GIVEAWAY: “Mismatched Lids, The Way Home”

In the June/July 2023 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Way Home” (on newsstands May 9), I led you here to my journal for a chance to win three mismatched vintage enamelware lids. On page 21 of that issue, you’ll find instructions to make hangers from them like the ones shown here.

For a chance to win, tell us how you discovered our magazine and what led you to subscribe in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime soon.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Carla Hager says:

    Hi Mary Jane ☺️, My dear mom enjoyed your magazine when it first came out yrs ago. I read her old ones and she subscribed me the magazine too.She passed away on November 23rd 2015.I miss her dearly. We did many arts and crafts projects together. She lives on whenever I pick up a new issue!!! Yours is one of the few magazines that inspires me!

  2. Corine Runnion says:

    A friend had a Mary Janes Farm.I read it while visiting and was hooked, that was over 10 years ago.
    I look forward to each and every one. Thank you!

  3. Louise Hoeckh says:

    I bought one of your magazines off a magazine rack and was hooked. I’ve been a subscriber for several years. I save all the magazines for future reference. I love the recipes, activities, crafts, and stories. Can’t wait each month to read it.

  4. Ann Matthews says:

    My husband gave me your magazine as a gift.

  5. Wanda Sue Aldridge says:

    How cute is this? I love it! Now I will be on the lookout for wayward lids when I am out thrift shopping. Or, maybe I will be lucky enough to win this set. I have started a collection of aprons all because of MJF. I was waiting in the checkout line at a Tractor Supply in 2010 when I spotted your magazine. Intrigued, I browsed through it while waiting in line. I decided to buy it because it looked very interesting. When I got home I read it cover to cover, and subscribed soon after. I loved everything about it, and the Sisterhood. I have been subscribed ever since. Thank you Mary Jane for everything you do to bring us “Farmgirls”together .

  6. Stephanie Guillory says:

    Many years ago I moved to a city where I knew no one! I joined a group to study as a Master Gardener and met some amazing people! One of the women was quite a bit older than I am but she took me under her wing and taught me many things , like an older sister and mentor! She fed me from her garden, taught me how to enjoy life, and became the best friend I’ve ever had! Your magazines were on her table and she shared them with me! I’ve been a subscriber since! My friend passed away a few years ago! When I get my copy in the mail I think of my friend and all the great memories we shared!

  7. Marcy Hogan says:

    When we moved to North Idaho 5 years ago, I noticed MaryJanesFarm on the newsstands in our area. (Do they call them newsstands anymore? 😉 ) I have always loved comfortable country style and projects that re-purpose found items. My husband enjoys those types of projects, as well. MaryJanesFarm has those and so much more. I enjoy that the magazine celebrates the rural way of life and all the amazing opportunities we have. I picked up a copy of MaryJanesFarm and decided, after that first read, to subscribe. I recently purchased a copy of Cast Iron Kitchen and have already tried a few recipes. I love cooking with my cast iron and this book and MaryJanesFarm magazine provide so many options. Thank you!

  8. Denise says:

    I’ve been a subscriber for so long now I’m not sure how I found you but am I glad I did! I love your magazine!

  9. Mardell Grayhek says:

    I first discovered Mary Jane’s Farm after visiting your old store front in the Shops at the Coeur d’ Alene at the Coeur d’ Alene resort. It was a breath of fresh air. I bought a fabric panel that pictured the flour mill in Oakesdale WA where my husband used to buy my flour for bread baking in the early ’70’s. The panel is still waiting for me to take the plunge to make a small quilt. Now that I have retired enjoy more time to read my collection of the magazine, I am looking forward to gathering my fabric, batting and a tall glass of ice cold water to sip as I stitch.

  10. Penney Miller says:

    When my son and daughter-in-law gifted me a subscription to your beautiful magazine almost 10 years ago, I discovered much more than a magazine. I discovered a lifestyle, a comfortable space, a vacation place, a cooking class, a grocery store…. let me explain.

    I came home today from a visit away and discovered my order of Outpost meals waiting. My family discovered these when we vacationed in your B & B. I think we may have bought some of everything from your little grocery store. It’s motorcycle season so time to stock up again on these great meals for touring on two wheels!

    Every issue has something new and exciting to try in the kitchen. After all these years of reading your wisdom, I always have things on hand in my well stocked pantry to fix delicious meals the day the magazine arrives.

    I feel so at home when I am reading your magazine! Something like discovering a best friend!

  11. Bev Anderson says:

    Love your magazine. Thanks for entering my name in for the drawing

  12. Sue Cole says:

    I grew up in Colorado and had respect for farms small towns and antiques.Now living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon ,your magazine looked interesting over 11 years ago I bought one and save every issue

  13. Donna McKeown says:

    I’ve been enjoying your magazine for many years.
    I love it ❤️

  14. Sandra Hoots says:

    I believe I found the first one at a book store. It has been so long that I can’t remember. One magazine and I was hooked. I look forward to every subscription. After I’ve gone through it I share it (with the understanding that I want it back) Then I share it with my daughter (who now has her own subscription). Then it gets donated to our library. I love your magazine. It makes me smile 🙂

  15. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I found MJF magazine at a bookstore in town, bought a copy (it was about plums) and read it non-stop. Next thing I knew, I sent in my subscription and have been subscribing since. It still attracts me and I still read it non-stop. And I loved it so much, I ordered all the back issues that were available. Plus all of your books are on my bookshelf. I can’t get enough!!! Thanks for being there and bringing comfort and joy!

  16. Marianne Hintermeiet says:

    Discovered Mary Jane’s Magazine at the Volusia County, FL public library. My daughter gifted me a subscription for my November birthday. Enjoying my first issue (June-July 2023). I relish reading every article and will save issues to reflect upon again and again.

  17. Kathleen Burt says:

    Read Mary Jane’s Magazine for years. Have retired now and love reading this magazine even more. Can take time to really read and enjoy many informative articles. Recipes are always a plus. I am a quilter and really enjoy Ed the quilting stories.

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Winner!!! GIVEAWAY: “Flour Sacks, Courage+Dreams=”

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The winner of the stack of vintage flour-sack fabric from our Flour Sacks giveaway is Brenda Forrest, who said in response to our query, “tell me why you connect with the nostalgia of MaryJanesFarm” … 

Picking up a MaryJanesFarm magazine at the local grocer newsstand several years ago was a true ‘pick up’ life saver. The magazine has been inspirational, a dream builder, a challenger, and yes, even nostalgic. I grew up in a city but now live in a small rural town. (My brother thinks I lost my mind loving the slower pace; personally, I question his sanity spending hours in traffic.) I could go on for hours with stories of the items I’ve crafted (from a clothespin bag to a small home), but the inner joy and encouragement the magazine has brought me tops the list. That said, I couldn’t resist the chance to comment on your blog about ‘flour sacks’. My flour-sack memory holds a special place because while visiting country cousins during my childhood (about 12 years old), we stitched cheerleading outfits from my aunt’s stash and competed with the girls at the next farm. Although cheerleading was not my ‘thing’, I was awed with the origins, textures, and colors of the fabric used for our outfits.

So, thanks for the opportunity to relive memories, ideas for projects, and encouragement to dream in this season of my life, which by the way is my 6th decade of life. I ‘met’ MaryJane’s magazine when I was in my 50s! Testimonial for ‘It’s never too late!’

Congratulations, Brenda! Watch for an email from the farm. 

Thank you to all the women who responded with such lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!

  1. Trini Stickle says:

    I never had a dress made from a flour sack, but I remember using them as dishtowels in my childhood!

  2. Carol Mcbride says:

    My Mom’s family were farmers or worked for farmer’s. I remember loving flour sack dresses worn by School mates when I went to a one room school house in fourth and fifth grade. They were happy and stylish in my eye. I always dreamt of having one but , alas never did.

  3. Adriana Cronin says:

    Hello! I came across an article from you that appeared within the many Pinterest RV remodel posts I had gone through. It was about Lily, the Airstream.

    To say I’ve been searching for the right one myself is an understatement, and as I turned 62, I realized it’s time to do it! I tried to click on the link to the step by step instructions, but nothing came up and noticed the article was from 2012. I know this may be a long shot, but do you still happen to have this information on hand? I’m so impressed and thank you for sharing your time and talents with everyone!
    Adriana, Naples, FL

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GIVEAWAY: “Flickers, Sunbeams”

In the Aug/Sept 2022 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Sunbeams” (on newsstands July 5), I led you here to my journal for a chance to win 12 shiny, flicker-deterring CDs.

For a chance to win, share your flicker stories, tips, tricks, and hints OR share a tip or trick you’ve learned for deterring any pest around your home or farm in the comments below. (It might make it into one of our upcoming issues.) I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime soon.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarmsubscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Diana Johnson says:

    When I planted my sweet corn, I had a radio playing in the rows to keep animals away. Plus I also hung, on a stick, aluminum pie dishes, when the wind blew, the noise scared any animals away.

  2. Linda Hulbert says:

    I put cds tied on twine between posts to keep birds out of the garden , it helps to keep our tomatoes from getting pecked.

  3. James Brougham says:

    My wife and I refurbished an old Totem Pole. After 3 weeks a @#$%flicker pecked a 3inch hole where I had plugged a prior hole. One week later the flicker returned and pecked another 3 inch hole…it was repaired and we hung shiny streamers all on it…the flicker has not returned…I don’t seea place to post a photo….

