Thursday, October 6, 2011
We are just 2 days away from our 4th Annual Fall Festival. We are busy bees getting ready for lots of Fall Festival fun.
It is supposed to be 80 and sunny...Perfect weather for a fall day out at the farm. Come on out this Saturday and win a cake in our cake walk, pet a goat, pick a pumpkin, get your face painted, and enjoy Farm Fresh Food.
Maiden Radio will be playing some great music along with Trapper's Keepers, Jonathan Glen Wood & Andrew Ifrate, and The Spinning Leaves. Proceeds from the festival benefit Maryhurst too! Thank You to our Sponsors PNC Bank, Greenebaum, Doll, and McDonald, Sterling G. Thompson Insurance Company, and Two Guys With Tools.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I have had a lot of time to reflect recently. Sitting, sipping tea, while watching the cows munch on Fall's bright green grasses. Normally, a few weeks leading up to Fall Festival, I am out and about racing around planning, weeding, hanging signs, posting posters, tidying up the farm. Instead, I am catching up on much neglected computer time (hints the blogging), reading, thinking, sitting, and twiddling my thumbs. I have a bum leg and am supposed to "take it easy" for a few weeks and stay off my feet. I am officially confined.
This got me thinking...I am so glad that we let our cattle graze the pastures of this beautiful farm. I love hiking around the farm and exploring all the picturesque nooks and crannies of this piece of land. So, that leads me to conclude, the cattle must like it too. I am so glad that our animals have the freedom to roam. Why shouldn't they get to eat what this earth intended them to digest for their nourishment? And on that note, why would we try to ingest and digest meat that was eating something they had a hard time digesting in the first place? Talk about indigestion.
So...Why Grass Fed Beef?
First of all, the cattle get to enjoy the great outdoors. They can explore the piece of land that is dedicated to them and meant for them to eat from, nourish, and sustain. They get to wake up to the most stunning of sunrises and eat their favorite forages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They never have to have scary injections of antibiotics or hormones. They love the land and the land loves them!
So... Why Eat Grass Fed?
The nutritional benefits of Grass Fed beef are enough to make me switch over but the taste alone is a huge cherry on top (and not a fake bright red cherry. A real, freshly harvested, pint of Michigan black cherries). Grass Fed Beef is naturally lean, therefore, it is lower in fat and calories. In fact, according to eatwild.com it has a smidgen less fat than a skinless chicken thigh (Side note: who wants skinless anyway?). 100% Grass Fed Beef is very similar to Bison's fat and calorie count. It makes since because they are eating grass...not a bunch of hormones, corn, and animal by products. Grass Fed Beef is also rich in Antioxidants and has high levels of Omega 3s (very heart and brain friendly). High levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) can be found in Grass Fed Beef. Wikipedia says CLA can be good for belly firmness in pigs but Eat Wild definitely has some "firmer" facts.
Happy Cows, Happy Land, Happy People!
Now I must give a Shout out to the man behind it all. Derek Lawson is our oh so fabulous, highly enthusiastic, so so smart and willing to learn, dedicated head cattle farmer. Thank you Derek for being so wonderful to all the animals here at Foxhollow!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Calling All Bakers! We are busy researching scrumptious cake recipes for our Cake Walk coming up in October. The Cake Walk is always a huge hit at our Fall Festival. This year our goal is to have 100+ Cakes. In the past we have run out of cakes in the first hour. So, if you love to bake or know anyone who does please let us know. We would love for you to be a part of our cake walk treat bakers. You can deliver your delicious creation on October 7th or at the festival on October 8th. Please call (502)241-9674 to reserve your cakes spot in the cake walk! Thanks so much for all your support and sweat treats.
Last week I headed over to Maryhurst to Pick up the Art work for the front of the 4th Annual Fall Festival T-shirts. For 3 years in a row, Mari, a dedicated art teacher at Maryhurst's main campus, has kindly volunteered her time to lead her students in an art project for the front of the Fall Festival T-Shirts. I have the artwork from the past 2 years hanging in my office and every time I need a little pick me up I just glance over at the beautiful fall paintings framed on the wall. The bright orange pumpkins, smiling scarecrows, shimmering yellow straw hair, and golden sunflowers in these paintings remind me of the joys of fall.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
We have 6 eager interns and three wwoofer volunteers helping the Head Market Gardner this season. Yesterday the team transplanted a whole field of basil, tomatoes and eggplant AND prepared for the Saturday three farmer's markets that we go to every week...LaGrange, Beargrass christian church in St Matthews and the brand new market at Douglas Loop on Bardstown Rd.
