Blacksmith Trading Company
Small-batch, Handmade Goods from our Family to Yours
Field Notes
Join us as we capture notes from our "field!" We include the fun, maybe some knowledge, and share a few farm-friendly recipes you may like (no farm required)!

Lake Joy Farmstead

We invite you to join us at our little farmstead. We are grateful to share our little patch of heaven with you. We are growing fruit, vegetables, raising chickens (layers and roasters), pigs and cattle.
We offer a variety of classes and offer eggs, and pork and beef shares.

We have a few other items we have handmade for sale through our Blacksmith Trading Company store!

Project - Meat Processing Room

Project - Meat Processing Room

One of the great projects we tackled this summer was building out a meat processing room.  Having a dedicated space to cool, cure, hang, and process the beef, pork and chicken that we raised and butchered on the farm grew from "great idea" to almost a necessity.
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Project - Pig Self-Watering System

Project - Pig Self-Watering System

After two sets of pigs, boy have we learned a lot! In the spirit of the old David Letterman Top 10 Lists, here are the top 10 things we have learned about pigs:

  1. Pigs are friendly
  2. Pigs are mean
  3. Pigs will eat just about anything
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Angus Beef - A Short History

Angus Beef - A Short History

Angus beef can trace their lineage to the mid 1800s from a Scottish breed of cattle, called the Aberdeen Angus. Angus were bred to be robust and sturdy so they could thrive in the cold Scottish winters. 
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