Tastes From Our Country Home
We want to share some of our bounty with you. If you wish to sample our fare, please Contact Us through the form in the sidebar. The availability of our items is variable and may depend upon seasonal abundance.
We plan to sell eggs from the stand on a daily basis. We always seem to have 6-8 dozen eggs a week extra right now. So those will go into a cooler to sell from the stand. As we go forward, and our fruits and veggies start to come into season, we will put out other items as well. We also hope to make some preserves and pies or other baked goods and have them for sale as well (perhaps some entrepreneurial ventures for the girls?). We would love to have you come on by and invite you to make a habit of stopping in.
If there is interest, we also plan to start making nest boxes and bat houses from rough plank pine and adding them to our stand. For now, if you are interested in a bird or bat box, just let us know what you want by emailing us with your requests at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have pastured laying hens that can range over part of our lawn and field and enjoy doing what chickens do best - scratching around and snapping up any insects they can find. We enjoy the delicious eggs these hens lay. We do offer the birds supplemental organic feed to make sure they always have enough to eat, but they spend most of the day scratching about for food.
Breads and Baked Goods
We are just starting to learn the art of bread making, but Mom already has a few great recipes that the family enjoy, including sourdough, sweet breads, and whole wheat loaves. And with Dad just starting to home brew, we are experimenting with spent grain breads; a more robust and flavourful bread. Mom also enjoys baking, particularly cookies, muffins, and pies. Her favourite items to bake are pies, tarts and squares that highlight local, seasonal fruit. If you would like some baked items, please contact us.
We keep expanding our vegetable gardens, and from time to time we have more than we need and would be happy to sell the extras. Please let us know if you want to be on our email list; we will notify you when we have an abundant harvest.
We put up as much produce as we can manage during the abundant summer season when our gardens and the local farmers markets are overflowing with beautifully ripe and flavourful produce. Our "putting up" includes canned fruits and vegetables, as well as relishes jams, jellies, salsas and pie fillings.
In April 2017 we planted 23 fruit trees (apples, apricots, pears, peaches and plums) interspersed with nitrogen-fixing trees and shrubs. Alongside this orchard we expanded our raspberry patch and plan to start blueberry, blackberry, goji, and sea buckthorn from seed for later planting. Some time, some care, and some luck and we should have the stock we'll need to expand our permaculture orchard into the old hay field.
Beekeeping is something we would really like to get into, so we hope to one day have more honey than we know what to do with.
A generous friend has supplied us with a poultry scalder and plucker. Dad Harrold is planning the construction of our chicken processing area and our chicken tractor. We would like to pasture our broiler hens in the re-claimed hay field. We'll be raising organic, pasture-raised broilers.
Other Farm Animals
We would like to eventually get some Goats, Sheep, Pigs, and/or Cows. And I know Grandpa would one day like to get a Horse. I plan to start by building out some fenced in sections behind the barn with pathways from a lean-to off the back of the barn to 3 different pasture areas. That will allow for Goats and Sheep. With the bat guano now gone, we need to finish cleaning up the loft to get it ready for storying some hay for the winter.