  4. James Brougham says:

    After 2 attacks to our recent refurbished Totem Pole we hung shining streamers ..flicker hasn’t been back..would like to post a photo but do not see where I can do that

  5. Pamela K. Hassell says:

    Here in Texas, we have a recipe for deterring those annoying black birds, “Cackles” that noisily flock together and leave behind their droppings ! All u need is several aluminum pie pans hung from tree branches ! It must be the reflection from the sun that the birds don’t like ! It works wonders

  6. Robyn Wise says:

    1/2 Pine sol and 1/2 water in a spray bottle will get the flys away…

  7. Marcy Hogan says:

    We live in Priest River, ID, and have our fair share of flickers. This year we had one of them peck a hold in the cedar siding on our house. Cedar is supposed to be a natural deterrent for insects and whatnot so we’re not sure what Mr. Flicker was searching for. Perhaps he was attempting to hollow out a nest in the side of our house?! My husband did a lot of research and tried all the spray solutions, which kept Mr. Flicker at bay for maybe a day or two. In the end, we invested in a Bird-B-Gone Super Sonic Bird Chase and have not had an issue since! It is an outdoor sound device designed to deter pest birds. It generates distress and predator calls from over 22 types of birds. You can adjust the volume, frequency, and calls for whatever pest you are encountering. I was concerned it would deter all the other birds on our property from visiting but that has not been the case. We have plenty of other birds visiting our porch, roof, and areas surrounding our property. Even Mr. Flicker and his cohorts come around but they are now pecking on the trees, not on our house or outbuildings. I highly recommend this device. It has saved our cedar siding!

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GIVEAWAY: “Sunbeams, BakeOver Skillet”

In the Aug/Sept 2022 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Sunbeams” (on newsstands July 5), I led you here to my journal for a chance to win one of my Perfect BakeOver Skillets.

For a chance to win, tell me one of your experiences using either our recipes or products in the comments below. (It might make it into one of our upcoming issues.) I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime soon.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarmsubscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Amanda says:

    I love your Strawberry Jam recipe that uses ChillOver Powder. It’s a game changer!

  2. D'Wanna Hanes says:

    I love my Farmgirl badge and “Certified Farmgirl” bumper stick – they remind me that even though we now live in a small apartment, I’m still a farmgirl at heart and that adapting to change is one of a farmgirl’s superpowers! I’m “farming” in our kitchen and on our porch, in containers 🙂

  3. Donna Rowe says:

    I am so happy and into year 5 now of following your sourdough bread book. It has been a life changer! I was very happy stretching myself with your kamut grain but now it is very hard to come by! Thank you again for giving us such confidence!

  4. Mary Jo Taylor says:

    The BakeOver recipes were an inspiration! I made the Sweet Potato & Garbanzo BakeOver the day my Mary Jane’s arrived (yesterday). I had to improvise the pan but love the dish. Looking forward to trying all of them!

  5. Penney J Miller says:

    When I read all the BakeOver Easy recipes in the April/May 2022 issue I wanted to try them all. The first two I tried were the Cabbage BakeOver Easy and the Apple BakeOver Easy. It’s so great to make exactly the right size in the right cast iron pan. And like the name, so easy!

    Now I can’t wait to try every one of the new recipes for the Original Bake Over. It will be so hard to choose which to make first!

    Every time a new issue of MaryJane’s Farm is in the mail I know where I will be spending the afternoon. Keep up your amazing work.

  6. Joyce Walls says:

    I made the Quiche Tartlets from the Aug-Seo issue and they are delicious 😋 I always try the recipes because cooking is my thing.

  7. Deborah Nay says:

    I have had my wok from maryjanes for years. Still using it. I have made everything in it. Love her bake overs or anything she has. I need to order me a new one for sure. I am 67 so that tells you how long. Her magazine is the only one I get each month.

  8. Karen Rowell says:

    Haven’t done it yet, but I’m looking forward to using your Chill Over!

  9. Cynthia Szelag says:

    My husband feels that bread in the grocery stores are not healthy because of all the nut oils and other toxic oils that are used. So, I decided that for Mother’s Day, I would ask my grown-up kids for the Wild Bread book so I could make my own sourdough starter and start making a much more healthy bread for us to eat. I did get this great book for Mother’s Day, and then life took over and I have not been able to start making the “counter mother” because I was away so much. Now that things have settled down, I can get the “mother” started and start baking!!!

  10. Donna says:

    I love your cast iron pan recipes! The first one I tried was the bread. It was the best bread I ever had. Came out perfect the first time. When I get your magazine the cast iron recipe is one of the first things I check out and make. Thank you for a wonderful magazine!

  11. Lisa OConnor says:

    I have the jar recipes going at all times. It’s so nice to have something ready to pull out of the fridge, weather it’s sweet or savory. It’s also a good way to have portion control and what could be prettier than colorful little jars filled with goodness when you open your fridge!

  12. Virginia Bentz says:

    My mother loves to read her Mary Jane’s. She will read front to back and back to front. She reads articles out loud to me and is always trying a fun new recipe she finds in issues of magazines.

  13. Lori Moon says:

    I love scones. but hsd never made them myself. I tried your walnut orange scone mix. It was SO GOOD.
    It gave me the courage to try a from scratch recipe. Loved your scones.

  14. Jennifer Kallstrom says:

    Haven’t had the opportunity to try any items or receipes yet but they look and sound good!

    • Peggy Shrefler says:

      I haven’t tried any of the recipes or ideas from the magazine yet.
      I just became a new member of the magazine, as my friend bought me a subscription. I must say the day it comes I sit on my front porch reading every word. It is so full of interesting facts.
      My husband and I for years raised our own vegetables, berries, pigs, chickens, turkeys, etc. Now he has passed and I don’t do all that myself, but I continue canning from a local farmer’s market.
      I’m anxious to try some of your Bake Over recipes, they look so good.

  15. Alissa says:

    I havent yet tried a bakeover but they look delicious! Im certain my boys and husband will love it!

  16. Missy says:

    With every golden magazine that I receive I’m taken back to a simpler time in the present. The classic traditional touches I read and see in the art are comforting to me as I’m sure they are for all your readers. I thank you for that.
    I also would like to thank you for making it so easy to “veganize” or make your recipes vegetarian. When I got the April/May issue I had to have the Cabbage BakeOver ASAP! Oh Boy was that delicious and so much so I made twice in one week.
    Mary Janes Farm Magazine is my golden ticket fr simpler times in the rough times. God Bless

  17. Janice R. Elie-Wright says:

    I’ve not tried your recipes yet. I’m a new subscriber to Mary Jane’s Farm. I look forward to each section of the magazine. A new recipe is in my future!!

  18. Tammy Kitchen says:

    I have enjoyed Mary Jane’s farm from the first time I picked one up in my local farm supply store. At that time I was new to hobby farming with a few goats, sheep and a donkey. I sent a message about sitting by the fire with my spinning wheel on New Year’s Day and discovered you’d printed it in your letters section. Years later you had a great article about a lady raising sheep and spinning the wool like I’ve done. Your magazine inspires me to enjoy each day as it comes out here in my little piece of paradise.

  19. Connie Godwin says:

    Anxious to try your recipes for all of the BakeOver meals (gluten free of course)! Would love to have one of your perfect skillets that make all the meals in your magazine look scrumptious!

  20. Mary W says:

    MaryJane – I love your magazine and your recipes have never steered us wrong! I asked for ‘Wild Bread’ for my birthday and have been making us homemade bread ever since. Now, we have embraced the BakeOver! With a newborn and toddler at home, I love being able to prep ahead and have minimal hands on time at the 5pm ‘witching hour’.

    For now, our BakeOvers are a bit under the weather….I have been using my coated cast iron pan but as you say, it’s too heavy to flip. We like the recipes as pies, but would love to get flipping soon. Hence, please enter us in your giveaway!

  21. Susan Arend says:

    I just returned from a lake vacation, soothed with family boat rides, rippling water, and green, green , green! I live in a city and have to admit, feel a bit lost when I return. That evening, my mailbox practically giggled when I opened it- my Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World book had arrived, along with a lovely handwritten note from Colleen and Joyce. Asparagus bake and oatmeal spice cake are on my radar first! Thanks for soul- consoling Mary Jane’s Farm everything. I’m here to stay!

  22. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I am so thankful that I tried MJ”s Bake overs. Now when I get too many leftovers, I clean the left-overs onto my island, decide the right combinations, heat in my cast iron pan (which is heavy!) saute the veggies, meat etc.. Then I make the crust, bake and enjoy an easy meal, with leftovers used and eaten. Happy me…happy hubby!

  23. Vicki Atkinson says:

    I am so excited to see a recipe using gluten free flours! I would love to win one of your Perfect Bakeover skillets. This sounds like a perfect dinner for just the two us now that we’re empty nesters. I love my Mary Janes farm magazine, read it cover to cover.

  24. Jenni Burgoyne says:

    Hi I fell in love with your magazine when a friend showed me one of your issues. My bf just bought me my very first one yesterday. The August issue. I was so excited I brought it for lunch to show my friend. I’m excited to try this skillet biscuit mix. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Kerri Chaney says:

    I subscribe to a CSA in the city of Cincinnati. Cooking with in-season veggies can sometimes be a bit challenging (kale or greens all winter long?). The BakeOver Easy recipes are so fun and such a nice way to use up all the different veggies our family receives from our CSA. Thanks for helping me use it up & change it up with these recipes!