Well our chickens are growing out of their small indoor nursery...time for a brand new home! Our market garden team have been building a moveable chicken house that will be pulled from one yummy grassy area to the next. They are putting on the final touches...then off they go....A MOVEABLE FEAST!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Marko will be giving a public lecture here at the Farm Center tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7:30pm. The cost is $15.00 at the door. All of the stones will be installed by May 9th , so please stop by on a Saturday when the store is open ( 10am -5pm) and you can walk around and enjoy them first hand!
Monday, April 11, 2011
This weekend I tromped over to our latest creation in process...an education garden for children. Two years ago we started raising the funds to support a garden and nature based education program for children. With the help of a huge yard sale and half of the proceeds from last year's annual Fall festival (the other half goes to Maryhurst) , we are ready to begin!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Sherry Hurley demonstrates how to incorporate seasonal wild edibles,
such as Ramps, to make any meal extra delicious!!!
and Foxhollow hoop house grown nasturtiums! Yumm!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Today I spent some good quality time in our TOMATO HOUSE. We have created a lovely home for our heirloom tomatoes. We started with a large hoop house...covered it with a double layer of plastic sheeting and then attached a little hut at one end with a wood burning stove. VOILA a warm and cozy nursery for our young tomatoes.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Gunther Hauk, a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper and founder/director of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, will be joining us to share his life long dedicated sustainable beekeeping practices.
Cost: $50 pre-registration fee, $60 at the door. To pre- register: send a check payable to Foxhollow Farm Center:
8905 Hwy 329, Crestwood, Ky 40014
For more information email us or call 502.241.9674
Also join us for a film viewing of "Queen of the Sun," a documentary of Gunther's life long dedication to the health of the Honeybee, on April 1st, 7pm with Gunther there to answer questions and chat with folks. $50.00 donation with all proceeds going towards Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary.
“QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions.
Learn more about the film here: www.queenofthesun.com
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The first hints of spring are coming with the warm weather, the songs of the birds beckoning the emergence of the spring flora and fauna.
The buds are swelling as the sap slowly rising from the heat of the sun. The warmth penetrating the earth, gently waking up the spring, springing forth new live.
We are hurriedly preparing the earth for the new arrivals. Twenty-one new beds have been prepared, composted and planted with spinach, and snow peas. Our greenhouse is full to the brim with our garden starts. The tomatoes, nasturtiums, and basil are almost ready to plant in our high tunnel, where they will settle into their fruit. The new greenhouse is under construction, and almost complete.Spring brings the anxious excitement and expectation of new life. Inspiration from new emergences and creative forces arising from within the earth and ourselves give us new momentum to carry out our winter’s dreams.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
After a little winter get away to Mexico I came back with a new found love for peppers. In In the middle of January, there is nothing more beautiful than a bright red hanging strand of dried Cayenne peppers. When winter is gray and dark, a pop of color can brighten up the gloomiest of days. No longer can I step out my backdoor (usually minutes before supper) and pick a bunch of bright pink peonies to add beauty to my table setting. There are no more tangy orange Nasturtiums waiting for me in a pot on my back stoop begging to dress up a salad. The ability to snip a few squash blossom, gently stuff them with chives and fresh goats cheese, and add atop an already fancy grass fed beef steak is out of the question these days. Fortunately, we do have red hot cayenne peppers. One tiny (and hot, very hot) cayenne pepper can dress up a whole room, a bowl of plain rice, a jar of canned beans, a winter table setting, and even a kitchen sink... (well kind of). Here at Foxhollow Farm we are lucky to have pepper enthusiasts, Jamie and Dylan. Jamie and Dylan smoke, dry, can, roast, and grow all sorts of pepper in the summer. Thanks Jamie and Dylan for adding a little spice to our winter life!