|Posted by Gus on March 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
So I woke up early this morning since I didn't sleep well. I opened a package from yesterdays mail I must have missed on the counter and was suprised to find the latest issue of Edible Portland, http://edibleportland.com/, with a note saying that we are listed as a raw goat milk resource! How wonderful; except we won't have any fresh milk until mid April. Still, it was a nice suprise.
The big news is really that Pix finally had her babies! 2 little boys. They are super cute and soft an yet they are still boys... I can't justify keeping them even for their fiber because that would mean getting rid of one of the girls. There is only so much room here and we ust maximize it wisely.
Penelope will be the next one to kid. We are hoping all goes well with her since she had so much difficulty last year. If this one is rough also we will not breed her again.
Stella is right behind Penelope and should have some fuzzy babies! Once all of the kidding is done we should be in full milk suply for the rest of the year! So lucky for fresh milk:)
|Posted by Gus on March 2, 2014 at 11:50 PM||comments (0)|
We are offering a limited number of CSA shares this year. Our CSA will run from May through October for 20 weeks. The cost is $500 for a full share with optional add-ons such as milk, eggs and coffee.
We felt it was very inportant to hold off on offering CSA shares from our farm until we had a handfull of seasons under our belt so we could get a feel for what our little farm could actually produce consistently. Too often we have seen young and eager beginning farmers offer a CSA their first year and unable to fulfill the full season. The problem is usually signing up more shares than their land can produce and not having enough space to grow a full diversity of produce. Sometimes it is a combination of issues that experience in time could have prevented. That being said, CSAs are an investment in your farmer, your food and the land. Weather can have tragic and unavoidable effects on crops. However, even if we were to have unforseen events impact our crops, we are commited to making sure everyone is fully satisfied with our farm's products.
Please contact us for more information regarding your 2014 CSA share!
|Posted by Gus on February 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
Well, we survived the snow storm of 2014! However, one of our greenhouses did not :(. We are hoping that it is mostly salvageable but we won't know until it heats up and we can take it all apart. The good news is that the other GH is still standing. It took many episodes of brushing the snow off the roof and walls with brooms as the snow kept collecting for a few days. Also, all of the animals and people came through safely!
We have our annual Animal Welfare Approved (http://animalwelfareapproved.org/) inspection today. If you haven't already, I encourage you to visit their web site and learn more about the standards that we meet (or exceed) on our farm. We feel that the health and happiness of our animals is paramount to the quality of meat, eggs and milk we offer to you.
|Posted by Gus on January 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
We will be offering CSA shares this year! We wanted to wait a few years before offering shares to make sure we knew we could fulfil such a comitment. After doing as many as 5 farmer markets in one summer, we decided to cut back to 3 markets and 10 CSA shares this year. Hopefully this will afford us more time to focus on growing outstanding crops and raising super happy and healthy animals!
|Posted by Gus on January 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
It has been a long time since I have tended to this site. Since I don't know a lot about computers and such, I procrastinate updating much more than Facebook! However, I realized that not everyone uses Facebook and there is only so much it can do. Besides, we need to catch up with the computer age whether we like it or not...
This fall we butchered our first two pigs and they taste great! Our hanging weight totaled over 500 pounds for the two of them! We now have three more little piglettes to be raised for an August butcher date. They are fun and cute at this age (8 weeks now) but will get big and bossy soon enough.
We also had a fall butcher of chickens. They sold well and made some amazing soups to be made by many. Perfect for heading into the winter cold/flu sesaon for sure. We now have a replacement flock of about 110 hens that should start laying the begining of April. Another addition this winter is 10 ducks. The intent is to use the Runner Ducks in the fields to help control bugs and pests as well as procuring duck eggs; however, these guys are a little crazy! We have one duck that was a duckling with some of our chicks before the others came to us. They were all day-old babies together and 'George The Duck" imprinted on them. His best friend is "George's Boyfriend" (yes, that is his name) the rooster. They are inseperable and George The Duck will have nothing to do with the other ducks. We will see how all of this goes come spring.
