Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Tiny House Living on Palmquist Farm

When you visit the Farm this winter, you might meet our two newest employees, Amanda and Ethan. You may also come across their small home behind the sauna, on the lit ski trail.Actually,it’s so small it’s classified as a “tiny house.” Say hi if you get a chance, and take a minute to read their story: 

We got married two years ago on a frozen lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with our friends and family sitting on hay bales. 

From the beginning of our relationship we wanted stay as flexible as possible so that we would have time to do the things we love with the people we love. About six months into our marriage we decided to embark on a unique construction project.  We wanted to have a space that was ours and to be free from the costs of renting. Our goal was to remain open to new opportunities that would arise as we started building our life together. We concluded that a house on wheels would be most practical. We started with an 8' wide by 32' long trailer. The living space we build on this trailer is about 256 square feet. Amazingly, this does not feel small to us.

Life in our tiny house is SO COZY! We love the nestled feeling of settling into our little house for the winter. We have a small wood burning stove that warms the house quickly and many windows to let in the sunshine. It is definitely our ideal home. We are able to live simply and have few expenses. 

Our tiny house traveled 65 miles to get to Palmquist Farm. We came to Palmquist Farm as a result of a long-standing relationship between the Palmquists and Ethan's extended family. His aunts, uncles, and cousins have helped at The Farm over many years. We are really able to exercise our talents and interests here.

Jim and Helen keep us busy cutting wood, clearing trails, keeping buildings and equipment maintained, and working in the kitchen. We are so thankful to have a place where we can be useful and, where our needs are equally taken care of. Something we love to do together is create a warm, comfortable environment for lots of friends to gather. That means cooking, playing music and taking genuine interest in other people's lives. We love people and are eager to learn about their experiences and the places they come from. We have plenty of margin to travel and stay connected with our broad network of friends and family, which is a thing many jobs don't provide. Amanda especially enjoys learning about the cultural heritage of people and places such as Palmquist Farm.

We also look forward to learning from the unique perspective that Jim and Helen have, as people that have made it their business to welcome anyone at anytime. Serving and entertaining here will be a fun way to gain a lot of positive experience. We are getting our musical act together and hope for chances to play with anyone who comes to visit. Living and working at Palmquist Farm is the best situation we could ask for in this season of our lives, and we are excited to make the most of it.

Welcome Ethan and Amanda!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Report

We have 8-10 inches of snow. Trails are groomed and tracked. 1-3 inches of new snow expected today. Conditions are good!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Snow Report Jan 19th

We have about 8 inches of great snow and we have been setting tracks! Come stay with us Jan 29th-30th and get 10% off the Red House, River Cabin or Maki House. To see more up to date pictures, visit us on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

We have GREAT Snow!

Is it rainy and gross where you are? Come enjoy our Winter Wonderland! We have about 5 inches of fluffy snow and more on the way! You deserve a three day weekend after the holidays. Treat yourself to a MLK get-a-way and save 10%. Enter promo code MLK2016 in our online booking system or give us a call 715.564.2558

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Molasses Crinkles

If you’re looking for a Christmas cookie that’s a little different from the usual sprinkles and frosting affair, try Molasses Crinkles. This is one of Grandma Toinie’s old cookie recipes that’s been made on The Farm for a long time. –Helen Palmquist

Makes: 4 dozen
Time: 45-60 minutes

¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
¼ cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
2¼ cups flour

1. In a mixer on high, cream the butter, sugar, and egg together.
2. Put the mixer on low, and add the molasses, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, ginger until well combined.
3. Add the flour a little at a time until completely mixed in.
4. Chill dough for 15 minutes.
5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
6. Once the dough is chilled, roll it into walnut-sized balls.


white sugar

7. Coat each ball evenly in white sugar.

8. Place the balls on a greased cookie sheet and bake 9-12 minutes.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Grandma’s Christmas Sugar Cookies

This recipe is another old one that’s been around The Farm forever. It’s written on a plain piece of paper in grandma’s handwriting. I have another older version written in great grandma’s handwriting. I pull this recipe out every Christmas. Enjoy! --Helen Palmquist  

