Author Archives: Elise

Our new favorite ground beef recipe

Summer is barbeque season, and most evenings you can find us on the patio grilling up some sausage or hamburgers. But when you’ve been eating off the grill every night for a week, it’s time to mix it up a little. This is our new favorite ground beef recipe that makes for a tasty, quick meal on the stovetop. Better yet, it’s another use for fresh basil from the garden! We found this recipe via Orangette, a blog written by […]


The pig pasture is looking good!

New Life at the Farm

Well folks, it has been a while. 2013 was an incredibly busy–and wonderful–year at the farm. We bought cattle, bred hogs, and had our biggest and best Meat CSA yet. And of course the best events of the year were the births of Alfie and Abram. We have big hopes for 2014, including doing a lot more on this blog. In the meantime, here are a couple pictures of Abram meeting his first baby chick. He’s still working on his […]

Farm Babies

It has been a year of births at the farm–first more than 20 lambs in the spring, then four calves in July (with one still expected to arrive this summer), and now two litters of piglets! We think they are all pretty cute, but see for yourself…  First calf born on the farm–two days old. Sleepy piglets, about 18 hours old.  The daddy pig was a Duroc, which is a red breed. This is one of Millie’s piglets, which are […]

The ladies have arrived!

The Blue Heron Farm Cattle Drive (Special Offers!)

Here at Blue Heron we are looking forward to a big year ahead on the farm. In addition to raising more hogs and lambs than ever before, we are ready to take our beef production to the next level. By the middle of April, Blue Heron Farm will be home to five pregnant low-line heifers—the beginning of a herd that we hope will sustain our farm and provide delicious beef to our customers for years to come. It will be […]

Favorite Thanksgiving & Fall Recipes

Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Adam and I thought we would share some of our favorite fall recipes, including a very simple roast turkey recipe. What are your favorite fall recipes? Any Thanksgiving dishes that you can’t live without? Edible Michiana recently featured Adam’s turkey recipe in their November Newsletter and Events Calendar. If you haven’t signed up yet for Edible’s newsletter, you can visit their facebook page and send them a message with your email address. Once […]

Steak Recipe: Customer Approved!

Thanks so much to our customers Joan and Lloyd Miller who shared this recipe with us–they said it worked great for the steaks they received in last month’s CSA package. We can’t wait to try it out for ourselves! INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons ground mustard 2 teaspoons powdered garlic (we used fresh) 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 4 rib steaks, at least 1 inch thick (2 to 3 pounds total) 2 tablespoons olive oil Combine […]

Fall/Winter Meat CSA Shares Available Now!

Thanks to our customers who helped make our Summer Meat CSA a success, we are continuing into the fall and winter–the perfect time for stews, soups, roasts, and more. Here are the basics: become a member of our CSA and you’ll get a monthly package of local, pasture-raised pork, beef, and chicken. We are taking orders now–first come first served–for four-month shares beginning the first week of November. Read all the details about the CSA here, and give us a […]

Hoof and Wing: a new blog at Goshen Commons

Hi, folks! I wanted to let you know I have started a new blog at Goshen Commons, a community website run by the Goshen College communications department. The blog is called “Hoof and Wing: Raising Pigs in the Woods and Other Time-Consuming Hobbies.” I’ll be posting there every Thursday for the foreseeable future. This will be a place for me to write about my personal experience with farming, gardening, and other projects. My story is only one-fifth of Blue Heron […]