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Stilson Family Farm

Stilson Family Farm Family farming focused on Regenerative Agriculture: Rebuilding the land and soil with nutrient dense pastured farming.

Providing Grassfed Rotationally grazed beef, Pastured Non-Gmo Pork & Chicken. Contact us at any point to reserve current or up and coming Beef, Chicken & Pork orders. 231-414-4978 Jeremy, 616-799-1246 Niki

Operating as usual

With rotational grazing we're out with the cows daily. The littles sure seem to enjoy themselves while exploring.
10/11/2022

With rotational grazing we're out with the cows daily. The littles sure seem to enjoy themselves while exploring.

We'll, we've done it!We surpassed out goal of hip height pasture grass and went right to the shoulders. Thanks Eric for ...
10/03/2022

We'll, we've done it!
We surpassed out goal of hip height pasture grass and went right to the shoulders. Thanks Eric for a dedicated year of pasture management. 😂

20 weeks y'all! This pregnancy is just flying by. How many of you thanked the Lord for the beautiful weather we had toda...
10/02/2022

20 weeks y'all! This pregnancy is just flying by.
How many of you thanked the Lord for the beautiful weather we had today? Wow! That was much needed.
The gals and I got to have a fun little girls only breakfast today. The guys ran off to the Men's Breakfast at our church so we made extra Cinny Rolls for ourselves to enjoy. The best part of our breakfast was Bailey asking me why the church only had Men's Breakfast. Which was a great question. We've been apart of a few churches along the way and it's always intrigued me that the men always seem to have their set aside fellowship time, because ya know...the lady folk will continue to stay and tend to the children. 🤔 Regardless, I happen to have myself the best small group of lady company anywhere I choose to go 🥰. And it's always fun to get a pic.
Later we used Eric's nap time to gather tomatoes and continue on with garden clean up. Garden clean up is by far more work then garden planting, I'd never cleaned up my garden before and that's a good reminder as to why. Lol. This year it's nice to be able to get all the plants in their last vital stages and feed them to the pigs while they still have some nutrients and *bonus* the ground will be ready for new plants in the spring with less work then.
I chat a lot about what the gals and I are up to mostly because the guys are so busy mutli-tasking I never know what they're doing. We know they eat three times a day, need their laundry done a lot, bust their buts around the farm and spend most of the day manufacturing wood stoves... as of the wood stoves don't keep them busy enough. Some people say we all work to hard, especially the guys but we're all thankful we know what work is and we're thankful to have it. We'd rather be overworked then ever be called lazy. 🤷‍♀️
Today they did take a little break though. Although I don't get to skip around the state anymore because we're super outnumbered....and I'm tired, lol, it still nice that the guys have had some fun at a couple truck pulls this year. Even Jeremy dusted of his old rusty dented 3rd Gen of a work horse and took her down the track today.
Is anyone else already dreaming of changes to next year's garden scene? I'm thinking -smaller- 😅 but we'll see what happens.

Another long week, another kid who loves to help sweep the floor, another kid who dropped by and helped make some salsa ...
09/26/2022

Another long week, another kid who loves to help sweep the floor, another kid who dropped by and helped make some salsa and another meal directly grown by our hands.
I love the point in a toddlers life where they decide they love to sweep the floor. I mean, it only makes sense- they make 90% of the mess....am I right!? I know I am right this time, lol.
It looks as of our tomato season has ended and now we're moving on to apple canning. Pie filling and apple butter if I get my hands on some more pint jars. Our niece dropped by for a night and showed off her canning skills she learned from her Grandma. That reminds me📣Older generations📣 teach your grandkids something useful. Food preservation is a great place to start for many reasons. And don't just watch YouTube videos with them about it. Go destroy your kitchen making memories. Regardless of all the other food prep factors Michigan has long cold winters and a house well stocked with food is never a bad choice.
I'm so close to being out of mason jars that it's not even funny. My productivity is off the charts this year- here's why: I've trained myself to pray when I wake in the middle of the night. I pray for God to help me have order and structure to get through the day, with an attitude of grace and joy. Many days in a true miraculous fashion I'm shocked to see another 50+ jars full of food off to winter storage. A house full of happy, loved and included children along the way. Pretty soon we'll switch out canning for homeschooling, holiday enjoyment and just when maple syrup season starts our newest bundle will arrive.
Be blessed this week and maybe you can remember to pray my prayer too, it's for everyone!

