News and blog

Posted 11/7/2017 10:35am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

I know this is on a lot of peoples minds:

Turkey Delivery Schedule 

Monday Nov 20 Frankfort 7-7:30pm corner of Oak and Kansas, Frankfort farmers market loction
Monday Nov 20 Peoria Noon pm. Crosssfit North Peoria 8002 N Sommer St
Tuesday Nov 21 Moline 4:30-5pm Great River Chiropractic
Tuesday Nov 21 Elgin 5-5:30pm 
Tuesday Nov 21 Arlington Heights 7:15-7:45pm 1602 W. Roanoke Dr.
Arlington Hts, IL 60004

Wednesday November 22 Chicago Primal Gym 1235w Belmont 9:40-10:20am

Wednesday Nov 22 Green City Market Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum 11am -Noon in the marina parking lot across the street
Wednesday Nov 22 Downer Grove 4-4:30pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
5211 Carpenter Street
(at Grove Street)

If you are wanting meat or eggs for the second Saturday deliveries please order them by Thursday at the latest. We may not have enough cases of flats for this delivery. They will be first ordered first served.

Newsletter: 

November, turkey, Thanksgiving, giving thanks.

Not long ago we had friends over for a meal and our guests were beginning a 28 day no complaining challenge. It has offered a different perspective to the way I sometimes view challenges in this life.  A similar idea is the verse "in everything give thanks." Last Sunday I overdid it, one of the things I did was run a 10K and now my right knee is a little sore. (I'm already on the uptick). Sunday morning my knee was fine and I didn't even think about my knee, no complaining but no being thankful either. As I was running I passed a guy that I'm sure didn't have right knee pain after the race. I can be sure because missing his leg from just above the knee down. So I can complain about my knee being sore, or I can forget to be thankful that I have a knee, but to do so is to miss so much. I wonder if someday we will able look back on our lives a realize how acute the danger was, that we were unaware of?

As I look back on the year for our family it has been in a very good way boring. While I know others whose each day is a challenge almost every day who would be thankful for the minor things I find myself complaining about. This year I have been reminded to be thankful in everything, for the time when everything is working without issue and to be thankful when life is hard. Mostly I have been reminded to be thankful for the one who will never leave me or forsake me.

Thank you for making our farm your farm,

Jeremy, Cherie and everyone at MHF

 

Posted 10/9/2017 9:55am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

Fall is in the air. Harvest has started. Days are getting shorter (daylight I know). Trees are changing colors. And the turkeys are growing fast, every night Cherie tucks them in (rounds up the ones outside and shuts the door to their barn) sometime with help from Elijah or I.

Here are some pictures and I got a video on the Meadow Haven Facebook page.

The pasture is sparse as we have less than one inch of rain the last 60 days.

Orders for turkeys and monthly orders can be placed at meadowhavenfarm.com

Beef roasts are on sale for $7.50 per pound regularly $9.

Some pork items may be limited this month we will have good supply next month.

Orders above $75 dollars get a free stewing hen. I know i sound like a broken record but you need this hen to make the best stock. To cook, simmer for 24 hours on the stove or in the crock pot on low. Add salt, garlic, and onion, other vegetable to your taste. Store in the fridge or reduce and freeze in an ice cube tray. It seems like a lot of work but when someone is coming down with something good stock can help the body fight off an illness more quickly. We also have beef bones too for another great stock.

As the growing season comes to an end it is always a little sad for me. One thing that helps is that when we harvest if there is time and the rotation allows it we are replanting the field shortly after the harvest is complete in a field.

Thank you for supporting our farm!

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of MHF

Posted 9/6/2017 12:11pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

The calendar has flipped to September one thing that means is that the Field Day is coming up soon. On September 17th 10:30-3pm. You and your family are invited to join us on the farm for tours where we explain some of the things we do and why we do them in a particular way. Lunch will be provided from Noon till 1pm. Tickets are available on our website meadowhavenfarm.com under the store tab. This will help us know how many to prepare for.

The growing season is starting to wind down which is kind of a sad time for me knowing that another year has passed but encouraging seeing what we have done and raised. Crop yields look as though they will be good and weed management continues to improve so those are both encouraging.

I have been able to spend more time on the farm which has helped me manage problems before they become too big. Also I'm learning to be a better instructor as a father helping our kids see things from a different perspective and make good choices in the home and on the farm.

If you need anything please order it from the store tab on the website meadowhavenfarm.com. Pork chops are still on sale for $8/pound. Stewing hens (which make the best stock) Are buy 5 get the sixth free. The broth can be frozen and saved this a great thing to have in the freezer before the cold season gets full blown.

