Happy Holidays from Jake’s!

Your balanced support of our business as a whole pushes all of us through to the next day, keeps the future of farming this land alive and well, and helps us realize a greater purpose beyond ourselves.

Let’s talk chicken…

It’s been a week full of chicken chores on the farm! Another round of chickens was ready for harvest, and we welcomed a new group of chickens to the pasture. During the first of the two tasks, many helping hands are needed, more hands than the ones employed full-time by the farm. This particular load was also scheduled…

Treasure Hunting

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 5.24.2019 This Sunday on my way home from Church, I received a call from my Dad to bring the kids over for an activity. It had rained the day before, and looked as if the rain would return any minute. However, if Dad has an activity in mind, it’s hard to resist…

Massey Ferguson 1155

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 5.17.19 If you had to go to your current job, driving the first car you ever purchased, how would you feel? Would you feel pride? Would you feel like you’ve progressed in this life? Would you feel Successful? My father experienced this exact scenario on the farm this week. We are leasing…

A lost letter found…

By Renee Robison-Seelye5.10.19 As I was searching the desktop for the latest harvest instructions, I stumbled upon a letter written by Nate and Lou Ann to you when they created Jake’s Country Meats. Maybe you weren’t a customer of ours in 1999, the chances are quite high since we only harvested 6 pigs through our…

Record lows!

By Renee Robinson-Seelye Typically each year when January rolls around, I feel pretty confident with our farm system to tackle the weather we are about to face. 2019 has been slightly different with the forecasted negative temperatures. My nerves reacted to the high temperature of only -12 degrees printed on the screen of my phone,…

Jake’s Boiled Chicken

Jake’s Boiled Chicken Serves 4 This is a method more than a recipe.  I’ve used this technique, which is Chinese, to make shredded, moist chicken for years.  Use the shredded meat for tacos, chicken salad, enchiladas, you name it!  You’ll find it’s the best way to prepare chicken if you want a very moist, flavorful…

A trip down memory lane…

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 10.12.18 It was our privilege to volunteer at a community event this past weekend with our family. My Dad supplied two tractors and wagons for the annual Newton House/Russ Forest Harvest Festival in our little township of Volinia. The festival offers the community and neighbors a free informational tour of the old…

Pigs on the move….

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 9.28.18 Our pigs enjoy the back 40 acres of woodlands on our farm from May through September. It provides them shade for comfort, and plenty of roughage for foraging and wallowing. We call it a pig’s haven because they are wildly free, all while building a flavor profile from foraging that is…

Silver Queen

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 9.21.18 With the closing of our sweet corn stand this week, it had me searching the archives for the farm blog from last year, wondering if we closed up shop any earlier or later in 2017.  We almost closed the exact same day! Click here to read the farm blog from one…

Farm School

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 9.7.18 Labor Day brings us new beginnings this year. My oldest child turned 5 years old, and started attending school for a full day. Lucy was in charge of feeding the goats every morning, so someone needed to take on her role while she is beginning her education inside a classroom. Luckily,…

A Wandering Mamma

By Renee Robinson-Seelye 8.31.18 One of the joys of living on a farm is being able to observe animals’ behaviors every day. These behaviors can make you laugh, make you think, and even surprise you at times. Animals can be predictable; however, when they do something out of the ordinary, it challenges us as care-takers,…