News and blog

Posted 4/5/2019 9:49am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

SPRING is here! It sure seemed like that winter was a double dose. We are through it now and actually have turned the corner to green and soon flowers.

The field that were planted to rye last fall made it through and are starting to green up nicely. After a long winter I am always reminded why my favorite color is green. Since it is warming up and drying out we have been in the fields planting. Some fields we are adding clover and alfalfa to rye=, others we are planting cover cops of peas and oats they are a pre-crop before the field is planted to corn. My dad is also transitioning a field that was going to be planted rye last fall but it was too cold and wet after harvest so this spring we planted it to peas, red clover, alfalfa, and annual rye grass. This will be for forage for the cattle.  We may also keep some of the peas for seed for more transitioning acres.

This past February our whole family went to the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Conference in LaCrosse Wis. I want to start the foundation of think like an organic farmer with our kids. It was good. There were some boring parts for the kids. But I have told them I can teach you two things in this life, how to work hard and how to raise good food. 

So everyone in the family has a summer project in the garden and or with goats/pigs etc. There is usually more learning than success the first couple years of trying new things but it is possible we will have other products to offer this summer/fall.

I have updated the times for deliveries again. it will allow me to leave the last delivery by Noon. This should allow me to still get some work done on the Saturday of the delivery if I need. Hopefully this will prevent us from having to cancel deliveries because I am not available to drive a truck. 

The website has been Changed on the delivery site time and calendar.

Elgin 9-9:30am

Arlington Heights 10:15-10:45am

Downers Grove 11:30-12 noon

SPECIALS for April 

Beef box 3 sirloin steaks, 2 roasts, 1pkg. (2)Ny strips for $60 save $25

or a Double beef box and save $60 total is $110

Grill box 4 total packs of Pork Chops/ Shoulder steaks 2 ground beef 2 pack of ribeye/ny strip for $100 save $25

We will have some eggs there will likely be a limit on how many can be purchased.

NOTES SECTION of checkout is where to add beef box and eggs to have them included in your order.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

 

 

Posted 3/5/2019 10:51am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the ice house,

I'm ready for spring. I think everyone else is too. I've had some calves born and they are doing pretty well even with the cold.

I'll have a larger newsletter soon.

But there is a delivery this weekend 

Elgin time 9-9:30

Arlington 10:30-11:15

Downers Grove 1-1:30

If you can get your in by Thursday that would be great.

If there is something you are wanting and it is out stock we may have it just out it in the notes section of the checkout and we will add it I it is in our freezer. Sometimes computer inventory is the last thing to get updated.

 

Thanks,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 2/8/2019 7:41pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy,

Just a quick update.

February 16th will be the next delivery as long as the weather permits. I have been thinking of shortening up the time we are at each delivery location. So for the Downers Grove the delivery time will be from 1:00 to 1:30 Let me know if this will be a problem and we can figure something out.

After December winter stopped goofing of and decided to let us have a good dose of what winter could be like. The town that the tv station is in set an all time low of -33. Then a few day later we had more mud than I care for, and now back to bitter cold and wind.

It makes life a challenge. It also makes the good days more special.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 12/3/2018 11:36am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

There will be a delivery this Saturday, December 8th. We have lots of beef, pork and whole chickens, but unfortunately no eggs at all. The hens are older and the cold has basically shut them down. We have 500 hens and they are producing less than 30 eggs per day. Our biggest expense with the chickens is the feed so you can imagine what it costs us to produce one egg right now. The feed cost is almost 10 times normal. I have been trying to get new pullets in, they are young hen chickens. The market is short organic eggs so hens are harder to come by. We are not the only farmers having this issue with outdoor raised eggs, just this morning I got a call from a small store in Rock Island asking if we had eggs as the other farmers he works with don't have any eggs. I am trying to get some hens that will be available in April. Those chicken would probably start laying in May

As for the rest of the farm we were able to finish harvest just before the blizzard. I harvested soybeans till 4am Thanksgiving morning to finish up before the rain and then snow stopped harvest. We do have some rye we want planted in, but not all. So I have been doing some research to see if rye can be planted by frost seeding. Frost seeding is sowing on frozen ground and the seed grows as the ground makes little cracks from freezing and thawing. It is usually quite successful with clovers and alfalfa, we will probably have to find out for rye. Last year I planted some late and it did not get much of a chance to germinate in the fall and it did relatively well.

