Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The new Farm, Fork & Fiddle Newsletter :)

Farm, Fork & Fiddle
County Homegrown Food Project

Newsletter 7.16.16
This is our first newsletter, if you don’t wish to receive it in the future, just let me know and I’ll be sure your email address is removed from the list. No worries at all!


Subscribe, unsubscribe or send your questions, suggestions or comments to,
Jewel at FFFNewsletter@outlook.com

~ Meeting & Event Dates ~

Café & Shop Hours
Café is open for lunch Mon, Wed & Fri from 10:am to 2:00pm
Shop is open during Cafe hours plus Wed & Fri 4:30 to 7:00pm

FFF General Meeting
 July 21st at the Yellow house.
Potluck at 5:00pm, meeting at 5:30
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Farm to Table Community Potluck
Hosted by Amelia LaMair
July 29th   5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Farm, Fork & Fiddle
Bring a dish to share featuring something grown or raised in the Ozarks.
Prettiest and ugliest vegetable competition- bring your entries and cast your vote.
Musical entertainment by Buzzards Hollar, bring your instruments for jamming before or after Yard games for all ages Free event, donations welcome Shop will be open

Ozark County Home Funeral Group
Meets every other Wednesday or as listed
Nest Meeting is July 20th
Upstairs at the Farm, Fork & Fiddle
Eat at the Café at 12:30 – Meeting at 1:00

~ Special Notices ~

The Seed Swap has been put off until the fall because so much has been going on but I’ve been working on Garden Starter packs and lining up some speakers.

~ News ~

We have a new treasurer, Mindy Pippin. And a new Member Coordinator, Renee Schmucker. Thank you both so much!!

We were without AC for quite some time but, thanks to Pearl and the Hammonds, we now have two window AC units and are cool and comfortable.

Even without air we were open on a few days, thank you to everyone who worked in the heat and humidity!!

~ Monthly Specials ~


~ Currently at the Farm, Fork & Fiddle ~

Homegrown & Handcrafted in the Ozarks!
Make your shopping list and stop by to fill your home with whole, fresh foods, natural herbal medicinals, one of a kind artwork and handcrafted goods!

Baked goods, fresh produce, fresh eggs, nut butters, aprons, artwork tinctures, oils, salves, knitted goods, soaps, cards, artwork, jewelry and so much more.

Produce List


~ Meet A Member ~

For our first addition it’s Meet the Crew. These are just a fraction of the dedicated souls who work hard and long to keep the Farm, Fork & Fiddle going.
Jessi Dreckman – President
Dennise Lawson – Secretary
Carole Long – Kitchen Coordinator & Board Member
Amelia LaMair – Grant Writer & Board Member
Pearl Schneider – Vice President, Board Member & Garden Committee
Dez Fleck – Volunteer Coordinator
Jule Kruger – Vendor Coordinator
Candace Butler – Vendor Coordinator
Susie Fijinaga – Events Coordinator
Crystal Marshall – Perishable Goods Coordinator
Renee Schmucker – Member Coordinator
Jewel Krasinski – Newsletter & Board Member

~ Product Highlight ~

Handmade Greeting Cards
by Tracy Meal of Cardsavvy - Vendor #41

“My trade is Interior Design, I love working with color shape and texture in any medium. started making cards about 12 years ago, I have been scrapbooking since 1998 and it was kind of a natural progression into papercrafting. I use hand stamps, inks, different archival quality papers, digitally created and printed images and hand lettering occasionally, to create my cards. I cut each card by hand, I prefer not to buy pre-made blank cards.  I love the creative process and selecting the materials for each card is my favorite part of that process. I prefer to leave the inside of my cards blank so that people can write their own sentiments inside, thereby making them that much more special. Each design is unique and I try to not use the same design over again, once those papers are used up I do not buy them again. If you see a few cards that look alike they are limited editions and will not be created again. Sometimes I can get 5 or 6 cards out of a single sheet, and part of the creative process is determining if the paper is better suited for condolence, get well, birthday or all purpose use. I hope people enjoy receiving them as much as I enjoy creating them.

