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1840 Farm Thread Gallery

We have 39 colors of thread on hand and are always looking for a few more.  Click on a photo to enlarge and get a closer look.

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2014 Heirloom Seed Collection from 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily

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Last year, we launched our first 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collections in order to share our favorite heirloom varieties with our readers.  This year, we are excited to be partnering with our friends at Fresh Eggs Daily to bring you an expanded selection of Heirloom Seed Collections.  Each collection has been carefully curated to pair varieties that are well suited for growing together in your gardens and ours.  All of the seeds in our collections are heirloom, non-GMO, and sourced from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, a family owned seed purveyor.

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Lisa and I first became friends during the summer of 2012.  What started as a casual conversation about chicken keeping and writing quickly evolved into an ongoing dialog about so much more.  Within days, we were trading messages about using old fashioned techniques to care for our animals, tips for tending to our gardens, and the warm childhood memories of our grandparents doing the same.  Two years have passed and our conversation is still going strong.

This winter, we discovered that we were each working independently on curating heirloom seed collections for the upcoming growing season.  Within minutes, we decided that working together on the collection would allow us to offer a better variety of seeds to our customers and give us another reason to chat all summer long.

We’re hoping that you will join us in growing a few of our favorite heirlooms in your gardens.  Together, we can learn more about the history of these varieties and share our favorite preparations for our families and the animals in our care.  Whether you grow a collection of herbs to boost the health of your hens or tend a tomato patch to brighten the fresh meals served at your family table, we hope that you will enjoy joining in our friendly conversation this summer and beyond.

In the coming weeks, you will learn more about each individual variety in this year’s collection.   We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from our heirloom gardens. We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter and The Fresh Eggs Daily Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.

While we’re all waiting for spring weather to finally arrive and the growing season to begin, 1840 Farm, Fresh Eggs Daily, and Sasquatch Books have a fantastic giveaway to share with you.  One lucky winner will win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to all who enter!

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1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection

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Last year, we launched our first 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collections in order to share our favorite heirloom varieties with our readers.  This year, we are excited to be partnering with our friends at Fresh Eggs Daily to bring you an expanded selection of Heirloom Seed Collections.  Each collection has been carefully curated to pair varieties that are well suited for growing together in your gardens and ours.  All of the seeds in our collections are heirloom, non-GMO, and sourced from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, a family owned seed purveyor.

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We have been planting heirlooms in the gardens at 1840 Farm since our first summer living here.  It started simply enough with a few packets of heirloom tomato seeds.  They had interesting names and stories that held our attention long before we had ever tasted an heirloom fruit or vegetable fresh from our garden.

One bite of an heirloom tomato was all it took to make me a believer in heirloom varieties.  The flavor was amazing: rich and full and unlike anything I had ever tasted.  Many years have passed.  I haven’t planted anything but an heirloom tomato in our gardens since that first delicious bite.

We hope that you will enjoy growing these heirlooms as much as we do.  We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from the heirloom gardens here at 1840 Farm.  We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter.

You can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.

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Valentine’s Day Favorites at 1840 Farm

Valentine’s Day usually comes and goes in a flash.  This year, it falls on the Friday before a three-day weekend here at 1840 Farm.  That seems like the perfect excuse to dust off all of our favorite Valentine’s Day recipes and enjoy each and every one of them before the weekend is through.

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To make sure that you don’t miss any of our original content or favorite recipes, DIY projects, and homesteading advice from around the web, subscribe to The 1840 Farm Community Newsletter. Visit our subscription form to become the newest member of The 1840 Farm Community.

Our newsletter isn’t the only way to follow what’s happening here at 1840 Farm.
You’re always welcome at 1840 Farm
and at The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.
You can also find 1840 Farm throughout the social media universe on
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, and Bloglovin‘.

We even created a new 1840 Farm Community Newsletter Pinterest board to catalog
our newsletter content so that you could easily pin your favorites to your own boards.

Come add your voice to our conversation!
We’ll hope to see you there!


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From the Farm Blog Hop – February 14, 2014

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Welcome to the February 14th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. Take a look at our great group of favorites from last week’s hop before moving on to the posts that are linking up this week. I can’t wait to see the fantastic recipes, DIY projects, and informative posts that you’ll share this week!

