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FarmHer

Happy Wednesday friends!

So today, I had the pleasure of listening to Marji Guyler-Alaniz, Founder and President of FarmHer, speak at the local farm show in town. I have followed her on various forms of social media for a while and now watch her television show on RFDTV. Go check out her website, you won’t be disappointed!! Her show is amazing as well. She spoke about how FarmHer came about. It started out as her photography project. She photographed women who work in the agriculture industry and shared their stories. From there, it became a television series!

I loved hearing her stories about some of the women she has met with. Some worked full-time on the farm. Others worked off the farm and then came home to help their families farm. Some were a farm wife, and some a farmer’s daughter. She spoke about some who crop farmed, while others had ranches or livestock. All kinds of women doing different things. All with one thing in common: agriculture.

It takes all kinds of kinds in the agriculture industry! Which is another reason I think agriculture is so amazing! There are so many forms of it and ways to do it. Different things to grow or animals to raise and care for. No two farmers do things the same way. It depends on where you live, the land and climate that determines how a person farms.

While she was sharing about the women she has met through her journey, I thought about all the FarmHers in my life. I come from a long line of farmers. My parents farm, both sets of my grandparents farmed, and even my great-grandparents. When we found and met my older half sister a year and a half ago; she to came from a farming family and married a farmer! (The story of finding my older sister is for another day on another post. I will say though, it’s a good one!)

So, lot of farming! My mom and both my grandmothers are the people I strive most to be like. What makes them great FarmHers? Their wise knowledge, kind heart, independence and their strength. So very strong these women are! My mother is the strongest lady I know. She is the backbone to my parent’s farm. I have seen her jump in the tractor when needed, run here and there for parts. Taxi the men around to help move to the next field. Or even come home after a eight hour day of chemo and make dinner to take to the field for all the men. That lady can do it all. And I am so proud to call her my mother. If I can be half the women she is one day, I will be doing good!

For those who don’t know me personally, I work full-time off my parents farm. I work on another family’s hog farm in their research and nursery barns. I help my parents on nights and weekends during spring and harvest.

So, if you are a lady who works on the farm full-time, or a full-time job off the farm, a farmers wife, daughter or whatever it may be. They all are equally important roles in the agriculture industry. Sometimes, I feel these women get overlooked. All these roles women play, keep the farm going! They make the meals, care for the children, teach them values, show them what hard work is; and during busy times through the year, they are basically single parents. And they do it every single day. All day, everyday!

There is poem that I have on a sign that hangs in our house I’m sure you have heard of, “So God Made A Farmer.” It is the perfect way to describe what a farmer or FarmHer is and what farm life can entail. Thank you to all the farmers and FarmHers that are out there, and all the hard work you and your families do! I will be forever grateful to be born, raised, and now working in the agriculture industry myself. Thank you to those who work in acres, not hours. And thank you to Marji for being such an inspiration to all the other women out there and sharing stories of other FarmHers!

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The Country Market

Hey Friends!

I seriously have no idea where this summer went. I am pretty sure I blinked and the summer was over?! Tomorrow is already September and it will officially be pumpkin everything! Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. I just hate what comes after fall! And it is such a busy time for us, harvest will be here and gone before we know it!

The other day we ventured down to Slims Country Market just outside of Story City. If you have never been, I would highly recommend a stop there if you are ever in the area! We wanted to grab up some good fresh produce before the season ends.

We picked up quite a few things we needed; but their Colorado peaches they just got in were amazing! My mom and I ate them all before my dad could even sample one! Needless to say, we will be picking up more this weekend on our way to Ames. They also have really good seedless watermelon right now as well!

Since I’m on the topic of really good peaches; I thought I would share my easy peach tea recipe that is really tasty and simple! I plan on making some this weekend after I get more peaches.

Ingredients for the peach syrup:

One cup water

One cup sugar

2-3 fresh sliced peaches

Tea:

3 tea bags

6 cups water

Bring the syrup ingredients to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium. Crush up the peach slices as you stir and dissolve the sugar.

Turn off the heat, cover and let set for 30 minutes.

In a separate pot boil the water and brew tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and refrigerate.

Strain the syrup and remove any fruit pieces.

Add the syrup to the tea and serve over ice.

This is also really good with a splash of lemonade! 🍑🍋🍉

Have a good Labor Day weekend!

