Location, location, location:
Built in 1889 and christened Cedar Oak Farms, largely due to its location amid a grove of cedar and oak trees, our farmstead shares a long history with the land. Butted up along Middlefork River and Forest Reserve the area was once a popular hunting grounds of the Kickapoo Indians. Area artifacts suggest there had been Indian homesites, but of a temporary nature, not tribal settlements. Even today a hike through the timber will kick up an arrowhead or the occasional bits of broken pottery. Today the river is used for kayaking, fishing, and quiet strolls that allows us an up close and personal view of all the locals: deer, red fox, otter, coyote, and as legend would have it, a lone black panther. Last summer we encountered our first least weasel.
It all started when a city girl (who is allergic to hay) met a country boy (who bales said hay) met and decided to marry. A toss of the coin, and a few arguments, had the city girl packing up her belongings and moving to a small town in the middle of no way. The country boy bought a house without consulting city girl. She took one look around and started bawling. What had she gotten herself into? After an hour sob session country boy agreed to some redecorating. After tearing down some walls, striping floors, tearing out the kitchen the “redecorating” took place. That was the start of their rehab addiction. They started hopping from house to house buying, restoring, and turning them into homes. Then the kids came along, one girl and one boy. They were raised amid the dust of construction moving from one project to the next all while grooming horses, adopting dogs, raising cattle, and taking in many stray kittens along the way. Until one day they found this old farmhouse nestled amid cedars and oak trees with a gently flowing river (in the Spring, mudhole in the summer) and they knew at long last this would be their forever home. The children are raised now with families and homes of their own, but continue to come home often to help with the markets, dinners and events (but more on that later). Welcome to our blog.