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Now, on to this week’s party:
1. Link up to three of your best gardening or homesteading tips, farm-themed posts, recipes, homemaking and simple/frugal living tips, decorating ideas, DIY projects, craft ideas, thrifty makeovers or repurposed items, healthy and sustainable living tips.
2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
3. Make sure to check out some of the other links before leaving.


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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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From the Farm Blog Hop – February 7, 2014

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Welcome to the February 7th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. Take a look at our great group of favorites from last week’s hop before moving on to the posts that are linking up this week. I can’t wait to see the fantastic recipes, DIY projects, and informative posts that you’ll share this week!

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2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
3. Make sure to check out some of the other links before leaving.


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We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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From the Farm Blog Hop: January 31, 2014

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Welcome to the January 31st edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. Take a look at our great group of favorites from last week’s hop before moving on to the posts that are linking up this week. I can’t wait to see the fantastic recipes, DIY projects, and informative posts that you’ll share this week!

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1. Link up to three of your best gardening or homesteading tips, farm-themed posts, recipes, homemaking and simple/frugal living tips, decorating ideas, DIY projects, craft ideas, thrifty makeovers or repurposed items, healthy and sustainable living tips.
2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
3. Make sure to check out some of the other links before leaving.


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We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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From the Farm Blog Hop: My Favorite – Orange Marmalade Cake

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Welcome to the January 24th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. Take a look at our great group of favorites from last week’s hop before moving on to the posts that are linking up this week. I can’t wait to see the fantastic recipes, DIY projects, and informative posts that you’ll share this week!

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1. Link up to three of your best gardening or homesteading tips, farm-themed posts, recipes, homemaking and simple/frugal living tips, decorating ideas, DIY projects, craft ideas, thrifty makeovers or repurposed items, healthy and sustainable living tips.
2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
3. Make sure to check out some of the other links before leaving.


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We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

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Warmly,
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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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From the Farm Blog Hop: My Favorite – How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

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Welcome to the January 17th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. Take a look at our great group of favorites from last week’s hop before moving on to this week’s hop. I can’t wait to see the fantastic recipes, DIY projects, and informative posts that you’ll share this week!

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2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
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Warmly,
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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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From the Farm Blog Hop: My Weekly Favorite – Mujadara Recipe

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Welcome to the January 10th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. Let’s take a look at our favorites from last week’s hop before collecting this week’s links. I can’t wait to see the fantastic recipes, DIY projects, and informative posts you’ll share!

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2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
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We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

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Warmly,
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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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From the Farm Blog Hop: My Weekly Favorite – Hot Chocolate with Homemade Marshmallows

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first From the Farm Blog Hop of 2014. 2013 was a great year for our hop and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead in 2014. So, let’s get started with our host favorites from the last hop and see what fabulous links you have to share this week!

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Now, on to this week’s party:
1. Link up to three of your best gardening or homesteading tips, farm-themed posts, recipes, homemaking and simple/frugal living tips, decorating ideas, DIY projects, craft ideas, thrifty makeovers or repurposed items, healthy and sustainable living tips.
2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
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Warmly,
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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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December Savings in the 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop

We had a wonderful and very White Christmas here at 1840 Farm.  I hope that you enjoyed a holiday filled with family, friends, and many memories in the making.  I know that we certainly did.

Mother Nature gave us over 20 inches of fresh snow the week before the holiday.  This morning, she decided to give us about five or six more.  There isn’t a single spot on the farm that isn’t resting under a thick blanket of snow.

As the snow gets deeper outside, I find myself dreaming more and more of spring inside.  It’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by beautiful heirloom seed catalogs and bright, cheery fabrics just begging to be made into baskets, trivets, and other handmade items for The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.

As I’m busy thinking of spring, I plan to pass the time by stitching up the first bright, spring baskets for our shop.  While I can’t wait to fill the shop with brightly colored baskets, I want to find homes for the lovely baskets that are in the shop first. So, I’m offering 20% off all purchases over $10.00 between now and the New Year.

