Being a farm mom with five kids keeps me busy, but I also enjoy my role as an engagement zone coordinator with the University of Nebraska Extension. My husband, Brian, and I are the sixth generation living and working on Maricle Family Farms. We raise cattle, corn, sheep, soybeans, and alfalfa just south of Albion. My favorite time of the year is calving season when I assist with birthing and then working with the calves.
Raising our five children on our farm has taught them the lasting core values of hard work, caring and perseverance. And today, our kids’ lives are shaping up to be living proof of those values. Farm life continues to bring with it hard, dirty, long hours, no matter the elements outside or the time of day. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Something inside us changes for the better when you are needed by something bigger than yourself. Folks in agriculture learn this from the moment they are born. I learned it at 10 years of age. “Work before play.” It’s how we live.
News from Hilary
Simple Steak Salad
CommonGround volunteer Hilary Maricle shares her recipe for a Simple Steak Salad. Simple Steak Salad 2 pounds grilled steak2 bags of spinach1 to mato1 red onion1 cup shredded cheeseDressing (can substitute Creamy Italian dressing)Crunchy toppingDressing:2 tablespoons...
Food prices Q&A
Growing up working in my parents' grocery store and helping out on my grandparents’ farm led me to a lifelong obsession with high quality food. As a farmer, my family and I take pride in growing healthy foods now and look forward to doing so in the future. Our family...
Beef Sausage Gravy
CommonGround volunteer Hilary Maricle shares her recipe for Beef Sausage Gravy with Pure Nebraska viewers. Beef Sausage Gravy Breakfast Beef Sausage1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage1 teaspoon garlic powder1 teaspoon onion...