A Give-Away To Celebrate MaryJanesFarm


(sorry to be posting later than promised, but I couldn’t access the website earlier.)

Julia says: Mary Jane has inspired me so much throughout the years! Her make do with what you can attitude and tips have helped me become even more resourceful!
email me your mailing address at rebekah@maryjanesfarm.com


I know I’ve gushed about MaryJane Butters many, many times through-out the many, many years I’ve been here. I know I go all fan-girl when I talk about MaryJane. She is the original, the authentic, the one and only. Many moons ago when I discovered her writings, she changed my world, rocked my view, made my head explode with inspiration. (I thought, “I want ME some of THAT!”) Many moons later, she still does. Constantly.

Now it is time for you to fan-girl, to gush.


Leave a comment below about how MaryJane herself, MaryJanesFarm, the Farmgirl movement, or other farmgirls have positively impacted you, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for one of the new MaryJane Butters books. Amazon will ship it straight to your doorstep! You’ve got one week to enter. Only one entry per person.

Have you seen MaryJane’s latest books? As usual, they are full of beautiful photographs and lovely words. And both of these are filled to the brim with mouthwatering recipes.

The first one is MaryJane’s CAST IRON Kitchen.


I LOVE my cast iron pans, though mine are all standard round ones. MaryJane uses many different shapes and sizes of cast iron pans. I’m particularly crushing on the 10″ square cast iron baking pan she uses. swoon.

The recipes are scrumptious. I can’t wait for you to try them. The Mac & Chesse….oh my.

The second one is WILD BREAD Flour + Water + Air.


Friends, make the pretzels first.

Both of these books are so fabulous. They are a lovely read even when you’re not cooking.

So comment below. And come back here on Monday morning, April 16th, to see if you won~! I’ll announce it at the top of this post. Good luck!

Let the Farmgirl fan-girling begin!

Until next time, Friends, savor the flavor of life!

Lots of love, Rebekah, The City Farmgirl in the Country







  1. Cyndie Gray says:

    Oh how I would love to have one of these gorgeous books. I am a town girl who so very much enjoys reading the FarmGirl posts from you & all the inspiring ladies who contribute. I know one of you personally even 🙂 thanks for all you all share…

  2. The first time I remember seeing MaryJane was her Artists in Aprons magazine issue…I was blown away. I remember her telling us the apron was her power suit…imagine! What a life story, what inspiration. While I always wanted to live on a farm, once we moved to ours, her magazine, books, and farmgirl blogger posts helped me to imagine all that could be done. Now I bake for the local farmers’ market and we just found a vintage camper (63 Yellowstone) and no one inspires Glamping like MaryJane! So grateful to have found farmgirl bloggers that inspire, sisters to chat with, and know that others feel the same way I do. Thanks!

  3. Lisa Strange says:

    I first found about Mary Janes books about 5 years ago when I saw my camper At a neighbors house. Glamping! I love it ! So many ideas. I named my 63 Scottsman camper Mary Jane! I also bought a old claw foot bathtub to make a outside bathroom! I love crochet, art and nature. Any kind of crafts or cooking. I would love to be picked for one of the books. Thank you

  4. Lisa Strange says:

    Thank you Mary Jane Butters

  5. Patricia Rush Morris says:


  6. Laurel Pries says:

    I sooo enjoy Mary Jane farmgirl blog and have been a subscriber to her magazine since it started. I am inspired by the writings of all the Farmgirl bloggers, with great recipes and stories. I just can’t put my finger on one thing…I love it all!!

  7. Deborah McClure says:

    MaryJane, wow, where does one start? You have helped us all to be better to ourselves as well as to Mother Earth! You give us the “we can do this” push and will . And most of all with pride and love. You have inspired us all to be better stewards to this earth and I love everything you stand for and do and write. Weither I win or not thank you so much, don’t stop!❤️❤️Deb

  8. Jutta Maraun says:

    Ever since I read the magazine for the first time two years ago I felt like I’d come home. It is a delight to look at and has so many interesting articles even the advertising is nicely done.

    Last year I started joining in the art swaps and this winter the book club. It has been so much fun getting to know other farmgirls from all over Canada and the USA.

    These books have been on my radar for a while now so thank you for a chance to win.