    • Vicki S. Atkinson says:

      I am a gluten free girl and when I saw your bake over recipe I was so hoping it would taste great. What a sweet surprise! So many gluten free breads are not good at all but I loved your recipe and I’ve used it with several different fillings! I’m so happy when I find good gf recipes, one of my favorites!

  26. Theresa Donner says:

    I am a long time MayJane’s Farm subscriber! And I have them all! My son is a beekeeper and I share a lot of articles with him; he has also dabbled in home made kombucha which I love! I showed your articles to him on those too! I would love to be the proud owner of your BakeOver Skillet so I can try the amazing recipes. I love your magazine and will continue to subscribe and share! Glamping is also on my buckey list!

  27. I have been a MaryJane’s Farm magazine subscriber for many, many years. I made your Honey Sweet-Potato Coins with Ricotta-Cranberry Sauce from the Dec 2020-Jan 2021 magazine for Thanksgiving that year and Christmas and again in 2021. These were a big hit! Frankly I love all your recipe ideas and ideas in general and have often bought items according to your recommendations. Thank you for a wonderful magazine and this giveaway.

  28. Sharon Koelling says:

    I am dying to try the Sweet Potato and Garbanzo Bakeover but do not have an appropriate skillet! It sounds amazing and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. I have a herb garden so I can use fresh or, in the winter, my own organic herbs.

  29. Mardell Grayhek says:

    If I have to narrow down a recipe, it will be the Cast Iron Skillet Bread. A delight! The whole Wild Bread cookbook is wonderful simply to read and learn. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories about the Barron Flour Mill. We used to buy flour from them so it is good to have that history. I had fun telling our girls all about the mill and of course, Mary Jane!

  30. Maxine Brown says:

    just recently got my first magazine and ordered future ones by sending a check, I found many interesting items

  31. Kelly K Vriezen says:

    I’m new to Mary Jane’s Farm magazine and I’m smitten! I immediately subscribed and my menu for the upcoming week now includes the Steak & Potato BakeOver, Black Bean & Corn BakeOver, Chicken, Bacon & Swiss Hand Pies, and Quiche Tartlets. I’m also going to try my hand at inventing a sweet BakeOver! Maybe peaches & blueberries? I definitely need your BakeOver Skillet!

  32. Irene L. Shank says:

    I recently subscribed to your magazine. When I received my first issue, I thought I would sit down and read it completely in an hour or so. Was I completely surprised! It has taken me days to go through the August-September 2022 issue. It is so interesting and educational that I cannot just skim the page and move on. Every page has intriguing and thought-provocating information that I find I have to concentrate and absorb every word. Thanks for reading material that is so relevant to living our best life.
    Needless to say, the BakeOver Skillet would be great addition to my kitchen!

    • Mardell Grayhek says:

      Irene, I think these BakeOver Skillet recipes are just what we need in these times where groceries have sky-rocketed and they are so versatile too!

  33. Linda Moser says:

    First time I ever purchased your magazine, seems like a very informative and interesting read, can’t wait to try some of the recipes and other things I’ve been reading about.

  34. Barbara Swanson says:

    I cannot count how often I have pored over your Bakeover recipes. Many times I had the urge to try them but either didn’t have a mentioned ingredient or just plain didn’t get it made. One day in a flurry of inspiration, I made my first Bakeover! Again, I did not have a mentioned ingredient but…I decided to improvise. So, I took one potato, one beet, one turnip a bit of chopped onion and made my first one. I’m a fairly good country cuisine cook but this recipe totally took my husband by surprise. He’s hooked on Bakeovers. The problem now is…keeping up with my new inspiration. Thank you for a wonderful addition to our meal planning!

    P. S. He still doesn’t know how easy this recipe is. 😊

    • Mardell Grayhek says:

      Barbara Swanson, I think improvising is the best way to get started. It looks like we may be in for some more shortages this fall so I will probably do the same. I love this recipe and all the ways you can make it new each time.

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GIVEAWAY: “Flour Sacks, Courage+Dreams=”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already, but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them.

In the June/July 2022 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Courage+Dreams=” (on newsstands May 3), I led you here to my journal for a chance to win a stack of vintage flour-sack fabric. 

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For a chance to win, tell me why you connect with the nostalgia of MaryJanesFarm in the comments below. (It might make it into one of our upcoming issues.) I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime soon.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarmsubscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Crystal flanders says:

    I love Mary Jane magazine because it has simple recipes, a lot of them using cast iron which my husband and I collect and use. I also love the crafts and quilting in the Mary Jane magazine. I live out in the country and love the gardening section. Like Mary Jane herself we also have cows that we raise and also chickens. we just love the country life which is something that Mary Jane magazine reflects and I especially love her old Airstream campers, someday I’d like to get one myself.

  2. Bev read says:

    My grandma had alot of aprons made from feedbacks. My grandpa was a pig farmer and used alot of feed. I really adored those pieces of fabric. When her aprons got to worn she would tear them into straps and use them in her rag rugs. Never anything wasted was her motto!

  3. Jan Hubbard says:

    I never saw any flour sackcloth but I heard my friend talk about the feed/flour sack bags with the pretty designs while she was attempting to show me how to quilt. ( the quilting was not a take). She said that one time she went with her dad to buy feed. She dashed to see the feed sacks. She found what she wanted but it was in a high level. She told her dad which one she wanted. To her amazement, her dad pulled out the bag she desired without a single word. She said it made her happy for two reasons. She got her fabric but even more important to her, her dad took the time to get that desired bag just to please her.

  4. Mary says:

    I connect with nostalgia of Mar Janes Farm because my grandmother raised me in the ways of the past and I loved it. She often said I was born in the wrong century. I love to garden,can, weave, quilt, spin and do bobbin lace. I love to sit on the porch and listen to the birds and feel the breeze just like I did on her porch. I was very blessed to have been raised to love to work.

    • Jessica Null says:

      I love everything about MaryJane’s magazine. I love the nostalgia recipes, crafts and gardening section. Nostalgic quilt fabric is my favorite! How I wish I could go back in time when life was simpler !

  5. jill judge says:

    First off, thank you for this opportunity! My mother told us about flour sack material used for little girls dresses. My mother was a quilter that used 1930’s fabrics almost exclusively, said it reminded her of her childhood home. I now have her fabric and a quilt, memories close to my heart.

  6. Stephanie Guillory says:

    I grew up in a lower middle class Cajun family. I was the first in my family to ever graduate from college and proceed to even higher education. I am the oldest of 5 children so I had my share of changing diapers, babysitting, even cooking dinner, and housecleaning up until the day I left for college. It was never part of my future to consider that it was ok for a woman to plant a garden, bake bread, or work a homestead. Instead I made my father proud and became a CPA. I raised my 3 children and when they were gone and on their own I slowed down my work week and took a Master Gardener’s class. One of the older ladies in my class became my mentor, showing my that fun began in the garden and then in the kitchen. She introduced me to Mary Jane’s Farm and I have been a fan ever since. My “inner farm girl” comes out now and shocks my friends but I feel I am finally finding my true self. My sewing machine hums out Christmas projects and my hands are now stained from garden produce. Thank you for the example you have shown me and the inspiration. Please continue.

  7. Colleen says:

    I was fortunate and blessed to grow up with the loving role models of BOTH sets of grandparents, as well as my parents, in my life. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we had gardens (flowers and vegetables), loved picking berries, fishing for brook trout, and hunting for deer. Mother Earth gave us all we needed, including knowledge that was handed down from generation to generation. Processing wild meat, canning fruits and vegetables, sewing our own clothing, gathering our own firewood, baking wonderful Finnish-American foods, and making our Christmas gifts by hand. Learning how to sew on a treadle sewing machine, how to knit and crochet, and Grandma’s gift of rag-rug making . . . all of these gifts have blessed the lives of my siblings and myself. I thank the dear Lord above, for all of this. Call it nostalgia? I call it “family”.

  8. Louise Hoeckh says:

    Your magazine reminds me of many things from my childhood and especially my mom. Mom was raised on a farm. She often talked of many things I read about in your magazine. I love the crafts, recipes, and stories.

  9. It isn’t nostalgia at all. It’s a reminder of how to live well, and it’s a snapshot of how I actually do live; growing good food in a beautiful garden, caring for my neighbors and community, showing kindness and feeding the chickens. It reminds me to keep doing what I’m doing and just keep getting better at it.

  10. Aprile Wicker says:

    I love reading your magazine! It takes me back to simpler days. I have a collection of flour sack towels passed down from my great grandmother! Love them dearly!!

  11. Lee Ellen Phipps says:

    I love your magazine. I didn’t grow up a farm girl, I was a city girl from New Mexico. I listened to my grandfather’s stories of his childhood days in rural Missouri starting in 1910. For me those were days of family. Of growing your own food. Of making your family clothes and quilts. Of neighbor helping neighbor. It was a life I wanted. Still do. So when I got married I wanted all those things but sadly didn’t achieve all of it. I can a good part of my families food, garden, quilt, try to help my neighbors, and love my family dearly. Even at age 65 I still strive to obtain what I read in your magazine. A way of life that God is helping me fulfill.

  12. Debbie Fischer #1582 says:

    I connect with MaryJanes Farms to interact with all my Farmgirl Sisters I have met over the years.
    I can not imagine my life without them or MaryJanes Farm.
    Thank you,
    Debbie

  13. Cheryl Herron says:

    I connect with the content of Mary Jane’s Farm magazine because I grew up on a small cattle farm in the Midwest. I especially like craftiness of the magazine and helpful hints for the day to day.

