It's Sunday food prep time! If you haven't read my recent blog post (link in the bio), you should know that I grew up in Boyd. I've spent the past few days there visiting with my parents and friends. I had a wonderful time! Yesterday, I picked up fresh squash and okra from our friends at @demases_farm. They have wonderful produce and it was nice catching up! I grilled the squash and onions in a cast iron skillet, and cooked the okra in the oven. I like my okra a little brown with cajun seasoning. I added Amylu's apple and gouda chicken sausage.
A dog and his ducks 💛💙 Spot is barely a year old and is already a pro LGD (livestock guardian dog). Not only does he guard his ducks and horses, he will also make sure no one bothers my little chihuahua, Loki, when he goes out to potty 💙 I love this boy so much and am so thankful for his help on the homestead!
So Charlotte's hatch didn't go as well as I had hoped • Out of the dozen eggs we gave her only two chicks hatched - the little Olive Egger and a Maran • Sadly, when I checked on everyone yesterday afternoon, I found the little Maran dead in the nest - leaving the little grey one (from the picture I shared the other day) all alone • So I quickly made arrangements with a few other farmers and spent the rest of the day running around and picking up a few more chicks to keep our little one company
We now have four more chicks - two Crested Cream Legbar girls, and two Easter Eggers (hopefully girls as well!) - and all five babies are happy • Charlotte took to them right away and is showing them all how to "chicken" • She's the best momma
In yesterday's runaround I also picked up these two (pictured) young bantam girls • They're about a quarter of the size of a normal hen and won't get much bigger - so so cute! • I'm well on my way to making friends with the greyish one which means "Operation House Chicken" is officially underway! • Just don't tell my husband 😬🙃😊
Sometimes we decide to give the horses Sunday mornings off and humans cart things around the farm. I've spent the past 20+ years of our friendship tromping around with these ladies and can't imagine running the farm without their weekend/workend visits that are filled with laughter and fun in the field. #farmfriends#communitysupportedagriculture#manyhands
Snuggles with my favorite girl 🐥💛 this is my lavender Orpington, she is the cuddliest, fluffiest, most beautiful chick 💛🐥 I know parents aren’t supposed to have favorites, but I don’t care, I do and she’s it! 🤣 I love the other 3 girls too... but she is a cut above 💛 do you secretly, or not so secretly, have a favorite?
We're heading inland a bit for tonight's #statebysnake - here is Pennsylvania, which I've paired with the Eastern Ratsnake! These snakes are the largest found in PA, and are generally found in fields, open woods and farmlands - all incredibly common habitats in PA. Ratsnakes are excellent climbers, and have been found in trees, on rocks, and even on human-made objects like fences. While an unexpected encounter can be alarming, they are great agricultural helpers and are beautiful animals. While appearing all black at first glance, they actually have some checkering on the underside and chin, and the patterning seen on juveniles can sometimes still be seen in adults through the black. These are agile, active snakes and some of my favorites to have worked with or encountered!
Some of the things our farm crew spotted this week: a carrot friend who just wanted to sit and chat for a while; a birds nest in the kale field; flowers on the potato plants; and acorn squash getting themselves ready for a good long rest out in the far (and long) field. #carrotman#farmfriends#fieldfinds#smallfarm#nopanicweorganic
🍉GIVEAWAY!💐 TAG TWO FRIENDS!
Farmers market prep! We will be in Willows tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 8am in front of tractor supply. We have so many fresh organic goods to offer😍 Tons of melons, flowers, squash, beans, carrots, winter squash, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Please come say hi and get some goodies! Plus who doesn't love a giveaway??? Tag two #farmfriends for the chance to win a bunch of flowers and a tasty little melon to be picked up at the market tomorrow! I will anounce the winner before 8am in the morning😉🍉💐 #farmersmarket#certifiedorganic#farmfreshisbest#farmlife#localfarmer#farmtofork#farmtotable#willowsca
Today’s Adventure: A visit to Crosswind Farms to pick Raspberries, grab homemade jam for Papa, taste a few Honey Sticks and a visit to the Barn to meet some new friends!! 🐓🐎🐐🦃🍯
#farmstand is open friends! Flowers, bread, tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, lavender satchels, sungold cherry tomatoes, spaghetti squash, seasoned sundries tomatoes, eggs, lunchbox sweet peppers, organic all natural chapstick tinted with beet juice! So many goodies friends come out and grab something fun! #farmher#farmlife#farmfriends#local#farmtotable#farmtofork#supportlocal#eatlocalgrown @therooapron ...this apron has had the miles put on it! And is my favorite workhorse for hauling goodies! Love it! 😍😍