Dickey Bub Farm and Home in Potosi, MO is having their annual lawn and garden event this weekend on Saturday, May 9. To see full event details, please refer to the imbeded image below. We hope to see you there! → Read more

Every spring and fall, Dickey Bub Farm and Home in Union, MO offer a fish day where you can buy fish and stock your ponds/lakes. Place Orders By: March 18, 2015 Fish Pickup: March 21, 2015. 8-9:30 a.m. Call: 636-583-5555 to place orders or stop by the Union location.

Size Price Channel Catfish 4-6″ 50¢

Join us on March 21, 2015 for a FREE Poultry Workshop, at all three Dickey Bub Farm and Home Store Locations! Take part in some fun and interactive learning with Nutrena guest speaker Ashley, and for the first time, guest speaker Serena from Stuart Farms will talk about special butchering classes available. We will have door prizes, refreshments drawings and family fun!

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This year, on Thursday, November 6, from 6-8 P.M. Dickey Bub in Union and Eureka are hosting their first Ladies Night Out Event. If all goes well, this will likely be a repeat event every year in the fall (at all store locations) and we may possibly add a guys’ night event as well. It all depends on this first year and if our customers like the event. Dickey Bub Farm and Home has been talking about hosting a Ladies Night event for a while and this year, we have taken action to host our very first event in Union and Eureka. We’ve been thinking about what ladies would appreciate from the event and have been working hard to make sure they feel special when they come in our doors that evening.

We will be giving out gift bags to the first 50 ladies at our Union and Eureka stores. Ladies can also participate in wine tasting and appetizers while they enjoy a night of shopping for 2 hours. Ladies will also receive 20% off anything they can fit into our large Dickey Bub shopping bag, which will be helpful in getting some early holiday presents for family or themselves! We are also bringing in some local vendors who will be selling items like Juice Plus, Tupperwear, Pampered Chef, Younique and more. While you’re here, there will be a gift card drawing at 7 PM for a $50 Dickey Bub Gift Card.

We are excited and happy to host this event for our local ladies and encourage you to invite others to this event as well. For full event details, please visit this link https://dickeybub.net/ladies-night-out/

Sincerely, The Dickey Bub Team

Painter’s Pants-Made In U.S.A

The movement for American Made products in the United States is becoming more trendy as people become aware that there are a lot of products made overseas and are growing to appreciate products Made in the U.S.A-even if it comes at a higher price

If you work in construction and use painter’s pants, the U.S. company called, “Round House” manufactures cream or natural colored painter’s pants in Oklahoma. Round House is the largest all Made in USA jeans and overalls manufacturer. Round House is the oldest operating manufacturer in Oklahoma, producing about 240,000 units in just Round House® overalls per year (20,000 pairs monthly/100 pairs per day), that’s 10.8 million feet of thread a month.

To find out more about Round House’s Double Knee Made In U.S.A Painters Pants click here. Round House painter’s pants are available for purchase online at dickeybub.net. Dickey Bub is a small family owned business based out of Missouri.

Most people like crispy pickles over soft pickles, however it can be challenging to do. There are lots of different techniques people have used over the years. You should test these methods out and see what works best for you.

Picking your cucumbers at the right time

Picking your cucumbers when they are about 4 inches in length is a good size for pickling. If you pick them when they are bigger, you run the risk of getting those big seeds in the middle of the cucumber. If you pick them too early, they could be too soft. And avoid using waxy supermarket cucumbers

Can your cucumbers within 24 hours after picking

For best results, you should can your cucumbers within 24 hours after you harvest them. But what if you don’t have enough for pickling or simply want to can one big batch? You can keep the cucumbers in a vegetable bin for a couple days, but they will begin to break down and the quality of the cucumber with rapidly decline. If you are growing your own cucumbers, make sure you start all your cucumber plants at the same time so you can expect to harvest them at the same time.

Use Pickle Crisp

When canning, use pickle crisp granules in your jars. Pickle crisp will completely dissolve in the pickle brine and in turn, will help give your pickles their crispness. You can buy pickle crisp from many stores including the website your on right now.

Store your pickles in a COLD environment

If you have the proper space to do this, storing your pickles in a cold refrigerator will help maintain their crispness.

Soaking pickles overnight

Soaking your freshly pickled cucumbers in ice water overnight is supposed to help keep them crisp

Benefits Of Outdoor Wood Stove

The Winter season here in Missouri is in full swing and everyone has predicted we are going to have a harsh winter season. When cold weather hits, one of the most important things you can do for you and your family is to keep warm. There are many different ways of staying warm including space heaters, electric heat, indoor wood stoves, outdoor heat, etc…..but one thing you SHOULD NOT heat your house with is your kitchen stove. I’m going to talk specifically about outdoor wood heat for you home covering the benefits and drawbacks of using this type of heat for your home.

