Monday, November 30, 2020

Shop local, virtually

Mikelly Farms wants to help you #shopsmall this holiday season. We are collaborating with our favorite local Bloomington, MN coffee shop West Side Perk and a group of other great vendors in a Virtual Pop-Up Shop December 1-18th, 2020!  

Vendors include:  
Kaleidoscope Kitty Jewelry  Give them a like on Facebook  or follow them on Instagram @kaleidoscopekitty_designs.  Go there for unique jewelry and spun creations including kitty tree ornaments!

Blue Heron Soaps brings you cold processed, hand poured soaps made with natural plant ingredients. Like them on Facebook and follow them at Instagram @blueheronsoaps. 

Denise Thoen's Handmade Cards are featured on  West Side Perk's website.  She has a beautiful card 6-pack special!  

Be sure to like & follow West Side Perk's Facebook page and on Instagram @westsideperk. Drive through for great beverages and treats, or take your beans to go.

If you haven't followed Mikelly Farms, we're on instagram @mikellyfarms and Facebook. Give our pages a like! Check out our website for great mason jar and vintage glass soy candles, essential oils and other gifts. Visit our Etsy shop for naturally made and other fun farm favorites.

Enter to win a gift basket of handmade items.  Lucky winner will be announced on December 18th!

To Enter:
1. Like and follow our vendors on social media.  Ok, it's not a pre-requisite, but it's sure a great thing to do for small businesses!  Use the links above.
2. Place an order with any of the listed vendors. (You get one entry in the gift basket drawing each time you buy from a different vendor).  When you place an order with Mikelly Farms and indicate customer pickup at West Side Perk, you will be entered.  Pick up dates are on Saturdays & Sundays the week after you order.  Dec 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20th from 11-3pm. Address: 7700 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington MN. (Watch for a confirmation email with your pick up date). 
3. Pick up your order at West Side Perk  (avoid shipping costs, safe pick up, you can even grab your order in the drive-thru!) 
4. Purchase a Gift Card at West Side Perk when you pick up your order (20% off all gift card sales) and get another entry in the drawing.
5. Check back here or on West Side Perk's Facebook page for the winner announcement on Saturday December 19th!

Find some unique, handmade gifts and support your local small businesses!  

For 10% off your cart at Mikelly Farms, enter coupon code POPUP10 at checkout. Be sure to choose West Side Perk for pick up and add a note to let us know you'll be picking up at the Perk! You can also choose paid shipping and send our candles anywhere you'd like (in the US).

Friday, November 6, 2020

Freezing Peanut Pumpkin

Peanut pumpkin
We had so many fun pumpkins at the farm this year! A newbie to the bunch is the heirloom peanut pumpkin. They look so cool and taste just as great.
The pumpkin peanut is actually a squash. (What? Yes, I am going to trick my squash haters into eating squash!) The peanuts are excess sugar in the flesh, which makes for a sweet treat. 

We whipped up peanut pumpkin puree to use in our pumpkin recipes this winter. Peanut pumpkin bakes much like a butter nut squash, but it's a little less sweet and not quite as dry - eat it any way you like! 

Here's how we did it: 
1 - Cut your peanut pumpkin in half
2 - Scoop out the seeds and such
3 - Cut the halves in half (so you're working with quarters) 
4 - Place the peanut pumpkin quarters on a cookie sheet (jelly roll style with edges) 
5 - Bake on 350F for 40-60 minutes until the flesh is soft 
6 - Scoop the baked, soft flesh out and puree
7 - Allow the puree to drain through a metal (wire) strainer (20-30 minutes) 
8 - Freeze (we like to use a vacuum sealer to reduce freezer burn and the space needed to store) 

When you're ready to use your puree, thaw and use similar to canned pumpkin. This may be a little runnier, depending on how much liquid strained out - feel free to strain again before using after you thaw the peanut pumpkin.