When sweat is sweet

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 6.8.18 All of this rain and sunshine is the perfect combination to promote green grass around the farm; however, it has been tough on crop farmers in our area.  Over Memorial Day weekend I noticed it was finally dry enough for farmer’s around the county to get more seeds planted into the…

The Next Generation

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 6.1.18 I was going to take a quick breather this week from the blog, but felt compelled to write anyway.  This week has been a bit of a struggle.  Our grandmother, my Mom’s mother, passed away.  Even though it was anticipated, the certainty of the moment contains you for a bit.  Our…

Mother’s Day Reflections

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 5.25.18 Mother’s Day was a subtle celebration on the farm.  We were all able to gather together on Sunday evening for some chicken and ribs on the grill.  My brother and brother-in-law manned their grill stations for the afternoon and served us up a fine tasting meal. My husband was away at…

Beer Batter Smelt

Jake’s Country Meats Beer Batter Smelt 4-6 servings This is great finger food to be enjoyed while conversing with friends. They can be a little addicting, so you might want to make a double batch. Oil temperature is key here, get yourself a good thermometer to make sure the temperature is at 350 degrees. I suggest…

Welcoming new life to the farm!

By Renee Robinson-Seelye – 4.16.18 Spring is hesitant to make its arrival, as if it keeps dipping its toes into a chilly creek, until brave enough to take the plunge. We are ready for you Spring; don’t be afraid, Jump! Even though the cold comes and goes, nature still responds as if the warmer weather…

Braised Chicken w/ Tomatoes and Gremolata

Braised Chicken w/ Tomatoes and Gremolata Serves 2 Gremolata is a classic Italian accompaniment that can be used for a variety of dishes.  The mixture of parsley, garlic, lemon zest and pine nuts adds a unique flavor that you’ll become attached to.   Ingredients 2 Jake’s Country Meats Chicken Quarters (Breast and Wing) 1 small carrot,…

Steamed Asian White Fish

Jake’s Steamed Asian White Fish Serves 4 Ingredients 1 pound Jake’s Country Meats White Fish Filets Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 5 scallions, split, and cut into 2-inch pieces 2 tablespoons peeled, minced fresh ginger 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided 2 tablespoons peanut oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno pepper (red or…

Thankful for Thanksgiving

Our November drop is one of our largest of the winter season, and this year it was record breaking. So many hands stay hard at work prior to the drops in order to complete them with minimal mishaps. It can be tiring, yet exciting all at the same time. Once we’ve completed that November drop,…

Low and Slow St. Louis Ribs

Jake’s Low and Slow St. Louis Style Ribs Serves 2-3 people per rack *This recipe comes from our meatmonger Daryn – you can follow him online at #havemeatwilltravel  It is during these cold winter months that our cooking moves indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without ribs with this easy oven baked…

Mamma Sow

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 10.20.17 Sometimes my life moves so fast, yet stands still. Raising little ones makes me feel exhaustively busy, yet at the end of some days, I can’t even name five things that I’ve accomplished. Currently I am driving Lucy to preschool 4 times a week. I drop her off at 7:47am, get…

Winter Wheat is coming…

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 10.13.17 Will this Indian Summer ever fade? Technically it isn’t considered an Indian Summer until November; but to us it feels unseasonably warm and dry the past couple weeks. The morning ground has been covered in a hazy fog, and the evening’s temperature moves down quickly with the sun. We have been…

What does a pig say?

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 10.6.17 Noises on the farm are so unique. They are peaceful at times, and unnerving at others. I remember my grandmother saying that one of her favorite sounds was hearing pigs open the lids on the feeders, and hearing the feeders shut after they finished eating. It’s a sound I never spent…