  14. DeAnna Dobbs says:

    Every issue has something that reminds me of my childhood at my grandparents home. Food was grown in the garden and nothing was wasted. My grandmother sewed all of our clothes and we learned to embroider at an early age. I long for those simple days in my complex days full of technology and busy-ness. Your magazine transports me there issue after issue. What a gift!

  15. Jennifer Rock says:

    My grandmother grew up in rural Texas during the depression and married a honky-tonk man. They divorced when my mother and uncle were very young during an Era when divorce was not common. My grandmother had to leave my mother with my great-grandmother on the Texas farm while she went to beauty school to learn a living. The farm was self-sufficient and they relied on themselves to raise what they ate including collecting eggs for breakfast each morning. My great-mother made their clothes at home from material that was available, including feed sack material. My great-grandmother was the person the local doctor asked to help him with his calls to patients, and she took in over 13 local orphans during the depression and war Era. Eventually my grandmother finished beauty school, and came back for my mother and uncle. She started her own business. It is the self-sufficiency of my great-grandmother and grandmother that I think of when I read about the farming and craft stories in Mary Jane’s. My mother ran her own business, and so have I. In my opinion, Mary Jane’s provides a connection to a strength of spirit found in rural America, and makes me proud of the women in my family who over came adversity to support family and community.

  16. Jessica Null says:

    I love MaryJane’s magazine for the recipe’s, crafts and gardening section. I’m a country girl and Love quilting! My favorite fabrics are feed sacks! I wish I could go back in time when life was simpler !

  17. Imogene Vinson says:

    I grew up on a farm in the 30s and 40s. We had very few clothes and they were all homemade. My mother worked very hard to keep food and clothes for her 4 kids.she had big gardens chickens and made biscuits twice a day. We used lots of flour and a blessing when the patterned sacks came to be. They were all so pretty she would pick what she could use to make my dresses and my brothers shirts At about same time chicken feed also was in printed sacks. Two of those would make her a dress. She made aprons, bonnets underwear all out of the pretty flour sacks. When she passed away she left me with a quilt top, most every square was a scrap from a flour sack. Lots of them I could remember the dress I wore. I put that quilt top together and hand quilted it into a real treasure of memories for me. A prized possession. When looking for quilting material I find myself picking little flower patterns thinking they look similar to those flour sacks. Thank you so much for the article loved it.

  18. Rebecca Ayars says:

    My Mother had kitchen curtains made out of flour sack material and also matching cabinet curtains.I remember loving the look as a child on our big farm house kitchen. My sister and I made doll clothes from the scraps! I love your magazine and finally got a subscription last year! I read it from cover to cover! I love to craft and your magazine always has ideas for me! One of the few magazines I save❤️

  19. Semra Keller says:

    I have been a follower of Mary Jane since her first book. Everything from the crafts, recipes and the stories are what draw me in and touch my heart. I am always inspired and find something to make in each issue. Thank you!

  20. Darla Voyce says:

    My mother was raised in poverty. We threw very little away. This left us girls with wonderful memories and priceless items and generations of family photos and recipes, and lessons on how to use, repair and reuse things. Thanks Mom. This magazine brings back wonderful memories. Thank you Mary Jane.

  21. Linda Crouch says:

    I have loved the magazine for years! The sewing and quilting segments are my favorite. I have been sewing since my grandma taught me over 50 years ago. I love making useful and beautiful items for family and friends. I have made tea cozy’s from flour sack fabrics in the past. I have so many ideas swimming in my head about what could be made from these flour sacks! Thanks for such a wonderful creative magazine, I am delighted every time it shows up in my mailbox!

  22. Karen Clouse says:

    This magazine is wonderful!! It has everything and covers every topic that is interesting to me. Quilting, cooking, writing and articles on all topics that most women think about. I never pick-up an issue that i don’t see a recipe I want to try, a book I want to read and was so excited about being able to write something for the magazine and submitting it. I love to sew, quilt, read and write and this magazine has it all. I make sure I pass along to all my friends and find wonderful ideas for gifts for friend and family every time I open it!! This issue provided me with a Christmas gift already and the possibility of taking a creative writing course too. Thank you so much.

  23. Connie Merrill says:

    The beauty and simplicity of Mary Jane’s Farm is a reflection of the memories my momma shared with me of her childhood. As a child of the Depression, she developed (and passed on to me) a kind of practical creativity- using what’s available, even if it is someone else’s cast-off, to make what you need and to make it beautiful to boot. The articles, stories, and pictures remind me of her and inspire me to value the simple beauty of a life lived fully and well.

  24. Helen Dobbs says:

    I enjoy reading Mary Jane’s Farm from front to back in each issue–the great ideas and recipes are inspiring. I love vintage. My husband is building me a “she shed” that I am furnishing with my Grandparents old bedroom and kitchen furniture. In an area that is finished in old barnwood and tin, I have an old wood cookstove. I plan to use curtains made from my Grandmother’s old flour sacks in this area, but don’t have enough flour sacks to finish the rest of the window coverings. Love you flour sack article in the magazine I received today.

  25. Kathryn Brooks says:

    I love all things vintage. I enjoy reading about simpler times. I think I am an old soul person. Restoring and repurposing. Rescuing old quilts and giving them new life. Displaying my great grandparents photos (who I never met) rather than storing them in a box. These are all things I’m passionate about. Your magazine speaks to all these things. Back to basics.

  26. Paula Behr says:

    I connect with the nostalgia of MaryJanes Farm for many reasons: I love Cast iron cookware, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, painting, learning, healthing (I know, not a verb…yet) reading, upcycling, designing, and drawing. And MaryJanes Farm explores all of these life areas in a fresh, fun, environmentally friendly, and soulful manner.

  27. Angel says:

    I connect with the nostalgia of MaryJanes Farm because it reminds me of my Granny and all the “old ways”. I’ve learned a lot of the old ways from Granny, but at 95 years old, there are a lot of things she can no longer teach me. MaryJanes Farm fills in a lot of those gaps, plus brings me a lot of “new” things too, things that will be the “old ways” one day for my daughters.

  28. Laurie Brown says:

    Your magazine takes me back to simpler times and yet still connects to the present day. The article on feed sacks caught my eye. I’m a quilter and have been trying to collect feed sacks so I can make a quilt and some pin cushions. I want to show and tell my grandchildren about the past. Thank you for a great magazine. Keep doing what you do.

  29. Joyce Jose says:

    I love your magazine for the crafts, recipes and farm girl articles. I love needle arts, reading, and gardening and this magazine has it all. I could read it from cover to cover. It is a wonderful escape from the world today.

  30. Colleen Misner says:

    I love the simplicity of a life lived in harmony with the earth. I wish I had known my grandmothers. They were both very courageous women. One raised a large family while her husband had to sometimes be gone long times for his work. The other traveled alone as a widow from Ireland with a 2 year old and a 3 month old baby! MaryJanes Farm inspires me to look back at what might not have been simpler times but, perhaps simpler and more direct ways of handling everyday problems in more creative and more courageous manners.

  31. Diann Valdez says:

    First of all I really enjoy MaryJanes Farm magazine. Brings back lots of memories. My Grandmother did a lot of sewing, crochet and so much more. She made aprons with the sack cloths and used pieces for quilts or to cover homemade pillows. When worn out nothing wasted, she would make the rag rugs too. I have a couple of them, one not quit finished so I’ve been trying to finish it myself. Love the colors and simplicity. Thank you for bring back simple life but so meaningful. Gods blessings to you and your family. 🤗

  32. Cheri Burda says:

    There has always been and always will be the opportunity to learn and use what we have been given in life. We have lived on a small lake for 45 years; just a strip of land that we try to make the most of. Vegetable gardens and berries. Fishing and hunting nearby. Raised 5 children here and they are all resourceful and are teaching their young ones a life of making the most of what is at hand. MaryJanes Farm, brings memories and often new things that continue to make life better. like her motto says…eat better, feel better and live better.

  33. Susan Bartels says:

    I love Mary Janes Farm magazine, it truly brings back many wonderful memories of growing up on our little country farm in Wisconsin! My dad grew the most incredible vegetable gardens while my mom tended to her beautiful flower gardens. Growing up in rural WI we didn’t have a lot of money but we did have a roof over our heads & lots of good homegrown food to eat. We had a small farm with milking cows. Pigs, goats, chickens as well as our pet dog, Cubby a beautiful borderline collie, cats & my rabbits snowball & cottontail.
    My mom & grandmother were wonderful seamstresses & made all of our clothes growing up which is the main reason for me writing this because I read about flour sacks & a chance to win a stack of vintage flour-sack fabric & brought back precious memories of our handmade clothes which were made from these beautiful printed flour sacks. Your June-July issue just arrived today in my mailbox & I was so excited after reading it I had to call my older sister & tell her all about it and I told her I was going to order a subscription for her as I knew she would enjoy your magazine as much as I am! Thank you so much for for creating this awesome magazine!

  34. Bobbi Hammons says:

    As if I didn’t love Mary Jane’s farm enough but now you have painted a picture that I could only imagine before.

    As a lot of you, my Mother grew up during the days of wearing feed sack clothes. I imagined rough beige itchy bags that smelled of corn! She didn’t talk about it much until I was old enough to appreciate it… like 40?