~ FFF Needs ~

Upstairs office …
Small desk
Desk chair
Locking file cabinets or lockbox

Shop is looking for the following…
Local honey
Baked goods
Any local homegrown or handmade goods
If you’re interested in vending, contact one of our Vendor coordinators,
Candace at 417-294-0755 or calinkenauger@yahoo.com orochfpretailsales@gmail.com
Jule at 417-679-0446

We’re always in need of volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering, Please contact Dez, our Volunteer coordinator at 417-250-9252 orgreenearthalive@gmail.com

Areas needed –
*Assistant Volunteer coordinator (to help Dez)
* People willing and able to be trained on the register (may include a background check)
*Marketing / Advertising - Getting the word out about when we are open and events that we have going on. This could be a group working together. Some places to advertise include facebook, website, blog, bulletin boards, newspaper, signs on the street, etc.

If you would like to teach a class or hold an event that coincides with our mission (wholesome local living), we would love to have you!
Susie Fujinaga is our Events Coordinator and will be able to help you set it up.
417-989-1035  or susiefuji3@gmail.com

~ Recipe ~
Submit your from-scratch recipes, along with your name to FFFnewsletter@outlook.com
I’ll include one recipe per issue
In Season Fruit Crumble  - (by Julia Catfeather)
You can use most any kind of fruit or berries or combinations. Apple Raisin in the fall, Mixed Berries in the summer etc.. As always, use what you have  :)
6 cups any fruit or berry or combination, fresh, thawed or rehydrated
1/2 cup honey
2 T brown sugar
3 T flour 
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup softened butter
Prepare fruit as needed (core, chop, thaw, rehydrate etc) then add to a large bowl. Drizzle the honey over the fruit and mix to coat. Add the brown sugar and then sift the flour in. Mix again but not overly to crush much fruit.
Pour fruit mixture into a baking pan, dutch oven or deep dish pie pan. Glass, ceramic or pottery is best, especially for very acidic fruit.
Combine first 3 ingredients and mix well. Add softened butter and honey and mix well again.  Top fruit with spoonfuls.
Bake at 350 F for around 40 minutes. Until topping is browned and fruit is bubbling. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

~ Meeting Minutes ~

May 26, 2016
The regular meeting of the Ozark County Homegrown Food Project was called to order at 5:4 0PM on May 26th in Farm Fork and Fiddle by Amelia LaMair
Approval of Minutes
The minutes were approved after one change.
Subsequently Pearl Schneider accepted the role of Vice President of the Board
Financial report
Finance report was given and accepted unanimously
Open Issues
Mindy Pippin has taken the Treasurer position.
Dennise will remain as secretary.
By Laws distributed. Another meeting is suggested to accept or make changes. But, the current By Laws were accepted at this time until a later meeting is scheduled in the Fall.
New Business:
Keep the upstairs closed if not in use. All agreed
Coordinators job description discussed. The coordinators have been empowered to make decision on their own. If they have concerns or questions, it can be pushed upward to the Board for assistance.
Jon Kruger has offered to mow the lawns
Jeffrey Goss has offered to get soil for the garden boxes.
Chrystal has offered to take the Produce Coordinator position. Vote of majority approved her position. The produce coordinator has the right to remove plants, vegetable of less quality.
Event coordinator has the right to approve all events. Events should support the mission. If the coordinator has questions/concerns it can be pushed upward to the Board.
Discussion was tabled on renting out the facility to others
Reminder to log volunteer hours.
During the Workshop it was discussed that communication continues to be a problem. Please work on approaching this in a positive way. Ways to communicate include using Face Book discussion, check bulletin board, read and use email. Dez has offered to call and email persons if they want to be more involved.
Bullet points of issues can be posted on Bulleting Board. Jessi has difficulty keeping up with pushing out all the info. Dez will help by sending out info once a month as well.
Carole suggested that coordinators should send to email for each area once a week. Jon recommended a monthly coordinator report. Jeffrey recommended a comment box.
Close Memorial Day.
Please don’t park in handicapped parking area
Candace will make signs
Also do not park in front of the building if you are volunteering for the day.
Farmer’s Market is scheduled for June 4.
Credit Card Machine. Wireless now. Discussion took place on internet and phone services. Land line for machine rather than wireless. Bundled services discussion took place as well.
Trash service: Discussion took place on different costs and benefits of trash services. Tables until can talk to Dennise
Air Conditioner is not working. Rachel Klessig has offered to work on getting someone to fix it.
Received donation of $1000 from St. Louis Realities. Living the Dream Properties. Dez will ask Tracie Meal to send Thank you.
It was agreed upon to make a $50 donation to the Historium for use of the building for our workshop
Donna Yeggy quilt raffle details discussed. Miriam will be in charge of the raffle. Will have the raffle closer to Hootin and Hollerin.
Kitchen: policy for scheduling is needed. Clipboard is kept in the kitchen. Cooks need to stay in contact.
Local foods: We are doing well with using local foods. Need to publicize it more. Weekly list to cooks of what we have.
Garden: Jeffrey will get a pick up load from MLH soon. $40
Trellises: T posts need to be pulled. Raise the trellises. Will send message out when we can have a garden workday.
Composter: Miriam and Phil have a composter.
Vendors; Rearranging items and food in the retail room.
Membership: Monthly deals?
Events and workshops: Jewel is working on a seed swap.
Eric and Carlos are interested in giving music lessons. Wait until after baseall season.
Candace is interested in teaching rock painting.
Set up a meeting about the house contract. Contract ends June 30. June 9th was the day set for the meeting.
Membership: Lottie wants to exchange items and labor for membership. Jule will call her.
T shirts: Order forms should be returned with the payment by June 15th in sealed envelope.
Jessie will bring catalogue
Agenda for Next Meeting
Agenda will be distributed at the next meeting
The next general meeting will be at 5:30 on June 16, 2016, in Farm Fork and Fiddle.
Minutes submitted by: Dennise Lawson Secretary
Approved by:

