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    A Storm Rolls Over the Prairie

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 26, 2013

    It was shortly after dinner last night when I looked out and observed a rare light falling on the corn field. A summer storm, no doubt. So I grabbed my camera and ran outside. The rain gently fell, and within minutes, a front rolled in. And within a few more minutes, it was black, save for lightning. Here, the shots I grabbed as it all went down here on the…

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    Culver's Gets Farms and Food Right

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 24, 2013

    It was a busy weekend at the Spangler household and one that culminated in a trip to Champaign after church for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to a Nabor House board meeting, Monsters University and a family photo shoot with my new favorite photographer. The trip also included a swing through Culver's for lunch, which, given their burgers and frozen custard, is already one of our favorite places. And then we looked at the kid's meal bag. It was awesome…

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    Who Are the Farmers, Anyway?

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 20, 2013

    You know what makes a great evening? Good food, good company and good conversation. And I found all three, in spades, Wednesday evening. I was invited to a dinner with a group of food and farm bloggers, following the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Food Dialogues in Chicago. We dined at the Little Market American Brasserie in Chicago and, gathered around a big hearty table, the food was delightful. And complex, if you spend much time thinking about how it got there. Which is exactly…

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    Strawberry Pie. Amen.

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 14, 2013

    It's a good week in Illinois: the strawberries are ready for picking! We've been out once already and brought home five gallons, which have already been stemmed and made into approximately four batches of freezer jam, two pies, one fruit salad and two loaves of strawberry bread. I feel some homemade strawberry ice cream coming on, too, I'm just saying. Illinois specialty growers are a good folks and patches like the one we go to, Gillam's in Canton, are run by…

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    Fifteen Years on the Farm

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 13, 2013

    Fifteen years ago today, the corn was planted. And so were the beans, but only barely. Fifteen years ago today, my husband and I married in a country church in southern Illinois. It was glorious, except for the planting season. John had finished beans on the Tuesday before, then drove to my parents' farm in Albion for our wedding a couple days later. Today, fifteen years later, we've finished planting everything - the first time - and are patching in some replant. But we…

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    What to Get a Farmer on Father's Day

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 12, 2013

    So you may have noticed, Father's Day is this Sunday. And if you're like me, you may have seen those random internet gift guides offering up ideas for Dad: ties! Golf stuff! Man jewelry! Tech gadgets! And then, if you're like me, you realize that none of that is appropriate for your farmer husband. Or farmer father. My dad doesn't golf, he doesn't do technology, he doesn't grill, and he really doesn't "need" anything. My husband doesn't golf…

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    Big Cattle Show Wins for the Little Cattle Girl

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 10, 2013

    Well. We had our first cattle show of the season last week. It was not terrible. In fact, it went pretty well, despite the craziness of trying to plant beans in the hours before and after. Jenna showed her heifer and won her class, which gave her a major boost of confidence. Her steer was up next, and apparently while the rest of us were at the show ring watching my niece, Kaity, show her heifer, the steer got a little, ahem, excited in the chute and my brother-in-law may or may not…

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    Show Day

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     by Holly Spangler
     on June 7, 2013

    It's a big day at the Spangler house: our first cattle show of the season. Also, it's a little nuts around here. Yesterday, Jenna and I washed, brushed, blew out, bedded, packed, cleaned and loaded all afternoon. And bless her heart, she loved it. Then we flew in the house at 5:10 p.m. - utterly covered in sweat, dirt, hair and manure - and all four of us were showered and out the door to Vacation Bible School by 5:35. I feel like there should be some kind of award for that. And…

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