Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving on the Farm Table

Thanksgiving has many meanings to many people. For some it’s about the history, others it’s about giving thanks, and for some hardworking farmers, it’s about enjoying the fruits of your labor - literally! If you plan on feasting on the many items from your garden, here are a few recipes that may spark your interest featuring farm veggies and fruits.


The Main Course

From raising your own, hunting a turkey this fall, or grabbing one at the grocery store there are many ways to cook, roast, and smoke them. Of course, turkey isn’t the only thing that may be eaten this Thanksgiving. Some families make ham a part of their dinner table, and some farmers even bring a roast duck. Here are a few recipes to keep in mind as you plan your meat for Thanksgiving.

Oven-Roasted Whole Duck

This recipe features a roasted duck stuffed with garlic, thyme, and shallots!

How to Smoke a Turkey

If you’ve always wanted to try smoking, here is a great recipe to get you started. Although, keep in mind that most smoked turkeys have to sit in a brine for several days before you smoke them.

Baked Ham with Apple Cider Maple Glaze

If your family opts for Thanksgiving ham instead of turkey, here is a great recipe featuring an amazing caramelized glaze!


Spectacular Sides

Do you want to make a statement with your homegrown carrots or your 5-star sweet potatoes? Check out these delicious recipes to help make your Thanksgiving dinner even better. The sides really shine when you go from farm to table.

Roasted Rosemary Carrots with Honey Glaze

This recipe looks about as fabulous as it sounds! The carrots are tender, roasted, and drizzled with a sweet honey glaze. It’s a great recipe and sure to become your go-to every holiday!

Roasted Potatoes with Apples, Sausage, and Maple Mustard Glaze

This recipe only takes 25 minutes of prep time and it smells heavenly. It’s also dairy and wheat free in case you have anyone in the family with food allergies.

Easy Cheesy Stove Top Butternut Squash

This easy cheesy recipe is a fun way to use your fall squash and make use of your late garden harvest.

Sweet Potato Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

This recipe is a little sweet, a little savory and a whole lot of delicious! Plus, it’s a great use for your sweet potatoes and pecans if you got them!


Delicious Desserts

Thanksgiving is made even more incredible by the fantastic desserts that you serve. Whether you’ve grown pumpkins, apples, or pecans - you can use these items to create something fantastic. Check out these dessert recipes:

Pumpkin Pie with Sage and Brown Butter

Does this staple sometimes seem a little bland? You can spice it up with this fun recipe. It’s, even more, fun when you have an herb garden where you’re growing sage!

Apple Pear Pie with Cardamom and Ginger

Apples and pears are both harvests that you may have coming in or have just finished. With that in mind, this would be a great recipe to make to help use up the produce. Spice it up with a bit of the cardamom and ginger and you could have a brand new favorite!

Perfect Pecan Pie

There’s nothing better than a time-tested pecan pie recipe. When you have to buy pecans, it may seem a little extravagant. But if you have a pecan tree, this is a GREAT way to use your harvest and brag about your homemade pecan pie!


Happy Thanksgiving From Camdenton Farm and Garden

Our team would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. We also hope that it’s filled with family, food, and a nice break for your labors. If you have been busy with your garden at the Lake of the Ozarks, NOW is the time to enjoy all of your hard work with incredible food and fellowship. As the holidays get closer, don’t forget that we have unique Christmas gifts at the Lake of the Ozarks for the farmer or gardener in your life!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Beginners Guide to Feeding Your Wild Birds

As the cold weather sets in, there is a joy in the air as you start to notice your feathered friends coming out to play in your yard. One of the most enjoyable parts of winter can be the tiny little birds flitting around and hopping from one feeder to the next, socializing and maybe fighting a little. If you’ve never gotten to participate in this fun pastime, here are a few things you need to know to get ready for feeding your wild birds through the winter, and how your local farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO can help you get the best wild bird feed at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Buying Your Bird Feeder

There are many different styles on the market, and knowing the purpose behind each type can help you decide which one would be best for you. Of course, if you would rather, you can come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden and we’ll get you all set up!

You’ll want to consider the size of your bird feeder as well. While you do want it to hold plenty of food, you don’t want it to be so large that you and fill it and forget about it, and the leftover food can’t be eaten fast enough before it succumbs to the moisture and mildew in the air. Find something that is just large enough that your birds can eat all of the food in a relatively timely manner.

