Category Archives: Farming on the Prairie

Anything and everything farming (rice, soybeans and crawfish in the deep south) whether it is posts about the yay’s and the woes, or informational, and links available to help other farmers.

Tis the Season…(for Strawberries!)

Winding down, or still winding up for the Christmas holiday and upcoming New Year?  Maybe you are done or maybe you still have family gatherings yet to be had. Offshore employee’s,  or members of family far away, yet to draw near can make our holiday season linger.  If so, make a non-traditional holiday treat for them when they arrive.

Strawberries!

Fresh Strawberries: Deep red in color, sweet to taste naturally! Even the leaves are a rich green.

How many ways can you use strawberries?

  • jelly or jam
  • strawberry shortcake
  • pie
  • syrup (great on pancakes)
  • dipped in sugar and eaten fresh
  • can you think of more?

This is the time of year that strawberries grow in the south. The first fruits are coming in, only a small batch at a time .  But, the flowers are in bloom with new berries each day.

If you are like me and get them in small batches and want to have more, just freeze the berries on a cookie sheet and transfer to a Ziploc bag or vacuumed sealed bag until you get the amount you need.

If you have a green thumb or want to learn how to make your fruits and vegetables look so vibrant and taste just as rich, the secret isn’t a secret at all.  A contributor is an edible, food grade fertilizer I use on the berries once a week.  More to follow on this topic as we enter into Spring.

Lastly, if you are local to the area, and want to grow some strawberry plants, leave me a message as I have some sister plants available. Hurry, they will be gone soon!

Window Cleaning…No Problem!


Thanks to my sweet cousin, Shannon, for the great tip on cleaning windows; especially the outside windows.

Windex and other such window cleaners just move the dirt around and that is why we often fight with streaks.  Living on a farm that can get rather dusty requires grit to clean, I.E. soap and water.

Get your rag of choice and a bucket of good ol’ fashion soap and water ( Iused Dawn) and wash those windows then dry with paper towels. Huh.  It is that time easy.

I put vinegar in a spray bottle and a separate wet rag to clean the inside and dries the same.  Whether you live on a farm or in town, rain and wind blow in real dirt on the outside so save time and use soap and water!

And if you are living in Indiana and following this blog, that sweet cousin of mine is a professional cleaner for the wealthy and major apartment complexes in the city so she knows her cleaning business well.

Oberlin Farmers Market

imageCome see us today now through noon in Oberlin at the Certified Farmers Market on 6th Avenue , Oberlin LA!!! image image

Coming Soon to a Farmers’ Market near you!

Fruge'Produce

Fruge’ Produce! If we get enough fall crop  to offer, check us out at Iota or Jennings Farmer’s Market. In the meantime here is a list of local markets to visit for fresh produce or hand made items.


Jennings Farmers Market 7-10 a.m. every Saturday now through November. This is located on the corner of Main an Nezpique at Founders Park. Items available: eggs, fresh produce when available, (they have okra) sewing items and arts and crafts.

Lake Arthur American Legion Farmers Market 8-noon the second Saturday of the month. Located at the American Legion Post 403 parking lot, 701 Highway 26. Items available are: seafood, eggs, homemade arts, crafts, household items, sweet dough, jams, jellies, bbq’s, pickles and local produce when available.

Iota Farmers Market is from 8-12 on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month on the gazebo right on Main Street. The have a variety of fruits and vegetables, in season, and usually some home made hot sauces.

Oberlin Farmers Market located at 228 W. 6th Street in Oberlin. This market is every Wednesday from 9a.m to 1:00 p.m.  fruits and vegetables that are in season. Very sweet coordinator.

Ville Platte Farmers Market is going to start up at the end of September, through November on Fridays at 4p.m. to 6p.m.  at 11 East Main Street in Ville Platte.

Welsh Farmers Market runs May to October on Tuesdays from 4p.m. to 6p.m. at the Welsh City Hall grounds.

Farm Market at Robin Farms open off and on throughout the year on Saturdays, with various vendors. Please call (337) 789-3776 to verify the time they are open.  Church Point LA

 

The RE Market – Bon veiller, cher

The Re-Market store in Jennings Louisiana is a great antique store, with lots of finds. I found wooden duck decoys for our kitchen, and a few old cook books. Try Google’ing Mrs. Simms Fun Cooking Guide and see if you can find a copy. Mine is an original I found at Re-Market, and paid less than $5.00 for it. Check our Bon Veiller Cher blog!

Source: The RE Market – Bon veiller, cher

Drier Families in Various Shapes and Sizes

 

An entryway into an old grain building
An entryway into an old grain building

Running a rice drier isn’t always hard work, dirt and breakdowns. Sometimes life blooms at the local drier without you even taking a part in it. Not only does fallen rice grow in the oddest locations, but more often than not animals get dumped at elevators because, I guess, the perpetrator thinks someone at the location will feel sorry for the lost animal and tend to it.

Ahhhhh, and we do.

Today I discovered a new momma and her two little pups. You guessed it, the rice drier now has new family members…

Welcome home little ones
Welcome home little ones

Patches, the last dog to get dumped, now knows “sit” and was welcomed to the house to be, play and live well. We just can’t take them all home.

This little litter here will be well taken care of but their home will be right where they are protecting each other, and the drier.

 

When it Rains, it Pours

When Rain Happens

I know how it appears, but no, we aren’t in trouble. Although I must say for my first blog post this seems a little extreme doesn’t it?  Y’all, what I’m trying to say is, when it rains it really can pour. And pour it did on Southwest Louisiana this last week,  which is where we live. No, no we didn’t sustain any flooding on our property because we live on the prairie ridge, and it is the highest point.

Share across the country what your local Agriculture Commissioner may be able to do for your farming needs. Ours, Mike Strain http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/ ,  was able to grant us permission to load and unload on the highways (the fields are too saturated) while we cut rice. Rice that desperately needs cutting before “what else” can set in on the crop.

Who would have thought this was possible for a local farmer?  So, thanks to Troop I,  http://www.lsp.org/troopi.html, for deterring the traffic while we unload the grain carts into the semi’s to take the to drier.