To take advantage of the savings, simply enter “DECEMBER” during the checkout process. The 20% discount can be applied to the holiday items that have already been discounted, allowing you to realize savings of over 30% on several of our holiday items..

This coupon code cannot be applied to custom orders.  Instead, we’re hoping that you’ll visit our 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy and find an item in our shop that’s ready to ship and absolutely perfect for you.  This coupon code will expire at midnight on December 31, 2013, so hurry to enjoy the biggest savings we have offered all year long!

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From the Farm Blog Hop – My Weekly Favorite: Peppermint Oreo Truffle Recipe

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Welcome to the December 20th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. I found so many fantastic holiday ideas and recipes last week. In fact, many of those recipes have been added to my baking list for the weekend. I am willing to bet that I’ll find at least a few more to add from this week’s hop!

 
Each week the From the Farm Blog Hop co-hosts welcome a fellow blogger to come join in the fun and guest host along with us. This week’s guest host is Rick from City Boy Hens! Welcome Rick!!

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I am a Country Boy who is trapped in a City Boy’s body! In order to get my “fix”, I keep 3 chickens in my backyard in Ontario, Canada where they are protected by our yellow lab Stanley (when he is not taking one of his many daily naps). I also enjoy making a lot of traditional Italian foods like sausage, salami, olives and specialty breads. In between being a husband, father and “pretend” farmer, I also try to find time to grow some vegetables and raise honeybees at our cottage in Northern Ontario.

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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | The Mind to Homestead | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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From the Farm Blog Hop – My Weekly Favorite: Make Your Own Orange Sugar Scrub

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Welcome to the December 13th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop. Last week, we had a fantastic collection links to posts for DIY projects, handmade gifts, and delicious recipes. I can’t wait to see what this week’s hop has in store!
 

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The 1840 Farm Daily Loaf

This loaf is the daily, go to homemade bread here at 1840 Farm.  We begin almost every morning with slices of this delicious bread lightly toasted, buttered, and topped with our favorite homemade preserves or local honey.  For dinner, a thick slice of this loaf makes the perfect base for savory open faced sandwiches.  When topped with our savory Heirloom Smoky Tomato or Caramelized Onion and Red Wine Jam, a bit of melted cheese, and a sunny side up egg gathered fresh from our coop, it’s a dinner that the whole family is happy to see served at our farmhouse table.

This bread dough is simple to prepare, making it a lovely introduction to bread baking for a beginning bread baker.  The dough is sturdy and elastic, responding very well to kneading by hand or with a dough hook on a stand mixer. Whether you are a novice or accomplished bread baker, I hope that you will give this loaf a try and share it with your family.


These are the tools and ingredients that I use to create this loaf in our kitchen.  Clicking on the links will take you to exterior sites in order for you to learn more about each product. Some of these links are of the affiliate variety. Those links have not influenced my honest opinion or recommendation of these products.

 



1840 Farm Daily Loaf
makes 2 loaves

I like to mill our own organic, non-GMO flour to use in this recipe.  There’s no need to pass up trying this recipe if you don’t have the ability to mill your own flour. You can substitute high quality whole wheat flour and All-purpose flour.  I like to include Simply Omega-3 ground flaxseed in this loaf to add a boost of nutrition and a slightly nutty, earthy flavor to the finished loaf.  You could substitute ground flax or wheat germ if you prefer or omit it from the recipe.

I find that adding Grandma Eloise’s Dough Enhancer helps to extend the shelf life of my homemade loaves by several days, but if you don’t have it on hand, you can omit it from the recipe.  The resulting loaf will still be delicious, but the texture will be slightly more dense and the shelf life will be several days shorter.  You can learn more about the dough enhancer on my recipe for our Farmhouse Country Loaf.

2 cups (16 ounces) warm water
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup (6 ounces) plain or vanilla yogurt
3 1/2 cups (420 grams) whole wheat flour
3 1/2 cups (420 grams) All-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon Grandma Eloise Dough Enhancer
1 Tablespoon vital wheat gluten
1 Tablespoon Simply Omega-3 flax seed
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
Melted butter for brushing the finished loaves if desired

If you are using a dough proofer, preheat the proofer following the manufacturer’s instructions as you prepare the dough.