Here are a few popular type of bird feeders that you can consider while you’re getting ready:
  • House or Hopper Feeders
  • Tube Feeders
  • Tray or Platform Feeders
  • Window Feeders
  • Suet Feeders
  • Hummingbird or Nectar Feeders

Bird Food Basics

Different birds prefer different types of food (just like humans!) so take some time to observe what types of birds you find hopping around your yard. Do you find that you have lots of little brown birds? Maybe you have a flock of cardinals that keep you company. There are several options, so here are a few to get you started, and as always we can answer any of your questions in our store.
  • Black-Oil Sunflower
  • Thistle or Nyjer
  • Seed Mixes
  • Suet
  • Nectar


Cleaning Your Bird Feeder

Finally, you’ll want to make sure that your feeder stays clean in order to keep your birds from catching any diseases. Thankfully, cleaning your bird feeder is quite easy. You only need warm water and soap. If you have a smaller bird feeder, you may even be able to wash it in the dishwasher! Thankfully, many bird feeder manufacturers have realized in the last few years that their customers want something that is easier to feed, so they are starting to change the design.


Enjoying Your Feathered Friends

Every winter, we pull out the bird feeders, fill them up, and enjoy watching those fun little creatures come hang out in our yard. This can be a fun way to scare away the winter blues, because how can you be sad while watching these entertaining little birds chirping, eating, and playing? Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden and get your next bird feeder! We can help you pick it out and even find the perfect wild bird feed in Camdenton, MO to fill it with.


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Preparing Your Livestock for the Winter

The days are getting colder, and as you look out on your yard in the mornings, you may even be seeing a bit of frost covering the ground. We’ve already dipped down to freezing this year, and there have even been threats of snow, so winter really is right around the corner, but the real question is, will your livestock be ready? From your trusty farm dog to the chickens, and every other animal you have on your farm, you may need to do a few things to get them ready for cold temperatures and potential snow. Here at Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a large supply of livestock feed in Camdenton, MO, tools to help you with your farming tasks, and more - so we are very invested in the health of your livestock. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for winter.


Farm Dogs

While it would be great to always bring your helpful hand indoors, if your dog is a guardian to livestock in the field, it’s not always an option. Thankfully, dogs are actually quite hardy, and able to cope with cold weather if given the right circumstances, preparation, and assessment beforehand. If your dog is either really young, or really old, you may not want to let them work through the winter, but if they are in good health, get plenty of nutrition, and have double-coated fur with water resistant outer fur - they should be well prepared. Just be sure that you don’t keep them indoors all of the time while gearing up towards winter or their coat won’t be ready to withstand the cold temps.

Chickens

If you have cold weather chickens, there are a few things you can do (and not do) to help them prepare for winter. The most important, ironically, is that you not heat their coop. I know this sounds cruel, but if they are cold weather chickens, they will learn to adapt and become used to the cold weather. Then, if your power goes out, you won’t have to worry about potentially losing your whole flock. In addition, if they are used to the cold weather, they will go outside more, instead of staying in the coop breathing in damp air and potentially getting sick. Also, make sure to clean their coop regularly, and collect even more than normal as they’ll be at risk for freezing.

Horses

The caloric needs of your horse will rise significantly in the winter as food digestion is their primary source of warmth. Make sure you have plenty of feed, and if you need some, come out and get the best horse feed at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camdenton Farm and Garden. Also, be aware that you should never blanket a wet horse, as it will make it harder for them to warm up. Horses also develop their coats until late December, so blanketing them before this time actually keeps their coat from coming in completely to keep them warm. Make sure you’ve provided plenty of warm, dry shelter for them through the winter months, and if you must clip their coat to keep them cool for working or for a show, provide plenty of extra warmth.


Cows

Now is the time to start checking out your cows and making sure that they are ready for the winter. You may need to adjust their food through the winter to make sure they are getting plenty of nutrition. If you need to supplement with a grain, be sure to remember that Camdenton Farm and Garden has the best cow feed in Camdenton, MO, and we would be glad to help you find the right type for your herd.

Pigs

Pigs are able to stay outside during the winter, but just be aware that some pigs are susceptible to diseases if not cared for properly. You’ll want to make sure they have a basic shelter with hay on the ground so they can all pile in and stay warm. You’ll also want to provide plenty of grazing materials, mostly hay so they can get extra nourishment through the cold winter months. The most intimidating part of winter for every type of animal is water, you’ll want to make sure they have enough and that it doesn’t freeze. You can either check their water several times a day or, if you have electric running out to your pen or field, you can run water heaters to each container.



