What role do you fill?

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 8.4.2017 When you run a small family business you must be prepared to jump into any business role at any time. Personally, I began this life working with my mom on the farm, helping her take care of baby pigs. I then worked the sweet corn stand with my siblings, helped bale…

Ginger Garlic Country Style Ribs

Jake’s Ginger Garlic Country Style Ribs Serves 2-4 Ingredients 1 package Jake’s Country Meats Country Style Ribs (about 4 ribs) Marinade: 1 C chicken broth ½ C soy sauce ½ C packed dark brown sugar ¼ C fresh lime juice 2 T finely grated fresh ginger 1 T minced garlic Glaze: 1 C packed dark…

Bodacious Sweet Corn

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 7.28.17 The beginning of the week has been exciting for the little ones.  We prepared for our opening day of the sweet corn stand.  Lucy watched her Dad repair the floor to the stand.  We didn’t have enough money saved up quite yet to build a new deck; however, we had a pile of…

Another Big Project

Many people would have seen this home as too far gone, too many updates to be made, and too many snags along the way if attempting to restore. However, my parents decided to take on the challenge.

Jake’s Country Meats Cottage Bacon “BLT”

Jake’s Country Meats Cottage Bacon “BLT” Serves 2 Ingredients 4 slices Jake’s Country Meats Cottage Bacon 4 slices crusty bread 4 slices fresh goat cheese 2-4 slices garden fresh tomato (not hot house) 2 handfuls of fresh arugula, washed and dried Directions 1. Heat a large sauté pan, and when hot place bacon in pan….

Going Whole Hog!

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 7.7.17 The Fourth of July on the farm this year was certainly one to remember!  We started the weekend out with some slamming farmer’s markets.  Thank you to everyone who filled their grills with Jake’s this week; you are all in good company.  After we worked hard during the weekend, a fun…

Jake’s Grilled Pork Loin with Peaches

Jake’s Grilled Pork Loin with Peaches Serves 4 Ingredients 1 Jake’s Country Meats boneless pork loin roast, about 2 pounds 1/2 C balsamic vinegar 1/4 C Dijon mustard 2 T firmly packed light brown sugar 1 T chopped fresh thyme 1/4 C plus 1 T olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste…

Strength and Love

June 30th, 2017 It was a uniquely somber week on the farm.  Our community was shocked by devastating news for our neighbors.  They lost their child due to an accident on their farm.  This terrible tragedy completely changed so many people’s lives in an instant.  Even if you don’t know the family, or who was…

A little rain won’t hurt….

Father’s Day weekend at the farm is extra special because it is also my Dad’s birthday.  We really didn’t plan any gathering until last minute; it seemed to sneak up on us all.  I mean, it’s the end of June already, that just doesn’t seem right.  We decided to get together after markets on Saturday…

I love the future of farming the most

June 9th, 2017 What do I love the most about farming? I certainly love that we are contributing to the land. I love that we are creating food, something that sustains life. I also love the versatility of farming, and that it can create so many different jobs, and life-long careers. I love that farming…

Mother’s Day and some excitement!

May 19th, 2017 Mother’s Day on the farm…it started off as a beautiful morning. Late to rise, coffee timed to brew so there was no wait for that first sip. Nick unfortunately (and fortunately because we love the market) had to attend the opening Logan Square market that day, so my mom-duties were in full…

Memorial Day and a Birthday!

June 2nd, 2017 Memorial Day weekend is one of our busiest times at the markets. This Friday we spent a few more hours than usual prepping for the markets, making sure each truck was packed correctly, and the freezers were all organized. Friday also happened to be my 30th birthday. It wasn’t the most glamorous…