Update: After many phone calls were looking forward to trying J&H Processing in Evart. They are also willing to do our r...
09/19/2022

Update:
After many phone calls were looking forward to trying J&H Processing in Evart. They are also willing to do our requested nitrate free processing.
Thank you everyone.
We've always had a list of butchers we've heard great things about and wanted to try, most were suggested, but when you call someone and say I need helping 1-2 months...they try their hardest not to laugh in your ear. Everyone we called couldn't get us on a schedule until Feb-March. J&H decided, if I heard correctly, to not process deer this year and absorb the extra business flushed their way from Swicks closing which was very cool of them.

A few years ago our butcher shut their doors unexpectedly just days before our butcher date. They couldn't even be decent humans and call and let us know. We had to immediately find another butcher and wait weeks to get in. That delay cost hundred of extra feed dollars and it was a nightmare finding a new butcher. Well flash forward a few years and that butcher did the same freaking thing. No call again. A farm friend had seen someone else post about the butcher closing and and let us know.
We are literally weeks away from our butcher date of November 17th and now have to find a butcher who will process nitrate free in the middle of deer processing season.
LORD help us.
We ideally could butcher anywhere between October 15 + November 15 but here's the kicker......everyone we tried to call is full until March. Like March 2023.
We made butcher dates before we even had the piglets because that's a good farming practice and ever since the big C word processing has been a nightmare across the board. And apparently it's the same nightmare to keep a business running.
If you have used a mid michigan butcher in the past please let us know who they were if you loved their service/product.
Butcher that closed was Swicks Custom Butchering in Tustin.
Also we had beef on the schedule too. So I guess we won't have a fall burger sale if we can't figure that out too 😭

Happy 16 Birthday to Scott. Patient, kind, hard working, curious, inventive, problem solving, I've never found anything ...
09/18/2022

Happy 16 Birthday to Scott.
Patient, kind, hard working, curious, inventive, problem solving, I've never found anything this guy can't do. He rewires circuit boards, rebuilds engines, brings 70s 6x6's back to life, then dives on the floor to play with the littles. He makes the most delicious homemade custard ice cream you've ever had and was my right hand man in the kitchen for many years. It seems like so far he's the most well rounded guy in the house. Can't wait to see where the future takes him. I joke he's likely to become a professional waiter while living in the coolest tree fort you've ever seen, Lol.
Normal mundane life has nothing to do with where he's going.
Happy Birthday Bud!

Harvest of another variety. We finished the porch. PTLWe were able to grow some pumpkins this year too. Although not eno...
09/16/2022

Harvest of another variety.
We finished the porch. PTL
We were able to grow some pumpkins this year too. Although not enough to host our fall fun and Pumpkin Patch but enough to decorate, to look at and to further reflect on a season of accomplishment.
Our corn stalks turned out great this year. Great besides not really growing any corn, lol. Well, we got some but not as much as we would have thought and the c***s got their share. I was gonna say 'fare share' but it wasn't actually fare for them to just eat the corn, well...not without asking anyways. I'm trying to raise toddlers here and they could have set a better example. 😅
A few years back I read on Pinterest that when your pumpkins are still on the vine you can scratch something into them (nail head works great) and it will scab over and look pretty neat. I think they're supposed to still be on the vine that way they'll actually heal. Where if you wait until they're off the vine it might cause premature rotting, but if your pumpkins are off and you still want to try it you could. 🤷‍♀️ But anyway that's how we got that neat little "S" on our pumpkin for the front porch. If you have enough pumpkins it's always fun for the kids to be able to write their name on them etc.
Next to the red welcome sign you'll see some old fashioned broom corn. A friend and I picked up a bundle of that and split it from the Amish produce auction. Two different bundles were bit up to $70 a bundle 😱, so 35 bucks a piece if we split it. It's pretty neat stuff but that's highway robbery. There wasn't any way we were paying that kinda coin buuuuut further down the line they had some broom corn left over from a previous auction. I got picked the whole bundle for 5 Bucks!! That's 2 fitty each! Lol. What a deal to get it aged an additional 4 days, lol.
I love to see them fall front porches. Anyone else decorate this year?

If you were wondering, we only sit down when we are driving. The days are meticulously staggered with harvesting & stori...
09/15/2022