At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have hundreds of tools and products meant just for you and your farm. In all seasons, we help our Missouri Farmers provide for their livestock, achieve their goals, and keep their livestock healthy. Need something specific? Come talk to us, we may be able to order it specially! Come out and see us sometime, we would love to talk farming with you.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

November & December Gardening Tasks

Well, folks, we're reaching the winter season which may slow your gardening down significantly. You can obviously still grown things indoors (and we recommend that you do!), but you probably won't be able to keep up a huge garden like you do in the summer. While we're sad to see the warm weather leave, the cold weather coming in, and the looming winter ahead, it does give us a few months to get caught up and on top of our gardening a-game. Here are a few things you can do in November and December to get ready for the next gardening season!


Clean & Oil Tools

Your gardening and landscaping tools have seen a lot of use this year! While it may seem obvious that you need to clean them and oil them, sometimes it can be a task that gets put by the wayside. Properly taking care of your tools means that next year you'll have them ready to go and operating perfectly. Now that you're done with them for the season, take a few minutes to get them ready for the next.

Empty the Gas

You'll want to winterize all of your power tools and run the engine until it stops. By not emptying the gas in your mowers and other tools over the winter, you will find that it can get stale and gum up on the carburetor. This invites rust, which begins a whole other list of maintenance repairs. You can start by adding a fuel stabilizer to the tank, and then run the mower to distribute it through the system. Turn the mower off, allow the engine to cool, and then siphon the excess gas into a clean can - you're done!

Apply Fertilome

It's time to get out the Fertilome Winterizing Fertilizer and apply it to your lawn around Thanksgiving. Can you believe it's already the last time to apply fertilizer to your landscaping until the spring? If you don't already have your Fertilome Winterizing Fertilizer, it's time to head down to your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks to get some!

Clean Your Bird Feeders & Get Bird Feed

As the days get colder, your feathered friends are going to be looking for food. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a large selection of bird feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks, along with wild bird feed in Camdenton, MO. If you already have a feeder, it's time to get it cleaned up and ready. You can wash it out with a diluted solution of bleach to make sure there is no mold or mildew residue from last season.

Then, you'll want to head out to our feed store at the Lake of the Ozarks and the best bird feed around!


Your Local Farm and Garden Store a the Lake of the Ozarks

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we are proud to provide you the best products, plants, and feed at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our store has been located at the Lake for over 25 years. We are proud to be located in this wonderful town, and we've gotten to make some incredible friends who share their love of gardening, bird watching, farming and more with us. Have a great November, and don't forget to stop by and get your bird feed!


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

3 Purposes for Straw and Hay this Season

Whether you are a farmer or a gardener, there are many purposes for straw and hay through the fall and winter months. It can protect your ground, feed your livestock, and keep your furry friends warm in the barn. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we keep plenty of straw and hay on hand so that you can use it for ANY of the purposes you need it for. Here are a few ways we think you’ll use it this season.


Protect From Frost

Mulching your garden in the winter can be a great way to keep your bulbs and plants warm. A steady temperature will keep the plant in dormancy and prevent it from triggering new growth during a brief warm spell. In fact, the tender new growth too soon will just result in more winter die back. You can take the straw and spread it around and on top of your plants. If you want to add several layers, you can use leaves from your landscaping by running the lawn mower over them a few times, and then spread them over your plants. Then finish off with a layer of straw for added warmth.

Feed Your Livestock

Straw and hay can be great options for feeding when planning your livestock's menu options through the winter. You will have to keep in mind that this isn't the only option, and it's not always the most nutritious. You'll want to also substitute with grain, salt blocks, and other mineral supplements. While many farmers will find ways to make their own hay, there are others who don't have the acreage available. That's why we provide hay at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Warm Your Critters

While straw and hay are great for supplemental nutrition and protecting your plants, but did you know that straw can also keep your livestock warm? From cows to chickens and horses to your dogs - a bed of straw is the perfect insulator against cooler temperatures. You'll want to clean it out on a regular basis to keep it from getting moist and spreading disease, but when the temps drop and your livestock needs a warm place to bed down - we've got the goods.

Your Farm Supply Store in Camdenton MO

It's a great time of year to come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden! Not only do we have all of the supplies you need to keep your farm going this fall and winter, but we have a GREAT plant sale happening, too! Until November 1st, our plants are 25% off. If you buy $250 worth of plants you'll get 30% off, and if you take home $500 worth of plants you'll get 40% off! Come out and see us this week for your great deal on the plants you love.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

🍎An Apple A Day🍏

"First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf." - Martin Luther


Fall finally *fell* but that's not all that's falling these days! Do you have apples by the bushel and the peck? At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we are your go-to farm supply store at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we aren't just good for tools! Apple Day is October 21st, and in true farming fashion, we want to share a couple of delicious recipes with you to help make the most of those red delicious and enjoy them to the very last bite. 