Bloomington deliveries are on the second Monday this month with Labor day being on the first Monday

Thank you for being part of the farm as we all try to make a difference in our health and world,

Jeremy, Cherie and everyone else that helps keep MHF running

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/9/2017 2:33pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

I am reminded everyday why my favorite color is green.

 

The phrase life give birth to life, has been going through my mind. As I meditate on that thought. Some contrasts come up. Like how fragile life can be at times, and yet how determined life can be at other times.

Other times I wonder, how long we as a society will be satisfied with being sick? Especially with cancer. We treat it like it is something you catch like a cold or the flu. But even then we wash our hands and cover our mouths to prevent the spread of germs.

Nothing ever to prevent cancer. Like limiting toxins in our environment, eating clean food, knowing your farmer.

When we planted oats and peas this spring we spilled some as we filled the planter, these places where the seed is too thick are by far the tallest. In the picture there are further away it was hard to capture what i wanted in a picture. Now the crop is far too thick to produce a crop of seed but there was something inside all those seeds that caused them to get a great start. In some form Life.

Getting life from life herein lies the mystery many seek the answer to.

They say an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Maybe there should be an asterisk by that statement to exclude cancer treatment.

We will have our regular deliveries this month except in Chicago. There is only one delivery per month now at the Chicago Primal gym. This delivery is open to everyone.

CSA can be picked up for the monthly delivery just order through the website meadowhavenfarm.com

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/4/2017 8:54pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

 

Do you know what April showers bring? Mud,mud mud. Not my Favorite but when you get half your spring in February this is the price you pay.

Alan and I were talking tounge in cheek the other day and we decided that if global warming brings a shorter winter and more grazing we are fine with it. Actually we agree that the weather is becoming more extreme and what we are doing to make the farm more sustainable will help our farm weather the storm so to speak.

We have started planting and have about half the oats and peas planted and one field of just peas for seed next year already planted. This is a picture of one of the peas that had germinated, with it bing so cold growth has been delayed some.

Soon we will have some 60-70 degree temps and things will really start growing.

Jeremy is feeling mostly better, thanks for your concern and prayers.

Cherie and Barb will be doing the run to Downers Grove, Elgin and Arlington Height this Saturday so please get your orders in SOON.

We are getting very low on chicken, that will be the case for a while.

Thanks so much for continuing to help us farm the right way.

Jeremy, Cherie and the rest of the farm

 

 

 

Posted 3/9/2017 9:35pm by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

This newsletter has been on my mind for some time. We will see how it translates to a screen.

Last month I asked what is the most important thing we raise on the farm? The answer is our family. I know it is the most important thing in your life too. Your family and their health. 

You also know that we have been looking for the right help to join us on the farm. Well as of right now we have not found them. With a new growing season upon us we have decided to make some changes. I (Jeremy) won't b doing the Green City Market once it moves back outdoors in May. Eight years is long enough I guess. Around 40 Saturdays a year. There were too many things not getting done the right way and the farm was not flourishing the way it should.

We will still have plenty of cattle and likely hogs, although they may be marketed to a more wholesale customer, like 1/2's and wholes. We wont raise as many meat chickens and we have fewer laying hens this year. Cherie and Barb will still be doing the Downers Grove, Elgin, and Arlington Heights second Saturday delivery. My deliveries to Bloomington and the Quad Cities won't Change for now.

I can see before the problem arises, the result of not getting something done all the way or done correctly on the farm. Might be a problem with the electric fence or weeds going to seed and i know I will have to just deal with it later.  As the kids are getting older they are able to help more on the farm. Nearly every week they get to be part of the egg washing crew, without a choice, and iI love that they are learning to work. But the marketing and delivery the way we have been doing them is compromising the time we need to spend as parents.

The market still remains good for commodities such as corn, soybeans, and black beans so we will help meet those demands by the market place. I am interested in raising food rather than commodities so we will move in that direction. Livestock is part of the way I understand the organic system to work, so they will always be a part of what we do. Who knows I even told my Dad I missed the milk cows the other day.  

We would love to stay your farmer. But if the changes that come about make it impossible find another good farmer and support them 100%

For Saturday's delivery try to get your order in before 9am. tomorrow so Cherie and Angie can get it packed.

If you need Azomite make sure and order it.

Place orders on the store tab on the website meadowhavenfarm.com

If you are a Green City Market customer I"ll be at the museum through April. We possibly will do a monthly delivery at Chicago Primal Gym depending on the interest.

Thanks from the farm,

Jeremy and Cherie

 

 

 

Posted 12/7/2016 9:43am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

 

This will be a short newsletter as we have been busy and honestly I'm not great about doing computer stuff.

There is still time to place an order for this Saturday's delivery in Elgin, Arlington Heights, and Downers Grove if this applies to you. Order at meadowhvenfarm.com on the store tab.

