177-Summer at the Farm

Hello again,

The weather here in Central Illinois has turned to summer. We are grateful for the warmth and the rain. Our garden is producing wonderful vegetables, including the harvest of garlic. Garlic is planted in the fall and harvested early summer. In addition to the curly green scapes we use from the top of the garlic, the fresh bulbs can be used immediately. Most of ours will be cured for winter storage.

As the country opens up, we are planning for more bands at the farm. Upcoming events include Doty and Dexter on July 17 and the Luna Halos on October 9 for our Fall Festival. Mark your calendars, bring a lawn chair and enjoy everything Five Feline Farm has to offer.

Each week the Mercantile will be open from 12:00PM -4:00PM. Come out and browse. For those living within a 15 mile radius of the Farm, delivery service begins on June 12, 2021 on Saturday mornings.

There is always something happening. Keep up on all the current events through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email.

Until next time,

Donna, Julia and the Felines

176-Problem Solving on a Small Farm

Hello again from Five Feline Farm!

As the title of this episode suggests, we have discovered that living on and managing this small farm business requires good problem solving skills. Just this past week, we had a breach of some garden beds by varmints: both ground hogs and raccoons. We will tell you on this episode how we protected those areas.

Plus, you will hear our philosophy about living in harmony with wild animals. Donna even shares a funny story about one of her interactions with a snake.

The Mercantile will be open Friday and Saturday afternoons (12:00 PM – 4:00PM) with the exception of holiday weekends. You can place an order for pickup by visiting the online Mercantile.

We will begin our delivery route on June 12, 2021. If you live within a 15 mile radius of Five Feline Farm you can place an order and we will deliver to your door on Saturday mornings. We also have a waiting list for our Gert’s Garden 2 Go© bags, so let us know if you would like to be on that list.

Until next time,

Donna, Julia and the Felines

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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