later than last and optimal picking times will begin in about a week.  Unless, of course, you don't mind the hunt for the berries that have ripened early, but with TWO toddlers to keep from eating themselves sick as we pick, I'd rather know there will be plenty of ripe strawberries in our row to grab and go!

This year, since I love ya', I thought I'd list some of the best pick-your-own farms in southeast Wisconsin, so you all know just where to go.  Most of these farms have a strawberry hotline that you can call for current crop information.  Sometimes it's necessary to close for ripening if there's been alot of picking goin' on.  Strawberry season usually begins around mid-June and runs to the 4th of July, however, as with any crop, Mother Nature determines when we get to reap what the farmer has sown!

Go out and enjoy the sunshine and lucious, vine-ripe strawberries that are out there just waiting to be picked.  Listen for the suction cup POP! the strawberry makes as you pull it from its vine, that's my favorite part!  Well, that... and, the part where it enters my mouth, slides down my throat and lands in my belly!

Jelli's Market-Hellenville, WI
Zastrow's Strawberries-Mayville, WI
Basse's Taste of Country-Colgate, WI
Kirschbaum's Strawberry Acres-Beaver Dam, WI
Apple Barn Orchard & Winery-Elkhorn, WI
Berryville Farm-Racine, WI
Thompson Strawberry Farm-Bristol, WI
Berry Basket & Greenhouse-Milton, WI
Hazeltines Century Farm-Janesville, WI
Skelly's Farm Market-Janesville, WI
The Fideler Farm-Kewaskum, WI

If you've got a favorite pickin' place, please tell us all about it in the comment section of this post.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Dairy Breakfast

Not too long ago, I would have never known what a dairy breakfast was.  Working in agriculture and being married to a farm boy has its perks, let me tell you! 

During the month of June, which is Dairy Month, farmers all across Wisconsin open their farms to the public for a special dairy breakfast. It's a unique opportunity to see the workings of a real dairy farm and, in addition to a great farm tour, you get a delicious breakfast to boot!  The breakfast usually includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, cheese, milk (white & chocolate, of course), orange juice, coffee, and ICE CREAM!  The kids love it and it puts the break in breakfast for those Moms & Dads who won't have to cook!

Find a Wisconsin dairy breakfast near you, here.  If you live in our neck of the woods, the Watertown Agribusiness Club Dairy Breakfast is THIS weekend, June 18th & 19th at Dettman Dairy Farms in Johnson Creek.  We'll be there bright and early Sunday morning.

Here are a few photos from our trip to Dettman Dairy Farms last year!

Scramblin' Eggs!

Tractor rides from the hay field parking lot to the breakfast!

If a tractor ride isn't your thing, you can bring a wagon to put the kids in
and make like a cow and hoof it!

Now, that's the way to make some pancakes!

Quite the turn-out! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Layena Plus Omega-3 Video

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Grub

Today I was reading up on chicken rations and found some info about flaxseed and how it aids in increasing the presence of Omega-3 fatty acids in eggs.  

Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for our health, however, our bodies can't make them.  We have to get them from our food or from supplements. Omega-3's are found in some plants, nut oils, and fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in brain function and normal growth & development.

The materials I came across also indicated that flax is beneficial to the health of the hens in addition to providing enhanced nutrients in their eggs.  I then began to wonder if it would be best to supplement flax in our scratch mix or to find a layer ration that has flax in it.  After discussing it with our Lifestyles Feed Specialist, Lynette, it turns out that whole flax is hard for any animal to digest so it would be more beneficial to the animal if it were ground into the feed.  Our discussion proved to have an added bonus because she turned me on to Purina's Layena Plus Omega3 layer feed.  Needless to say, I ordered some to stock at our store for myself and for others who may be interested in a feed that offers more than the current feed they are using.  The cost is only going to be about $1.50 more per bag and I feel it's well worth it! 

Here are just a few of the features and benefits of this product taken from Purina's website:
Formulated to produce 200mg Omega-3 per large egg providing 300% more Omega-3 than a typical egg!

Natural vegetarian formula without added antibiotics or hormones

Peace-of-mind – feed your birds like you feed your family

Superior Nutrition for strong healthy birds that lay plenty of wholesome eggs

Select level of marigold extract for rich golden yolks

Key levels of calcium and manganese for strong shells with fewer cracks
Optimized level of Vitamin E to support a healthy immune system

Has anyone out there tried this feed already?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If you haven't tried this feed, have you tried flax in your feed rations?  What has your experience been?