Wednesday, April 28, 2010

First try at incubating eggs

We are trying our first round of incubating some of our chicken eggs here at Weksny acres. It's day 7 today so Wendy, the girls and I just finished candling the eggs. Out of the 25 eggs that we started with, we still have 18 in the incubator. 2 were showing cracks in the shells, and the other 5 didn't look like they were fertile.

It sure is an interesting thing to watch. We are already wondering what kind of chicks we will see in 2 weeks.

I'll keep you posted on the little peeps progress.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Farmer's market update 4-17-10

It was a slow Saturday at the farmer's market for some reason.
We only sold 3 dozen eggs and 4 bunches of radish.

On the brighter side though, we did sell 3 bars of pure soap, and got an order for some beeswax candles for next week.

Every little bit helps.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Prepping for Farmer's Market

One of the things we at Weksny Acres anticipate the most about spring is the start of Farmer's Market. Over the next weeks and months, I'll be posting about the various goods we'll be selling (like homemade soap, bath salts, and candles) and how well we do in sales.

Tomorrow, Doc will set up early with a good supply of fresh eggs, bath soap, and the first of our lovely radish crop.

There's a good several pounds worth in that container, and still plenty more not yet harvested from the garden. We'll get this babies washed up and packaged tonight, ready for sale in the morning. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gardening, Weksny Style

It's still early in April, and temps have been in the low 90s here at Weksny Acres. Which means that Doc has been too busy outdoors to update the blog. Looks like it's up to me. (Shouldn't I really just add this to my on-going list of "indoor responsibilities"?)

We spent a lot of time over the winter getting the soil in the vegetable garden up to snuff. (I can honestly tell you now from personal experience that turkey manure has nowhere near the overwhelmingly bad aroma that horse manure does. And there's still a smidgen of city-girl left in me that hangs her head with sadness at the fact that I know this information.) Anyhow, I think, at least I hope, that we did a good enough job, because we're going for broke on variety this year.

This isn't a full shot of the veg garden. I would have had to back up another 50 feet or so to show all of it. What you don't see in this shot, that missing 50 feet, are the corn, green beans, butternut squash, hubbard sqaush and pumpkins, but since there isn't much happening with those yet, I wanted to concentrate on showing you where the green is. Down there in the far end by Doc is celery, peas and some tomatoes. (Those tee-pee poles are for the peas to climb up.) Elsewhere inside the fencing you can find spinach, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, onions, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, peppers, yellow squash, zuchinni and potatoes. It's hard to tell from this photo, but most of it's looking pretty good.

But the most impressive performers in our garden so far are the garlic and radish beds.

Mmmm, just look at those garlic plants. I use garlic so much in my cooking, it only makes good sense to try growing it ourselves. If this year's crop is as successful as I expect it to be, we'll plant a larger plot next year and sell the excess at Farmer's market.

In case you're wondering, that's red and green leaf lettuce framing the garlic bed. We'll probably be picking it in the next couple of weeks (if not sooner). It doesn't grow very large, but it does give an interesting crunch to salads.

Speaking of salads, check out our ruby-red radishes. These beauties are pretty much ready for picking, which totally works for me because I'm pretty much ready to eat them!

These didn't take very long to grow, much to my surprise, so after we're finished with the hundred or so plants we've got now, we'll re-seed for another crop before the season ends.

Aside from all the veggie-garden work, Doc has also been putting in a lot of time on fence-building for our herb garden and strawberry patch.

Rustic, charming and functional. Doc's been scouring our treelines for limbs that will make good fence posts. Next to keeping our vegetables well watered, this fence is currently the highest priority on the farm. We'll never be able to keep the chickens from eating everything we try to grow there without it.

So, now you know what Doc's been doing. Me? I'm still tackling some of those "indoor responsibilities".

That's a whole lot of coupon-clipping to catch up on. But if you know me, you know I'll put it all to good use.