Benefits Many homes in rural Missouri use outdoor wood furnaces. One of the most common benefits I hear homeowners tell me about their outdoor wood furnace is that heating your home is cheaper. The cost of fire wood is cheaper than natural gas or electric heat. Outdoor furnaces do no only blow warm air into your house, but can also provide you with hot water for your house as well. In my opinion, I think the hot water is hotter than if we weren’t using the wood stove. Woods stoves by nature are more energy efficient. Since you are using wood, which is a renewable resource, you are not relying on fossil fuels and are helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Using an outdoor wood stove is safer for your home. You are less likely to start a fire in your house with an outdoor wood stove…..if for some reason your outdoor wood stove would malfunction, it is placed far enough away from your house to where you probably won’t have any damage to your home. You do not have to fire your outdoor stove as often when compared to an indoor fire place/ wood stove. You only need to throw wood in your outdoor wood furnace a couple times a day. Usually you can thrown 10 logs (depending on size) in the furnace at a time, which is a larger holding capacity compared to an indoor wood stove. You can still control the heat of your home through your thermostat. Drawbacks Keeping an outdoor wood stove running requires work. You will have to provide wood for your furnace in some way. Many people go out and cut their own wood for their furnaces which requires effort and additional tools such as a chainsaw and something to haul your wood in to get it to your wood stove. Some Missouri residents buy their wood from the local community so they don’t have to cut it which does require some money. Although you may only need to fire up your stove twice day, it may not be very pleasant to wade through inches of snow on the ground outside to fire your stove. So if there is a lot of snow on the ground or if it is extremely cold outside, it may not be very pleasant to run outside and fire it up.

Dickey Bub Farm & Home offers a line of outdoor wood stoves made by Fire Chief. If you would like to view these wood stoves and find out more information, navigate to our Outdoor Heating page. Each wood stove listed has additional information and specs available to you. If you love your outdoor wood stove or dislike having one, share your experience with me in the comments section of this post!


In the spirit of deer season, we have a few venison recipes for you. Venison is leaner than beef, therefore has less fat. I have personally found that making meatballs out of venison is quite delicious. Recipe credits go to Lori A. Klinger from Valley view, PA.

Venison Meatballs

1 pound ground venison 1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs 1/3 cup chopped onion 1 egg 1 tsp. parsley 1/5 tsp. pepper 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Optional 1 12-ounce jar chili sauce 1 10-ounce jar grape jelly

Mix together the venison,bread crumbs, onion, egg, parsley, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form into balls. Brown in shortening. Use the meatballs in your spaghetti or smother with sauce. If you choose to smother with sauce, add 12 ounces of chili sauce and 10 ounces of grape jelly to a crock pot or pan and place in your cooked meatballs. Cook until venison meatballs are warmed through.

Enjoy this recipe. If you would like us to post more venison recipes, please comment and let us know. – Andrea

A quick history of the “scallop squash” and what to make out of it.

Recently an employee here at Dickey Bub brought in this weird shaped squash….I’ve only seen squash like this in the fall but had no idea how to even cut it up or what to make from this….I assume other people have the same problem when they are given produce they’ve never seen or aren’t familiar with. Nevertheless, I am always interested in trying new things, but I had no idea what to make from this saucer-shaped vegetable.

This white saucer-shaped summer squash is called a “white bush scallop” or a “patty pan” squash and originated from the region between Mexico and Guatemala. It was largely popular during the 18th & 19th century, with Native Americans and American gardeners. Since then, it has been largely replace by other groups of squash.

The squash tastes better when it is relatively immature and is about 3 inches in diameter. You can probably expect the patty pan has some good nutritional value; a good source of magnesium, niacin, and vitamins A and C. One cup contains approximately 20 to 30 calories and no fat.

Preparing The Squash The patty pan’s odd shape can confuse a cook….it confused me! You can cut up the squash any way you like but if you are going to make zucchini bread, you want to be conscious about where the seeds are…you don’t want those in your bread. Other ways to cook the vegetable include:

You can avoid the whole idea of how to slice the vegetable and cook it whole. They can be steamed over boiling water until they are tender (about 4-6 minutes) and you can even eat the skin. They are often sliced, breaded and fried until golden brown. In Polish cuisine, they are pickled in sweet vinegar. You can cut up the squash and grill them with other vegetables using your own spices (click here for a skewer recipe) Cut them up and use them in your salad You can also utilize this vegetable’s odd shape by scooping out the insides and replacing it with some kind of dip or stuffing for a neat presentation. My co-worker used her squash and made a zucchini bread out of it and she said it was good! Since they are a squash, you can look up any squash recipes and use them in those.The patty pan squash seeds are sold in Dickey Bub stores in the spring when other garden seeds are available. If anyone else has other ideas on how to cook this summer squash, please leave your comments below! -Andrea B



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