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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

It is a High Five's for Farmer's Hodgepodge!


It is Wednesday and that means it is the Hodgepodge. It is a High Five's for Farmer's Hodgepodge. High Five's to all those farmer's who produce the food we enjoy at our table.

 On to the Hodgepodge.. Joyce asks the questions .. we answer the questions.

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From this Side of the Pond 

 1. What obligation do you believe you have to your country? 

I believe I should do my best each day to make our country a great place to live. How I do this is, to be a responsible citizen. Doing my best each day as a wife, mother, friend and kind stranger to others.

 2. October 12 is National Farmers Day? Do you know any farmers? What do they farm/grow/raise? Are there any farm stands where you live? Do you shop there? 

 Farming is in our blood. I was born and raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm. My sister and her husband work and live on a cranberry farm. I grow and sell fresh cut flowers.

The Flower Shack.. my farm stand.

Cranberry Harvest 2021 .. our son Sam in a sea of cranberries.

I do shop at other local farm stands. We enjoy knowing where our food comes from.. Know your farmer.. Know your food.. I am very passionate about farming and real food.

3. What's a skill you think everyone should have? Tell us why? 

I think everyone should be able to read and write. I witnessed the pain of someone who could not do both. I realized quickly not to take reading and writing for granted. 

 4. Favorite thing you've purchased this year? 

We had central air put in our home this spring. We use to have window box A/C units. Having central air  this summer was refreshing.

5. What's your favorite place to visit in the fall?  

Our local pumpkin farm and the Chippewa Valley apple farms.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Paul Harvey ~ So God Made a Farmer 



  1. The central a/c must be so nice!! That sounds like a fun fall activity. I need to do some of that. Great Hodgepodge!

  2. Farming certainly is in your blood and it shows...and central a/c is amazing. We were one of the first ones in our neighborhood to have it back in the 70s, so when I moved into our first home and it didn't have it, it was a rude awakening. Of course, that house was so teeny that one room a/c cooled the whole house!! Haha...gotta love cottage living!!

  3. You come from a long line of work hard people. Farmers are our life line to food and I know they work long hard hours. Great Hodgepodge. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Kris

  4. Love the idea of your flower stand. Fun photo of Sam in the bog of cranberries! Oh yes, nothing like central air for comfort!

  5. LOVE Paul Harvey! Nice answers! We're going to an apple cider press this weekend when we go to Michigan :D

  6. What a beautiful post. I really enjoyed the short video about God made a Farmer. Paul Harvey was just about right.

    Thanks for sharing this, Carla.
    God bless your day.
    Hugs, Julia

  7. Oh yes, may small farms always exist!!!!!

    We can't have central A/C, but we love out wall units!!!! Quite perfect for where we live. -smile-

    Love my Country. Stay informed. Vote.

    Pumpkin Patch!!!! Gotta' go!!!!!! -smile-


  8. I too support our local farm stands and farmers market. Central air was the best thing I ever did to our home. Plus it protects your investment.

  9. Loved seeing Sam in that sea of cranberries! You will love AC. So glad we finally got it a few years back. Janice

  10. Oh Carla, talk about refreshing! What great answers to those thoughtful questions. I love your "kind stranger" idea. Yes, that's what I strive for, too! And supporting local (and all) farmers. I love your Flower Stand! When I taught prisoners, I was surprised to find how many couldn't really read. I agree, reading and writing ability is so important.

  11. Farmer's are so essential, we would all slowly die without them! And I think they do not get enough support and funding.

  12. I love the Paul Harvey piece. It's terrific! I always think of New England when I think of cranberry bogs so it was fun to see your pic from another part of the country. Have a great week!

  13. Oops, I thought I left a comment after reading your blog but I must have commented in the email.

    I so enjoyed this post and Paul Harvey's video about God created a Farmer. Thanks for sharing.
    Take care and stay well and safe.
    Hugs, Julia

  14. Enjoyed the Paul Harvey video, Growing and selling fresh flowers would be so much fun for me! Enjoyed reading all of your answers! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Love all your answers and that Paul Harvey piece. so good.

  16. I too !Ove the Pau1 harvey piece from a ways back. I wanted to 1ive 1ike a farmer. But I am sure I romanticized it a11! It just 1ooks so peacefu1. So now I 1ive Near farmers. THat's good too

  17. I thoroughly enjoyed your answers. Sounds like a lovely way to grow up. Wisconsin is so beautiful. Yes, everyone should know how to read and write. Enjoyed your random video.


High Fives from Wisconsin!