Monday or Tuesday the week after the delivery I'll go get some more feeder pigs. This is an all day trip, not my idea of fun anymore. But I have a love for our pork chops and our daughter Leah loves the pork sausage, so I will go get about 60 feeder pigs and that will make sure our freezer alway has pork in it.

The cattle. I have two groups of cattle right now. One is near the house and they are getting baled hay and haylage. Which some days is a pain to take the feed and water. The other group is 8 miles from home and they are still eating grass that was stockpiled this summer. Here is a picture of some of that group. 

I am very happy with how they look right now.

My dilemma with the cattle right now is that I am short feed to get both groups through winter. So my options are: sell cows and or calves in a down market or buy feed and get them through winter. Both options have positives and negative to them.

So if you need some of the best raised and really great tasting meat for your freezer please visit our website meadowhavenfarm.com and go to the store section and place your order. We have a really great price on 1/2 beef. If you order more than $75 we will have two stewing hens for stock and orders over $100 will get a beef roast also.

We have had some really good feedback on the popcorn we raised it is $5 for a 1 pound bag. Great for snacking and for gifting. Order through the store there is now a popcorn tab.

Delivery this Saturday, the 8th.

Delivery in January will be the 12th.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 11/5/2018 10:09am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Here is the turkey and regular monthly delivery schedule:

Saturday November 17 Turkeys will be frozen. Processed the week of the 17th.

Elgin - November 17th 8:45-9:30

136 Brookside drive, Elgin Illinois 60123

Arlington Heights - 10:30-Noon

1602 W. Roanoke Dr.
Arlington Hts, IL 60004

Downers Grove - 1:15-2:30pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church

5211 Carpenter Street

As another growing season winds down we have a lot to be thankful for. Harvest has been good and it is still wrapping up. We will be glad to be done. Here are some pictures from this fall.

The combine full of feed corn for grain.

The new bin is full of organic corn.

Over a 1000 pounds of organic popcorn. We will have some cleaned and ready to sell this delivery.

One of my favorite mother cows on pasture.

 

Turkeys grazing.

The hens coming out to meet us.

Whats up duck?

A field of rye planted for next spring.

Cherie has asked if possible can orders be placed by this Thursday. it will allow her to pack some this week as next week is going to be very busy. Most of the inventories are current but if there is something not listed put a note in during the checkout and if we have it we will get it in your order.

Many of the beef and pork prices are still low so be sure to check them out. This is a great time to stock the freezer. Also we will have whole chickens available. New this fall organically grown popcorn from our farm.

Thanks for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 7/9/2018 8:49am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Unfortunately we have to change the July delivery. Barb who is Cherie's helper/driver has hurt her back quite severely and will not be able to go on the 14th. If you would like to send her a get well note, her address is Barb Metzger 20665-1300 E. St. Princeton, IL 61356. Jeremy already had something and can not change those plans. We will reschedule for August 4. This will be the delivery for July and August both.

We know this is an inconvenience. If it helps we will offer pick up at the farm. This will come with a 10% discount. The farms address is 6139 1700N Sheffield Illinois 61361. You will need to set up a time with Cherie when she will be at the farm to help with your order. Her number 815-303-6226.

Farm update, the crops look good for the most part. They may be a little behind but weed control is acceptable to great. When the weather allows we have been spending long days in the tractor, getting fields ready to plant, planting and weeding. There have been periods where the soil is too wet. With the warm weather and good soil moisture the crops are growing fast.

Beside the corn and soybeans for feed we have small fields/big gardens where we planted green beans, pinto beans, pop corn, and sweet corn. We also have a big garden. I will know in a couple of weeks if we will have an opportunity for you to come if you choose and do a u-pick for the green beans. Canned green beans make a good vegetable dish in the winter and spring months when nothing is growing in the snow and mud. We will keep you updated and try to give as much advanced notice as possible.

The animals are enjoying the break in the heat and humidity. You may have seen we have 4 steer calves loose. They are technically on my parents farm now but they are not in the pasture they belong in yet. Livestock always manages to make life on the farm interesting. A boring day on a livestock farm is a good day. That means everything stayed in its pen and there were no emergencies for the animals or people.