    Somewhere buried deep in a cedar chest there is a quilt made of her feed sack clothes but she was never able to get possession of it. We don’t know where it ended up.

    She was raised on a farm and even I (as a child) got to experience the beautiful life of a farmer. I enjoyed “slopping the hogs” , brushing the horses, milking the cows on a “t” stool. What a delight to float a watermelon in the milk cooler! We dried apples for pies, made cracklings’ and always had a plate of country ham and biscuits on the stove. We raised a big garden full of vegetables and I surely thought, if I wasn’t helping my Grandfather dig in the earth and water the plants by a quart jar, the garden would definitely fail.

    Neighbors would sit on the porch and visit and we would make homemade ice cream. As kids we fought over who got to turn the crank of the ice cream maker next! As the sun set we would catch lightning bugs and put them in jars with holes on top. It was a very compatible game to see who could catch the most.

    I can still close my eyes and see those days, those fairytale times for me. I imagine my Momma in those beautiful feed sack clothes thanks to you. I don’t have to picture her in a dreary scratchy sad way. She LOVES flour sacks and 30’ fabric. To be honest with you, I didn’t know flour-sack fabric was available! I made her a 30’s quilt last year and I’ve only been quilting about 3 years.

    Your magazine shows me pictures that bring memories back to life, makes my mouth water for both new and forgotten recipes;Reminds me of a simpler way of life; Brings a big smile on my face when it welcomes me at the mailbox! I look forward a quiet comfy place to get lost in between the pages of today and yesterday. Thank you for bringing me this joy.

    Blessings!

  35. Kim says:

    Love your magazine! There are so many reminders of how much simpler life can be and I needed this. Thank you. The flour sack fabric was used in quilts that my grandmother made and my husband’s grandma made. They were mixed with old sheet fabric and work shirt fabric to make beautiful works of art that are still useful today!

  36. Norma Banks says:

    I would love to win this fabric. My Mama and her 11 siblings were raised in Casey County, Ky. Mama was born in 1930. And she grew up with flour sack dress, she use to tell us kids about how it was back then, their family worked hard for everything, share croppers. But she went to school until 8th grade. For the most part they were happy. Mama was 90 when she died(1 1/2 yes ago). Miss her a lot, but she and Daddy raised us with faith in God and each other. I would like to try to make some clothes for my grandkids. Thank you for reading my letter.m

  37. randi winters says:

    It is fascinating to me to study the role fabric has played in our history. As an artist myself I was immediately drawn to the article about flour sacks and how they were used during the war years. the patterns are wonderful and the story about them is so interesting. I love that the flour sack companies responded by making more beautiful patterns on their sacks for people to use in their projects once the flour was gone. I love everything about Mary Jane’s Farm magazine and as an artist I especially enjoy all the vintage illustrations throughout the magazine. The whole magazine is a work of art! While other magazines get put into the recycle bin, I can’t bring myself to part with a single issue of Mary Jane’s farm. Thank you for such a beautiful and informative magazine, you speak to my soul in every issue.

    • Love learning that flour sack companies paid attention to beautiful patterns as a way to please the girls and women who were sewing up dresses and more. This is so caring and kind.
      PS. I save all of my Mary Jane magazines as well.

  38. Penny says:

    I have always connected with all things vintage. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. That’s why I enjoy Mary Jane’s farm so much. Even though I live in the suburbs I still enjoy raising chickens gardening and many handcrafts etc.❣️

  39. I have loved your magazine since the first time I placed one in my hands. The pages show how to live simply and joyfully without waste. The ideas harken back to a time when everything was used and then found new life to be used again. The flour sacks are the perfect expression of this lifestyle! I would love to own some for my own projects. Thanks for all you do to better my world!

  40. Judy Ussery says:

    I really enjoyed reading the article about flour sacks. I’ve collected several sacks over the years. I also have several that belonged to my Mother In law. I’ve been making aprons for a craft sale we have each year at our Family Life Ctr. at our church, in July. Flour sack would make some beautiful one. I’m afraid I’d want to buy them all. I love old stuff. Antiquing has been my passion for many years. I also enjoyed all the old farm implements in this months issue. Love your magazine.

  41. I love your magazine beautiful magazine.
    What I like best is everything is in color.
    I’m 81 yrs young and would like to make a flower sack
    skirt for my granddaughter and myself.
    Peace, love, Joy.

  42. I love the flour sack dresses! My great grandmother use to wear little dresses made out of the flour sacks and when they wore out, whatever scraps were left she made a quilt. I still have the quilt and it is used a little but I do not it to wear out. So fun to look at those little pieces of fabric and think about Momma’s Cooper life back then. Such an amazing woman. She was a true Farmgirl.

  43. Christina Schlunz says:

    I am a new subscriber to Mary Jane’s Farm. I have enjoyed the nostalgia of the magazine so much! The flour sack article really drew me in. It reminded me of Grandma’s and Mom’s aprons. I love all of the vintage fabrics, and would love to see them made into pillows or pillowcases. There is something about the closeness you feel to days gone by when you lay your head down on or near a vintage piece of fabric. How fun to combine flour sack fabric pillows with the pillowcases my Grandma hand embroidered, and her beautifully hand done doilies!! Now that both of these wonderful ladies are gone, I always search for things to bring a memory of them back to me.

  44. Cathleen stouffer says:

    It takes me back to a time that was so simple or so I thought I get a feeling inside that’s pure pleasure of reading and seeing things that I remembered a time that will always be treasured an escape from the way this world is now. I’m not a very good sewer but my friend is and I would love to give her the fabric to make some thing wonderful.

  45. Kristine McCarty says:

    I love Mary Janes farm. Honestly, it brings me back to times with my grandmother. I learned so much from her. I didn’t know it then, but I do now what an impact she made on my life living more simply. I remember making Barbie dresses from her old feedbacks in the 70s. The prints were so pretty. Those are long gone now, but to able to own some of the original patterns would be a awesome thing. Thanks for your magazine.

  46. Susan Gamel says:

    I am not sure what headline caught my eye on a Mary Jane’s Farm magazine, but it reminded me of my Mom and her love of making violet jelly. I picked up that issue and have subscribed ever since then. Your articles often remind me of my Mom and her stories about her family and home country of Switzerland. Sometimes as I read your articles a smile pops up, a sigh and even a tear. But all with good memories. My Mom enjoyed crocheting and knitting. My husband’s Grandmother was a quilter and I too enjoy quilting. Many of Gram’s quilts were pieced from old shirts, pj’s, dresses and aprons. What wonderful memories pop up from the nostalgia in each issue!!

  47. Mary St Mane says:

    Mary Jane inspires my creative side whether it be cooking, sewing or gardening. She’s an amazing women to have created such an empire on the basic needs of all women. Life is short and we need to do more of what you talk about in your articles. Exercise is key to a good life and I feel like you inspire people to get moving. I’m very much a believer in staying fit.
    I have a small collection of feedsack fabric. I display it on a rack and the colors are beautiful. It’s like gold to me.

  48. Cathey Tisdale says:

    I’m a new subscriber to Mary Jane’s Farm. In the June/July issue the Flour Sacks article made me think of a conversation I had with my momma. We were looking at a photo of my mom and her sister, dressed exactly alike .She told me my grandmother had made those little dresses by hand( she had no sewing machine) and the fabric was from flour sacks. Reflecting on this memory made my heart ❤️ full!

  49. Tiffanee M Noack says:

    As a quilter, vegetable & herb gardener, beekeeper, mom to two horses and two cats, lover of cooking and baking I simply love Mary Janes magazine as it enlightens me to various subjects from philosophy to gardening, crafts, nature and the vintage life of the past. I have used and coveted feed sack material in my quilting as it reminds me of my long lineage of makers in my family. Happy memories of growing up with craftiness and the love for the outdoors and all things created by God around me.

  50. Julie McFaddin says:

    I love Mary Jane’s Farm because it encompasses so much of what makes me happy and nostalgic! So much if what our country was based on and had grown up on. I sometimes think I live happily in the past even though my present is full of life! I would LOVE TO WIN the flour sacks and make fun things for all my grandchildren and friends and family!
    Thank you for the continued inspiration!

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Winner!!! GIVEAWAY: Two-Wheel Farmer

The winners of the t-shirts from our Two-Wheel Farmer giveaway are Colleen Maki, who said in response to our query, “send me one of your tried-and-true household or garden tips” …

“To get rid of pesky weeds, pour simple BOILING WATER over the weed, and it’s like magic … gone in no time at all!”

and Cheryl Stanley, who said …

“I like to grow milkweed for the monarch butterflies. They are the true meaning of summer for me in Indiana. I had never seen one before 2011, when I moved here. This year, I have been collecting a lot of seeds and learned about herbalism. I made my first goldenrod infusion. So exciting! I love your magazine and all the support of farmlife and women.”


Congratulations, Colleen and Cheryl! Watch for an email from the farm.

Thank you to all the women who responded with such lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!

  1. Connie Warren says:

    Congrats! I love that tip!

  2. Zelia C hayden says:

    I discover Mary Jane’s products at a country restaurant and nursery in Nashville Indiana. She had a few dresses made by Mary Jane. I began my search and discovered the magazine. I love all the receipts, stories, and even the wonderful advertisements. I’m not a big magazine person but this is my favorite reading of all time. I see a lot and would love love love flour sack fabric. It’s so beautiful.