-Maria

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Okoboji

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! For me it has gone by way to fast! I can’t believe August is here! Normally I don’t mind going into fall, but this year it is sort of bittersweet. After Labor Day I have to go back to work. (Cue the crying) It already makes me sad just thinking about being away from our son.

But to start off the week of August, my family and I are spending the week in Okoboji! If you have never been before I would highly recommend it! My parents have brought us up here since I was a baby. It’s very family friendly and always a good time.

We stay up here with another awesome family from back home. We rent the condos at Bridges Bay. It has a indoor water park and big outdoor pool (with a swim up bar!) and two restaurants on site as well. It also has a cute little spot to grab your morning coffee and donuts! I go down for my iced drink of choice and sit on their patio and enjoy the scenery! This year, it became that much more fun. I took Wyatt on his morning “stroller” ride. (You know; a stroller ride for the baby and iced coffee for me 😉)

Some of our favorite activities include:

Arnold’s park- great for the kiddos

The Nutty Bar Stand- classic place for a sweet treat after dinner. I highly recommend a nutty bar paired with a frosty glass of their homemade old fashioned root beer. Yum! I remember when I was younger, my dad and I would walk down to the nutty bar stand every night after dinner. Always brings back good memories.

The Waterfront and Bracco’s are my favorite restaurants up here. The Waterfront has awesome Moscow Mules if that’s up your alley. Bracos has so many tasty meals; I could eat there everyday. But the scenery is what makes both of these places so neat. Awesome lake views!

The farmers market in Spirit Lake is fun to check out. It’s twice a week; Wednesday and Saturdays.

So many cute and unique little shops! The Barn Swallow is my favorite. It’s an old house turned into a shop packed full of home decor, apparel and unique books for all ages!

Mini golf at Arnold’s Park- I didn’t get to partake in it this year due to the baby’s schedule. However next year, we will be back at it!

Barefoot Bar- neat place to check out. Good stop by boat or land. Neat views to enjoy while grabbing a drink or munchies! As well as some shopping!

So many things to go, see and do it’s hard to fit them all into a week! It is certainly a place my family has enjoyed for many years! Already excited to go back next year and enjoy it even more when Wyatt will be mobile and running all over the place!

Have a good weekend friends!

Sweet Corn Season

Happy Thursday friends!

So we are midway through summer already! Where in the world has this summer gone?! I feel like once the 4th of July comes, the rest of summer just flies by!! Before we know it schools will be starting and fall will be here. Today marks six weeks since our son was born; and in six more weeks I have to go back to work already. I'm not overly excited to go back. Not because I don't like my job; but just because I know how precious time is and how fast it goes. Our son will only be small once and I really enjoy being home with him. But what mother doesn't want to be home with their babies?!

Anyway! (I can get a little windy and off topic sometimes. Bear with me!) Even though summer is half way over, it does mark a pretty exciting time during summer: sweet corn!! I don't know about you, but this is basically my favorite food group! Since I was little, I have had quite the love for my sweet corn. This farm girl can throw down the corn. I remember when my husband and I started living together, I brought home sweet corn for dinner one night. Just sweet corn. Like that's it, nothing else. He couldn't get over how we eat just sweet corn for a meal. He didn't grow up on a farm so it was a new thing for him. (He probably thought I was a little strange. Oh well!) Don't get me wrong, he likes his sweet corn but not quite at the level as I do! Oh well, more for me!

Every year we do our annual family sweet corn freezing day. Have to get stocked up for winter! I love having corn to pull right out for meals. You can use it for so many things. As a side by itself, on potatoes, in soups, salads, casseroles, the list can go on! But my all time favorite is a baked potato with sweet corn on it and then topped with my grandmas homemade buttermilk ranch. Talk about a tasty combination! Hey, don't knock it 'til ya try it! We got our corn froze yesterday. It is actually a pretty fun time. It makes for some good family bonding time. When I was younger I hated freezing day. It felt like we shucked corn for hours upon hours. Now I don't really mind it, it's fun to do as a family.

If anyone else is looking for a good method to freeze corn feel free to ask me! I would be happy to share the way we do it. It's easy to do and our family has been doing it since before I was born. It works pretty good!

Have a fabulous rest of your day!
-Maria