We spent Saturday with Bill's brother and his lovely wife - two of our favorite people. They drove down from Minneapolis to visit. We went to the farm on Sunday morning.
It was great to bounce our farm building plans off of them as they are both creative people with great ideas. While Bill and I were driving home this morning he joked that going forward, he doesn't need to read or research construction anymore - he will just call his brother and say, hey you know anything about ____? His brother is a wealth of information.
We ate pretty local too.
Squash soup made with Squash from Pine Row Farm and peppers grown and frozen by my parents. Lamb Stew from Grass is Greener. Beets from Genesis Growers in Illinois. Blue cheese from Hook's. Greens for the salad weren't local, but they were organic from Driftless Market. I made a pound cake with Organic Valley butter, although the flour and sugar weren't local. Topped with a cranberry compote from local cranberries.
The weather this weekend was unlike anything I have ever seen. Everything was 'flocked' with frost and snow. I've seen fake flocking at the holidays, but I've never really seen the real thing like it was this past weekend. There was no sun, so everyday the flocking on the trees and grasses continued. It was spectacular.