Sunday, October 25, 2015
Grateful for the abundant rain, we took the downpours in stride. The animals found shelter, the equipment was housed in the new equipment shed, the fields just drank it all in, with the huge cracks and crannies closing up. As Fall is well under way, preparations are being made to prepare for cold weather and the short days of winter. The strawberries have been planted for the next season, the garlic is going into the ground this week, the Spring milkers are being reintroduced to their favorite Lothario, the fall milkers are producing lots of good goat milk to supply the increasing demand. It is time to start thinking about the holidays, and market preparations for all of the goodies. The pantry provisions are increasing in the market with additional freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Soups in a jar, herb and spice mixes, fruit leather, ice cream puffs made from homemade ice cream, yogurt drops, everything granola, are some of the offerings. Will have raw honey, and some in jars with the honeycomb. Our honey, citrus ginger tea mix will be in the cooler this week and watch for a new beverage called "Shrubs". It is a doozy! The pecan trees are loaded, just waiting for a snap of cold weather and some big wind. The Farmer is adjusting to his retirement from the Fire Station and the Farmers Wife is looking feverishly for him a job. She has already sent him to Arkansas to visit friends, bought him a boat to send him to the lake to fish, volunteered his services at a nursing home, arranged for him to chaperone any field trips at the school, and is open to hiring him out to do odd jobs ( he is extremely handy!) Just give her a call....... oh you may have to wait a day or two, the rain knocked out the phone line at the farm, and the phone company is none too speedy. MARKET HOURS: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY from noon until 4:00 PM. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!!!!
Friday, October 9, 2015
Alas, all good things must come to an end, and in the farming business it usually means someone is moving on. In this case, the Farmers Son is going to the city for an opportunity to expand his horizons. To the farm it means the crops and animals will be without one of their most attentive caregivers for the last eight years. He will still be coming to help some evenings and an occasional weekend, but the steady 6:00 in the morning milk hand will be tending to others needs. The ultimate decision to revise the farm milk program was more of a natural process than an immediate snap judgment. For the time being, the cow milk supply will be greatly reduced, as most of the cows are moving to greener pastures, to an up and coming raw milk dairy farm, in all places, Farmersville, Tx. It was very hard for the Farmers Wife to part with her dear friends, but in determining what two people who are reaching their golden years can maintain on a busy farm, the cows became the victims of their owners declining energy and increasing years. For the time being a couple of the most cherished will remain on the farm giving what milk they can, when they can, seasonally supplying the market with a few gallons each week. All cow milk will be by reservation, so call ahead for availability. The goat milk is another story altogether. The goat herd is flourishing, the milk flowing abundantly at this time. Breeding season has started for the coming milk year, anticipating a good prolific year. The Farmer and his Wife are able to tend to the goats without additional help, so the farm will continue to provide goat milk interrupted. There will still be produce, honey, meat, eggs, as well as all of the pantry items in the market..... and plenty of goat milk products. If by chance we come upon the perfect helper, who cannot live through a day without milking a cow or two, we will most assuredly consider expanding the cow herd again. Tears have been shed, good buys have been said, and a huge thank you to the best herd of jersey milk cows on the face of the earth. MARKET HOURS: Friday and Saturday from noon until 4 PM. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!!!