We are not our …
Skin color

We’re not our
Body shape

We’re not products of our environments or society or our parents

We are simply, our choices

How we choose to

How we choose to treat others, ourselves, the Earth

We are whomever we choose to be.

Choose wisely

~ Julia Catfeather

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


What a productive day!  I did some wild harvesting this morning, Started around 6am and got home around 9:00. I wish I had taken Anya, I found more than I expected. But I went out alone and enjoyed it immensely. I went looking specifically to find and mark wild coffee and crab apples. Didn’t find either one. But also just to check on how fall goods are coming along.

Did farm chores and harvested from the homestead, then in for a rest, cold tea and a big bowl of my homemade granola with dried raspberries and goats milk. Poppy is getting much better on the stand so we’re starting to get more usable milk from her.

From the homestead today we got 9 eggs, a pint of milk, Vervain, wormwood, yarrow, mugwort, peppermint, spearmint, Thuja, grape leaves tansy, lemonbalm, polk berries and leaves, plantain, lambs quarters, blue catnip (spicy flavored, I use for teas only), gooseberries, Echinacea and a bouquet of queen ann, just for her beauty.

From wild harvest, late cinquefoil, willow, wild onion, cat brier and grape tendrils, plantain, the first drying dock seeds, sorrel, bergamot, purslane, self heal, chickweed,

I spent a few hours on preparing the herbs I harvested for drying etc. Most will go toward winter stores. I always start thinking about winter in July. There could be hard cold and snow in 5 months.

The rest of the day I sent on tincturing. I also had two orders to fill and worked on online listings etc on my breaks.

All in all a most excellent day  :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Things I believe in...

Hard work
The Wind 
Good food
The Rain


Monday, April 4, 2016

Wild Moon Cottage Herbals & Handmade Goods

Wild Moon Cottage Herbals 
Herbals & Handmade Goods– Sales & Barter

You can order directly from me or find my goods at the following ....
Email - WildMoonCottage@gmail.com
Text only - 417-234-1180
WMC Facebook page
WMC Etsy shop
Gainesville, Mo. at the Farm, Fork & Fiddle
Mon, Wed. & Fri. 10:00 to 2:00

391 Third Street - (417) 989-1794

** I occasionally deliver to Ava, Mo.
I can ship anywhere in the continental US 

*Salves are $5 first jar, $1.50 each additional
*Tinctures 2oz- $5 first bottle, $1.50 additional
*Tinctures 1oz - $4 first, $1.00 additional

**Disclaimer - Please consult your Care Provider before using any herbs or natural medicinals. Anyone can be allergic to anything, if you're unsure it's better not to use it. Double check everything with you Care Provider if you're pregnant or nursing.