In a large bowl, combine the warm water and honey, stirring to dissolve the honey.  Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and set aside to bloom as you measure the dry ingredients, approximately five minutes.

Measure and combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Use a whisk to mix the dry ingredients and evenly distribute them throughout the flour.  When the five minutes have elapsed, stir the liquid ingredients and then add the yogurt.  Mix until the yogurt is incorporated and the mixture is smooth.

Add the dry ingredients in one addition to the yeast mixture.  Using a dough hook on a stand mixer or a wooden spoon, mix until a shaggy dough forms.  If you are using a stand mixer, continue to mix the dough on the lowest setting for 5-10 minutes or until a smooth, elastic dough forms before turning it out onto a floured surface and kneading by hand until it passes the windowpane test.

If you are mixing the dough by hand, turn the shaggy dough out onto a floured surface or dough mat.  Knead the dough, adding more flour as necessary, until it passes the windowpane test, approximately ten minutes.

If you are unfamiliar with the windowpane test, the technique is quite simple but incredibly helpful when making a loaf of bread.  This windowpane test will help you to determine if your dough has been kneaded sufficiently to yield a wonderful finished loaf.  By using this technique, you will be certain that your homemade bread dough will produce a beautiful loaf of bread.

Conducting the windowpane test is simple.  After you have kneaded the dough to the point when you think that it is ready to be shaped into loaves, take a small ball of dough and stretch it between your fingers until it is thin and translucent (much like a window).  If the dough stretches without breaking, it has been kneaded long enough to develop the gluten and is ready to prepare for its rise.  If the dough breaks, continue kneading until it passes the test.

Once your dough passes the windowpane test, form the dough into a ball and allow it to rest on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes.  After the dough has rested, divide the dough into two even balls.  Shape each ball into a loaf and place in a lightly oiled loaf pan.

Using a sharp knife, make several slits in the surface of the loaf.  Scoring the loaf will allow the dough to rise and bake evenly without breaking the beautiful top crust.  Set the loaves aside to rise in a proofing chamber or a warm, draft free location.  Allow the loaves to rise until they have reached a height of approximately one inch above the top edge of the loaf pans.  Using my dough proofer, this takes about one hour.

As the dough nears the end of its rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  If you have a pizza stone, this is a great time to put it to use.  I like to use stones when baking bread in order to deliver even heat to the bottom of the loaf as it bakes.  I find that my loaves bake more evenly when I have the stones in the oven during preheating and baking.

Once the loaf has risen sufficiently and the oven has reached temperature, transfer the loaves to the oven.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, turning at the halfway mark to ensure even browning.  When the loaves are fully baked, they will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Remove the fully baked loaves from their pans to a wire rack. Top the loaves with melted butter if desired and  alow them to cool completely before slicing or storing.

Don’t miss my post about the best way to store fresh bread to learn how you should be storing your fresh loaf of bread.  You can also learn more about My Favorite Bread Baking Tools and Ingredients and share your own with me.


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Celebrate the End of Molting Season with an 1840 Farm Giveaway!

I have written before that molting season is the time that tries a chicken keeper’s soul.  It seems cruel that just as the weather turns cold and the days turn dark, we find ourselves without any eggs waiting in the nest boxes as a reward for our chicken keeping chores. Feathers abound, but eggs become scarce or nonexistent.

Today, I made the most wonderful discovery when tending the chickens.  After eight egg free weeks, there was a beautiful brown egg was waiting for me nestled in the straw lining one of our nest boxes.  I let out such a commotion that our girls couldn’t leave the coop to go outside fast enough!  Now I’d like to share the celebration with the entire 1840 Farm Community by having a good old fashioned Facebook page giveaway.

Visit our Facebook page to vote for the prize that you would like to have a chance to win.  I’ll tally the votes over the weekend and share the giveaway with you on Monday morning.  You never know, if I keep finding eggs in the nest boxes and comments on the post, I just might feel the need to offer more than one prize.   I can’t wait to hear what you would like to win in time for the holidays!

