~Hog Heaven~

Silvana Bella Dad and Marisa working with the Organic hogs!

Silvana Bella Dad and Marisa working with the Organic hogs!

Here we are, down on the Callens Honey Farm.  Our farm life in photos!  Hope you enjoy our busy life which just became a bit harder with these cold temperatures that could freeze an ocean!  I apologize for not having posted for awhile but being busy means we are alive and well…..and that my friends is a good thing!  We now have snow so these photos are a few weeks old.  The weather alert warns that frost bite tonight and tomorrow can occur in less than ten minutes!!!!

Good neighbors like Denny Timmerman make life good by giving the girls an old bin to repair. Works great now and holds Organic Barley!

Good neighbors like Denny Timmerman make life good by giving the girls an old bin to repair. Works great now and holds Organic Barley!

Old Hog slats make for instant mud relief! Fred put these in all over the farm to keep the hogs out of the mud and make driving and walking easier.

Old Hog slats make for instant mud relief! Fred put these in all over the farm to keep the hogs out of the mud and make driving and walking easier.

More hog slats and beef!

More hog slats and beef!

After all....man cannot live on pork alone!!

After all….man cannot live on pork alone!!

One mans junk is another mans treasure! More bins from Denny purchased at a good deal for the girls. This little area is for boars, gilts and sometimes sows that are in between breeding or farrowing.

One mans junk is another mans treasure! More bins from Denny Timmerman purchased at a good deal for the girls. This little area is for boars, gilts and sometimes sows that are in between breeding or farrowing.

Empty farrowing house just before we dismantled the pens for the winter.

Empty farrowing house just before we dismantled the pens for the winter.

These turkeys are happy having lived through Thanksgiving day.

These turkeys are happy having lived through Thanksgiving day.

Organic feed for the hogs stays dry in the Quonset.

Organic feed for the hogs stays dry in the Quonset.

This East facing pen has been given a face lift. Since this photo was taken we now have 20 head of bred gilts in it. Thank God for cement!

This East facing pen has been given a face lift. Since this photo was taken we now have 20 head of bred gilts in it. Thank God for cement!

Anyone working up an appetite yet? You see a hog and I see Polish Sausage.

Anyone working up an appetite yet? You see a hog and I see Polish Sausage.

Oh baby! Home made polish sausage from our own pork! Smoked by my very handsome husband!

Oh baby! Home made polish sausage from our own pork! Smoked by my very handsome husband!

Okay so you don't like Polish sausage? Can I tempt you with our own Summer Sausage? How does 150 pounds sound?

Okay so you don’t like Polish sausage? Can I tempt you with our own Summer Sausage? How does 150 pounds sound?

When we're done with the sausage we'll feast on this Christmas Ham.

When we’re done with the sausage we’ll feast on this Christmas Ham.

This ham tastes as good as it looks! Thank you Alan Ferber for sharing your trade secrets with us!!!

This ham tastes as good as it looks! Thank you Alan Ferber for sharing your trade secrets with us!!!

And then there's the chickens! We picked one of the coldest days last week to put the roosters in the freezer! Looking back tonight I realize that was a heat wave!

And then there’s the chickens! We picked one of the coldest days last week to put the roosters in the freezer! Looking back tonight I realize that was a heat wave!

Feathers be gone!!! Note how they are dressed....so cold.

Feathers be gone!!! Note how they are dressed….so cold.

Okay lets get this straight. We did the hog, steer and then the roosters all in one day. All went well until the deep freeze hit that night. I mean deep, deep freeze. We lived through it and I am packing the new bacon this evening.

Okay lets get this straight. We did the hog, steer and then the roosters all in one day. All went well until the deep freeze hit that night. I mean deep, deep freeze. And….the power went out.  We lived through it and I am packing the new bacon this evening.

Fire Cider is a winter tonic. I made my first batch and it is wicked!!! Thank you Kay for the recipe. I brewed it for a month.

Fire Cider is a winter tonic. I made my first batch and it is wicked!!! Thank you Kay for the recipe. I brewed it for a month.

 

Here is the recipe. The only thing I added was dried elderberries. Using this on the family now to keep them flu free. Wish me luck.

Here is the recipe. The only thing I added was dried elderberries. Using this on the family now to keep them flu free.  Warning….go heavy on the honey!!!!    Wish me luck.

Thanks for stopping by the Callens Farm.  If you don’t hear from me again very soon I just may have frozen to death along with the rest of the family.  Hoping the snow holds off a bit tonight since the girls are loading out 30 Organic Prairie hogs ready for market tomorrow.

A blessed Advent to all and to all a Wonderful Life.  Life is Good by Golly!!

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About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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4 Responses to ~Hog Heaven~

  1. Oh, darling, your temps make my measly two degrees look tropical, and yet I just know I’m going to freeze to death on the way to adoration tonight. I think I’ll wear my chore overalls! We’re glad Maggie got home all right. I guess L and J are putting their birds in the freezer on Saturday; I don’t know if we’ll be there, or here trying to put a new chimney on the ‘man hole’.
    Wear your winter woolies and stay warm!
    love, your sister the s/mm

    • Try to stay warm there! I heard you will warm up sooner than us. So good to have Maggie around for a time. She makes life fun!! Hogs are loaded and now it’s time to bake cookies. Love from across the cold miles……..xxooxxoo Cita

  2. Theresa says:

    Very cold here also in Alberta eh! What is the Fire Cider purpose(question mark) To keep away those nasty germs and for good health or some other purpose. That ham looks beyond yummy.

    • The Fire Cider is a winter tonic. I use for anyone who says they feel sick in any way. It seems to work. This was my first time making the cider. The kids add extra honey because it is very, very strong. Try it! Keep your cold weather up there hee hee.

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