Muscle Balm – 1.5 oz tin – $8.

Wild Moon Cottage Herbal Muscle Balm works on sore, pulled and tired muscles, joints, sprains and regular aches and pains. It works well for arthritic pain and helps reduce swelling. It has a mild numbing effect and a topical pain reliever. It works at the spot and into the deep tissue as it's absorbed. It gives longer lasting relief than most other muscle rubs. It's thicker than the salves but not as hard to rub in as some balms can be.

As with all my salves, balms and rubs, a little goes a long way.

** Do not use on broken skin

To Use: apply as needed, usually up to 3 times a day for severe pain. For mall areas just dip your fingertip, for larger areas use a pea sized dab, rub in until completely absorbed. There will be a warming sensation followed by pain relief and relaxation.

Contains: beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E, comfrey, clove, white willow, ginseng, chamomile, ginger root, calendula, capsicum, rosemary and lavender.
All ingredients, except the beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E and clove, are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.


Herbal Healing (antibiotic) Salve - 1.5 oz tin – $6

Herbal Healing Salve is antibacterial and antifungal, It can be used on cuts, sores, scrapes, bruises and even on puncture wounds (which many similar salves cannot). It can be used to heal badly dry cracked skin. It reduces scaring & swelling and causes bruising to disperse within minutes. It contains a very mild topical pain reliever, which is especially good for children. I started making it in 1994 and it's honestly the best topical antibiotic I have ever used. A little goes a very long way. It's completely non-toxic and all natural. Can be used on humans and animals. All herbs grown organically by me.

Contains: beeswax, olive oil, echinacea, mullein, mugwort, calendula and vitamin E. All ingredients except beeswax, olive oil and vitamin E are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.


Black Walnut Drawing/Drying salve - 1.5 oz tin – $6

Black Walnut Drawing Salve can be used to draw out Infection, Splinters, Stingers etc.. It can be used to treat Acne, Cysts, Poison Ivy, Boils, Blisters, Ringworm, Psoriasis, Fungal Infection, Eczema, Athletes Foot, Insect Bites ...

This salve draws and dries, it's anti-fungal, antiseptic, reduces inflammation and heals. It doesn't take much and is non-toxic and natural. Can be used on humans and animals.

For Drawing (splinters, stingers etc) - Apply a small amount to the area to be drawn out. Cover with bandage or plastic wrap. Reapply as needed.

For Drying (poison ivy, athletes foot etc.) - Apply a small amount and rub in well, leave open to the air for extra drying. Reapply as needed.

Contains: beeswax, olive oil, black walnut, ginger, sea salt, rosemary, lavender, plantain, burdock & yarrow. All ingredients except beeswax, olive oil and sea salt, are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2nd 2016

It’s been some time since I posted. I’ve had several emails asking me about my blog and if I intend to abandon it for facebook. I do not. But, I have a limited amount of data and it takes less to post to FB than here because I have do business (selling my wares and such) on FB anyway. I made my FB public so that blog folk could read there but so many people don’t like FB, which I truly understand. So, I will try to do some catching up here and also try to be mindful and keep my blog up  :)

Things have been going mostly smoothly. I had a huge financial setback in January with the death of business partner. That may get worked out but it will be some time. It was a set back in several ways, the worst being that I counted on a portion of the money to go back into the business and was severely shorted all the way around.

A thing about such a simple, frugal life is that a very small thing is amplified ten times or more. This is great most of the time but when that small thing is bad, it can be devastating.

And so I pick myself up and start again……….

I’ve finally officially added tinctures to my wares. I’ve made them for private use for many years but last year I started selling them a bit and have now added them to my store. I had concerns but they’ve been a great success and I sell out faster than I can get tincture bottles. I’m basically out now and waiting on another shipment. Eventually I get up enough to buy a larger bulk but things are getting there.

Although I’m currently out of bottles, the tinctures I currently sell are …..
>Sleep Tincture
>Brain Tincture
> Thuja occidentalis
>Gland Cleanser Tincture (Rosemary Gladstar’s formula)
>Echinacea e
>Wild Moon Tonic
>Pau d’Arco
 >Red Clover
> Elderflower
White Willow

I’ve gotten a couple of offers to put my goods in stores again but no one wants the babyfood jars. So, I’ve ordered tins for them and we’ll see how it goes. I’m just making my 3 best sellers now… Muscle Balm, Black Walnut Salve and Herbal Antibiotic Salve. I have perfected a special lip balm recipe I’m very proud and will start selling it when I can get the supplies I need to make larger batches. Each salve or balm has to have it’s own dedicated equipment so there’s never any cross contamination.

