2015 Crop is Up and Growing

Leave a comment

The first sprouts of spring 05 02 15

It’s been an exciting first few weeks of the 2015 growing season.

Rain has been abundant and well-timed at our Lineville property and temperatures, though a bit on the cool side, have been more adequate to coax hundreds of catnip plants from the earth.

With the help of brand-new plot specialist Amy Ewing, we feel  more optimistic than ever that we’ll win our ongoing battle with the ever-present weeds that do their best to overtake the catnip crop. (We doesn’t use herbicides at LBF.)

We’re also benefiting from the expertise of our new friend, Colleen Lees at the Soil Kitchen in Ankeny, Iowa. Soil sample testing has equipped us with the scientific data we need to organically improve the plot’s soil and, in turn, grow happier, healthier plants. (If you’re in central Iowa and need help with your plants, Colleen is the person to see.)

Amy’s first day on the job was Saturday. She wasn’t too thrilled by the surprise appearance of a western fox snake, but she was a fearless good sport. Fox snakes are harmless and, fortunately, protected under state law. The snake was escorted to a five-acre wooded area on the property, where we hope he’ll remain safe and sound for years to come.

We’ll refrain from posting a photo of owner Eric Woolson with the fox snake because we know not all Lucky Badger Farms friends are keen on snakes. If you happen to be one who is, feel free to email him at ewoolson@theconceptworks.com and he’ll be happy to share.

Lucky Badger Farms Catnip Caps Are Now on Sale!

Leave a comment

LBF Hat compressed

The official Lucky Badger Farms caps are fun, adjustable, comfortable as all-get-out — and they’re here!

Our quality caps are made with a six-panel, unconstructed washed twill design for a great fit. Almond in color, they sport proudly the official LBF logo. They’re great for workouts, hanging out or just walking around. And, they’re available for just $15.95 and $2.99 shipping and handling. (We’ll even throw in a free pack of our “Just Buds” premium catnip.)

Be the first one on your block to own and wear a Lucky Badger Farms Catnip cap. To order, just email ewoolson@theconceptworks.com and we’ll take it from there.

Congratulations to the Smitten Kitten!

Leave a comment

DES MOINES — There were at least as many cats as people at the very well-attended celebration of the Smitten Kitten’s fifth anniversary as the city’s leading cat groomer and grand opening of its kitty hotel.

Owner Betsey Qualley put together a great shindig that included a nifty gift bag (which included Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Premium Catnip) and two pet psychics. Our own Harry the cat, a six-year-old black domestic shorthair who is Simon’s sidekick and fellow Animal Rescue League rescue kitty, sat for a psychic reading.

We’re thrilled to see the Smitten Kitten’s continued success and wish Betsey all the best. And, we’re gratified that Betsey was the first retailer to feature Lucky Badger Farms Catnip. To learn more about her business, check out http://www.smittenkittenshop.com/

Stacks Image 4

A promising 2013 crop

Leave a comment

It’s difficult to imagine how this year’s weather in the beautiful, gently rolling hills of southern Iowa could be any more different than last year.

Unseasonably warm weather woke the catnip early last year, with many plants almost a foot tall by the second week of March. Two weeks later, a hard frost damaged not only our catnip but a variety of crops across the state, dramatically reduce the apple and grape harvests. That was followed by a serious drought that took a big bite out of Iowa’s two cash crops — corn and soybeans — and affected just about everything else planted in 2012.

This year’s weather has been unseasonably wet. In fact, we’ve just experienced the heaviest April-May precipitation total in state history.  That included a five-inch snowfall the first week of May and several weeks in which Lucky Badger Farms received two or more inches of rain. All the water kept us from getting into the field until today — a full 90 days later than last year. Surprisingly, the catnip seems to be starting out stronger than ever. And, Simon couldn’t be happier!

Bone-A-Patreat Becomes Third Store to Sell Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Catnip

Leave a comment

Bone A Patreat

DES MOINES — Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Catnip is now available at Bone-A-Patreat  Healthy Pet Market, 4110 University Avenue.

Bone-A-Patreat is locally owned and operated by April Lawrence. Spencer Lawrence found his ideal job as General Manager and Chief Toy Tester and recently began a career as author.  Stop in to meet April. You might also meet Spencer, or his little sister, Roma, if they aren’t taking the day off. Your furry friends are very welcome. Just remind them to bring a leash when they come in with you.

April Lawrence, Spencer’s boss, opened the store in November 2004 in Beaverdale and moved to the current location in October 2010.  Roma joined the team in 2010.  She is the basically the pin up pup of the store and ideal treat taster.  Roma likes to give lots of kisses and make people smile.

Bone-A-Patreat becomes the third retail outlet to sell Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Catnip. The store’s email address is orders@Boneapatreat.com and its phone number is  (515)279-2544

Heart of Iowa Becomes Second Store to Offer Lucky Badger Farms Catnip

Leave a comment

WEST DES MOINES — The iconic Heart of Iowa Market Place in the historic Valley Junction shopping district has added Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Catnip to its product line-up.

The Heart of Iowa Market Place, located at 211 Fifth Street, offers opportunities to sample, share and remember Iowa with distinctly Iowa gift items and products.

“As much as the products themselves, it is the experience we deliver that keeps our customers coming back and leads them to tell their friends and family about us,” owner Kelly Sharp explains “The Heart of Iowa is a place where customers can refresh and explore; a place reminiscent of a time when the pace was slower, the family were near and neighbors were friends. We specialize in Iowa gift baskets, gourmet foods, souvenirs, John Deere, Iowa Hawkeye and Iowa State gifts.  We are a key resource for gift items that are “All Things Iowa.”

The store’s phone number is (515) 274-IOWA (4692) or toll-free 866-274-IOWA (4692).

Smitten Kitten, Des Moines Cat Groomer, Boutique and Supplier, Becomes First Retailer for Lucky Badger Farms Catnip

Leave a comment

DES MOINES — The Smitten Kitten, the capital city’s first and finest cats-only groomer, is now featuring Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Premium Catnip among its line-up of quality feline products.

“This is certainly a big day for us at Lucky Badger Farms Catnip as we’ve worked hard to bring our product to the marketplace. Betsey Qualley has the highest standards and expectations, which is why her business has been so successful. For her to endorse our product by agreeing to place it alongside the Smitten Kitten’s other premium products means the world to us,” Lucky Badger Farms owner Eric Woolson said.

The store, located at 549 28th St., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Its phone number is (515) 333-4920. To learn more about the Smitten Kitten and owner Betsey Qualley, be sure to visit http://www.smittenkittenshop.com.