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The Humble Homestead, LLC

Urban Farm in Southeast Wisconsin
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Mark your calendars: August 27th, 2022 we will be setting up shop at the Dodge County Flea Market and Craft Fair! ūüƆ This event is FREE to attend with FREE parking! Goes from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Located at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, WI.

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Palomino buck for sale! Identified as HH35, this buck was tattooed and weighed on 07/06/22. (This picture was taken right after being inked.) Born on 05/15/22 and ready for a new home. Show quality buck, fully pedigreed and comes with transition food.

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About Us

WEBSITE UPDATED: 08/08/2022

To reserve a rabbit, please see the guide below titled "Reserving a Rabbit".

***RABBITS FOR SALE***


Blanc de Hotot- Ricochet x Halo: Kindled on 07/04/2022. Pedigreed Blanc de Hotot pairing between show quality rabbits. Two kits from this litter are marked as "boxers". This will be our final litter of hotots born at our rabbitry. Pickup between 08/29/22 thru 09/26/22.
First pick doe: AVAILABLE 
Second pick doe: AVAILABLE 
First pick buck: Reserved for D.
Second pick buck: AVAILABLE 

Golden Palomino- Dreamcatcher x Manifest: Litter of seven was kindled on 08/02/2022. Pedigreed, show winning rabbits. We have high expectations for this litter! Pickup between 09/27/22 thru 10/25/22.
First pick doe: Reserved for M.K.
Second pick doe: Reserved for M.K.
First pick buck:  AVAILABLE
Second pick buck: AVAILABLE 

Golden Palomino- Everglow x Manifest: Kindle date expected 09/02/22. Reservations for this litter will not open until the doe has kindled.


Meat Rabbit Reservation List:

Open Slots:
  • Four rabbits- butcher date middle of September.


Rabbit Meat Available:
1.98 pound whole rabbit, most fat removed, no organs. $12.81 - available for immediate pickup.

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Simple, healthy, self-sufficient: providing the best for you and your family! 

We are passionate about growing healthy, organic and heirloom fruits, vegetables, and seeds.  Our homestead does not use synthetic fertilizers nor chemical herbicides in our gardens.  We believe in the power of learning and teaching skills for a self-sustainable lifestyle.  Strongly advocating for the genetic protection and conservation of endangered livestock and poultry breeds, we raise rare rabbit breeds to promote their necessity for meat, fur, and presence in the show ring.

Our homestead sells:
  • Heirloom seeds and plants.
  • Canned goods: jam, jelly, "Cowboy Candy" (spicy & sweet jalapenos), Victorian BBQ sauce, pickled garlic scapes.
  • Baked goods: sourdough bread, cookies, pies, and brownies.
  • Rabbits for breeding stock, pets, and show ring.
  • Rabbit meat (whole carcass, pieced, or ground).
  • Rabbit manure- perfect for your vegetable and flower garden!
  • Rabbit pelts and lucky feet.
  • Wool products: handspun yarn, "living" rugs, wet felted purses, coasters, hats, sweaters, and mittens.
  • Beeswax candles (made with only WISCONSIN beeswax!)
  • Soap: traditional recipe using either home-rendered lard, beef or deer tallow.
  • Needle felted creatures.
  • Custom sewing projects.
  • Herbal salves and balms.

Email us:
thehumblehomesteadllc@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook:
facebook.com/erynbugenhagen

We are on TikTok!
@thehumblehomesteadllc

Follow us on Instagram:
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Our booth will be open and selling at the following events:
  • August 27th, 2022: Dodge County Fairgrounds - Flea Market and Craft Fair. 8:00 AM thru 2:00 PM. Free admission and free parking!
  • September 17 & 18, 2022: Thresheree & Harvest Festival at the Richfield Historical Park. 1896 WI-164, Richfield, WI. 9 AM thru 5 PM each day.
  • October 8, 2022: Union Grove Flea market, from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Admission is $2. Parking is FREE. Located in the Racine County Fairgrounds: 19805 Durand Ave, Union Grove, WI, 53182. No dogs allowed at this event.

