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 keep a flock of laying hens that supply us with a bounty of colourful eggs. Why settle for brown or white eggs when you can also have pink, blue, green, or chocolate brown? We want our chickens to behave the way chickens were meant to behave. That mean our birds live on pasture in mobile fencing and housing. We move them weekly to a fresh area of vegetation where they spend their days doing what they do best - scratching around and snapping up any small critters they can find. As a result, our hens lay nutritionally dense eggs, well above industry standards.
Seasonal Roadside Stand
When the weather is fair our roadside stand is open. We stock it daily with dozens of eggs (kept cool in a cooler when the temperature starts to rise). Asparagus and rhubarb are the first produce of the year and appear in June. As the summer unfolds the produce on the stand progresses through greens, peas, garlic, summer squash, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and winter squash, among other items.
We also have available some items that won't do well sitting by the roadside all day, buy that we can supply you with, if desired. These include herbs (chives, sage, basil, parsley, hyssop, and dill), as well as cut flowers, and raspberries (two crops, one in late July and a second from late August until the first frost).
Since we grow our flock naturally, we have a surplus of roosters on hand. If you've a taste for rooster meat or wish to make your own chicken stock, let us know...
A new strawberry patch is the works. 100 plants are going into the ground this spring. In June 2021, we hope to harvest some delicious berries.
In the spring of 2017 we planted several trees each of apples, apricots, pears, peaches and plums , as well as sea buckthorns, black currants, elderberries, and some nitrogen-fixing trees and shrubs. Some time, some care, and some luck and we should have some organically grown tree fruits. Already we have enjoyed baskets of apples and currants and a few plums and and peaches. In 2020 we will add aronia berries, hardy kiwis and pawpaws.
We're dreaming of growing our own shitake mushrooms. I think we just need to take the plunge and do the work to inoculate some pieces of oak or maple with spore. After that, it's waiting and maintenance for a year, as the mushrooms won't "bloom" until year 2.
Beekeeping is something we would really like to get into. Having an orchard and multiple vegetable and flower gardens, bees are appreciated for their pollination services. Any honey we could get would be an added bonus! Now, to decide on hive style: top bar hive or langstroth hive....?
Other Farm Animals
We would like to eventually get some goats, sheep, pigs, and/or cows. And both Grandpa and our children would one day like to get a horse. We 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 three different pasture areas. That will allow for goats and sheep to move from a sheltered place to pasture. With the bat guano problem remedied, we need to finish cleaning up the loft to get it ready for storing hay for the winter.