170-Landscaping at the Mercantile

Welcome to our milestone episode #170.

This week we share our progress in landscaping around the new sidewalk from the driveway to the Mercantile building. We have been busy!

You will also hear a new feature: a garden tip and a kitchen tip near the end of the episode. This week we talk about using Irish Spring soap as a deer deterrent around new trees and how to use spring garlic in cooking.

The Mercantile is now regularly open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 PM each day. If you would like to order English Muffins to pick up on April 23 or 24, 2021 you can click here (while supplies last).

We also have a limited supply of heirloom tomato and basil plants as well as perennial pampas grass, lamb’s ear and mint. Fresh vegetables will be available in season.

Until next time,

Donna, Julia and the Felines

 

139-Old Time Skills Are In Vogue Again

This year, 2020 has been like no other.

We have operated with a mindset of modern homesteading for a number of years. For us, modern homesteading means to practice as many of the skills of our ancestors as possible while still using modern conveniences.

For example, even though most of the bread we eat is made right here at home, often it is a bread machine doing the work.

Through this pandemic, others are beginning to embrace these same skills. We support their efforts. Their new skills however are impacting our practice of self-sufficiency. There have been waves of flour shortages, yeast shortages, and now it is canning lids and freezer bags.

Now we are reaching into our skill of flexibility and finding work arounds.

In this episode you will also hear us discuss the benefits of our Gert’s Garden Turmeric balm. This is a story of personal experience with this product. If you would like to get your own, you can order online or request when you visit the farm on Fridays.

Gert’s Garden Balm

Thanks for listening.

Until next time…

Donna, Julia and the Felines

133-Introducing Gert’s Garden 2 Go

On today’s podcast we share the news of the week here at Five Feline Farm and introduce our new delivery service for Charleston, IL customers.

We have also decided that August 1, 2020 will be our last farmer’s market. Our business is moving in a new direction which will allow us to grow and increase accessibility for our customers. We appreciate our time at the 18th Street Farmer’s Market, but it is time for us to change. Without change, there can be no growth.

Gert’s Garden 2 Go will include pre-selected boxes of produce at $10, $15 and $20 levels. You can also add other items from our store and we will deliver to your door. Or, if you would like to make a short drive to the country, you can arrange for pick up here at the Farm. Simply indicate at checkout “delivery” or “pick up”.

If you need assistance with our online ordering system, please call 217-345-7331 or email store.support@fivefelinefarm.com.

The Mercantile will continue to be open on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We will also be open on Saturdays beginning August 8, 2020. Hours on Saturday will also be 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Until next time….

Donna, Julia and the Felines

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132-Summer Vegies At The Farm

Summer is upon us and that means great food from the garden. We are eating and selling sweet corn, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, green beans and tomatoes. Well, soon we will be selling tomatoes.

In this episode you will hear about the current harvest and how we eat some of that harvest.

We are also excited to announce our new delivery service to Charleston, IL. If you are unable to make it out to the farm or to the farmer’s market, check out our website, place an order and we will deliver to you on Saturday afternoon. There may be a few bumps along the way as we work out the details, but our desire is to be inclusive and get great products to everyone.

Stay current with our social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also sign up for our email list to get info delivered straight to your inbox. (You will also get a free thank you ebook.)

Keep coming back, it’s going to get interesting!

Donna, Julia and the Felines

P.S. We appreciate all of you who follow us, order from us and listen to this podcast. Thank you!