It seemed that this growing season was never going to get started after the month-long postponement at the beginning, due to weather conditions that just wouldn’t allow the garden to get growing. Now, we’re 7 weeks into the season and the garden is looking beautiful and we don’t even have weeds the size of trees like we did near the end of our season in SC. The tractor and The Farmer’s diligence to hoe the rows are definitely to thank. Our pork is almost completely sold out and the egg production has been slow, but in a few months (Lord willing), we’ll have PLENTY of eggs to sell. Until then, we’re fortunate to offer a dozen each weekend. It happens when you lose over 50 laying hens in a couple of weeks after moving to a new location full of predators! One of our new coops is overflowing with young pullets who are going to start laying in just a couple of months. Our incubator has been busy hatching out all sorts of eggs from quail to laying chickens to guinneas. We’ve got a batch of laying chicken eggs in the incubator now for some of our friends over in South Carolina and may put another 30 or so in to stagger the ages of our chickens here. If we had duck eggs, we’d put those in next, because we are down to 2 ducks after letting the sweet things free on the ponds. 9 ducks “disappeared” in 2 days and there are only 2 survivors left. We have been locking the last 2 up at night, because the raccoon, oppossums, and foxes (and coyotes, hawks and owls) are in abundance around here. We might as well open up a wildlife refuge… except that we’re trying to raise a domesticated-animal refuge and those two don’t quite mix. Unless we were raising chickens to feed to the foxes, which we are not.
Our jungle fowl hen hatched out 8 biddies a couple of days ago and they are doing well as they scratch and peck around the house. We do have some ‘pet’ chickens, believe it or not. In fact, after our silkie hen lost her husband to a raccoon, she raised her biddies and went broody again, with nothing to sit on. So, we finally put half a dozen Ameraucana eggs underneath her, so that she could hatch them out also. I guess she’s our “no electricity needed” incubator. It will be fun to see her teaching her biddies, who will no doubt be twice her size when they grow up.
The Farmer harvested Tupelo honey from our bee hives last week and we are thrilled to offer raw Tupelo honey for sale this coming weekend. The cost for the Tupelo is a little more than we charge for the Chinese Tallow, because we have a smaller supply and we wouldn’t mind keeping it all to ourselves. The Tupelo flow is only a couple of weeks a year and we have to take advantage of it. We have some honey bottled and ready to go in 2lb containers that include a pound of honeycomb and a pound of honey and it is DELICIOUS and BEAUTIFUL!!! I love, love, love honey and honey bees. The Farmer and I fell in love over a bee hive. Hmmm… Seems like another blog for another time.
Since this post is supposed to inform you of what our CSA members received in their shares, here it is: Sweet Valentine Romaine Lettuce, Yellow Summer Squash, Broccoli, Turnips, Red and Yellow Onions and a couple of Watermelon, Black Spanish or Daikon Radishes. The onions all had dirt clinging to them in true Urbanna fashion and the Turnips were ‘weigh your own,’ which I really love, because the scale that we purchased from a local restaurant supply store is getting lots of use.
Finally, if you didn’t get a chance to see these links on our facebook page, please take a look now. Our sweet friends came out to the farm and captured some great moments and photos for you to enjoy:
The Farmer’s Wife