  3. Jane says:

    Today I bought my first Mary Jane’s Farm magazine at Barnes and Noble- I love it!! And inside was an article about Tasha Tudor, who my friend, Joy, is a big fan of. I’m mailing this one to Joy, and going back to the store and buying another one, for me! This magazine is so nostalgic, with beautiful photos and drawings.

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Winner!!! GIVEAWAY: Autumn Leaf China

The winner of the salt & pepper set from our Autumn Leaf China giveaway is Julie Fanter, who said in response to our query, “share with me something you’ve found useful in my magazine (or if you have a connection to the Autumn Leaf dinnerware, like I do, please share that)” …

“Just received today’s issue in the mail. Turned the page and couldn’t believe my eyes! My parents received the small serving bowl as a wedding present in 1951. I have since found the 2 larger bowls and would love to add to the collection. How fun!!”

and the dish-drainer quilt goes to Annette Garner, who says …

“I have been collecting Autumn Leaf for over 20 years. My sister does as well, and we enjoy looking for finds when we are out and about. We especially enjoy using Autumn Leaf on holidays with large family gatherings. Put my name in the hat for a chance to win an Autumn Leaf dish drainer quilt or a salt and pepper shaker set. I really enjoy MaryJanesFarm magazine, especially the recipes.”

Congratulations, Julie and Annette! Watch for an email from the farm.

Thank you to all the women who responded with such lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!

  1. Phyllis Mills says:

    I was disappointed to come to this site and find you have already selected winners. I haven’t had my issue very long.
    My Uncle Henry worked for the Jewel Tea Company. I selected some of the dishes from his estate a few years ago. I haven’t seen any of the dishes and was surprised to see it featured in your magazine.

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GIVEAWAY: “Two-Wheel Farmer, Hitting the Hay”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen  winners for this giveaway already, but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them.

In the Oct/Nov 2021 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hitting the Hay” (on newsstands Sept. 7), I led you here to my journal for a chance to win our favorite brand of long-sleeve, scoop-neck T-shirts from BCS (BCSAmerica.com), our longtime farm-implement advertiser. It’s the perfect weight, stretch, length … everything. We have a L and an XL to give away (specify the size you’d prefer in your comment).

For a chance to win, send me one of your tried-and-true household or garden tips in the comments below. (It might make it into one of our upcoming issues.) I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime soon.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Diana Johnson says:

    I save the empty milk jugs and cut out a hole, big enough to hold my gloves and trowel etc. and you carry it by the handle. When done the handle can be hung up on a hook ready to grab.

  2. Diana Johnson says:

    I save the empty containers that strawberries come in. I fill up with potting soil, drop a seed and cover it up, close the lid. These have tiny slits on the side, so, I place a lid under it to catch the water and set it in my window till my tiny seeds start to sprout. Can also use empty egg cartons to start your seeds.

  3. Sherry Williams says:

    I use 5 gallon pails a lot in my big garden to carry water, haul weeds to the composter, put produce in to carry to the house and so on. The wire handles used to have plastic on them to grab but have broken off. I cut sections from an old garden hose, slit it the long way , slip it over the wire and secure it with duck tape. No more cutting into my hands while carrying.

  4. Years ago I had issues with starlings breaking off green beans & others plants in the garden. My mother-in-law told me to buy a package of aluminum pie pans. Poke a hole in the edge, tie to a rod, twig, whatever I could stick into the ground next to the beans. The breeze would move the pans, make noise, & sometimes even “sparkle” in the sun & keep the starlings away. At first, I thought it looked rather tacky, but actually it added a dab of glamour to the garden.

  5. Denise says:

    An older friend gave me this tip for watering my inside plants that would get rid of little bugs. She told me to add a tablespoon of ammonia to a gallon of water as it would take care of bugs and help plants to grow. AND she was right! I’ve never seen another bug & my plants look great.

  6. Colleen Maki says:

    Tried and true household or garden hint? To get rid of pesky weeds, pour simple BOILING WATER over the weed, and it’s like magic . . . gone in no time at all.

    I’d love to win an Extra Large t-shirt, thank you.

  7. CJ Armstrong says:

    We have deer that love to raid our garden, and they particularly like tomato and pepper plants. I find that dog hair on the plants will deter them. I tie up little tufts of dog hair with string and tie towards the top of the plant. That way the wind doesn’t blow it all away. I call them anti-deer “toupees”.

  8. Marsha Reimer says:

    I have my grandparents old mailbox standing at the edge of my garden. It still has my grandpas name and address of the house where I spent so many hours as a kid. Now I store gardening gloves, scissors, pruners, extra garden seeds and anything else I want handy for gardening. BTW I love your magazine!!!!

  9. Patricia Robison says:

    For weeds and grass that pop up between stepping stones, my husband told me to use Rock Salt to put on them and to put it between each stepping stone. I did what he told me to and the grass and weeds started dying. You could see them turning brown.

  10. Jennifer Yamnitz says:

    Do you have socks that are mysteriously missing their mates? I save all of them and put them in my cleaning rag bin. They are Great for a quick little cleaning projects and are especially useful when dusting furniture. You can even wear them on your hands to clean. Just toss when done!

  11. Lorna Boston says:

    My best garden tip is to remove blooming flowers before planting, giving the roots a great chance to get stronger before sending up blooms, usually many more than before. Gardening is my LARGEst and best hobby.

  12. Marceile Regelman says:

    To keep squash bugs off of zuchinni plants, sprinkle wood ash around the plant every couple of weeks.

  13. Diane zollman says:

    When planting onions, I have found that putting Epsom salt in the ground under the onion set deters the cut worms that kill the onions. I was told that the Epsom salt sweetens the ground and the cut worms don’t like it.

  14. Sandy Johnson says:

    I use empty milk jugs to start my garden and flower seeds. You cut the milk jug not quite in half so that it is hinged, punch a few holes in the bottom, add dirt, seeds and water. Tape the milk jug back together and you have a mini green house. Raise all my plants this way

  15. Judy W Ford says:

    The dish ware does remind me of past kitchen times – AWESOME!!

  16. Donna says:

    I save strawberry containers put tissue paper and six eggs from my hens and tie with twine for friend and neighbors.

  17. Barbara Rollins says:

    My husband and I live in an extremely wooded area. A friend of mine gifted me with some iris bulbs from the garden of another friend who had passed away. I randomly dug holes in sunny spots in the woods, dropped the bulbs in the holes, and now they bloom all throughout the area. Pretty purples, whites and yellows… A gentle reminder of the woman who nurtured them to begin with and a fun discovery while wandering in the woods.

  18. Martha Wynne says:

    I save every jar or bottle to repurpose. I send soup to my elderly neighbor across the street in them. I pick posies and wrap a pretty ribbon around the “vase” to take to a sickly friend.. i create button jars and make pincushions on the lids …. my grandchildren have made piggy banks out of them and designed their own labels….homemade salad dressing goes into those cute odd shaped bottles. The list is endless…. the ideas are fun and functional ***

  19. Rebecca McCoy says:

    I mounted an old mailbox to a post near my bee hives. I keep a smoker, a hive tool and a veil in it so if I need to do a quick check on a hive, I don’t have to go back to the house for anything.

  20. Stephanie Brazil says:

    I live in mountains with well water. Our well has extremely hard water and it builds up in the toilets. I put white vinegar in the toilet bowl and let it soak overnight. In the morning, the build up wipes easily away with the toilet brush. Very little scrubbing.
    Stephanie from NM.

    brazil.steph@gmail.com

  21. Hannah Freeman says:

    I’d prefer a L sized shirt.

    This is an awesome gnat and fly trap recipe.
    3 tablespoons apple cider or distilled white vinegar
    1 cup of water
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons Dawn dish soap
    Mix everything in a jar or glass and leave on the counter.

    I cleared my kitchen of gnats in a day!

  22. I use a drizzle of dawn dishwashing liquid, couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (with mother) in a small shallow bowl cover it with plastic wrap…cut several slits or holes in the top… To catch those dreadful nat/fruit fly/tysie flies!

  23. Cheryl Wilson says:

    I have some of this dishware from 40 years ago. It reminds me of when my children were young.

  24. Susan Broadmeadow says:

    Love it! Size L please!

  25. Marje Seiler says:

    I use Epsom salts in my flower beds to give flowers a boost in the xxx Spring, my Bleeding Heart plants do well.

  26. Rebecca Thornton says:

    It’s not good to water your plants with the cold water out of your hose, so I put it in my pails for all day long and I water them at night, they really like it that way, Beckyanna

  27. Cheryl Stanley says:

    I like to grow milkweed for the monarchs butterflies. They are the true meaning of summer for me in Indiana. I had never seen one before 2011 when I moved here. This year I have been collecting a lot of seeds and learned about herbalism. I made my first goldenrod infusion. So exciting. I love your magazine and all the support of farmlife and women. I would love a size large shirt. Thank you 🌷

  28. Lynn Hufsmith says:

    I keep a salt shaker by my back door.
    When I go out after it gets dark to close up my chickens and ducks , I take a walk around my gardens with my salt shaker and sprinkle slugs on my plants.
    I wear a head lamp for easy viewing.
    Thank you for the drawing… I would love to win a shirt size L

  29. Vickie anderson says:

    To clean your coffee pot put some ice cubes in your pot and add several tablespoons full of table salt.swirl around until bottom of coffee pot is clean. Your magazine is amazing. Thank you.

