New! Mini Baskets available

November 30 Update – we still have mini gift baskets in stock, but are OUT of the red truck packaging.  Packaging options are the black “Merry Christmas” box or the Cardinal and Wreath Box – please specify which you would prefer in your order!

 

Hey friends!  Excited to add a new option to our holiday packages!  These mini gift baskets are perfect for co-workers, teachers, coaches, etc.!

Online order form for the mini gift basket along with our small and large gift baskets can be found here:

Christmas Gift Basket Order Form

 

Make it a Local-Product Christmas!

It’s Christmas basket time! (Cue the Christmas music)

If this looks familiar (ie: almost identical to last year), well … that’s because it is.  Same great baskets – same prices as last year.  Only option is due to a poor honey-harvest this year, we aren’t offering 2 pound bottles of honey, only 1 pound and half pound.

Here are the gift basket options:

We have two basic gift baskets but we can customize a package for you if these aren’t exactly what you want.

Our Large Holiday Gift Package includes: a one pound local, raw honey, one pint local salsa, two local fruit jams/jellies, and one beeswax lip balm from our bees, all in a cute buffalo plaid crate (your choice of black and red or black and white plaid).  Cost for the large basket is $30. Include a beeswax hand balm for $10. 

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The small package (pictured below) includes: a 1 pound jar of local, raw honey, one pint local salsa, and one jar of local fruit jam/jelly for $20.

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In each gift basket, you can specify the following:

Jams and Jellies:

Spiced Tomato Jam

Elderberry Jelly

Blackberry Jam

Blackberry Jelly

Blackberry Jalapeno Jam

Apple/Grape Jelly

Peach Jelly

Plum Jelly

We can also change the gift tags to say Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays or whatever message you choose.

Online Order form can be found here:

Werner Creek Farm Holiday Gift Basket Order Form

We also love to sell individual products, if that is more your style.  We have two sizes of honey – 1 pound for $7, and half pound for $4.

Half pints of jam or jelly are $4.50.

Beeswax lip balm is $3

Quarter pint jars of beeswax hand balm available for $10.

The individual items aren’t on the order form, but just make a note in the instructions if you want to add on any of these items.

Please contact us with any questions you might have!  My email is slwerner8@yahoo.com and my cell is 620-222-5821.

 

 

 

 

Stocking up

Been spending some time recently getting stocked up on products we sell at Christmas time.  Today, that meant a batch of beeswax lip balm and hand balm.

I started making these for one simple reason … I don’t like waste.  When we started keeping bees, we all of a sudden had a large supply of freshly rendered beeswax. What to do with it?  Some quick research found a simple recipe for lip balm.  A minor tweak to the recipe also produced a nice hand balm, and here we are.

 

Melting the rendered wax before adding the other ingredients …

Filling the lip balm tubes ….

Beautiful, finished hand balm.

Christmas order forms will be up on the website this week!

Part-time farming

We’re coming up on another holiday season, and it just occurred to me that I haven’t written a single post in almost a year.

I can explain.

It can pretty much be summed up with this – pretty terrible weather, combined with full-time off-farm jobs, combined with a commitment to spend less time working and more time with the kids has meant terrible communication on my end.  Thanks for bearing with me.

In spite of a tough farm year, we are okay.  Never have we been more thankful to have off-farm jobs than we have been this year.  If we had been relying solely on farm income … yikes ….

Here are a few of the challenges our farm has faced this year:

January and February brought bitterly cold temperatures – right at the same time our goats started kidding.  That means we spent most of our free time checking goats, breaking water, hauling hay, and warming up baby goats inside.

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I lost count around eight – the number of baby goats who were born during freezing temps that we had to bring inside to try to save.  This one is Belle.  Her story was one of the few successes we had.  You may remember her story from Instagram … after hours of working to revive her, her mama wouldn’t take her back.  However, we successfully paired her with another mama whose baby had died the night before.

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Anyway, kidding season was gut-wrenching.  It was hard work and emotionally exhausting.  We ended up with 26 healthy babies.  About 1/3 less than we should have.

In April we picked ourselves back up, shook off the winter losses, and got to work planting the garden.

In early May, this happened:

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I’m standing in the garden in this picture.  Yes, it’s covered with water.

Then in late May, this happened again ….

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This picture is of our front pasture.  The flood waters have nearly covered it.  During this flood, we evacuated half our goats and all of our hogs.  The garden also got it again.  The flood waters rose even higher the second time.

After the flood waters receded and things dried out a bit, we had to go into the garden and destroy all of the produce the flood waters had touched.  The garden rebounded for a bit, but didn’t come close to producing what it usually does.

This summer, instead of scrambling like crazy to catch back up after the floods, we just …. didn’t.  We went fishing more.  We took a vacation.  We drank a beer or two on the porch.  In short, we took some time to enjoy life.  There was still plenty of produce picking, processing and selling, but this summer, we didn’t let it run our lives.

This fall, we’re spending plenty of time doing what we want to do.

Playing with the puppy …

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Playing in the sand we bought for a patio project (that we haven’t gotten to yet)

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And enjoying the beauty of fall.

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There is lots of work to do around the farm.  But there always is.  For now, we’re happy in the knowledge that the pigs are happy …

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The goats are happy …

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And most importantly, the farm kids are happy.

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Christmas Gift Baskets Available

Excited to announce that we are again taking orders for Christmas gift baskets!

Werner Creek Farm Holiday Gift Basket Order Form

We have two basic gift baskets but we can customize a package for you if these aren’t exactly what you want.

Our Large Holiday Gift Package includes: a one pound local, raw honey, one pint local salsa, two local fruit jams/jellies, and one beeswax lip balm from our bees, all in a cute buffalo plaid crate.  Cost for the large basket is $30.  Upgrade to a 2-pound honey for $7 more.  Include a beeswax hand balm for $10.  (Pictured below with a 2 pound honey)

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The small package includes: a 1 pound jar of local, raw honey, one pint local salsa, and one jar of local fruit jam/jelly for $20.  Increase the 1 pound honey to 2 pound to make the price $27.

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In each gift basket, you can specify the following:

Salsa:

Mild, Medium, or Hot

 

Jams and Jellies:

Spiced Tomato Jam (sounds gross, tastes amazing! trust me!)

Elderberry Jelly

Blackberry Jam  Sorry sold out!

Blackberry Jelly

Blackberry Jalapeno Jam Sorry sold out!

Apple/Grape Jelly

Aronia Berry Jam Sorry sold out!

Mixed Fruit Jelly  Sorry sold out!

Point of clarification – jelly is made from fruit juice, so is therefor smooth and with no pulp.  Jam is made from the whole fruit, so it will contain chunks of fruit and seeds. All of our jams and jellies are made with produce from our farm, or from our friends’ farms nearby.

We can also change the gift tags to say Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays or whatever message you choose.

To streamline things this year, we have an online order form here –

Werner Creek Farm Holiday Gift Basket Order Form

We would also love to sell individual products, if that is more your style.  We have three sizes of honey – 2 pound for $14, 1 pound for $7, and half pound for $4.

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Pint jars of salsa are $7

Quart jars of salsa (mild only) for $12

Half pints of jam or jelly are $4.50.

Beeswax lip balm is $3

We also have 1/4 pint jars of beeswax hand balm available for $10.

The individual items aren’t on the order form, but just make a note in the instructions if you want to add on any of these items.

Please contact us with any questions you might have!  My email is slwerner8@yahoo.com and my cell is 620-222-5821.