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From the Farm Blog Hop – My Weekly Favorite: Preserving Yams

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Happy Holidays and welcome to the December 5th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop! Each week the From the Farm Blog Hop co-hosts welcome a fellow blogger to come join in the fun and guest host along with us. fun and guest host along with us. This week’s guest host is Karen Lynn from Lil Suburban Homestead! Welcome Karen Lynn!!

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Karen Lynn and her husband she calls “The Viking” in her blog posts are passionate about living a sustainable life style while still embracing modern conveniences and technology. They live on a 1/3 of an acre in suburbia in Southeastern North Carolina with their teenage son who plays football and is an avid hunter and angler, their dog River, and their chickens and bees. They are also frequently visited by their adult daughter who is a musician and are supporters of local music in their area! They love to garden, prepare for the future, can food, make home-made wine and create new and innovative DIY projects!

 

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A Little Gift from The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, we seem to be bombarded with special sales from retailers with impressive sounding names.  Black Friday turns to Cyber Monday which has now become Cyber Week here in our local newspaper.

Here at 1840 Farm, we wanted to offer our customers something special this season without coupons, coupon codes, or limited quantity offers.  Instead, we wanted to send a little something extra when we ship out the orders placed this week through The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.

Every order that is placed from December 2, 2013 through December 9, 2013 will have a six inch handmade fabric trivet added to its shipment at no charge.  We’ll select the colors from the fabrics and thread that we have on hand and ready to ship to you.  We have a rainbow trivets ready to share with you.

We want to give you a little something extra to thank you for supporting 1840 Farm.  We hope that you can use these trivets during your holiday celebration this year.

Visit our 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy to see what’s available and ready to ship in time for holiday gift giving!

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From the Farm Blog Hop – My Weekly Favorite: Croissants

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Happy Holidays and welcome to the November 29th edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop! Here at 1840 Farm, we enjoyed a wonderful holiday around our family farmhouse table. We enjoyed delicious dishes and made a few new family holiday memories. I hope that you enjoyed a holiday filled with family, friends, and your favorite holiday dishes. Now on to this week’s hop!

Each week the From the Farm Blog Hop co-hosts welcome a fellow blogger to come join in the fun and guest host along with us. This week’s guest host is Lesa from Better Hens and Gardens! Welcome Lesa!!

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I’m Lesa Wilke (it sounds like Lisa) and I live with my husband on a small, 10 acre farm in Northeastern Ohio called Bramblestone Farm. We believe that food grown locally without antibiotics, hormones, artificial fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides is important, so we try to produce their own without these additives. We raise Buckeye chickens for meat and eggs, Nigerian Dwarf goats for milk, honey bees for honey, and grow various fruits and vegetables. I created the blog Better Hens and Gardens to help other rural-minded folks transition to more self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyles that include real food, and to follow our journey on Bramblestone Farm. Please join us on the blog and farm sites!

 

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2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
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We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

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From the Farm Blog Hop-My Weekly Favorite: Making Soap Without Lye

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Welcome to the November 22nd edition of the From the Farm Blog Hop! Here at 1840 Farm, we’re preparing for the Thanksgiving Holiday next week. We’ll be making our favorite family recipes. Of course, I’ll be looking through this week’s links to see if there’s something fantastic to add to our celebration. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday full of fantastic food and wonderful memories.

Each week the From the Farm Blog Hop co-hosts welcome a fellow blogger to come join in the fun and guest host along with us. This week’s guest host is Susan from Learning and Yearning! Welcome Susan!!

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Susan Vinskofski, from PA, is an avid gardener. Susan is passionate about building soil because she believes that nutrient dense food begins in the soil. Susan blogs at learning and yearning about gardening, foraging, real food and natural living.

 

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2. Link back to my blog (using the rel=”nofollow” tag), or put the link party button anywhere on your blog or post to share the love.
3. Make sure to check out some of the other links before leaving.


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We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

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Warmly,
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The Adventure Bite | Sunny Simple Life | 1840 Farm | Let This Mind Be in You | My Healthy Green Family | Fresh Eggs Daily | Louise’s Country Closet | Happy Days Farm | Five Little Homesteaders

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