Makes: 6 dozen
Time: 3 hours

1 cup butter, softened 
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons milk
3 cups flour

1. In a mixer on high, cream the butter, sugar, and eggs together. 
2. Turn mixer to low and add baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla, and milk until well combined.
3. Slowly add in the flour a little at a time until well combined. 
4. Chill dough 1 to 2 hours. 
5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
6. Sprinkle the counter with a light dusting of flour.
7. Roll out a handful of dough until it is an eighth- to a quarter-inch thick. The thinner the dough, the crispier the cookies will be. If you like them to be chewy on the inside, roll the dough thicker. 
8. Cut out cookies in desired shapes. Use a spatula to help get them off the counter. The dough is easier to work with when it’s cool, so if it gets really sticky, put it back in the fridge.  
9. Bake cookies for about 9-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly brown.
10. When cooled, decorate the cookies with butter cream frosting and sprinkles.  

Butter Cream Frosting
Serves: Frosts about 4 to 
      5 dozen cookies 
Time: 15 minutes

1 ½ sticks butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
2-4 tablespoons half and half                

This is a good, straight forward frosting recipe I got out of a newspaper.
1. In a mixer on high, beat the butter until it’s fluffy, about 5 minutes.
2. Beat in the powdered sugar, a little at a time.
3. Add the almond extract.
4. Add the half n’ half a little at a time while still beating the frosting on high. Do this until desired fluffiness is achieved. It should look smooth and creamy with small peaks. 
5. Add food coloring of your choice. 

Helen’s Advice
To make this frosting chocolate flavored, add 1/3 cup cocoa with the powdered sugar.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Only Known Gun Battle in Brantwood, WI

Jim Palmquist showing the 38-55 Winchester (used by John Norro
in the Brantwood  "Gun Battle") to Greg Powers.  Greg is a descendent
of  Mr. Wertenen.  In those days men used their guns for putting
food on the table and were good marksmen.  We think they were
not trying to cause harm to one another but just "letting off steam".

Art Palmquist was always interested in the story and a friend of
his acquired the rifle.  His friend used it for deer hunting and sold
it to Art for $20 which was a good value in 1940.

Gun Battle in Brantwood

by Jim Palmquist

It started out as a simple business arrangement between two
farmers that lived across the town road from each other.  Both
were of Finnish descent and their names were Mr. Wertanen and
Mr. Norro.

Not an unusual deal which went something like this. Mr. Norro
was to harvest hay on the Wertanen farm and store it there in
in a properly made stack.  In the winter he would transport it
across the road to his farm to feed his cattle.  He would pay
for each load of hay as he hauled it home.

So, when summer came the hay got made and stored.  And
winter came and Mr. Norro came after "his" hay.  The problem
was he had no money.  Mr. Wertanen let him take a few loads
in the beginning.  He then stated that he had been planning on
the income from the sale of the hay and  "no money, no hay".

Mr. Norro's cows were getting hungry and as the story goes
there was some verbal exchange between the neighbors.  Most
accounts agree it was Mr. Norro who fired the first shot with
his lever action Winchester 38-55 rifle.  Mr. Wertanen responded
with return fire.

And according to the best known information the battle lasted
on and off for most of a day.  The high point being when Mr.
Norro held his cap up with a stick and Mr. Wertanen fired a
round thru it.  (or was it the other way around)

But this was not the end of it.  There was a third farmer who lived
down the road a bit.  No one remembers his name.  He wrote a
letter to the Price County Sheriff up in Phillips.  The sheriff came
down on the train to Brantwood and hired a person to take him
to the site with a horse and buggy.

Both farmers were called to the middle of the road and the sheriff
spoke to them saying whatever sheriffs in those days said.   He
must have said all the right things because this was the end of
the only known gun battle in Brantwood.

NOTE from Jim Palmquist: The information for this was obtained from Paul Heikkinen,Sr and Carl and William (Willie) Heikkinen along with my father Art Palmquist.