  30. Sandy Koenig says:

    When I need hot water from tub or kitchen sink I catch the cold water in a gallon jug to pour on the garden. Trying to not waste water so we can grow food and plants.

  31. I save the granddaughter’s baby food jars to store herbs that I have dried. I use up file folder labels to adhere to the jars to identify the content. Paula

  32. I wanted drawers in my tiny,old fashioned bathroom, so my then husband and I repurposed turquoise drawers from some discarded refrigerators and built a frame that the drawers slide on and kept the drawer tops as shelves in between. the walls are done in antique recycled bead board, painted back to about the same “hant-blue”, so it coordinated well. We also changed out the old “shot” tub faucet set with a recycled commercial sink set with a soap dish on top and installed antique lavatory from a 1904 house that we helped tear down. many compliments and smiles over the years! Original house dates to 1859 and I have had to undo a few so-called updates, I love it old look! I would love the xl -t-shirt, if I get lucky.

  33. Kris says:

    I always keep cinimon bark in my cupboard. My family has always eaten it or drunk the water off of rice for nausea. We also keep a little soup stock warm on the back of the stove, ready for busy times when we can’t all sit down at once or if you need a little extra. My family will add a little water to the soup to share.

    Xl

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GIVEAWAY: “Autumn Leaf, Hitting the Hay”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen  winners for this giveaway already, but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them.

In the Oct/Nov 2021 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hitting the Hay” (on newsstands Sept. 7), I led you here to my journal for a chance to win a beautiful handmade Autumn Leaf dish-drainer quilt OR an Autumn Leaf dinnerware salt & pepper shaker set (we have one of each to give away).

For a chance to win, share with me something you’ve found useful in my magazine (or if you have a connection to the Autumn Leaf dinnerware, like I do, please share that) in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime soon.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Wanda Aldridge says:

    This dish set reminds me of grandmas house. I’m pretty sure this is the same set she had, but I never knew the name of it. If not the same it is pretty close. I discovered Dr. Laura Koniver’s articles in your magazine several years back and have been reading and learning from you both ever since.

  2. Sharon Black says:

    I have taken Mary Janes Farm for many years and saved every issue because of the beauty, joy and information. I just could not part with even a small piece. I make cards to give to patients in a local nursing home. This week I started to use your beauty for a greater purpose. I am creating handmade cards from art in older issues, bringing even greater value to each carefully saved edition. Your work, talent and affection is going from you, to me, to folks who will also feel your warmth and love. Thank you for each and every issue. Each one has been a very personal gift from your hands and heart to mine and now on to others.

  3. Vicki says:

    I have found so many useful things in your magazine!! I love the recipe ideas- they give me lots of new ideas to try. I enjoy the Dr.’s articles. Always such good info!! The crafts. The projects. The people’s stories!! What’s not to love about Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine???

  4. Barbara l miller says:

    I have found so much useful information in your magazine over the years, but the article about the pink slime in the hamburger changed me forever. I was so appalled by that fact, we searched out a local farmer and have been buying grass fed beef from him and sending it to a local butcher who custom packages it for us. Thank you for your many articles that have enriched my life over the years.

    • Wanda Aldridge says:

      YES!! I forgot about that article, definitely an eye opener. Thank you Mary Jane for sharing all of the informative articles about things we need to know!!

  5. Tammi Kaiser says:

    Hello, this leaf pattern looks almost like the set my mother gave me when I first moved out. Same colors and look. It was very fun to view the set that was pictured. Life happened, and I lost track of what happened to those simple, elegant dishes. I would love a chance for my name to be dropped in the hat. Thank you.

  6. Linda Olson says:

    So much useful information for sure. I enjoy the crafting, and especially in the DIY pet beds.

    • Carol Marshall says:

      I have been reading your magazine for years and find every time I pick it up I become I tune with my inner farm girl! I love your recipes and love being more organic because of the awareness you have brought to me. I garden and can thank you for ideas that inspire. Thank you so much for all you do.

  7. Colleen Maki says:

    I especially enjoy the recipes for use with cast iron pans. My son has shown a lot of interest in learning to cook with those wonderful tools, and, so I pass on recipes and tips you always have.

  8. CJ Armstrong says:

    I love your magazine and everything in it.
    But I have really enjoyed the Poor Man’s Cake recipe in the Dec-Jan 2021 issue. It’s easy, healthy and a great snack for picnics, etc.
    THANK YOU!!

  9. Autumn Detlor says:

    I am new to your Mary Janes farm magazine just got my first magazine. I found it in a book one day and got to reading about you and was like I have to get it!! I haven’t read through all of it.. I just got it today.. I can not wait to read it all!! ❤️❤️❤️ Ps I also live on a mini farm and do lots of gardening and flowering!

  10. Patricia Robison says:

    I collect Hall teapots. The Autumn Leaf teapot was introduced in 1942 and discontinued in 1976. I have The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Hall China by Margaret & Ken Whitmyer. One of these books has 35 pages of just Autumn Leaf.
    The book shows the picture in color of each with Name of Item, Year Introduced, Year Discontinued, and Price of item at that time.

    I hope I was helpful to you.

  11. Rosalie Carayiannis says:

    I love the recipies and what’s in a name in the current issue!!! I’m a teaching assistant can’t wait to share these with my kiddos 😍

  12. Jennifer Yamnitz says:

    Your magazine inspires me to get outside and dig in the dirt a little more. It elevates the concept of living simply and enjoying this beautiful God-created earth!

  13. Cathy Loux says:

    I remember my mom had a set of these dishes but unfortunately gave them away. I never knew the name of the pattern but always liked them. I have been a subscriber of your magazine for several years and look forward to reading every page. I especially look forward to Mary Jane’s Seven Wonders. Having raised sheep in my younger years I enjoy your articles on mini farms. Thank you for your magazine.

  14. Betty Corriher says:

    I look forward each month to Dr Laura’s article on healthy issues and facts. All of my life I have practiced grounding without knowing it. Her articles reaffirms lit my thoughts on healthy living and adds more for me to practice
    Mthe Autumn Leaf pattern reminds me of my mother in law who had a whole set and many accessories. She was a wonderful cook. The set was left to her grandson and his wife. They use it every day

  15. Joan Booth says:

    I have subscribed to your magazine for many years and have saved all of the issues. A few years back, on the front cover was a handmade flag, I believe for the 4th of July, no sewing involved. Instead of a patriotic theme, I made one using orange and white for my friend who lives in Florida and now I’m going to make a Ga. themed one for myself. Of course, I live in the peach state so it will have peach colored fabric, I have seen so many things I would like to make but the flag was #1.
    I read your magazine from cover to cover and the day it comes in my mailbox, my work is done as soon as I get my mail.

  16. Wendy Tilman says:

    I love this dishset too, my wonderful Mother left me the coffee pot, teapot, cup and saucer and a serving bowl we had found for her at an antique store. It reminds of her whenever I see it! I miss her so much!
    I love getting your magazines and I’ve learned a lot and used a lot of your recipes and ideas!

  17. Julie Fanter says:

    Just received today’s issue in the mail! Turned the page and couldn’t believe my eyes! My parents received the small serving bowl as a wedding present in 1951. I have since found the 2 larger bowls and would love to add to the collection! How fun!!

  18. Jessica Altepeter says:

    All the inspiration I get from the magazine is my favorite thing. The can-do attitude, the gotta try this, the recipes, ideas, projects and connection I feel toward everyone who also loves Mary Janes Farm is an added bonus 😉

  19. Margaret Bennett says:

    My mother had an Autumn Leaf mixing bowl which passed down to me, and I have enjoyed using it. Then someone gave me a flat round serving dish of some sort in the pattern which I have spices sitting on currently. I love vintage which is just one of many reasons I enjoy your magazine. It’s homey and comforting and cozy! Ahhhh …

  20. Corrine Lanz says:

    I’ve had a wooden shelf with a rod for hanging a quilt for years, but didn’t do anything with it as it didn’t excite me. Then today when I got my Oct-Nov issue of MaryJane’s Farm, I found my inspiration for dressing up my plain shelf in the Fall Farmhouse Decor article. All I need is a piece of wainscoting and a little paint. I can’t wait to get to it!

  21. Cindy Dubinski says:

    This is a great pattern and I loved the visits with the Jewel Tea salesman. We used many of their products during my childhood. Thanks for refreshing those good memories.

  22. Rebbecca Murphy says:

    Hi from Indiana, Mary Jane! I am 72 and love to read and love decorating and crafting and cooking. I ALWAYS discover new authors in Farmgirl BOOK CLUB each issue. The Oct./Nov.2021 issue intoduced me to Donna Everhart books, which I intend to read and although I know who the author Fern Michaels is, I have never read any of her novels. And now I WILL. Years ago I ordered/purchased a special Garlic from you and I sure would love to buy it again. Any chance?

    • MaryJane says:

      Reading, decorating, crafting, and cooking are right up my alley. I freed up some of my pasture the summer and so want to expand my garlic crop. If we get some much-needed rain, I’ll surely have some next fall, 2022. Happy reading and thank you for leaving a comment!

  23. Leslie Bailey says:

    I have one of my mother’s pieces of the Autumn Leaf collection. It is a round casserole dish. She made the best homemade macaroni and cheese and would bake it in that dish. I enjoyed looking at the collection in the magazine. I did not realize there were plates and such with that pattern on them. It is a unique pattern and the casserole dish brings back memories from when my mom would use it.

