Well hello ladies...
We are a tiny intensive farm providing farm fresh free range chicken and duck eggs as well as all natural pesticide free produce and local raw honey.
Well hello ladies...
This past weekend we put up about 30 lbs of corn cut right off the cob and 29 jars of peach jam :-) looking forward to our next canning project.
Hope everyone is having a amazing summer. :-)
Babies are active, healthy and growing.
These twins were born early this morning... the black one is a boy and the brown one is a girl :-)
Happy New Year. Sorry we have been seriously slacking on updates. It is just busy as always. Hope everyone is able to stay warm in this crazy weather. The animals are all doing well. While we are changing water out every couple of hours everything else is business as usual.
Went out to the garden today to pick a couple of tomatoes... There were a few more than we expected.
Geese, chickens and ducks all hanging out in the yard today. Picking veggies today as well here is the start of our harvest. Tons of extra yellow squash if anyone wants some.
Photos from Creekside Hollow Farm's post
Summer time at Creekside as always has been busy busy busy. Here are some pictures of the garden, bees, and animals we took this evening. We've already began harvesting beans, potatoes, squash and zucchini.
Astro enjoying some sun & Last weekends hive inspection.
Sunshine, Baby goats and bunnies need I say more :) Have a beautiful day!
Yesterday these little guys arrived .:)
Our first baby goat made his grand entrance into the world today...
Well you can tell it's spring we have 10 baby Ducks and seven baby bunnies, the mud is about knee high and the entire yard is flooded. Oh how I long for summer :)
This morning we found one of the Muscovy ducklings didn't survive the night but the rest are doing great and so cute. Pigs are getting fatter by the day, they seem to enjoy all the mud from the recent rain, took this picture at the end of the day after they ate and played non stop. Was able to get a fairly good picture of out Crested Polish hen and dark Brahma , and finally the biggest clove of garlic we have ever grown.
Astro our new buck, and future daddy is getting settled in. He's a bit of an escape artist so his pen is still a work in progress but he has the sweetest disposition.
Here goes another semi- regular update on the farm, we have a few new additions three Yorkshire piglets, last year we raised just the one pig and had such great success. Today we picked up a LaMancha cross buck to breed our girls to, so hopefully by spring we will have kids and goats milk. Our girls are doing great Gouda is getting so big. One of the Muscovy Ducks hatched four ducklings yesterday and the other is sitting on a rather large nest of chicken eggs. :-) We have six ducklings that are a couple months old and our large original chicken and duck pen is doing well , however we have begun to scale back on for fall. We ended up having a male n female goose as well as one very happy bread loving turkey. The bees are busy as always making us beautiful and delicious honey. Finally, the garden has been wonderful, everything we have harvested has fed our family and friends as well as began to stock the pantry . Thank you for all your love and support, we appreciate it greatly.
I still stand firm in my belief that there is very little if any truly organic honey being produced in the U.S. or anywhere in the world, cast a wary eye on anything being marketed as such. Our honey is and always will be treatment free and raised as ethically as possible with a focus on bee health through propagation of resistant and hygienic genetics
A great article from Civil Eats that helps to explain Organic Honey.
Why I don't wash our eggs until just before I use them ...and why you shouldn't either.
We're trying a bit of an experiment today setting up a small roadside stand. For today only if you mention you saw this post receive a Free Dozen Eggs with the purchase of a quart or two pints of honey! While supplies last
We have several batches of Honey from our hives, they vary in color, all treatment free, and not fed sugar. We have more than we need right now so we are selling some $10 pint or $16.50 quart. Limited quantities are available. Please feel free to message us if you're interested.
Creekside Hollow Farm
We finally hatched our first dozen ducks, they grow so fast some of these pictures are a couple weeks old, so sorry for the delay in updates Spring is always so chaotic here.
More bee pics :-)
Bee hives are amazing this spring we have began to harvest honey as well as expanded to three hives.
Here's the rest of the pictures, sorry if they are somewhat out of order, I added a picture of a beautiful ham hock we recently cooked with from our butcher pig.
