July Farm Day

For the July Farm Day, we were blessed to be able to host Family House from Toledo.  Family House is an intact family homeless shelter.  Ida United Methodist joined us, alongside several other volunteers, to help us serve this wonderful group of people.  What an experience!  We were able to show the love of Jesus Christ throughout the day; from a hearty meal, to games, a petting farm, and being able to pray for and encourage several families.  Thank you to everyone that made Farm Day a success!

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The June Farm Day

The June Farm day was a huge hit.  From the amazing meal provided by Toledo Lighthouse Church, to the crafts and homemade ice cream, the petting farm, and the sack races, we all had a great time.  Oaks of Righteousness, a homeless shelter from Monroe MI, can out for us to bless and encourage them.  We served 96 people here at the Farm and all were blessed with abundant food, fellowship, fun, and time with Jesus.

The message centered around Isaiah 1:18. Baa-bet the sheep, and her wool, helped us to teach the children about the Jesus.  It was very cool.

“18 “Come now, let us reason[a] together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.” (ESV)

Farm Day was awesome!

This past May 11th was the first Farm Day of the 2019 season and it was awesome! Citylight Church hosted the meal and came out to serve while Joshua Generation Church came out as our guests. We had homemade ice cream, t-shirt crafts (among other crafts) for the kids, bread to hand out donated by Erie bread company, and of course meat, eggs, and honey from the farm for our guests.

107 people were served, with a child giving his life to Jesus. It was an amazing Farm Day! Thank you to all of the folks that made it a success. We could not have done it without all of the people that have sown into this ministry with their time, talent, and treasure.  Thank you.

Here are some of the pictures from the May 11th Farm Day.

The next farm day is June 8th. If you can’t wait till then, go on ahead and come out to Church on the farm on May 31st at 7PM!

 

The First Farm Day of the Season is here!

We are about 5 days away from the first Farm Day of the season and we couldn’t be more excited.  Our volunteers, our partner churches, and the farm animals have been super busy getting ready for May 11th.

Farm Day is about ordinary people, using an ordinary Farm, to do extra-ordinary things for the Kingdom of God.  Farm Day is a day of divine appointments, of fun, encouragement, fellowship, and Jesus.  So, come on out for some Farm Fun…Merrywhether Style.

May 11th, 2019
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
13604 Minx Rd, Ida MI

 

Farm Day

Meet the newest addition to the Petting Farm

Last week, we were blessed with two little dairy heifers.  They are both pretty young and will need to be trained to be part of the petting farm.  Neither one of them is weaned, so that means a lot of 5AM  and 5PM feedings for the next several weeks. The little brown cow with the little white spot on her forehead is Buttercup and the little brown cow with the large white spot on her forehead is Daisy chain.  The first Farm Day of the season is a little less than 4 weeks away and these two have a lot to learn before they can make their Farm Day debut.  We are praying that they will be ready.  Speaking of Farm Day, come on out! We would love to have you on the Farm!  It’s May 11th, from 11 AM – 2PM.  The Farm Address and Information are at the bottom of this post.  We hope to see you here!

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Brrr…it’s cold outside

It is cold outside. We’ve been in the crosshairs for about a week or so for some decent cold weather. We have a ton of ice from last week, 3” of snow from yesterday, and the weather folks are calling for another 3”-6” of snow today.  To make it even more fun, the windchill this week is supposed to be around -40.  If you’re curious what we do with the animals when it’s that cold, or are just curious about what’s been happening on the farm, check out the video below.

Also, as we distribute a lot of lamb to people in our community, I tend to get a ton of questions about how to cook lamb.  Well, you’re in luck because I love to cook lamb.  It’s one of my favorite meats (next to bacon) that I like to cook.  So, I thought that I would share with you one of my favorite lamb recipes. It’s right below the video.

Have a great day and God bless!  Stay warm!

 

Scottie’s Lamb Sliders

This meal is a favorite meal for my family.  I developed this recipe when I was looking at recreating a White Castle slider, but healthier.  After lots of trial and error (and some help from Big Red Kitchen*, link is below), we hit on this. The lamb, combined with the spices and the blue cheese, is very tasty. If done right, it tastes like a gourmet burger from a high-end burger shop. To mix it up a bit, consider adding bacon to the top of the lamb and serving with avocado.

About the lamb we raise

Lamb is considered lamb if it is less than a year old when it is processed.  The older the lamb, the more sheepy it will taste.  People that have had lamb, and don’t like it, usually had lamb that wasn’t seasoned well, or it was too old and considered mutton.  Garlic, Rosemary, and Sage don’t just obscure a strong sheep taste but accentuates the good flavors while reducing and removing the bad flavors that most people don’t like.  So, make sure to season this dish. You’ll thank me.  Also, lamb is naturally fatty.  I usually don’t add olive oil to the pan before I add the onions. However, if you are using a lean cut of meat, you may need to add a ¼ cup of olive oil to help the meat cook.

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs. ground lamb

Large Red Onion very thinly sliced and chopped divided in half

4 oz crumbled blue cheese

4 T Paprika divided in half

2 T Rosemary divided in half

2 T Garlic powder divided in half

1 T rubbed sage divided in half

½ cup Worcestershire Sauce divided in half

Salt and pepper to taste

Slider buns

 

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Put half the onion in a 9×11 glass pan and spread evenly.
  3. Sprinkle half of the Worcestershire Sauce, paprika, rosemary, rubbed sage, and garlic powder over the onions.
  4. Pat the lamb into ¼”-½” patties and press into the pan. When you are finished putting the lamb into the pan, the bottom of the pan should be completely covered.
  5. Spread the remaining half of the onion over the top of the lamb.
  6. Sprinkle remaining half of the Worcestershire Sauce, paprika, rosemary, rubbed sage, and garlic powder over the onions.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes. Because the lamb is ground, you don’t want any pink in the meat.
  9. Once the lamb is done, pour the fat off and throw the fat away.
  10. Spread the crumbled blue cheese over the cooked lamb and place back in the over for ~5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  11. Cut the lamb into small squares about the size of your slider buns and serve right away.

*link to Big Red Kitchen (https://bigredkitchen.com/2009/06/white-castle-like-sliders-a-how-to/)