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Farmin’ Friday: the canning revolution, ice cream & cow crossing


Recent statistics show that just 1% of the U.S. population considers farming their primary occupation. Since John & I fall into that 1% group, I believe it is important to share about our work in food production. Since 100% of American’s eat, every Friday I write to those who may wonder: Where does my steak come from? What does a farm look like? Who are the farmers and ranchers? What do they do?

This week…

I discovered this neat website called Meat Myth Crushers. They address meat myths that commonly float around in the news media. Here’s one that I enjoyed seeing corrected. It is short and sweet. (Turns out, cows don’t “fart” more than cars.) 

Canning & Cooking

This week on the farm, I did quite a bit of cooking & I froze some peaches!  DSCN6383 These days, Ball makes jars that are “tempered” for freezing. This is pretty convenient for those who:

  • Don’t have a pressure cooker
  • Are scared of a pressure cooker
  • Have a pressure cooker but don’t want to use it

I fall into the teensy-bit-scared-of-pressure-cooking category. So, freezing is a great starter option for me. Canning is a staple of rural life. But, it is also becoming trendy in the urban world, too.

In this article, Renee Sweers says, “The art of canning, freezing and preserving fruits and vegetables is making a comeback. Food preservation is part of the trend to know where your food comes from and what is in it.”

This article from Portland calls the renewed interest, “A Pickling Revolution.”  DSCN6384

I am thrilled that more people are enjoying the canning revolution (sounds soooo dramatic!). With 100 years of urbanization, the majority of people in the U.S. have become increasingly disconnected from their food supply. I think it took awhile (as in two generations) for urbanites to miss this connection with producing their own food.

Canning (or freezing) is a simple way anyone, city or rural, can reconnect with food production. Canning, just like farm life, is hard work but incredibly rewarding. At the very least, freezing peaches reminds me to be grateful for the grocery store!

Ice Cream, you scream…too much cream! 

For some reason I seem to be purchasing pint after pint of half-and-half and heavy whipping cream lately. It all started with the ice cream maker! I am hooked on making homemade ice cream (in small batches)! This weekend I am going to try Ree’s vanilla recipe. DSCN6387

Cow Crossing

Last week, I helped John move some cows to fresh pasture. We set up a temporary fence & ushered them across the road. Good thing not one single car went by while the cows went across. Moving cows to fresh grass is my #1 favorite part of having cows. You have never seen a happier cow than one that stepped into fresh pasture. DSCN6362 This “thunderhead” was too beautiful not to photograph. Sadly, it didn’t bring us any rain, but it sure did look promising! DSCN6354

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



  1. Meredith

    So…the peaches are frozen IN the jars?! I never heard of that…I thought freezing always involved bags. I intend to chop and freeze green peppers this weekend. Jan generously shared some from her garden.

    • Sierra Shea

      Yep! You just have to leave a little extra space at the top so that it doesn’t explode :) But, there is a line on the jar. It says, “For refrigeration – fill to here.” It is quite easy!

  2. Robyn

    I didn’t know that Ball made freezer jars. Will have to check on that one. My Mom was not a canner; we froze all our garden produce. I am with you on the afraid of the canning process and pressure cooker thing.

    We have been getting more good rains here. .75″ Tuesday morning.

    I made my own ice cream too. It has cream cheese and fruit (I usually use strawberries or blueberries) in it. Mom and I love it.

    • Sierra Shea

      Glad you are getting rain! My Mom canned ALOT when I was younger, but as things got busier we stopped canning. I’ll have to try adding fruit soon. The first thing I want to do is coffee ice cream!


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!