Written by:  Hilary Maricle @ Common Ground Nebraska

Being a farm mom with five kids keeps me busy, but I also enjoy my role of teaching agriculture to young farmers who are in college. My husband, Brian and I are the 6th generation living and working on Maricle Family Farms with his family, and my parents own and operate a grocery story – so I can truly relate of the story of “farm to fork”!


We raise cattle, corn, hogs, and soybeans just south of Albion, Nebraska. Our cows are Angus, and then are bred to Simmental/Angus bulls and we feed out our own cattle. We also grow our hogs from feeder to finish. My favorite time of the year is calving season and assisting with birthing and then working with the calves!

I also enjoy being involved in American & Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Cattlemen & NCBA, Ag-Ceptional Women’s Committee Member, National & Nebraska Ag Educators Association, Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission Board Member, as well as helping out with the Boone County 4-H and FFA. I especially like working with my children as a Youth Soccer Coach and assisting with Youth Coach Pitch, teaching my children how to show cattle and ride horses, and showing them the values of agriculture through 4-H and life on the farm!

I was recently on 10/11 Morning News talking about my Patio Corn Salad recipe and an easy trick to make silk-free sweet corn. Check it out here. Enjoy this recipe, perfect for your 4th of July picnic!


{Patio Corn Salad}

4 ears of Sweet Corn or  2 cans W K Corn, drained

1/2 C Onion, chopped

1 C Cucumber, diced, leave skin on

1 C Celery, diced

2 Tomatoes, diced

1 C Sour Cream

3/4 C Salad Dressing (I use Miracle Whip)

1/4 C Vinegar (White)

1 T Salt

1 T Sugar

Dry Mustard, scant teaspoon



  1. After chopping all of the veggies, it’s important to drain well after washing.
  2. Mix together & chill.


*Best if chilled overnight!



CommonGround is a farmer-driven, volunteer program created to clear up misconceptions and enhance the trust and awareness among urban consumers for today’s agriculture. CommonGround serves as a partnership between the nation’s soybean and corn checkoffs. To learn more about CommonGround, visit www.findourcommonground.com, and learn more about the farm women involved in CommonGround Nebraska at www.CommonGroundNebraska.com.