Education & Credentials:
  • Bachelor Degree: Business Leadership & Management, Wisconsin Lutheran College, 2020.
  • Associates Degree: Arts & Science- the University of Wisconsin Washington County, 2011.
  • American Sheep Industry Association: "The Conservation and Comeback of Heritage Breed Sheep", 09/08/2020.¬†

Memberships:
  • ARBA member (American Rabbit Breeders Association) since 03/03/2021.
  • Approved & registered rabbitry with ARBA since 03/17/2021.
  • Palomino Rabbit Co-Breeders Association (PRCBA) member since 03/21/2021.
  • SE2SE (Shave 'Em to Save 'Em) passport member since September 2020- have achieved first tier level of completion.

2022 Rabbit Show Results:
  • Lakeland Rabbit Show, 02/13: HH4 "Dreamcatcher" junior palomino doe won Best of Breed and Best of Variety (golden).
  • Badger Rabbit Breeders Show, 03/12: "Dreamcatcher" intermediate palomino doe won Best of Breed.

Our Soaps:
Made the old-fashioned way with three basic ingredients: fat, water, and lye. Cured for at least four weeks, our soap comes in a variety of shapes: crimped and straight edge bars, dinosaurs, and specialty molds. 

The fats used in our soaps are either hand rendered from local livestock we purchase, or we use a USA supplier of 100% grass-fed, humanely raised livestock fats. The most common fats used are lard (pigs) and tallow (cows). However, seasonally, we also have deer tallow soap, and even bacon soap!

The lye we use is from Belle Chemical, and is a food grade, 100% sodium hydroxide. It might sound scary, but lye is and natural ingredient traditionally made by leaching wood ashes. When lye is mixed with oils, both substances change in a chemical reaction = Saponification. Most store-bought soaps are made with lye. Sodium cocoate, sodium tallowate saponified olive oil are words used to describe ingredients treated with lye. It is a very common ingredient!

The majority of our soaps are free of colors and fragrances. We believe that the simpler something is, the better. On occasion, or by request, we can add essential oils for fragrance, or mica powder to color our soap. Mica is a colored powder that's made from a natural mineral called muscovite. Muscovite is a silicate mineral, in the same family as quartz. 

Our essential oils are from a company called Eden's Garden. We have been a loyal customer for many years and receive no compensation/kickback from them, but believe and support their products. Their oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade, with no synthetics, fragrances, fillers or toxic chemicals. They are vegan and cruelty-free, and are ethically and sustainably sourced. Eden's Garden is women owned and operated. They perform third party GC/MS (gas chromatography mass spectrometry) testing unique to each batch.

Our Candles:
Made with only 100% Wisconsin beeswax! We believe in supporting local apiaries (beekeepers and honey farmers). We do not add any fragrance or color. Our current sizes of candles include: votive, pillar, and 6 inch tapers (sold in pairs).  

Most mass-produced candles are made with paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is highly unsustainable, and is a byproduct of fossil fuels. They emit black soot and fumes with chemicals like benzene, toluene, and naphthalene. Beeswax makes a dense candle, and has a higher melting point than other waxes, so they burn slower and drip less. They emit the brightest, most warm-toned flame. The ambiance of a beeswax candle cannot be beat!

Our 6 inch taper candles are made historically accurate in a metal mold with a braided cotton wick. This is perfect for reenactors, historians, and those that want to relive a slice of history.

Our Salves & Balms:
Depending on the season, we offer various healing herbal salves, beeswax lip balms, sugar or salt scrubs, and lotion bars. Herbal infusions are made with dried herbs soaking in olive oil for a minimum of four weeks. Our herbs come directly from our garden, or an organic source as close to home as possible. 

Though we do offer these products in plastic packaging at times, we prefer to use glass jars and metal tins whenever possible. 

Our Rabbitry:
If you are new to raising meat rabbits, please check out: https://homesteadrabbits.com/raise-meat-rabbits/
This website goes into great detail about which breeds work best, how to get started, and why meat rabbits are a great choice for your family.  

Our rabbits are fed an 18% protein commercial pellet in addition to free-choice salt licks, seasonal vegetables and herbs from our own garden, quality hay, and apple branch sticks.  They receive fresh water which contains a small amount of apple cider vinegar to promote health and vigor.  The rabbits also receive enrichment toys for mental stimulation and fun, including items like stacking cups, tumbling bells, pinecones and cardboard tubes filled with hay and sticks.