And my goods are now in the Farm, Fork & Fiddle in Gainesville, Mo.  www.FarmForkFiddle.com

I’ve also gotten better labels. I came up with using return address labels and writing in the individual item. They work great and I love that they still look organic and homemade.

As for homestead life…..

I’ve temporarily lost my laundry yard because one of my poor laundry trees is quite dead. It was dead when we moved here so it’s begun to decay and could fall at any moment. Poor thing. So we moved the lines over and they amount to half or less than I had. I’m getting used to them but we really need to get that tree down soon.

I’ve decided to sell out of Nigerian Dwarf goats. They’re wonderful little things but not working out as I had hoped and hard on the back. I’m going to stick with larger goats and go back to having them just for milk rather than trying to raise any for income. I’m keeping Poppy, beautiful full blooded Alpine. And her doeling Daisy, half Alpine and half LaMancha. They’ll give more than enough milk and bless us with kids once a year.

I still have Sage and Oak, my two Shetland sheep. Due to be sheared this Sunday. I was able to trade salves for a lovely handmade drop spindle and learned to use it. I already have a little ball of wonderfully primitive lumpy yarn  :)  I Love spinning with the spindle, it’s so much easier and controllable than the rock.

Two of the rescue cats found a home! Thank The Mother!! Hawk and Rider, the last two of the 5 kittens I took in a nursed after the big tornadoes in Arkansas a few years back. They went together to be barn cats and I think they’ll have a wonderful life there. I miss them a little, silly as it sounds, it’s hard to give them up no matter how much I didn’t want them in the first place. I always worry for them. But I think this will be the perfect home for these guys  :)

That leaves just Flea to find a home and then we’ll only have our own 7 cats!

Just put 3 doz eggs in the incubator last night. We usually have a hatch rate of 60 %, which I understand is actually very high for the little still air incubator type we have. Hopefully we’ll have at least that this time.

spin with a drop spindle

-Harvest  –
This week's harvest and what I'll be doing with them. I'll also be drying a lot for later use....
*Red bud (flowers) jelly,
*Violets (flowers and leaves) jelly, medicinals, raw in salads & sandwiches. 
*Dandelion (flowers,leaves and roots) medicinals, raw in salads, fritters, jelly, wine, soups, tonics, tinctures....
*Red Cedar (tips and berries) medicinals, mead, cooking, wild yeast, fermenting, tinctures
*White and Red Clover (leaves) raw salads, white flowers for food, red for medicinals, tinctures, salves.... but not blooming yet.
*Dock (leaves) fresh eating for salads, on sandwiches, cooked, soups, stews. (root) can be eaten and used medicinally.
*Raspberry leaf medicinal, tea, tinctures,
*Plantain leaves for medicinals
*Thuja for medicinals
There's a lot more up and ready to harvest but take care harvesting from young plants. And take care to harvest ethically so there will always be plenty

-Barter –
Handmade drop spindle with removable weights

-Working On-
patch skirt
flat bottom bags
rag trivet or basket
spinning raw wool yarn

-Sunday Dinners-
Herbed chicken with our thyme and onion and a drizzle of olive oil and pepper. Twice baked potato/squash made with left over grilled squash, mashed with potato and heaped back into the potato skin, baked until lightly browned on top and a gravy spoon of chicken juice on top. Green beans canned last year with pepper and our onion and a touch of tumeric. Violet jelly from last year, for the chicken. Non gmo corn flour muffins, lightly sweet.

-Ostara Feast-
Grilled burgers on homemade buns with smoky cheese. Salad with violets, dandelions, clover, assorted greens with homemade ranch. Baked potatoes with freshly churned butter, chopped wild onions, sea salt and pepper. And baked beans with honey, mustard, onion, garlic, cayenne…

Nik and me Jan. 2016

Daisy, born Jan 2016

Poppy and Daisy


Anya and me  :)  Feb 2016