  9. Carmen Anderson says:

    BREAD…CAST IRON….MARY JANE and REBEKAH TEAL…..now that’s a wonderful combination!!!

  10. Laura says:

    Mary Jane’s Farm and the Farmgirl Movement have been a wonderful addition to my retirement. It has given me a chance to try out and master some of the opportunities that my country cousins saw as “chores”.

    I love to cook and bake so I can’t wait to try out these two cookbooks.

    Thank you for this chance!

  11. Rene Marie Foust says:

    Mary Jane gives me something to aspire to and hope for. I always begin with the last page of a magazine(I know that is strange but unless I have purchased the magazine for a particular article that is how I do it) and that is how I discovered you. Your article is always the one I read first. BUt I love the whole magazine.

  12. Barbie D says:

    I first picked up a Mary Jane magazine in a quilt shop in Minnesota–I enjoy reading about quilts & other hand crafted items!

  13. Teri says:

    I love Mary Jane’s style! She is so creative! Her outdoor rooms inspire me to create one of my own.

  14. Beth says:

    I am an old farm girl, and Mary Jane’s newsletter and magazine has helped me keep up on how to still be a farm girl not on the farm anymore. I love her posts and helps!!

  15. Aleta Anderson says:

    Love the cover on the books. Especially the book about bread.

  16. Joanne Luthman says:

    I LOVE Mary Jane!!
    When I discovered her magazine a few years back, I felt like I had come home!
    And, even better, there were folks out there—a lot of them!—who loved the farmgirl life, as I do! That was SO refreshing.
    I don’t find that very often, and I cherish it.
    I have ‘Milk Cow Kitchen’, and just love it! Great recipes, great illustrations!
    I would love one of her new books, especially Wild Bread!
    Thank you, Mary Jane, for being a farm girl!
    Joanne Luthman

  17. Diane Van Horn says:

    MaryJane’s Farm has made so many impacts on me, I don’t know where to start! I found her magazine one day and that led me to the forum and that led me to meeting up with other farmgirls and that led me to Glamping which led me to pull my little tear drop all the way to MaryJanes Farm Bed and Breakfast from my home in WI, while visiting numerous farmgirls along the way which led me to my vintage camper which led me to find hundreds of Glampers all over the country. Aside from all the adventures, I have been inspired by MJF in my gardening, baking and homey skills. I have also found all the Farmgirl Bloggers and love following them monthly…especially the City Farmgirl! Hey Rebekah!

  18. Sue Neitzel says:

    I joined in 2004 I think, and I still have the friendships made there, only more so on Facebook but that still counts! Were farmgirls till the end! Thank you MJ for all you’ve done for us, I love the books and I need this one, I’m pretty sure!

  19. Marlene Capelle says:

    I have subscribed to Mary Jane’s magazine for years and stop everything to read it the minute it comes in the mail. The projects are great and the recipes are yummy. I’m glad she has started adding gluten free to the mix so I can try some of the one’s made with flour. I’m also a member of the sisterhood. And I love your blog too.

  20. Raynita Lee says:

    It just felt like home when I opened my first MJF magazine. I finally fit. My love for enamelware and farmsinks felt so right. I’m still dreaming of my glamper. It’s going to happen. Think I’ll go grab MJ’s Glamping book off of my nightstand and dream a little more…

  21. winnie Jackson says:

    if you enjoy cooking/baking in the kitchen for people you love then I would think these books would be a great addition to ones cookbook library. I am always wanting to read more and create more with food recipes. what a great offer. what a inspiration they will be to who ever wins them. Winnie J.

  22. Lisa Marie says:

    Wow. Where do I begin? MaryJane, her books, magazines, philosophy, farmgirl forum and friendship came at a very difficult time in my life. MaryJane had come to my town to visit our little group of farmgirls. She took awesome pictures of our town and we all had such a wonderful time with her. My daughter later went away to school up in Moscow, ID and MaryJane was gracious enough to allow me to stay at her farm when visiting. She was so gracious and down to earth and truly made me feel like family.
    She had also purchased pine needle baskets and a bell that I had made and then put them in one of her books! I was floored and so honored that she thought my work was worthy enough for that! I poured over her books and magazines, which gave me comfort as I struggled with leaving my abusive marriage. The farmgirls in the forum supported me, worried about me, held me together and were such a great source of strength after I left my husband. Their support was so great that I never wavered in my resolve to be free and safe. I love them all for what they did for me and continue to do for me. My farmgirl friends continue to be the most supportive, positive and strongest influence in my life, never failing to cheer me on in every endeavor.

  23. Sandra brewer says:

    Sure would enjoy this gift, thanks

  24. Jennifer Chappell says:

    MaryJane gave me a place to belong. After six years of caring for my mother while she had terminal cancer, I was absolutely lost when she passed. Suddenly, I had all this time on my hands. I could either fill that time with grieving or I could keep busy. I think I did every single project and recipe in every issue of 2015. But, with each project, I felt like I belonged somewhere and this is what I was supposed to be doing. In doing the things that women do, I felt connected to the women of my life: my mother’s spirit, my grandmothers, my great-grandmothers and ancestors. Doing the things that they did, the way they did them, the things they loved and took comfort in.

  25. Cheryle Duffy-Lehrer says:

    Connections and growth. I started my chapter by placing a small ad in a local paper. For 5 years we met, the group got so large at one point we had to develope some aatendance rules. Our projects so interesting we even had a few men want to join. It’s been about 8 years two of my best friends came from our Farmgirl chapter. We all embody Maryjane’s can do attitude. We support one another and still try to gather to upcyle. We share her desire to live a life of gratitude with attitude.

  26. Sue Feely says:

    Mary Janes Farm has been part of my life in several ways, Through her articles I have learned to garden, to get over the bugs and slimy creepers while gardening, to barter, to participate in exchanges of interest to me, and probably most importantly the lifelong friends I have made and kept!

  27. Rebecca M. says:

    I can’t remember the exact time that I discovered Mary Jane and her wonderful magazine, but I do remember the feeling I had when I read through it. I couldn’t put it down. Mary Jane and her writers are an inspiration. I would love to own one of the wonderful books. I cook with cast iron all the time and good bread is my weakness. I can pass up desserts, but bread just draws me in.

  28. Carol says:

    I found Mary Jane in an independent book store in the outskirts of Chicago. I was blown away by this “dream – come – true” magazine. There were other people out there who lived like this? Here was a gal I could relate to, and she produced the coolest catalogue/magazine I had ever seen. This discovery took place more years ago than I can remember…it was probably the premier edition. I’ve been a subscriber ever since.

  29. Julia says:

    Mary Jane has inspired me so much throughout the years! Her make do with what you can attitude and tips have helped me become even more resourceful!

  30. Shannon Haubrich says:

    I am an aspiring farm girl. We are currently trying to find the land to make my farm/ranch dreams a reality. Either one of these gorgeous books would be an amazing addition to my farm girl conversion.

  31. Catherine Jennings says:

    Mary Jane and all the Farm Girl blogs give me things to fantasize about. Then, they encourage me to make plans to “live the lifestyle” with lots of encouragement! I would love a book!!

  32. Mary Jane Shipley says:

    You inspire me to be a better Farm Urban Farm girl. I am another Mary Jane

  33. Dori Umphreys says:

    I first learned about MaryJane when I was sitting in a waiting room and picked up a magazine with an article about her life. I was inspired and wanted to know more but didn’t know where I could buy her new magazine. Then a month or so later I was shopping at my local food coop and saw her magazine on a display. I was excited and bought it and when I got home I read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting. I’ve read every issue since then and it has changed my life! I’ve been excited to make the recipes, some of the projects and I especially love that as a City Farmgirl myself I have found others like me. It’s so encouraging to know I’m not the only one and also as I still wait for the dreams of my own little farm to come true I feel a little closer with each issue.

  34. Julia Toomey says:

    Hi I love ur blog I been looking on ur for years.. new books would love to have one so loving.

  35. Sandy says:

    Mary Jane empowers me to try new things on our fledgling homestead. I learn so much just reading her magazine

  36. Theresa Talarek says:

    Oh, how I’d love both of those books! If I won one, I’d still buy the other. 🙂 Cast-iron cooking is the best, and I’ve been wanting to learn to make my own starter and start making bread on a regular basis. I always trust Mary Jane for the best ideas, instructions, etc.

  37. Cheryl Schuh says:

    When I first found Mary Jane she took me back to my childhood. Over the years I have slowly been making my way back to that way of life. She has been such an inspiration. I use my cast iron every day; some days even for the baking of bread so either cookbook would be wonderful!

  38. Janet M. says:

    I am a long-time Farmgirl fan. I first discovered Mary Jane B. when I started growing my own hard-neck garlic and wanted to use my garlic scapes. I fell in love with everything Mary Jane and immediately subscribed to her magazine. Cooking with cast iron and sourdough cookery are passions too! Long Live Mary Jane !!!

  39. Linda Olivera says:

    I joined MJF in April 2009 because a friend on another quilting site talked about some quilt swaps she had participated in on MJF. I purchased a subscription to the magazine and a farmgirl at heart was born. I guess the country life agreed with me, because in 2010 I bought a vintage farmhouse and 12+ acres as a second home to be near my son and his family. A few years later I moved to the farm and sold my city house. I never thought that I would become a farmgirl at the age of 62. I have MaryJane’s Cast Iron Cookbook but would like to get the Wild Bread book sometime soon. I have or have given as gifts all of MaryJane’s books, and I’d love a chance to win the bread book.

  40. Rosie Brock says:

    I love Mary Jane – it reminds me of my home town set in a rural community of farming and logging. I learned to garden, can fruits and vegetables and live a simpler life.

  41. Rebecca says:

    Mary Jane and her books, magazines, and forum have taught me that I can be a farmgirl wherever I live, wherever I go, because it is in my heart.

  42. Pat Moore says:

    I would love to have the bread book. Cooking I am good at BUT baking is not.

    The first time when we were just married 35 years ago, I made Biscuits my Husband and he hanged them on the Kitchen wall for me and they never even got moldly but just flaked away. So just gave up baking. Now that I am alot older I am willing to try again.

  43. Sue M says:

    Absolutely love cast iron. I cook with it everyday. Really, really old pieces that were my husband’s great grandmother’s and grandmother’s to brand new pieces, they are all awesome. I also love Mary Jane and all the good things she extols. It is truly inspiring to read about the uplifting things she and everyone associated with her share with us.

  44. Gloria Smith says:

    I look forward to my Mary Jane’s magazine each month. I dream of owning a farm, with animals, lots of flower beds . . . this magazine feeds that desire. I also love quilting and crafting so I enjoy reading the artist profiles. I can’t bear to get rid of my magazines so I have them sitting in stacks! I have all of the other Mary Jane books – I read them over and over. I’d love to own these two. Love reading your blog. Wish I lived near you!

  45. Caitlin Freeman says:

    I received one of MaryJane’s books for Christmas one year, and I have voraciously devoured every piece of writing, just like I devour all of her delicious recipes. I love the simplicity, the kindness, and the sisterhood that she has helped create! I recently moved into my very own apartment (no more roommates?! Whoa!), and I’m learning and studying how to be the best little City Farmgirl I can be!

  46. I discovered Mary Jane just when I needed her. Life is beautiful that way. I have several of her books and find that not only is the content amazing, but the attention to details as to how the book looks and feels in my hands makes opening them feel like a gift no matter how many times I turn to them. I asked my husband for Cast Iron Kitchen for Christmas last year and despite never growing up with cast iron I am hooked. I really, really would love a copy of Wild Bread and winning one would be an amazing blessing.
    Just as an aside, Rebecca, when each issue of MaryJanes Farm magazine arrives, after studying the cover, I turn first to the back page to visit with you. Like sun and rain your column nourishes this farm girl seedling! Thanks.

  47. Bobbie says:

    Living intentionally everyday is the inspiration that I get from the magazine and the desire to live true to who I am.

  48. Dee says:

    Look forward to every issue of Mary Janes’ Farm. Have gifted subscriptions to others I thought would enjoy them. They are read cover to cover! Very interested in the bread book – I love to make bread. One day I’ll splurge on her cow book, too!

  49. Nanette Boots says:

    I was hoping our local library would get the book in. I can’t do much cast iron cooking anymore, the pans are just too heavy, and then add food! But I would so love to “think about” cast iron cooking and see what the book has to offer. We do use our several fry pans on the grill for many tasty meats. I would love to give the book to the library. Just think of the audience who would see it and maybe buy one for themselves. Good luck everyone.

  50. tam dudley says:

    love ,love,love her books so fun to read! and filled with so much good info

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