I’ve heard it said “You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy”.  That is my story in a nut shell.  So, after being away from the farm for 19 years, my wife and I found ourselves back in the country in a 100 yr old farmhouse, complete with 2 barns, and several other buildings.  Some  of our goals included  opening  up a bed and breakfast, plant an apple orchard, and host “barn dances” (or music festivals on our property) .   We’re doing all three and loving every minute of it.  This blog has  stories from our life in the country.

21 Responses to About

  1. Donovan Trana says:

    Neat blog!~ I like your writing style.

  2. Lisa says:

    Please write more….. am looking forward to food for my soul.

  3. fran snyder says:

    Just read about your interest in hosting some music on your property. Really?

    concertsinyourhome.com is a one year old website to promote house concerts around the country. It is the most complete and up-to-date resource for house concert information on the web. We now have more than 220 presenters in 48 states/provinces who have united to help us promote this wonderful trend.

    Except, we don’t have you.

    Please take a moment to visit the site, and join as a host if you like what you see. It’s free for you to join, and you can have your events listed on your state’s house concert calendar.

    You’ll notice we take great care in protecting you from unwanted emails. Be sure to indicate if you are, or are not accepting artist submissions, and if so, let them know what kind of artists might get your interest.

    Thanks so much for doing what you do, house concerts are one of the most important trends in music today.


    Fran Snyder
    http://concertsinyourhome.com – the most comprehensive and up-to-date house concert site on the web.

    PS – I’m a singer-songwriter based in Kansas, and I’ve dedicated much time to designing this site and creating new opportunities for performers and music lovers. I hope you’ll find my efforts worthwhile. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 817-789-2936.

    quick links:
    to sign up as a host: http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/host_join.html
    to list your events for free: http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/hostdates.html

  4. Anne says:

    Love this blog! Write more often.

  5. meadow says:

    Here in the South, we have a similiar phrase: “You can take the girl out the country, but you can’t take the country out the girl.”

  6. Hello.

    I’m writing to you on behalf of an arts festival in Melbourne, Australia, called Next Wave, and we need your help.

    For our festival this year we’re using Google.com to find images from around the world as part of the promotion of the festival. The theme for the festival is ‘Closer Together’ and is partly about connecting with people from around the world through the internet.

    We found an image on your website through Google and would like to use it for the purpose of promoting the Festival, so we’re writing to ask your permission. The image name is attached to this email (bigger-and-better.jpg). If you are happy for us to use the image, you don’t have to do anything else, we already have the image from your website, just read the information below, fill in your name and the date, and reply to the email.

    Also, yours won’t be the only image. On each poster or program there will be between five and ten images with it (as a kind of image sentence). The poster and the program will also incorporate the names and trade marks of sponsors of Next Wave and the 2008 Next Wave festival. The image would be used on around 2,000 copies of a poster or around 30,000 copies of the program, and on the website and possibly in other advertising and promotional materials and Next Wave archive materials.

    The poster will be displayed and the program will be distributed in various public places around Melbourne and elsewhere in Australia. The website will of course be accessible anywhere in the world.
    We’d be happy to post you a copy of the final poster or program if you’d like to see it.

    Thanks for your time, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    George Edwards
    From Chase & Galley
    (we’re doing the promotional design work for Next Wave)

    There’s more information about the festival at

    2008 Next Wave Festival
    Closer Together
    15 – 31 May, 2008
    I, _________________________________, hereby grant permission for Next Wave Festival Inc (“Next Wave”) to use the attached image(s) as part of the promotion of the 2008 Next Wave Festival.
    I hereby grant a non-exclusive, perpetual licence to Next Wave to screen, sample, copy, adapt, publish and communicate to the public the attached image(s), for the purpose of the promotion of Next Wave and the 2008 Next Wave Festival. No fee shall be paid by Next Wave to me for this licence.
    Next Wave will contact me and I must agree in writing to any other use of the image(s).
    I consent to Next Wave not crediting me as the author of the image(s) and that this will not infringe my moral rights in the image(s).

