Moooooving On

2022 will be our last year of calving with our Irish Dexters. It has been a wonderful sixteen years. Our bull will soon be headed to a new farm and our geriatric girls will “retire” after weaning these last calves.

Calves will be posted after they are born, which can begin after Mother’s Day. Let us know if you are interested and we will reserve your calf until weaning, usually in 5-6 months.

Brown Bread…

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Icelandic Rye Bread

Yet another winner-winner from Magnus Nilsson.
Cook Time 12 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups rye flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (or older cream/yogurt that has been watered a bit)
  • 2/3 cup golden syrup or molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, bonus if your loaf pan has a lid. If not, have foil handy to seal off the top of the pan.
  • Preheat oven to 195°F
  • Mix all ingredients (I find mixing the wet together first helps) and pour into baking pan.
  • Cover loaf pan with foil or lid
  • Bake for 12 hrs

Notes

One of my favorites!  Tender, full of flavor, and you can slice it thin!

Third Season?!

Did you know that SteelMeadow’s podcast, Blind Hog and Acorn, is already into the third season? What started out as a solo podcast by Mary Jane, aka The Acorn, quickly morphed into a weekly rehashing of farm chores with Glenn, the Blind Hog.

Join the two farmers weekly as they retell what went wrong and what went right at SteelMeadow Farm. New podcasts drop every Sunday morning. Click here and sign up!

Hard-working Farm Girl needs a Sweet Break!

These lemony muffins certainly hit the spot!

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Nilsson’s Finnish Lemon Muffins

Cake-like texture, great lemon flavor and super easy!
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 sticks butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 whole lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/3 cups pastry or all-purpose flour
  • 1 jar lemon curd (optional- you won't need much)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F, prepare muffin pan with liners
  • Cream together butter and sugar in mixer until fluffy
  • Add eggs, one by one
  • add lemon juice and zest
  • mix baking powder and flour, then add to wet ingredients
  • spoon into baking cups (I actually made 16)
  • spoon 1 tsp of lemon curd onto the top of each muffin cup
  • bake 30 min or until golden

Notes

I used one goose egg instead of 4 chicken eggs, and the lemon curd was a spur-of-the-moment addition.  Delightful!

Sugaring Season is Over

Seven weeks of collecting sap from black walnut trees in the yard has netted us over 2 gallons of finished syrup. Dark, delicious and with such depth of flavor! The sap run is slowing, what sap collected is getting a little cloudy, and the trees are popping their buds. Time to stop!

If you have black walnut trees in your yard, consider tapping the trees next year and produce your own syrup!

Livestock Buyer’s Questionnaire

Thinking about buying livestock but also wondering if you have everything all set? Don’t be like others and bring home livestock before you are ready!

Recently updated the Livestock Buyer’s Questionnaire, you can check it out on our Farm Practices page: Read Page

It is our hope that the questions in the form will help you to prepare and plan for “everything” that can go wrong before you bring home your new farm additions.

2022 Commercial Kids- preview of upcoming attractions…

Showing the last of the kids we had for sale- these kids are all sold. In 2022 we will have kids from registered Savanna bucks, promising 50% offspring that can be registered.

12 doelings, 9 market bucklings and 2 really, really nice bucklings that are good enough to be herdsires. Weaned, dewormed, ready to roll.

2021 Commercial Savannah-cross kids
Nannies enjoying a kid-free pasture

Farmhouse Blondies

Too good to last long- sweet, nutty, buttery, and the pan is half-gone already????

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Farmhouse Blondies

Adapted from King Arthur Flour, these Blondies have a great acidic bite- just like chess pie or buttermilk pie!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz butter, melted
  • 12 oz brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 oz whole wheat flour, or combination ww and oat flours
  • 5.5 oz chopped English walnuts
  • 2 oz craisins, to be sprinked on top of batter in pan

Instructions

  • prepare 9×11 pan, preheat oven to 350F
  • In mixer, add melted butter to eggs and sugar- Beat well.
  • Add remaining ingredients, one by one. As soon as nutsare stirred in, pour into prepared pan
  • Sprinkle craisins across top of batter and bake for 26-28 minutes. They should be sticky but not wet-wet…
  • Let cool completely before cutting.