Category Archives: Des Moines

Farewell to the Farm Life

Well, we ended up doing one more activity after our dinner as I found a fun book a neighbor had passed along awhile back that she had not used in homeschooling.  It was perfect for our week!

Farmer’s Market, a trip to the Farm and a Delicious Dinner

We finished up our week learning about farm life with a trip to the local Farmer’s Market and a visit to a nearby farm.

When we visit Farmer's Market, I usually give them each a couple of dollars to spend how they choose....adding a little math to the equation.

And, we bring along our bikes and scooters as this is a pretty kid-friendly place, nice and open with friendly shopkeepers.




Selecting our fish for the evening


Our favorite hummus bar.

Our full basket of freshness.

Des Moines Dinner Menu

Yellow Beans (boiled with a hint of butter)

Grilled Halibut with Fennel

Fresh Gilroy Garlic Bread

Typically I like a bit more color in a meal, but the children chose the beans and preparing fish with fennel is one of my favorite ways to make it.  First, grill the fish, then cover and set aside, then, after dipping sliced fennel into flour, saute in butter until tender, seasoning with salt and pepper.  Serve fennel atop fish.  Delicious and the kids love it too!

We did one more farm activity that I will share the next time I get around to posting as it was quite fun as well!

Farm Fresh Breakfast

Well at least farm fresh eggs anyway….straight from our chickens and our Papa’s chickens.

I LOVE all the fun colors!

The taste of fresh eggs is simply unbeatable!

Of course we had to include bacon into our breakfast as well.

 And some somewhat untraditional, but simply delicious Pumpkin Clove Pancakes.

I make these quite often in the fall and add a bit of allspice and cinnamon as well.  They are always a big hit in our family, especially when topped with some pure maple syrup!

And what farmer can start the day without a cup of Café?

Now we’re ready to go work some fields…..or at least do some laundry :).

Entering the Land of Many Farms

We have traveled westward again, this time to a land rich in soil, where corn stocks tower and barns are plentiful…..we have arrived in Iowa, specifically Des Moines.  Iowa actually has more farms than any other state in the US, which is why we decided to focus this week on farms and gardens.

Our first activity was to work on our own urban farm…

Our City Hens


Tallinn measured some spaces for planting seeds

 After measuring out our space, we came back inside and drew a grid using a book a friend let me borrow awhile back to maximize our space for growing vegetables.

Selecting our Seeds

Our plot size was 5′ x 7′, so we made a grid to correspond, marking off square feet using square inches, and then decided which seeds to plant in each square (as was recommended by the Square Foot Gardener).

This was actually quite technical to do and my brain was on overload by the time we were finished, but such a great way to incorporate math, especially for a boy who loves to build and design.  Maybe someday we’ll actually build and plant the garden we designed :).

Des Moines Week Spelling Words

1. farmer

2. market

3. harvest

4. barn

5. seed

6. water

7. pumpkin

8. garden

9. planted

Bonus: vegetable