About our rabbit meat:
Make your reservation ahead of time to get rabbit meat just the way you like it!  We sell rabbit meat in a variety of ways:
  • Whole carcass = chef style or basic trim.¬† Chef style includes fat left on, liver tucked inside the unbroken body cavity, and kidneys left intact.¬† Basic trim removes most of the fat and does not contain organs.
  • Pieces = loins (tenderloin/backloin), rear legs, front legs, front saddle (ribs and loin meat), and belly flaps.
When reserved ahead of time, we will fully customize how your rabbit meat is butchered and packaged.  All meat is vacuum sealed in clear plastic and includes sticker of important information.  All meat is sold by the pound.

Rabbit manure: gold for your garden!
Being a "cold" manure, rabbit droppings can immediately go into your garden with no wait time for decomposing.  Sold in empty feed bags, our rabbit manure will give your garden an extra boost.  Please note that bags of rabbit "cocoa puffs" may also contain a small amount of hay or straw, because rabbits can be messy eaters! 

How do you weigh rabbit meat for sale?
Our business uses a 40 lb. digital price computing scale that is certified Legal for Trade.  It is NTEP Approved, meaning: "This item meets all government standards and requirements as set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for scale and other weighing equipment."  It is Accuracy Class III, is stainless steel construction, and weighs in .01 pound increments.  In Wisconsin, scales (including those used to weigh meat), must have a National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) Certificate of Conformance.  Any commercial scale manufactured after January 1, 1986 must be labeled Class III.  

What does that mean for YOU?   
In short, our scale conforms to legal standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  This means we are being fair to YOU, our beloved customers! 

Sales Policy:

  • We prefer cash for payment, but also accept Paypal and checks. (Checks will be cashed ahead of time to ensure validity.) We are currently exploring the option of credit cards that can be used at craft fairs and farmers markets :)
  • You may be asked to put down a non-refundable deposit on certain items.¬† This ensures that we can find another home for a rabbit, or another buyer for produce should you not be able to pickup your reserved items/animals.
  • A 24 hour notice is required if you are unable to pickup products/rabbits in order to reschedule.¬† Failure to do so means forfeiture of said products/rabbits and may be resold to other interested parties.¬† We fully understand that "life happens", and ask you to be respectful as well.
  • Rabbits will not be held past twelve weeks of age unless agreed upon beforehand. Rabbits are only sold in good health.¬† If a rabbit has a pedigree, the pedigree will only be given at the time of pickup or delivery.
  • Pricing of rabbits are determined by several factors: the use of the animal, fur type, color, show quality potential and age. Generally speaking, does are more expensive than bucks, and rare breeds are more expensive than common breeds.
  • Rabbits can be picked up at The Humble Homestead, LLC by appointment only. We reserve the right to meet at a nearby, pre-determined location. (Please see note about RHDV2 below.) Please bring a cage/carrier for your rabbit(s). If you need a carrier, for a small additional fee we offer thick, pet cardboard transfer boxes with a handle. These boxes will have a puppy pad liner on the bottom, a thick amount of straw, and something for the rabbit to nibble on, like hay, a carrot or zucchini slice. Note: these carriers should only be utilized for short distances as there is no water bottle.
  • We are open and honest about our rabbits lineage and do our utmost best to showcase their features and personalities. If you are purchasing a rabbit for show purposes, we will be more than happy to send you additional pictures and videos, so you can make an informed decision. We cannot guarantee that any rabbit sold will win competitions or awards.¬† As a rabbit matures, it may develop features that are disqualifications or faults on the show table; this is not the responsibility of The Humble Homestead, LLC and is a risk that every rabbit buyer takes.
  • At this time, we have a NO RETURN policy on rabbits, nor any products.
  • The Humble Homestead, LLC has the right to refuse any sale, at any time, to anyone, for any reason without explanation.¬†¬†

How to Reserve a Rabbit:

If you are interested in reserving a rabbit, please contact us preferably by email or Facebook messenger. In your message, please confirm the following information:
  • Your first and last name.
  • Which breed(s) you are interested in, and if there is an ID# for the rabbit. Otherwise, please list which litter you would like to reserve from.¬†
  • An expected timeline of when you will be able to pickup the rabbit(s).
  • Once details, including price, are agreed upon, a non-refundable 25% deposit must be made to reserve your rabbit(s). Cash, check, or Paypal.
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