historical farm

Barns are red because 18th century farmers prevented mold by covering the wood with a mixture of milk, lime, iron, and rust, which turned it red. Once mass-produced paint became available, red was not only a familiar color, but was also the least expensive. It’s still the cheapest paint color today, so it remains a frugal tradition. Source

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Sherrill, Iowa
Population: 177

“Sherrill was named for two brothers, Adam and Isaac Sherrill, and was originally called Sherrill’s Mound or Mount, since the city is sited at the base of a prominent hill. In 1856, Peter Fries, an Austrian immigrant, built a large, stone inn at the main crossroads of the city. It was popular with newlyweds, and Jesse James and his gang were reported to have stayed there prior to their famous raid on Northfield, Minnesota. The structure has survived and has been restored as the Black Horse Inn. Sherrill and the surrounding rural district received large numbers of German immigrants in the 19th century. German Catholic (SS. Peter and Paul), GermanLutheran (St. Matthew), German Methodist, and German Evangelical churches were founded and remain active. Sherrill was one of ten “Beer Towns” incorporated in Dubuque County in 1933, to ensure that the city’s taverns could serve beer, under a possibly mistaken interpretation of Iowa law that licenses to dispense beer could only be granted to premises inside incorporated places. Sherrill’s post office was established in 1858, with Peter Fries as postmaster. Its Zip Code is 52073.”


Historic Dairy Farm Becomes a Sanctuary and Serves up Vegan Ice Cream!

To be clear, it is not Annabelle’s milk, or any dairy milk, that is used in the cakes. Instead, this darling cow is featured on the products as a reminder of the beauty and individuality of each and every cow and used as a tongue-in-cheek nod to dairy-based ice creams.

“It is our wish that animals everywhere can live a life free from harm just as Annabelle and her friends do. And that as more and more cruelty-free alternatives become available, people will come to discover that compassion and the opportunity to enjoy delicious-tasting food need never be mutually exclusive,” Lorene writes on her website.