Things are so exciting here at Creekside Hollow Farm, we've started planting the garden, so far we have 3 varieties of potatoes, radishes, collards, onions, carrots, broccoli, mustard greens, 4 varieties of peas, new kale as well as some of last year's plants that came back, garlic and we added a permanent bed for the hops.
The meat birds continue to grow rather fast, we built them an outdoor pen and they seem to love the space. The 3 goslings, Lurkey the turkey and a few of the special breed chickens are now in the grow out pen and seem to double size daily! Recently we caught the baby geese and the turkey all cuddling, wish we had gotten pictures but they would have moved before we were able to. Our yard flock are great and producing more eggs then we know what to do with.( This past week we dehydrated some and made them into powder for future use as well as pickled the ones in the previous post). Ducks are also laying an abundance of eggs. We had to separate some of the Drakes and have been selling them off because they were beating up the hens with our ratio so far off. We took in a few survivor ducks from a farm that had a unfortunate fox attack, they were injured when we got them but are doing way better now with pool therapy and pampering.
The rabbits are great and we will be working on getting the females bred this weekend. Our goats Momma and Gouda are doing amazingly well , we love spending time with them in the evening and feeding them "cookies" .
Even the dogs are well even though they dont much care for all this rain but they deal the best they can.
Bees are happy and prosperous and as soon as the weather breaks the hives will be split doubling our current number. We pulled a box that had been severely cross combed over winter and harvested our first honey! It's amazing, fresh and floral:-)
As always we have fresh eggs available all the time at $3/dozen or $4 for 18. We will also be taking orders for whole chickens and a few ducks shortly. They will be $10-$12 and must be ordered before butcher day. We will band your choice and it will be ready shortly after our processing party (date TBD).
Again if there's any interest in meat birds they must be sold before they are processed to maintain legal compliance.
Thank you all so much for the overwhelming love and support!
Sorry if the pictures are somewhat out of order, we haven't figured out how to put them in order from our phones yet.
BJ and Stephanie
Creekside Hollow Farm
Well Sunday we made these pickled eggs from an excess of chicken eggs the recipe came from BJ's amazing grandma Betty. They are great and I am so greatful she shared this with recipe with us.
Here's some more pictures and one of our homegrown bacon :-D
Let me start by apologizing for not posting the update as promised, all I can say is life happened as it sometimes does ;-)
Last fall we planted garlic and if we can keep the chickens and ducks out of the garden we expect to have roughly 100-150 heads of by July/August. This weekend we will be planting potatoes and kale, some of our kale and collard greens are coming back from last year which is pretty unexpected and exciting.. We also should be starting tomatoes and peppers. We'll be tilling like crazy this year since we plan of doubling the garden size. Our goal is to plant a garden we can eat out of all year, we made it through the winter with what we put up in the fall and now we know what vegetables we need to focus on this season.
We have about 100 roosters in the grow out pen waiting for the weather to break so they can go outside. The plan is to fill the freezer and we should have some extras to sell. Our hens are laying like crazy right now which is great they were a little lazy this winter so it's nice to get a couple dozen a day now. The ducks continue to raise heck every place they go thankfully no more escape attempts to the creek, they absolutely love that everything is swampy and wet. I swear they find different puddles to swim in daily. Needless to say they are pretty dirty. We also added four Muscovy Ducks and are hoping they will hatch some babies this spring/summer. For the first time ever we are raising a turkey he/she is cute and rather friendly, we got him with the roosters and at that time you could barely tell them apart but he grows about two times faster then they do.
The goats are great we still have the momma and lil girl (Gouda), but we did have to rehome Feta(the little boy) to avoid any unexpected babies. When it's time to breed them it will be to an unrelated male.
Rabbits are doing and we should be getting the does bred within the next couple of weeks.
The bees have been busy busy all winter the hives are full of honey and wax and this will be the first time we get to enjoy the honey made right here. Hopefully we will be able to sell some as well.
Ok well I've probably lost at least 50% of people who started reading this post but if you made it to the end thank you for reading, we really do appreciate each and every person who takes time out of their busy life to follow our little farm/homestead. Hopefully this summer we can have an "open house " and give a tour to anyone interested in a visit.
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