Harvest has wrapped up. Chores have gotten tougher with the mud and cold. I will clean some black beans for Cherie's deliveries this weekend, she will have what I get cleaned with her.

We are a little short on beef and out of ground beef. Should be ok on pork except bacon. The locker and I still haven't been able figure out how to work together smoothly yet, new ownership at the locker almost two years ago.

For the most part I've been very happy with how the farm is progressing in terms of soil health and yields. I still have things to work on like controlling weeds and grazing pastures when they are ready. While marketing has me drained.

I have been working on a year end summary in my head and sometime soon it will make you inbox.

Thanks for helping your farm grow,

Jeremy

Here are some good pictures,

Posted 11/4/2016 11:13am by Jeremy House.

Thanksgiving is at our door,

Last year literally this was the case as the turkeys free ranged into our yard. This year they are doing a good job staying in their pasture. Which continues to be very green and actually growing, due to the warmer than normal weather and rain.

If you haven't ordered a turkey and want one please order soon, as we already have stopped the ordering for the smallest size. We will likely run out of turkeys this year. 

Order from the STORE tab at the top of the website meadowhavenfarm.com

With the warm weather and rain the last few Wednesday's harvest of the black beans and corn still are yet to be completed. The weather looks nice for the coming next week so we should be able to wrap up soon. Then the growing season starts for the following year as we will apply chicken litter and other amendments to the soil, and in some of the fields we will be planting them just a day or two after harvest.

Here are some pictures of the newest farm we are transitioning to organic, a three year process. the first is a picture of worm castings (the perfect soil), the second is a pheasant, the third is a deer track.

Life begats life. We try to bring life to a farm and once it takes hold get out of the way, because nature and life know what they are doing better than we.

With Thanksgiving at our door i will take a moment to be thankful for my wife Cherie. She has supported me in many ways. More than carrying her share around the farm. She and Angie, her cousin, do many of the daily chores, put orders together, keep the farm picked up helping whenever asked. They are the reason you have Meadow Haven meat and eggs available for your family. And Cherie is the glue that keeps our family together.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving

Jeremy and Cheire and the rest of Meadow Haven Farm

 

 

Posted 10/3/2016 11:31am by Jeremy House.

Howdy from the farm,

The whirl wind of the field day has blown over. If you missed the field day it was the perfect weather and we had lots of things to see.

These were some who had a chance to ride the tour. Some of the highlights we saw and talked about were: our crop/grazing rotation and why we want something growing everyday of the year, also the new farm we started in transition to organic last fall.

We also talked about our need for additional help on the farm. We are looking for a person or couple, who in time would become a partner with us as we continue to grow the farm and raise great food.

The turkeys are really starting to grow and graze

If you haven't ordered already it would be good to do as we don't have as many as last year.

Order at meadowhavenfarm.com under the store tab and the the turkey option. Size is just a request we cannot guarantee that is what you will get.

Also now is a great time to fill your freezer with a 1/2 or 1/4 of a beef or a whole or 1/2 hog those can be order through the online store as well.

Deliveries for October will be on their scheduled days this month so that will be nice.

Cherie and I want to thank you for making our farm part of your family's meals. The difference we are able to make in this world by farming organically is only possible with your support and telling your friends and family about us.

Thank you very much,

Jeremy and Cherie

Posted 9/7/2016 11:14am by Jeremy House.

Howdy again,

We had a very nice time as a family and now with being gone in the middle of the year it is time to hit the ground running.

Monthly deliveries will be as follows:

Elgin, Arlington Heights, Downers Grove this Saturday the 10th

Bloomington, Peoria Monday the 12th

Quad Cities Tuesday the 13th

Please get your orders in as soon as possible. meadowhavenfarm.com

Saturday 9-17-16 FARM FIELD DAY 11am-3pm Tickets available on the store page.

The summer growing season is coming to an end with the last of the heat likely gone this week. Now the fall growing season will get underway. The grasses in pastures will make one last flush of green growth for the year. Soon it will be time to plant the winter wheat, trititcale and rye. Harvest is just around the corner as well.

So we will be busy getting the farm ready for visitors finishing up weeding and also building fence.

As far as the position on the farm; the person we are looking for is someone who is interested in a full time job. It will be about 75% marketing and delivery with 25% farm work. We are looking for someone or a couple that would one day be partners with Cherie and I. One of the hang ups is that farming is a business that is cash poor, after the bills are paid. Long term however it is equity strong. It just takes a while to get there.

Specials:

Case of eggs flats $50

Case of Eggs carton $60

Turkey is still on sale $2 off per pound

Order you Thanksgiving turkey too.

if you ordered before the prices were lower on the eggs just let us know and we will adjust you payment at pickup.

meadowhavenfarm.com

 

Thanks for being a part of our farm.

 

Jeremy and Cherie