Posted in 2018, dinner party, Entertaining Kitchen, Food, Landlord Contact

Landlord Appreciation Dinner – 2018

This past weekend we were overjoyed to have most of our landlords sitting around our dinner table Saturday evening. There was laughter, conversation and food abundantly shared!

So much work goes into our little event but at the end of the night I am so very happy we do it. Having a connection with our landlords is essential as I’ve mentioned before. Getting to know them and having them connect with us and our 10 year old daughter helps our relationships.

We hosted 13 people and I have to admit that if everyone attended it would be pretty cozy! We are discussing changing the time of year so we can utilize the yard and deck area for next year!

Our menu this year reflected a good ol’ family meal like grandma used to make. One of our guests actually said that which made me smile. That was one of my own goals for this gathering, to take them back to a time of comfort and simplicity.

The table decor was a couple tablecloths I picked up on clearance last year and $5 bundle of colored flowers. Bright but simple with gifts for our guests as they left for the evening. This year I made potholders/hot pads and homemade jam and apple butter for each. I have four to ship but I hope they enjoy their little homemade bags of goodness none the less!

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It’s not required but when you receive a little something from someone you can’t help but feel special. It’s kind of some of our guests to bring us gifts and we are thankful. But farming their land is really gift enough.

Now onto the entertaining kitchen section where I tell you about where I got the recipes and how it all went down. This year it was more of a task for me than usual and the reason is because the farm needed my partner in crime. If you follow us on social media or pretty much any agriculture sites you can see that farming has not been an easy task this year. Our fall harvest and wheat sowing are still continuing due to moisture, moisture, and more moisture. Honestly it’s getting old and my husband is not normally a grumpy person. Needless to say he is right now and I don’t hold it against him!

The mashed potatoes were from our own garden and Milton was kind enough to peel those for me (a job I really dislike!) I actually made most of these in the crockpot then we mashed them.

The two cakes Almond Cream Cake and Doctored Up Caramel Cake were whipped up the day before our gathering. Warning, the almond cake is a lot of work, I had never made frosting with a flour base.

The fried chicken I did use a brine this year.  The brine consisted of sugar, buttermilk, and salt.  We did  that overnight.  I did fry it early but only the morning of the party. Then we put it in a large roaster and reheated closer to the party time. I normally make my own gravy from the drippings but didn’t want to risk it not turning out and I was stressed by early afternoon. So I bought packaged white gravy mix and added drippings to it.

The corn was frozen so the stove top worked to cook it! Rhodes rolls are my best friend since I started having dinner parties. Seriously. They are delish and although I could make rolls from scratch I find this is simpler and tastes great!

So I want to thank our guests for coming and send a shout out to my farmer. Because although he worked right up to 5:00 p.m. that day and is feeling pressure this is where I found him Saturday night after our guests left.

With that being said we will continue to pray for all those in the farming community and wish them the best as we finish out one season and move onto another.  May your 2019 be one that can be endured and that we can sustain the legacy that has been around for so many years.

Thanks for stopping by,

Julie

Posted in 2018, Landlord Contact

Farm Newsletters

newsletter 2018We normally try to send out at least one newsletter per year to all of our landlords.  I enjoy making them up and from the feedback we have received they like them too!  This year I wanted to share in a few posts what we included with our blog readers.

Today you will read the first “article” I included on the front page of the newsletter.  We were inspired to share with our landlords how us, the farmers feel about our relationships with each of them.  As with any relationship communication is essential in building and retaining said relationships.

FARM LEGACY & RELATIONSHIPS 

We are lucky enough to have a variety of landlords that trust us to care for their land. Their legacy. We’d like to begin by saying THANK YOU!

Some of you grew up farming the land we now tend to. Others inherited from past generations. Whether you are familiar with the “ag-life” or aren’t at all, farming practices have changed and our operation probably doesn’t look like it used to or even the neighbor’s operation down the road.

That’s where communication is essential. We feel communication is key in any relationship but very important in the ones we hold with all of you. That is why we encourage you and hope you feel comfortable with visiting with us about agriculture and our operation. You are always welcome to actually come to the farm as well as call, email or text us.

Of course it’s a business arrangement but we hold our relationships with each of you on a high level. We have a connection with you and your legacy because we are able to serve you. We know that it’s not just about the all mighty dollar but also the chance to continue a legacy for both you and our family. It’s an honor to farm your ground and raise crops that feed the world at the same time.

Some of the land that we now farm, Milton’s father, Richard farmed for many years before us. Sitting around the dinner table at the last Landlord Appreciation dinner and listening to the stories of days gone by made us realize just how special the opportunity that lies before us really is.

Carrying on a farm legacy, generation after generation, can come in many forms. For example us, the farmer, planting the seed, tending to the crop, and harvesting it is one way. The other way is for your family to continue to invest in the asset that was given to you by generations before. This being done by allowing someone you trust to farm the ground. We do not take the trust you have given us for granted. We know that there are many farmers in the area/world that could farm the ground.

Building relationships and sustaining those relationships is something that we plan to work even harder at in the coming years. Whether it be via a chat at church on Sunday, hello at the grocery store, this annual newsletter or calendar showing us in action, or our favorite – dinner around our farm house table. We want you to know we see you as more than our landlord, more than who we write checks to each year. We see you as part of our family farm. Growing our legacy while keeping your legacy alive! That’s something we can both be proud of.

“ A farm is more than land and crops. It is a family’s HERITAGE and FUTURE.”

 

I hope you enjoy this post and feel encouraged to share it on your social media page.  Inspiring others to build relationships and sharing what farm life is about!  I highly encourage those of you that are farmers to consider doing a newsletter or annual calendar or even host a barbque for your landowners.  It’s been a joy for us to do these things!

Check back or follow our social media pages to see upcoming posts from our newsletter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie & Milton