Author Archives: Erin Phelan

About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

Moving On


Happy First of December! This year has flown by!  I have had so many wonderful experiences and made / grown many friendships along the way.  I have also had struggles and pain in areas, but I continue to learn to embrace those times as well because they are what grow and mature me. I use … Read the Rest


A Last Little Bit of Fall

Evening sunlight

        Have a Blessed Sunday!


Jalapeno Poppers!


A few weeks back I harvested the last of my peppers off the bushes.  I had a large amount of both green and jalapeno peppers so for a few days I was scrambling to come up with ways to use them up, besides just chopping and freezing, and this is one of the recipes I … Read the Rest

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An Idea Turned Reality


Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of posts on Sunday.  I thought October was going to be a bit calmer, what with all our poultry butchered and the garden not producing “as much”, but the days filled up quickly and November is no exception, so I will do my best to keep up with you … Read the Rest

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The Home Stretch


We are finishing up all of our poultry processing here in the next few weeks and looking forward to a bit of a break from the busy season of farming. I thought I’d share a video that my husband, Grady, made a couple months back.  Hope you enjoying seeing first hand what we do.  Feel … Read the Rest

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Fried Green Tomatoes


As fall is quickly approaching I thought I’d share a recipe with you to use up the last of your tomatoes, so you don’t have to wait for them to ripen before picking.  I made these for the first time a few months back and was pleasantly surprised how well I liked them.  Hope you … Read the Rest

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Egg Experiment

This one was found by the turkeys, Grady usually sees the eggs around there regularly and from the chart this egg is only a few days old.

We gather a lot of eggs during the season, end of March through the end of October, and although it takes time it is enjoyable at the same time.  My favorite part has been seeing our son Ralph learn how to gently take an egg from the nest box and place it in the basket.  … Read the Rest


The Dogs on Our Farm


It is such a joy to me to have so many animals all around us every day, but the ones I enjoy the most are the dogs.  As far back as I can remember I have always had dogs around, some I loved more than others, but they were my comrades in play and sorrow. … Read the Rest

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Growing up in the city we never composted (not that you can’t, we just didn’t), and when we did moved out to some land we mostly gave our kitchen scraps to the chickens.  I knew people who composted and they would put “anything” in there, like bones, in my ignorance I thought those wouldn’t break … Read the Rest

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