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A Day at the Farm

So much fun!  Our weekend adventure of harvesting wheat and learning about where the ingredients in our pizza come from was a HUGE success!  Thanks so much to the Brays for hosting this awesome event; their farm was perfect.

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FSA brought coloring books and rulers.

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Our Farm Bureau agent helped kids plant their own seeds.

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This is me, showing how the harvested wheat is turned into flour.

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Grinding wheat with electricity was much easier than doing it by hand!

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These are beef cows for the hamburger toppings!

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And Nubian milk goats for making the mozzarella cheese.

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There was a straw maze.

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The sensory bin filled with wheat to play in!

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Riding in the combine was probably the best part!

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Caroline waits for her turn to ride and sports a “Thank a Farmer” sticker!

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Finally, its Carson’s turn!

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Is this machine way cool or what?!

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The stalks from the wheat are baled into straw. These huge bales are being sold to the highway dept. to be used to keep dirt in place while workers fix roads.

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All right, maybe the pizza was the best part! Yummy!

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Pepperoni comes from hogs!

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Lovin’ the cheese!

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Tomorrow’s the Big Day!

Ready to find out Where Your Pizza Comes From?!  Tomorrow’s the Big Day– combine rides, hay bales to climb on, and FREE PIZZA!

Come on out any time between 9:00-1:00 to the Bray Farm.  The weather looks GREAT for our event.  Since some of you may be wondering, yes, Brad and Minnie Bray welcomed a sweet baby girl last night (an Independence Day baby!) but we are all set to celebrate their new addition and combine their wheat for them! 😉  We can’t wait to see you!

Wheat Harvest

Directions to the Brays farm:

From the South:

From US Hwy 36 and Hwy 69 in Cameron: North on 69 1 mile.  69 Hwy curves right and EE blacktop forks off straight North.  Take EE 6 miles.  At 6 mile point EE curves right and Willow forks off straight North.  Take Willow Road North 1/2 mile and then curves to the left.  Continue on Willow for 2 miles until you get to Irwin.  On Irwin go 1/4 mile and arrive at 2966 SE Irwin Rd., Cameron MO 64429.  Enter at the 2nd Driveway.

From the North:

From Hwy 6 from Mayville going East to Weatherby: Take Irwin Rd. South (Irwin is the first gravel road west of Weatherby).  Go 2 1/2 miles to Valley.  Go right (west) on Valley 1/2 mils to Irwin.  Go left (south) on Irwin 1/2 mile to 2966 SE Irwin Rd., Cameron MO 64429.

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Its Almost Here! Where Does Your Pizza Come From Field Trip

It’s almost here!  The “Where Does Your Pizza Come From?” field trip is next Saturday, July 6th from 9:00-1:00 at the Bray Farm.  There will be goats to milk, a tractor to “drive,” wheat to grind, hay bales to climb, and a combine to ride!  The events scheduled are aimed at children entereing 2-6th grades, but this will be fun for the whole family!

And if that weren’t enough, there will be free pizza!

harvesting wheat

Directions to the Brays farm:

From the South:

From US Hwy 36 and Hwy 69 in Cameron: North on 69 1 mile.  69 Hwy curves right and EE blacktop forks off straight North.  Take EE 6 miles.  At 6 mile point EE curves right and Willow forks off straight North.  Take Willow Road North 1/2 mile and then curves to the left.  Continue on Willow for 2 miles until you get to Irwin.  On Irwin go 1/4 mile and arrive at 2966 SE Irwin Rd., Cameron MO 64429.  Enter at the 2nd Driveway.

From the North:

From Hwy 6 from Mayville going East to Weatherby: Take Irwin Rd. South (Irwin is the first gravel road west of Weatherby).  Go 2 1/2 miles to Valley.  Go right (west) on Valley 1/2 mils to Irwin.  Go left (south) on Irwin 1/2 mile to 2966 SE Irwin Rd., Cameron MO 64429.

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Pizza Recipe Using Produce from the Garden

Gardens are in full swing about now and gardening with your kids is a great way to learn about farming!  Are your tomatoes wilting in the heat no matter how much you water them?  Did squash bugs kill your cucumber plants and eat holes in your watermelons?  Did you plant sweet corn too late and have nothing but scraggly stalks to show for all your hard work?  These are problems farmers face each day.

But there are also great rewards to gardening with your kids– eating!  One of our family’s favorite ways to enjoy fresh veggies is the all-American favorite, pizza!  We grow cherry tomatoes and basil plants in our garden, but you can make up your own recipes, based on what you planted.

Pizza from the Gardengardening with kids, pizza from the garden

1 crust

mozzarella cheese

cherry tomatoes

basil plant

Start with a crust.  I love to bake a crust using the package mix from the grocery store, but you can buy pre-made crusts or use a homemade recipe.  Cook the crust with no toppings.

Add mozzarella cheese.  Lots of cheese.

Cut cherry tomatoes in half and arrange over the cheese.  Pull basil leaves off the plant, rinse, and arrange with tomatoes.

Grill the pizza over medium heat or cook in a 450 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or cheese is melty.

Eat and enjoy the fruits of your labors!

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Farm Bureau Event

It wasn’t quite what we envisioned, but “Where Does Your Pizza Come From?” event was lots of fun!  The last-minute rain sent us inside, but we ground wheat into flour, “made” pizza sauce, milked goats and learned about making cheese, pet chickens and a calf, planted seeds, learned about farm safety, and ate pizza!  Early’s Tractor in Cameron donated a remote control tractor and a barn set which were given away as prizes, and despite being literally blown away by it all, we had a lot of fun!

Here are the pictures from the event, as well as the questions from the game.  Do you know the answers?

1.) How many people does one farmer feed?

Farm Bureau event

2. What two states grow the most green peppers?

Farm Bureau event

3.) How long does it take a tomato plant to produce mature fruit?

Farm Bureau event

4.) How many states have cattle farms or ranches?

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5.) What is meat from a hog called?

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6.) What two kinds of wheat are usually used in pizza crust?

Farm Bureau event

7.) Beef is a great source of what three nutrients?

Farm Bureau event

8.) As a nation, how many acres of pizza does America consume in one day?

Stumped?  Here are the answers! 1.) One farmer feeds 155 people. 2.) California and Florida grow the most green peppers. 3.) It takes a tomato plant 75-85 days to become a mature plant. 4.) All 50 states produce beef. 5.) Meat from a hog (or pig) is called pork. 6.) Hard red spring wheat and Hard red winter wheat are primarily used in pizza crusts. 7.) Beef is a great source of “zip”– zinc, iron, and protein.  8.) Americans eat 100 acres of pizza each day!

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See You Tomorrow!

The weather has been great the last two days, but just in case you wondering, we are planning to see everyone tomorrow, June 23rd from 11:00-3:00! Wear your comfy shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and grab a water bottle– it may get warmer! See you there!

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Where Does Your Pizza Come From?

where does your pizza come from

Have you ever wondered where the ingredients in your pizza come from?  Well here’s your chance to find out!  You are invited to spend a day on our family farm as we harvest our wheat crop!  DeKalb County Farm Bureau is hosting this event where you will be able to grind wheat into flour, milk a goat, ride in the combine, pet barnyard animals and just get dirty!

The event will be held June 23rd from 11:00-3:00.  Click our Field Trip page to learn more!

See you soon!

 

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