We will be selling honey and Jam this weekend.
Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, tomatoes, beans, and honey
We will be selling honey and Jam this weekend.
We are going try this again this year! Last year was a challenging year to start new hives due to early weather problems, drought conditions in summer not producing enough nector, and a lot of feeding in the fall to get them into winter strong. Anyone that participated this past year are welcome to come to this summers New Hive Day and Bee Keeping presentation set for June 4th and Honey Extraction/Harvest Day on August 19th, even if you choose not to Adopt-A-Hive this year. If you want to decorate your hive this year let me know as early as possible so we can have hive bodies ready for when the bees arrive. You can send me a message through facebook or text or call 515 835-2466
We have some fresh garlic if anyone is needing any!
This thing is a back saver!!!
Two more weeks of bottle feeding for the three “miracle babies”!
Pigs were enjoying a new pasture today!
Anyone interested in pasture raised pork let me know. I will also have fresh butchered meat chickens ready in middle of May.
Garlic is really taking off! Building more raised beds, hauling compost, and Theo practicing digging holes to transplant raspberry and black berry plants soon!
Younger pigs were very happy to get out of their smaller winter areas and find some fresh ground to dig up!
3 am....but at least it is not -30 tonight!
These sows are pretty smart! -17 and -35 wind chill, so they made a nest about 3 foot high, on south side where window lets in sunshine for heat. They even drug one my tarps off of a tank and included in their nest! The black one is probably 330 lbs and I couldn’t even see her when I first went in.
Starting to get some of the piglets weaned from their mama’s!
Treasure Acres Bee Sting Honey production is coming along! I am infusing our honey with pepper flavors and it is really tasting great! One Sting is mild, Smokey flavored jalapeño and Serrano. Two Sting has a little heat to it , but doesn’t burn your mouth, with some added Habanero pepper.
Update on piglets. All lived which is kind of amazing and definitely getting more adventurous.
This piglet decided to take a nap on the head of another bred sow, not even his mother! Locked all the sheep and goats in so they don’t get stuck in the drifts. Stay safe everyone, getting nasty out there.
Unfortunately, there is never a dull moment here on the farm! I had four hogs sold, and ready to go to the locker to be butchered on Friday, and instead we are discovering they are having babies!! Since we don’t have a boar on the farm we thought maybe it was a Christmas miracle, but then found out a couple days before we picked them up from another farm, they were penned up with some boars while he was sorting them. So, we now have two litters on the ground and probably two more on the way very soon. They are a mixture of Berkshire, Old Spot, and Mangalista heritage breeds and I bet someday they will taste delicious!
Laura and I got around 400 cloves of Italian Purple garlic planted today! Made a cardboard template to plant by and I am hoping it will also serve as mulch to keep weeds down.
Today we got some things planted in the hoop house! Peppers which we had grown from seed and strawberries! I hope to finish middle bed tomorrow but still not sure if it will be tomatoes or raspberries
No planting today so we got the cover on hoop house and hopefully we will fill it with strawberry plants this weekend!
The girls are bringing in lots of pollen today! Look at their hind legs and you will see their pollen baskets are full of bright yellow pollen!
Laura and I are making great progress in the garden area! We were delayed a few days cutting trees down but got a lot done today. Not sure what will happen with farmers markets yet for this year but we have talked about opening the farm up one night per week for people to purchase produce if anyone is interested.
Final lamb of the year!! (Black ewe) I have one young ewe that I am not even sure if she is pregnant or not, but other than that we are done!
One of the last lambs born today ended being a spotted boy! One more ewe to go and lambing will be done!
16 degrees outside this morning and it is raining babies!
Another bedtime surprise!
Busy cold morning for lambs!
Nursery is getting very full and just had a single last night and twins just now!!
Good night from the lambing barn!
Another bedtime surprise!!
We just had to pull this big girl! She is a very large girl!! Mom doesn’t want anything to do with her, may have a bottle baby!
Busy night again!
These two are happy to be out of their small lambing pen!
The streak continues....every ewe so far has had one black and one white lamb! This one just had two girls!
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