Small family owned farm selling eggs, produce, soap and skin care products.
Operating as usual
I have a couple of buckling born 5/13/21 that will be ready for a new home in a couple of weeks. Mom is an Alpine/Oberhasli cross and Dad is a Kiko/Spanish cross. I pulled them off Mom today and have started bottle feeding. They will graze a little on both feed and grass. They’ve had their first CD&T and been wormed. PM for additional information.
We will soon have some homestead bull calves and possibly a heifer for sale. They will be a combination of Pineywood (Mom) and either Lowline/Zebu cross or Florida Cracker (Dad). Will post pics when they are ready to go.
Rewarded with a nice bounty when turning the garden spot today! We are ready to plant potatoes as soon as we can get it tilled up some.
Picked up our new boy today in South Alabama...Oreo is a Florida Cracker bull. They are another of the horned cattle breeds suited for hot, humid climates. He’s still young, born August 2018, so we look forward to watching him grow up on the farm!
So glad this pretty girl will be joining us here on the farm in a few months❤️🐂🚜!
270+ miles later, we are the proud owners of our new Pyrenees sire! 6 week old 3/4 Great Pyrenees, 1/4 Anatolian. Can’t wait to get him home and meet all his new pasture mates! Jamie may not know what hit him when he meets all the goats, cows and our 3yo female Pyrenees😳.
Today’s project...4H chickens! Lili is so excited!
What happens when you leave your farm staff unsupervised! All joking aside, these guys worked HARD this past weekend trying to turn our little farm into a wedding venue. May 12 coming up fast!
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Surprised with 2 new Kiko/Spanish cross kids today at feeding time. These should be the last ones of the breeding season for 2018. Annabelle looked worn out! They usually stay on the hill with the babies for a couple of days but we brought her to the barn since expecting rain all night.
The day finally arrived and I feel like a brand new Mom! Sweet Pea and Mooney joined us at A & R Farm! And you know it’s true love when your hubs spends his mad money on a bull so your new cow won’t be lonely. Of course, the payback is I have to be the one to clean the trailer after unloading everybody😬! Looking forward to getting to know these two and growing our herd🐂🐄🐂! Thanks to LNL Mini Farm for our newest additions!
Look what the Easter Bunny brought me! I was just expecting a single from this Nanny but found these twin doelings, still wet, when we got home from our weekend camping trip with the grands! First time Mom and she seems to be doing wonderful!
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Love to see these tiny plants breaking the surface❤️❤️❤️
Super excited right now! We have talked about getting cattle for years and are FINALLY breaking ground on that project! Well, it’s just one (hopefully) bred cow right now but she will be all ours and I can hardly wait! 4 yr old Pineywood cow coming to our farm in April, courtesy of LNL MiniFarm in Henegar, AL. Pineywood cattle are descendants of cattle brought over in the 16th century by Spanish explorers. A smaller breed of cattle, they are heat and humidity tolerant and have excellent parasite resistance which makes them perfect for this area. Plans to add another cow or two and a bull in the future.
Everybody enjoyed a little free time outside the pasture yesterday...they were like kids in a candy store 🍡🍭🍬!
I got some new hens last year since most of my older ones had died off. It took these new ladies forever to start laying but they are on fire right now! Mostly light brown eggs with an occasional dark brown or bluish-green egg. This crop of layers are a weird bunch...they walk right in front of me at a snail’s pace when it’s time to feed and a few of them just lay down right at my feet on the way to the pen. Plenty of eggs for sale!!!
She’s fairly well trained to the milking stand at this point but we both shed some tears her first season!
Purchased a small hand milker for my first season of milking. Worked fine the first year but by the second year, it stopped up all the time and had poor suction. We made this one from parts bought from Lowe’s and Harbor Freight. Second year to use it and never any problems. I’ve gotten over half a gallon of milk from my Nigerian this week. This is her 3rd kidding season and her milk production has really picked up!
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Finally starting to ramp back up again around here! 9 kid goats for the season from our meat herd and 2 from our Nigerian Dwarf girls. Still waiting on one more Nigerian to kid...it’s her first time so anxious to see how she does. Small garden spots have been turned. Now we need a few dry days so we can till and get a few things in the ground.
Couple days and a few sweaty hours makes for a good garden haul! Squash, green beans, purple pod beans, tomatoes, peppers and blackberries...yummy!!!
Everything is looking good around the farm...with the exception of my poor tiny carrots. The squash plants are HUGE and should be blooming soon...straight neck, crooked neck, white and yellow patty pan plus zucchini. Potatoes, both red & white are starting to bloom and our tomato plants are full of tiny green tomatoes! So excited!!!
Spent yesterday afternoon planting corn and weeding the already planted gardens. I've decided that most farmers throw in the towel because they spend too much time and money having to work on their equipment!! We has to stop 6 times to work on the planter on the first row of corn!!! After that, my favorite farmer was able to do a temporary fix to get us through! Nerves were frayed all around by the time we got it fixed!
Potatoes are starting to bloom and the tomato plants are looking wonderful!!!
Getting a little garden time in ahead of the rain. Hilling up the potatoes and adding TUMS around the tomatoes for extra calcium. We also added a little diatomaceous earth to each one at planting time to help prevent blossom end rot. There is always an abundance of 4 legged help when we get down there. Even little man Brantley came to check out the progress!
Love being able to look down my garden rows and see all the new green growth!!! Will be hilling up the potatoes this week so we have our work cut out for us!
A & R Farm is at the Munford Farmers Market!! Open until 2pm so drop by! Located in front of Big Daddy's BBQ in Munford!!! Fresh picked buttery soft leaf lettuce available along with free range eggs, soap & other skin care products!!!
Just a few pics of soaps made yesterday...will be ready in 4 weeks! Apple pie, tropical cream pie, to***co caramel and pomegranate!!!
Mixed leaf lettuce...it's what for supper tonite! Fried chicken salads on the menu...
Don't these look scrumptious!!! Tropical cream pie with coconut sprinkles & Apple pie with apple bits and cream frosting!!! If they were only edible! New soaps in the making!!!
Also have a new luscious midnight pomegranate for ladies and a to***co caramel that is out of this world for the gents! Will post pics of all these tomorrow!
Well, I've got to work & my helper has a ball game so I guess A & R will not be at the Farmers Market. We will be back next week with our new market bags!!!
Since Brantley finally arrived, we are back on track and getting ready for the Munford Farmers Market on Saturday! See us early to get the new Farmers Market bag to hold all your goodies. Artwork by our very own Wendi Green! Bags are canvas and will be $5.00/ea. Loom for our soaps and cost products along with eggs and our very first produce of the season, mixed leaf lettuce!
I've been a little busy the past few days waiting on a new grandson...welcome to Mr. Brantley Michael Ramirez who took an exhausting 36 hours to make his debut!
To continue my post...honey, plants, produce, wood crafts and of course, A & R Farms has homemade bread, dinner rolls, jellies, soap, body butters & lotions! Stop by and check us out in front of Big Daddy's BBQ on Hwy. 21!!
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