Specials

Buy 3 beef roasts get the 4th free

Orders over $100 will get a package of NY strip steaks

Thank you for being a part of Meadow Haven Farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 6/4/2018 11:44pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

We have been busy in the fields and it looks as though that will continue with the good weather forecasted for this week. That is good and bad. Good for the crops that need to be planted and weeded. Bad because Jeremy cannot be away from the farm this Saturday and we just found out that Barb (Cherie's driver ) is unavailable so the the delivery will be pushed back till the 16th. We are sorry if this causes any problems but we have not been able to come up with any other solution.

I promise a better newsletter next month.

Please place you orders for the 16th on the store section of meadowhavenfarm.com

Thank you for your patience with us,

Jeremy

 

 

Posted 5/8/2018 2:50pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

The sun is shinning the grass is growing and green is still my favorite color. When the plant captures sunlight it turns co2 into sugar. Some of that sugar is taken to the root zone which feeds soil life. This helps the soil hold more nutrients and water which allows the soil to grow more green plants.

Here are some pictures I like that I've taken in the last month. Each one tells part of the story.

I don't feel like typing much on a beautiful day sorry.

Make sure you go to the store at meadowhavenfarm.com I made some of the beef specials from last even better. Pork maybe limited next month. We are good on eggs, get some to share.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

 

Posted 4/4/2018 8:37am by Jeremy House.
Howdy from the farm,

Do you know what April showers bring? Time for the farmer to do his computer work. Like update the website inventories, calendar and writing the newsletter. I’m grumbling about it but it gets me indoors so…

We have officially started spring planting sowing oats, oats and peas and peas. Most will be for cover crops but some will be for seed for next year. It was nice to get in the tractor and get some work done in the fields. It is nice to have something growing and feeding soil life as well. Last fall the harvest was very drawn out and as soon as it was done winter came like 3 days after and the window was closed on field work and the growing season. One field of rye was planted and almost immediately it got cold, I figured that was a waste as it could never grow but this spring (I used that word loosely) the rye has grown enough that the field is already greening up. As soon as we get some warm sunny days that field and the ones planted this spring will really start growing well.

The reasons we do this even if the cover crop will not be harvested in anyway is: The cover crops protect the soils from wind, rain, and sun. The plants convert sunshine into sugars that are translocated down to the root zone and the life in the soil gets to wake up earlier than if it were waiting for the corn or beans to grow. The cover crops suppress weeds. When the cover crops are terminated the plant is worked into the soil and feeds the soil life and releases the nutrients back to the soil so it is readily available for the crop that will be harvested. The whole process is a way we can add “life” to the soil which really helps fix and restore mismanaged soils and helps the soils stay full of life.

When you eat food from Meadow Haven Farm this is what you are supporting and we appreciate you caring enough to make our farm part of your food choice. If you would like to place an order please do so on our website meadowhavenfarm.com and then go to the store tab and place your order.
Eggs are back in stock was a long winter for the hens and those that took care of them.
Beef has many specials this month
1/2 beef the price is $3.75 per pound based off the hanging weight plus about $275 processing. This come out to about $1400 for a half beef or about $7.50 per pound of meat then bones organs and fat are in addition to that.
Ground Beef ordered in 50 pound increments is $7 per pound. If you choose this just add a note in the note section as you check out.
NY strip steaks $16 per pound
Ribeye steaks $18 per pound
Pork Chops are still $8 per pound
Time to get the grill going.

Thank you for being a part of our farm,
Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF
Posted 3/6/2018 8:10pm by Jeremy House.
Howdy from the farm,

Welcome to March, the bridge between the last of winter and the first of spring. Now we wait while the world turns green and comes to life. Somedays we have to look for the signs of spring harder than on others.

With the February delivery being cancelled to Elgin, Arlington Heights and Downers Grove if your order has not changed we will have what you ordered at this delivery. If there are changes or other arrangements please let us know.

I have updated the inventory for the store so it should be accurate. The hens are liking the warmer weather and the egg production has been increasing. I am hoping to be able to meet all the orders this delivery but please understand I am an optimistic farmer.

Thank you for supporting our farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF