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Retired farm girl busier than ever

By Staff | Jul 13, 2012

JESSA WOLTER combines ingredients for her frozen fruit cup, her grandchildren’s favorite.



ALLENDORF – Even though Jessa and Gary Wolter have been married almost 50 years, reared two children on their former former dairy farm and have retired from active milking duties, the couple finds they are busy as they’ve ever been.

The Wolters keep a few head of their champion Jersey cows and show them at area fairs. In fact, 2012 will be the 56th year the Wolter family’s Jersey cows have been shown at the Clay County Fair.

“When we were first married I was so surprised by these Jersey cows,” Jessa Wolter said. “When I was (growing up), we had Holsteins and we often had to cobble them for fear of being kicked when milking.

GARY AND JESSA Wolter share a common love for John Deere tractors on their farm.

“These Jerseys have a wonderful temperament. We never had a cobble on the place.”

Jerseys produce a rich milk and though they give a lesser quantity than their larger cousins, the milk has more butter fat.

Jerseys, she said, eat far less than some of the larger milking breeds.

The Wolter family also shares the love of John Deere tractors. Gary Wolter has a collection of John Deere memorabilia as well as 30 antique tractors.

They are members a number of tractor clubs including the Prairie Reapers Power Reunion Group and the North West Iowa 2 Cylinder Club.

JESSA WOLTER’S view of the Jersey’s out to pasture.

“We have met a lot of people and have fun visiting and sharing our love of tractors,” Jessa Wolter said.

Since finding out she was diabetic, Wolter turned to exercise as a way to lose weight and improve her health.

She and daughter, Renae, who lives just down the road, walk 3 to 4 miles a day and will occasionally walk up to 6 miles.

They keep their workout interesting by traveling to area towns including Sheldon, Spirit Lake, George and Worthington Minn., walking the trails there.

“I now have my diabetes under control, but I do watch my fat and sugar content.” Wolter said.

JESSA AND GARY WOLTER stand in front of he” John Deere tractor.”This is the tractor I drove,” she said, “whether it was working ground or picking up loads of grain.”

The couple recently returned to northwest Iowa from a trip to Tacoma, Wash., visiting their son, Delane and his family.

“My granddaughter loves my frozen fruit cups,” Wolter said. “While there, I made four batches. One for a graduation celebration and the other three were consumed by the girls while we were there.”

Frozen fruit cups

1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate

1 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate

ONE OF THE Wolters’ Jersey cows and calves. This will be the 56th year the Wolter’s will show their Jerseys at the Clay County Fair.

1 15-ounce can of fruit cocktail not drained

1 15-ounce can pineapple tidbits not drained

Combine above ingredients

Add 2 cups of crushed, frozen strawberries

1 can mandarin oranges drained

3 diced bananas

2 cups of water

1/2 cup of sugar

Fold ingredients together and freeze in 5-ounce cups.

Take out of freezer 20-30 minutes before serving.

Quick sugar-free raisin

cream pie

1 cup of raisins

1 6-serving package of sugar-free vanilla instant pudding.

1 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups of sugar-free Cool Whip

Cover raisins with boiling water and let stand.

Mix pudding with milk and add lemon juice and cinnamon.

Mix in Cool Whip and drained cooled raisins.

Pour into a ready-made graham cracker crust or baked pie shell. Refrigerate.

Broccoli corn casserole

1/2 cup of margarine

1 8-ounce box chicken and biscuit crackers crushed

1 10ounce package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained

1 16-ounce can of cream-style corn

1 16-ounce can of whole corn

Salt and pepper to taste.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt margarine in an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking pan.

Stir in cracker crumbs. Remove 1/3 of this mixture and set aside.]

In a medium size bowl combine the remaining ingredients and spoon into casserole over crumbs.

Top with reserved crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.

Almond squares

(Jessa Wolter said this is an old family favorite from her mother, Alice Offeringa)


Cook together until bubbly:

3 egg yolks

3/4 cup of sugar

2 tablespoon cornstarch

2 cups of milk

Cool above by setting pan in cold water and add 5 teaspoons of almond flavoring.


While cooling the filling, mix:

1 1/2 cups of oatmeal

2 cups of flour

1 cup of shortening (or 1/2 cup margarine and 1/2 cup of shortening, melted.)

Pat down half of crust mixture in 10-inch, square pan.

Put filling on top and sprinkle with remaining crust mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


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