The start of January is always an interesting time. With the previous year fading into the new one, there always seems to be a sense of renewed hope and motivation for the future. But, at the same time, we are all hunkered down trying to stay as warm as we can while the winter winds blow outside.

Just because the temperatures are freezing and many fields look empty doesn’t mean that farmers aren’t still busy all season long. Livestock farmers are working hard caring for their animals in challenging weather conditions, making sure their animals are protected from the elements and have plenty of fresh feed and defrosted water. Mary Beth from My Fearless Kitchen discusses way many farmers choose to keep their livestock safe from the elements in her post, Why Do Farmers Keep Their Animals Inside?

Crop farmers are busy, too! There is grain to sell, plans for the coming spring to make, machine maintenance to attend to, and much more! Jennifer from Plowing Through Life takes us through some of what her family works on in her post, 10 Things Farmers Do in the Winter.

When the frigid temperatures of the Indiana winter settle in to stay, there is just nothing quite like curling up with a hot and hearty bowl of soup to help warm yourself up! Plus, most soups are easy to make, feed a crowd on a budget, and easy to customize to suit your family’s tastes! Check out these delicious winter warm-up soups from a few of our favorite bloggers!

Broccoli Cheese Soup from These Old Cookbooks

Crock Pot French Onion Soup from Beyer Beware

Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Soup from Plowing Through Life

Dutch Split Pea Soup from The Crossroads Cook

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup from The Farmwife Feeds

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage from The Farmwife Cooks

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