Roasted Beet & Apple Salad

Kill two birds ... err ... harvests (?) with one stone! If you have beets and apples, make this delicious recipe from Delicious Meets Healthy to enjoy both of them.

INGREDIENTS
2 beets, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 apple, cut into 1″ cubes
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
walnuts, coarsely chopped
feta cheese, crumbled

Maple Vinaigrette1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp champagne wine vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS
Salad:
Preheat oven to 425 F. Trim beets leaving 1 inch of the stem. Coat lightly with olive oil. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet in the preheated oven. Roast until tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Slip off the skins with a paring knife and cut the stem. Dice beets in 1″ cubes.

Mix beets, chopped apple and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Transfer to a salad plate, top with chopped walnuts, crumbled feta cheese and a little bit of maple vinaigrette.

Maple Vinaigrette:Mix all ingredients and stir until well combined.
Make your house smell like fall is in the air with this delectable from Brit + Co. Easy recipe, and uses several apples to help make a dent in your harvest!

INGREDIENTS
Serves 10-12
1 orange
1 lemon
10 apples (a mixture is good — we used Jazz apples and Granny Smiths)
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 small piece ginger, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon all spice
12 cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup brown sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Peel the zest off the orange and lemon, being careful not to peel off the white pith (as this is very bitter). Cut all of the white pith off and discard, then cut the orange and lemon into slices (don’t worry about the seeds — they’ll be sieved out later).

2. Cut the apples into quarters.

3. Place the orange and lemon slices and peels into the slow-cooker pot along with the apples, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves, vanilla extract and sugar. Pour in enough cold water to cover everything.

4. Turn the slow cooker to high, place the lid on and cook for three hours.

5. After three hours, use a potato masher to mash the fruit into the water, then place the lid back on and cook for a further 30-60 minutes.

6. Strain the liquid through a sieve into a large jug and serve immediately.

7. Alternatively you can cool, cover and refrigerate until needed. Simply reheat in a pan when ready to serve.

Photo Credit: Brit + Co

Enjoy the Season

Take some time this weekend to kick back and enjoy your harvest. Whip up some apple butter in the crockpot, put on some mulled cider, and enjoy the scents that come wafting from your home. Camdenton Farm and Garden hopes that you have a wonderful harvest season from your apples, whether you have one tree or ten. Need any fertilizing products or pruning tips from us? We're here and ready help! Come out to the Lake of the Ozarks farm supply store this weekend and say hi!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October Gardening Tasks

Can you believe that October is already here - and almost halfway over at that! Fall is coming upon us in a very pleasant fashion, and we are excited to enjoy it all the way out to our gardens. While your to-do list will be tapering down in the fall and winter months, there are still things you can do to grow your garden and give it a great head start for next year. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a few tips we would like to offer to help you with your Lake of the Ozarks garden!


Bring Out the Bulbs

After the first frost, you’ll want to start planting your spring-flowering bulbs. Do you know what you want to plant yet? Lucky for you, it hasn't frosted yet, so you have some time to pick out the bulbs that you would like to plant and start choosing locations. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few of the most popular bulbs that you could consider including:

  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Tulip
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Hyacinth

Another thing to keep in mind is that many spring bulbs require dividing in order to keep them looking their best. Not all bulbs need to be divided though. Daffodils can last forever without any assistance from you, while tulips may start to fade after a few years. If you notice your established bed of bulbs is looking sparse and unattractive after a while, it could be a sign that you need to dig and divide your bulb bed!

Prepare for Pruning

If you have shrubs that are grown primarily for their foliage such as the barber and burning bush, you can start cutting them back. But don’t wait too long, because you don’t want to cut them back in very late autumn. This reason is because the new growth that starts after late-season pruning won’t harden off properly before winter.

Make It Mulch

Now is a great time to put new mulch down around your garden especially around your elephant ears and mums after the killing frost. You do not want to remove the dead mum growth, but you can add extra mulch to protect the crown. Need some mulch for your garden? We’ve got some at the best farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks. From red mulch to chocolate mulch and even cedar mulch - we’ve got it all. Better yet, we deliver up to 5 cubic yards per load. Contact us for delivery rates, based on distance.


Garden at the Lake of the Ozarks

This is a great time to take a look at your garden and make some necessary adjustments to help create the best space for next year. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have all of the supplies you’ll need to create a beautiful space that can be enjoyed for years and years! Come out and take a look! We have a plant sale going on, as well - and you won’t want to miss it.

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