  24. Claudia Bell says:

    My mother had these same dishes. I knew where they came from, but I thought it was a bittersweet pattern. Now, I know. When we cleaned out my mother’s house, someone else in the family got the dishes. Imagine my delight when I found a serving dish at a white elephant sale. I love it so much. Good memories.

  25. Diane zollman says:

    The autumn leaf pattern reminds me of good times growing up in a family of 11 children with loving parents. My grandmother had most of the set of dishes for everyday use. My mother used the serving bowls every day until they were broken. The pattern is very pleasing and reminds me of all the days of working on a family farm. We always seemed to have plenty to eat. I have collected several pieces over the years to enjoy. My latest find was the large rounded pitcher for $6

  26. Paula Cramer says:

    I look forward to every issue of Mary Jane’s Farm. I got a newstand copy last year and I was hooked. I’m renewing my subscription soon for another wonderful year of eclectic reading of crafts, recipes, helpful tips on various topics, great personal writings. I mean Mary Jane’s Farmgirl has it all. Thank you so much! And I look forward to possibly being a recipient in your drawing.

  27. Donna Pedigo says:

    I love the Jewel Tea dishes…my mother in law had a set but when her household was broken I never received a piece…🤦‍♀️…..wished I had many times..wish I would win the set…..👍..love the magazine..I share it with a friend…

  28. Machelle says:

    I have found many useful things in your magazine! I first discovered Autumn Leaf dinnerware when I purchased a box of miscellaneous items at an estate auction. It contained two of the Autumn Leaf serving bowls. I love them and have them on display at The Old Cozad Mill along with other vintage finds!

  29. Nora Swafford says:

    I love the old fashioned cream candy recipe. It’s so good! Love this beautiful set. ♥️

  30. Hello hello hello…have made vanilla and thanks to you(page 91) I remember to bring it up from the basement. Probably 20 years old.

  31. Donna Wilson says:

    I could not believe my eyes when I saw the Autumn Leaf featured in your magazine. I have a china hutch filled with pieces of this dinnerware. It came from my grandma’s house and I remember these being used for Thanksgiving Dinners. I have dinner plates, serving bowls, even the complete coffee pot. During the winter months my grand daughters love drinking tea from the “fancy” teapot using the matching cups with saucers.

    I am a 71 year old great grandmother living in town. But I was raised on a farm and MaryJane’s magazine always makes me smile.

  32. Mary Hehlke says:

    I love your magazine and find many helpful ways of doing things. I was so surprised to see the Autumn Leaf dinnerware. My mother had some of it. I now have the butter dish and small serving bowl. I wish I had the salt and pepper shakers, she did have them but couldn’t’ find them when she passed away 42 years ago. There was also a pie pan and pitcher, but didn’t find them either. This brought back so many memories. Keep up the good work on your magazine. So look forward to each issue. Thanks.

  33. DALENE Hamilton says:

    My husband got me a subscription for your magazine. I’m always anxious to see your magazine in the mailbox. I love everything about the magazine and the outer covering feels good to the touch.I hope the magazine will be handed down to the next generation.

  34. Andrea Williams says:

    My love hall China beginning in 1980 when I started working at the phone company. I was 20 at the time one of my co worker knew I went to yard sales ever Saturday she told me that she collected hall China I said never heard of it. she brought a saucer for me to see and I was hooked been collecting every since

  35. crystal flanders says:

    I loved seeing the autumn leaf pattern in your magazine. i have had the pitcher and some large bowls for years, this year at an antique store i bought the coffee pot and cream and sugar set. i love them so much. I get my daughter a subscription to your magazine for Christmas every year. This issue I called her up as soon as i got mine and asked her if she had seen the dishes in the magazine I was so excited. I love your magazine an look forward to each issue. Best wishes.

  36. Linda Jordan says:

    My husbands grandmother had a wonderful collection of Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf and my daughter was lucky enough to inherit the collection. Over the years, we have added a few pieces picked up at antique sales. A treasure for sure! Just like each issue of MKF magazine is a treasure. I quickly devour each issue and love the colors, pictures and articles. I have a lovely collection of MJF magazines!

  37. Kathi Palches says:

    I was so happy to see the article in the Oct/Nov 2021 issue starting on pg 78. I have my grandmothers Jewel Tea set that my mother remembers very fondly. I never met my grandmother as she was killed in an automobile accident when my mother was in her teens. My mother is now 81. So having these dishes bring a huge sense of honor to me.
    Just getting them out for the Fall season now.

  38. Rebecca Wightman says:

    I acquired a partial set of the Autumn leaf dishware many years ago. I have used the large mixing bowls for mixing up homemade bread,etc. I always use some of my pieces especially at Thanksgiving time which happens to be my favorite holiday. I am always searching at flea markets or antiques stores to add to my collection. I love your magazine and have bought subscriptions for both my daughter & daughter-in-law.

  39. Becca says:

    I am a newbie to you’re wonderful farm! As a new homesteader, my friend gifted a subscription to me and I am in love! I particularly loved the Aug/Sept article about the uses of coconut oil! I’m also interested in trying out a sauerkraut chocolate cake!!

  40. Rebecca McCoy says:

    I ALWAYS find something useful in your magazine. I can’t wait to try the recipes in the latest issue.

  41. Annette Garner says:

    I have been collecting Autumn Leaf for over twenty years. My sister does as well and we enjoy looking for finds when we are out and about. We especially enjoy using Autumn Leaf on holidays with large family gatherings. Put my name in the hat for a chance to win an Autumn Leaf dish drainer quilt or a salt and pepper shaker set. I really enjoy Mary Janes magazine, especially the recipes
    Thanks you

  42. Hannah Freeman says:

    I’m not plugged into the farming community since we moved to town.
    I love all the book and movie suggestions! Makes me feel like part of the conversation!

    I’m excited to watch Honeyland that was mentioned in this last issue!

  43. My Grandma collected these dishes as your mom did and believed in using your best and prettiest everyday. My mom actually collected my set of cabbage rose dishes a similar way in the late 70’s when our local grocery store used a sticker reward system.

  44. Debby L Davis says:

    Fall has always been my favorite season, the autumn leaves remind me of the cycle of life with all the Bueatiful colors of life. The Autumn leaf design gives me a feeling of connection with our mother earth and her wisdom. 💕 y

  45. Louise Hoeckh says:

    I have a set of 3 Autumn Leaf bowls that were my grandmothers. I use them every autumn and Thanksgiving. They are very special to me. I love getting your magazine.

  46. Sharon Cameron says:

    Loved the homemade doll pattern, I am trying to find my back issue,so can make it for my granddaughter for Christmas. Love the cast iron recipes,love my cast iron.I have missed alot,I had a stroke 3 years ago and suffered depression and anxiety, finally overcome,not with drugs,doing what I love.Gardening,sewing and redoing my empty nest.Love the 40s and 50s,trying to redo my house with finds.Loved the dishes,read a little history, need that kind of service now.God Bless,have a great day.I have your two books,help with my recovery,do what you love

  47. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    I love fall and have been collecting any leaf patterns. My grandmother collected California ware dishes which I treasure.
    Now when it comes to your magazine, wow, I’ve made many recipes, done many projects, and keep them around to reread often. Fabulous stuff.

  48. Bennie Wood says:

    I have a small collection of Autumn Leaf my mom had a pitcher and I always admired it. I have it displayed in a old yellow pine corner cabinet. It’s beautiful with the wood of the yellow pine.

  49. I love all the recipes in the magazine. I have subscribed for several years and will continue to do so. I love the dishes. They remind me of a simpler life.

  50. Teresa Thompson says:

    I remember these dishes well..as a grandaughter in the mountains of West Virginia..where I would visit both sets of my grandparents every summer..school vacation..and anytime in between i could possibly go..My great grandpa..”Daddy Jim” was a farmer and coal miner..his wife my great “grandma Icie” had the best feather bed and made quilts..could still chop wood in her 80s..and made the best cornbread and biscuits in the state!..My moms mom had these dishes in her simple kitchen ..with the ringer washing machine..and my dads mom also had all these pretty dishes in her kitchen..they didnt farm tho..grandaddy worked in the mines “they were town folk” just 3 miles up the road..my moms dad was killed in WWII so my mom and her 2 siblings and mom lived on the farm with my great grandparents Daddy Jim and Grandma Icie..im the oldest of 6 kids and there are 22 grandkids..and 36 ish great grand kids for my parents who’ve been married for 70 years now..all this to say i sure would like to win some of that beautiful dish set from Jewel Tea..such wonderful childhood memories..thank you Mary Jane..i never miss an issue! I think im on a first name basis with Brian Ogle ive asked him so many questions..

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Winner!!! GIVEAWAY: Wild Bread Towel

The winner of our Wild Bread Towel giveaway is Teri Schneider, who said in response to our query, “share with me something you love about my magazine or books or food or any of the products available on my website” …

“Oh my gosh! I’ve got years and years of your magazines that I have gone back to for recipes, projects, everything, lol. Sometimes I get distracted looking through them for something and end up making/doing more than I planned. I’ll even say to my friends, ‘Hey, I think I saw something in one of my MaryJanesFarm magazines about that. Let me look for it for you!’ It’s impossible to pick just one thing about them.”

Congratulations, Teri! Watch for an email from the farm.

Thank you to all the women who responded with such lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!


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