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Welcome to the blog of Apple Prairie Farm. I want to show you around our farm, maybe inspire you to try to raise a few animals or even put some seeds in a raised bed in order to have some homegrown goodness! The food we grow on our farm is flavorful and as good as it gets! When our family sits down to enjoy a meal that we raised on our farm, we look at each other and know that we have to keep doing what we are doing. Can't find this much flavor in the grocery store!

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March 25, 2018

This might be one very boring post to anybody who doesn't have a milk cow, or to someone who has no desire to ever milk a cow. If you fit into these two catagories, feel free to not read this post! But if you are trying to learn everything you can about how to mil...

February 27, 2018

Yesterday we came home from church and saw our cow, Honeycrisp about to have a calf. We jumped out of the van, ran into the house, threw on our barn clothes and ran out to the corral. First baby dexter of the year! Spring has come early to Apple Prairie Farm!

This was H...

February 21, 2018

I have made only one type of cheese. Why only one, you ask? The reason is that this recipe is so easy! I would love to learn how to branch out and try making some hard cheeses, but that would mean I would have to wait for the cheese to age! Which means, I will be that...

February 20, 2018

This last summer we tried a fun new way to make corner posts. I don't think it took any longer than the corner posts that you dig three holes 4 feet down. I am a little tired of seeing our hard work of fence posts push up out of the ground when the frost heaves the pos...

February 18, 2018

Back in 2012, we considered adding some cows to our little homestead. We really thought we wanted mini jerseys. I wanted milk, Farm Guy wanted meat. After doing some research and really considering what we wanted, we decided to go with the wonderful little breed called...

February 18, 2018

This is Honey Crisp, registration number is 039299. She is one beautiful cow. She has nice hooves and a nice top line. She has a gentle personality but is a little shy. She will let you pet her in small doses.

Honeycrisp's mother is CCR SNIC Ruby. Ruby and Honeycrisp ar...

February 18, 2018

We bought our first milk cow in 2013 and have been thrilled to own such an amazing breed of cattle known as Irish Dexter's. We had known that we wanted a few cows for a while and when our lives didn't seem quite so busy with raising little kids, we started researching...

February 15, 2018

When we have extra raw milk in our fridge, we make yogurt. It's not hard to do. This is how I make it.

Small Batch Yogurt 

4 cups whole, raw milk

3 Tablespoons live yogurt

Large Batch Yogurt

8 cups whole, raw milk

6 Tablespoons live yogurt

Put your milk in a stainless steel p...

February 15, 2018

Improving our pastures are important to us. We bought an old hay field that seems to need some tender loving care. We are hoping that over time we will be able improve our land with running cattle, chickens and pigs, Oh My! 

Keep in mind we don't run a lot of cows, we a...

February 14, 2018

When I was contemplating getting a milk cow I wasn't sure how we could still go on vacations or even a simple weekend get away. You hear how dairy farmers can never get away from milking, I certainly did not want to have to stay home all the time. What is a wannabe dai...

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