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Farm Favorite Friday: From City Lights to Starry Nights

Posted on: November 21st, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold No Comments

I am so excited to introduce you all to today’s Farm Favorite Friday author!

She grew up in Michigan and much like me had dreams of moving to the big city with no intentions of EVER settling down with a nice, young, farmer. Especially in Bureau County.

When I first met her, I’ll be honest, we were arch enemies. I think she’d agree with that too. You see, we wrote for competing newspapers and how could you be friends with the competitor? Well, one day while covering an event together (for our competitor papers), I found out she was dating a farmer. And it was in that moment, in that blustery parking lot, we clicked.

Goldie & Nick

Since then, she’s become my partner in crime, the Christina Yang to my Meredith Grey.

So without further adieu, meet Goldie Currie as she narrates how one farmer flipped her world upside down (in a good way of course):

“It’s been eight months since I got engaged to my favorite farmer.

Some days I can’t believe I’m on the road to marriage, while other days I find myself at the calendar counting the days until our June 20, 2015 wedding.

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would grow up to be a farmer’s wife, I definitely would have laughed and assumed they were kidding.

I always imagined my future life tucked away in the big city dreams. I imagined myself being what many call a “city girl” — complete with a big closet full of fashion duds, an apartment overlooking the city and some sort of fancy event to attend to every night.

I’m a long way from that these days, and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. I can truly say I am where I’m suppose to be.

The Rapp FarmsteadMy fiancé lives on a farm just north of Princeton. The house is the one his father was raised in, therefore it has a lot of sentimental meaning to us.

I’ll be the first to say, I was nervous leaving my nice town house in downtown Princeton for the quiet, country life.

I wondered if it would feel lonely and empty without the chatter of kids biking by or motors from cars strolling through the streets or even those friendly waves to neighbors. But, guess what, I haven’t thought twice about those things since getting engaged. To be honest, I’m enjoying the peace and quiet. Looking out the windows over the summer, seeing the yard surrounded by corn stalks, gave me a sense of comfort and security, as I saw it as a border around my new little world.

Other than being on the farm, my life hasn’t changed that much as a “future farm wife in training.”

This past harvest season was my first one spent on the farm. It was exciting to see my fiance, his brother, and father all revved up and ready to get out to the fields for the day. The fall season is an exciting one for our family. I love riding in the combine, eating dinner in the fields as the guys take a quick rest, and listenening to them talk about how far along they are and which fields they will tackle the next day.

I feel lucky I get to be apart of this family, whose roots run deep in the agriculture world. I look forward to learning more throughout the years and getting to watch first hand how their farm progresses. I can’t wait to see what’s in store, and you never know,I might be the one out there driving one of those big, green combines someday.”

Goldie is currently the Senior Staff Writer at the Bureau County Republican.

If you have a similar story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about it. Please email your stories to krumbold@agrienergy.net.

Pumpkins around the world

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold 2 Comments

Since many of our customers here in the U.S. have been known to break state records in giant pumpkins AND rank in the top 10 largest pumpkins in the WORLD, I only think it’s fitting to explore pumpkins around the globe.

Seriously, check out this beaut.

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1,865 pounds of pure pumpkin grown by John Harnica. He set a new Michigan state record and ranks as the 9th biggest pumpkin in the world using Residuce, Myco Seed Treat (MST), SP-1, Starter Blend, Pillar, and K Sulfate.

Wonder if he contributed to the 97.8 million pounds of pumpkin Michigan produced in 2013? According to the USDA, Michigan ranks among the top 6 pumpkin producing states in the country along with Illinois with 547.6 million pounds, California with 194.7 million pounds, Ohio with 100.4 pounds, New York with 96.0 million pounds, and Pennsylvania with 94.2 million pounds. These states account for about 70 percent of total U.S. pumpkin production.

Most of those pumpkins were processed into pie fillings and whatnot, while some were used for decoration purposes. The demand also seems to be high for specialty pumpkins such as various colors (white, blue, striped), shapes (oblong, upright), skin (deep, veins, warts), and sizes, in addition to the typical jack-o-lanterns.

But not all countries grow pumpkins for the same reasons we do.

In Belgium, few people grow giant pumpkins. Rather most pumpkins are used for decoration purposes, inspired by celebrations in Irish Pubs.

In Australia, pumpkins are typically used for the main meal instead of dessert. An Australian favorite is Roast Pumpkin. When roasting a piece of lamb, beef, turkey, chicken, etc. they place a piece of skinned pumpkin in the meat juices with the potatoes, carrots, etc.

In China, pumpkins are made into soups and a pumpkin flour. It’s mostly used as a vegetable, but is also used in medicine as a pain reliever.

In England, pumpkins are used much in the same way we use pumpkins here. They just don’t get near as big as Harnica’s 1,865 pounder.

In Germany, pumpkins have been consumed as a soup, but gained popularity in years of war when food was scarce.

In New Zealand, pumpkins are used as a main course meal, rather than decorative since Halloween isn’t a huge thing. Pumpkins are also boiled, made into pie, as a soup, or roasted.

In Poland, pumpkins are used mainly for desserts and snacks. They typically aren’t used as decorative since they have a big holiday on November 1, All Saint’s Day also known as the Day of the Dead.

In Switzerland, pumpkins are used much in the same way as they are in the U.S. with the addition of gnocchi, which is a small ball of pumpkin and flour cooked in boiled water. The oil for salad is also made out of pumpkin seed.

It’s also believed that pumpkins were once recommended as a cure for freckles and snake bites.

Source: pumpkinnook.com

Until next time, happy trails!