    I confirm that I am the owner of the copyright in the attached image(s) and that no other person(s) have any rights in relation to the image(s) that are inconsistent with the rights I have granted to Next Wave.
    I also confirm that I am the creator of the image(s).

    Name _________________________________
    Date _________________________________

  7. Our farm friends the Travises in Central IL, are looking for 30# of Floriani Red Flint corn to grow. Know any sources besides FEDCO & SESE who are sold out?


    Chef Tom

  8. paul says:

    hi! I like your blog. I also live in rural Iowa and I’m trying to find a source for wheat. I’m wondering if you have any for sale or if you might know anyone in our neck of the woods who does.

    God Bless,
    Good morning Paul, just saw your comment. Yes we still have Organic Hard Red Wheat for sale (new 2011 crop) I will shoot you an e-mail and we can talk more. DM

  9. Tracey says:

    Hi, I’m interested in a Harvest Table if you still build them. Can you email me and tell me where you are located? Thanks so much! Tracey
    Good morning Tracey, Yes I still do build them 🙂 Will shoot you an e-mail and we can go from there! DM

  10. Jane Fritz says:

    I’ve just been introduced to your blog through another blog new to me. What a treat to have found you. My husband and I live in New Brunswick, Canada; we’ve hobby farmed twice, including for 9 years when our kids were all – and both of us were products of suburbia. Although we’ll stick to our pleasant small town on a river now, I’d LOVE to be able to have chickens and a big garden again. I’ll relive that life through your blog! Thanks.
    Jane, thank YOU for taking the time to leave a comment ! Us bloggers LOVE comments. DM

  11. Stephanie says:

    Hi! I tried sending an email but I am not sure it worked…I was asking about whether or not you have (or would be willing to do) done any harvest tables with the top made out of a barn door. I saw one such table at an antique store and didn’t purchase, though I wish I would have. Any response appreciated. Thanks!
    Hi Stephanie, Just got your note..sending you an e-mail right now. DM

  12. Sandi says:

    Hi I was interested in a harvest table 30 inches wide 6 foot long. What would the price be for that? Also would you be able to use some barn wood I have from an old family barn for the table and if so what would the price be for that? What town are you located in? TYIA……..
    I will shoot you a personal e-mail and we can talk more. DM

  13. Noelle Harper says:

    I am interested in a table. Where are you located in Eastern Iowa? What kind of turn around time do you usually take to build one? Are you still using old barn wood? Cost is $350?
    Near Cedar Rapids…right now turn around time is about 2 to 3 weeks, yep, I’m still using reclaimed lumber and tables start@ $350 unfinished) I just sent you an e-mail. ;-)DM

  14. Peg says:

    Hello. I am interested in a harvest table but have limited space. Are there any that expand, like from 3 or 4 feet to 6 feet long? I don’t want a fold-down table, but have seen some online that have extensions that pull out. Are you familiar with these in a harvest table? Also, how close to Cedar Rapids are you? I’m in Burlington.
    Hi Peg, Got your comment…just sent you a reply via e-mail. 😉 DM

  15. Jayne Knott says:

    Hi Doug! I was just looking around on your blog and happened across some of your new tables. Beautiful work! I wanted to report that our table is still happily filled with 10-12 people when our adult children come home for a visit. Everyone always comments how nice it is to have a table big enough to accommodate everyone. Just had our daughter’s boyfriend repaint our chairs so they can hold up to the table’s beauty. Thanks again, Doug.

    • DM says:

      Well, Jayne, good to hear from you again 😉 (and good to hear the table is still holding up.) How many years ago was that? I think yours was one of the first tables I built.

  16. Shelley Button says:

    Greetings, I am looking for someone to build me a harvest table that will seat 12 people. Can you help?

    • DM says:

      Hi Shelley, I will shoot you an e-mail. Absolutely, can build you a table like that…will need a little more information from you to be able to get you a firm price. DM

  17. Kate Allen says:

    I’m interested in a harvest table, reclaimed wood w/turned legs (classic farmhouse). Approx. dimensions: 30W, 55L, 30H. I live in Madison WI. Thanks, Kate

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