If you were wondering, we only sit down when we are driving.
The days are meticulously staggered with harvesting & storing food, chasing pigs, building wood stoves and helping the church with a concrete job.
The gals and I got a new recipe from a new friend for a pizza/spaghetti sauce. So we whipped up 72 quarts of that. Then we bought a few hundred peppers from the local produce auction, added some onion and diced them up for freezing. Made around 30 gallon bags about 1 1/2 thick when laid flat. Should be helpful all winter long. Thennnnnn we were blessed with some free raspberries if we picked them. Which was cool because no one wanted to sell a kidney for raspberries with the crazy price on them this year. 🙄 We had to freeze our earlier harvest of berries while waiting for the raspberries because we love a good triple Berry jam. But guess what! Waiting paid off and we were able to store up 4 berries this year. Blueberry, cherry, strawberry & razz. We used some of our last homemade maple syrup for a light additional sweetener 😋.
Our Jam is officially called ~Harvest Maple~ because it sounds cool and tastes amazing. And no, it's not for sale. Sorry
The guys paid big money for a new fencer because our pigs are jerks and got a taste of freedom and now have a mind of their own. Fresh pasture and unlimited feed means nothing to them. 🔪 Still weeks away from butcher but we're ready to see them go. We have no doubt that the fencer is a good one but there's a glitch in the system somewhere.
Has anyone else tried any new canning recipes this year? I think we're gonna do enchilada sauce next.

2022 Trade secrets to growing many perfect sweet potatoes:Water until established then neglect for months until harvesti...
09/10/2022

2022 Trade secrets to growing many perfect sweet potatoes:
Water until established then neglect for months until harvesting.
I had great success this year with SP. Hoping my technique follows through for 2023 too 😎😂

Do you ever have such a wonderful time where you're so in the moment that these blasted phones aren't in your hands or s...
09/08/2022

Do you ever have such a wonderful time where you're so in the moment that these blasted phones aren't in your hands or stuffed in a pocket? Their off laying somewhere being useless but patiently waiting to be needed? You know, the original design of the phone......
I'll refrain from strolling down Rant Lane in regards to people's overuse of cellphones and underuse of life-so here goes the post.
I was in big trouble the other day. My weekly 5-6 bushel harvest of tomatoes turned into a 20+ bushel harvest. 😳
I could see the tomatoes coming at me like a freight train but thankfully I knew I had a couple days to prepare. So like anyone wise child does- I screamed MOMMY!!!!! Then I kicked it old school again reminiscing on the days I had time to watch a TV show and decided to bring back the 'phone a friend' option from "Who wants to be a millionaire". 📞😅 Truth be told I actually doubled down and called 2 friends. Because I was NOT okay. With an evening of preparation, a full day of canning around 11 bushel and the next afternoon of cleaning up the aftermath ~we successfully canned 170ish quarts of stewed tomatoes. Sent some tomatoes home with my helpers and then called another friend to come pick the additional 10-15 bushel or so. Because stick a fork in me- I'M DONE.
The picture I shared is almost actual footage of me in this kitchen with a 1,2,4,+6 year old. 😁😜 I've found many ways to work with and around these beautiful blessings but it's not easy on large processing days. I've heard many sayings regarding babies and apron strings. And one is true for sure-They love to untie them. And I shouldn't laugh (but I totally am) when you wear larger bottomed aprons, it's not unusual to turn and walk and see a little one flying awkwardly in front of you. Then you realized they took a knee 😬 Oops. A couple flying sessions and they start to maintain a safer distance. We will just hashtag that . Lol
Everyone's life goals are different but our canning day was a very humbling, glorifying experience. How nice to have someone to call and to be some who can be called upon too. What a blessing to have a Mom who drives and hour to jump right in and help when needed. And how cool to have a garden produce such quantity that I can meet our needs and help others in need. Nothing else produced like our tomatoes did, but nothing else produces as many different goods as tomatoes can.
I'm not sure what else will come of the garden and I've already started pulling some spent plants to give the piggies for treats but one thing I do know is that food grown with your own hands tastes better ❤️

Well then. That sure went fast.
09/05/2022

Well then. That sure went fast.

Rich in love with what hard work produces.  Babies who help preserve food and build a house into a home. A pumpkin patch...
09/04/2022

Rich in love with what hard work produces.
Babies who help preserve food and build a house into a home. A pumpkin patch for our family and the beautiful view it offers. Money aids in the progress but buys no happiness.

Start the school year off right with some of our ~back to school ~cinnamon rolls! Pick up is available Friday after 5:00...
08/24/2022

Start the school year off right with some of our ~back to school ~cinnamon rolls! Pick up is available Friday after 5:00 p.m. or Saturday anytime after 9:00 a.m.
Please comment below or message us if you'd like to make an order make sure you let us know what day you'll be picking up.
Canning season has been quite busy around here. I find myself with a little weekend break, it's been a very busy summer! The girls and I have been canning up some tomatoes and it's been quite a struggle to get the number through that we need so all of this weekends sale will go towards a bigger and better tomato strainer so we can get the job done in no time and get back to real life 🥰
Thank you for your business as we enjoy crafting delicious homemade cinnamon rolls made with quality ingredients.
~The Stilson Gals

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