Our girls (goats) have been doing well. Everyone is dry (not in milk) for the winter with hopes of babies this spring. We have two little gals that were born in March 2013, Betty and Blanche. They are adorable and will be ready for breeding in the fall. We still have Stella, Pix, Penelope, Sophia and Cabbage. Jason, our buck, will be leaving soon hopefully!
As we continue the market season through the winter, we really come to enjoy and rely on our regular customers who support us in the colder weather. Without them we certainly couldn't survive and they are a big reason we keep farming! We love our customers at the farmer markets! Notably, Gail and H.C. from our Lloyd market. They have been hounding us for over a year to take a little vacation to their cabin, but farm lifestyle doesn't afford for vacations much. We were finally able to take a couple of days off and enjoy the serene cabin in the woods. Boy, was that needed! We are better prepared, mentally, to tackle the late winter/early spring planning of the farm. Thanks Gail and H.C.!
|Posted by Gus on December 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
Well winter in finally here. We remember looking forward to these days in the summer when the thought of getting cozy by the fire and not working 12 hrs a day seemed really nice. Now we just wish it was warm again and didn't get dark at 4:30. Well what are you gonna do but appreciate the place that you're at.
We've had a pretty quiet winter thus far with no major mishaps. Our winter crops are growing slow but steady and the greenhouse is producing enough lettuce and spinach to take a salad mix to market. We've been harvesting a braising mix which consists of 7 or 8 different types of cooking greens like kale, collards, bok choi, chard and turnip greens. It's quite delicious and we've had many people coming back for more!
The goats and chickens are all doing well. It looks like more hens are starting to lay from the small eggs we are finding, typical of new layers. We bred our two Oberhasli/Nubian does to a Lamancha buck and are expecting adorable kids mid-March.
We've been making wonderful goat milk soap with our plethora of goat milk. They are well received at market and our friends and family have enjoyed them as holiday gifts.
Look for us throughout the winter at the Hillsdale Market every other Sunday from 10-2 and the Lloyd Market on Tuesdays from 10-2.
|Posted by Gus on September 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM||comments (1)|
Well, we have gone from spring to fall in a blink. The summer has been full of great produce and a lot of work! Of course there has been a little fun time squeezed in there but not much given it is our first year. Amazing that we started this farm from scratch only 9 months ago!
Our chickens are full grown now. The hens are half-way to full laying production which is really nice:) We butchered 11 roosters last Friday leaving us with two to look over the flock; Mr. High-Ho Silver and Papa Jo. They are the best roosters out of the bunch and gentle with the ladies.
New to the farm this summer is Olive Juice, our Kelpie/McNab puppy. Well, she's just 6 months now, so mid-puppy age and full of energy! Olive is incredibly smart and learns so fast I can hardly keep up. She knows how to stay out of the rows and goes entirely around them simply to get to me when I am on the other side of a row only 2 feet away. I am constantly impressed with her and so happy to have a canine companion at my side again since the loss of my beloved Sammy last year.
Jack the dog is doing well also. He is a rather lazy LGD though. He likes to keep the goats by the barn most of the time rather than walking with them to their preferred grazing areas. They wait for him to fall asleep and then wander off to eat brush. When he wakes up and the goats are 'missing' he takes off running and barking to chastise them back up the hill and by the goat barn. It is funny to watch the whole scenario unfold a few times each day.
We have 2 new goats with us now, 5-Spot and Columbine. They belong to Carrie with Mama Tee's Farm. They are both in milk so we are getting about 3/4 gallon at each milking. Our pygora and nubian/oberhasli girls look pretty tiny next to these two full sized dairy goats! If your in need of fresh goat milk, give us a call or stop on by. We have plenty!
We had our last Cully market this past Sunday. It was a wonderful turn out and actually had our best day since the first day. We really enjoyed the Cully community. It was great getting to know the other vendors and our favorite regular customers. The Cully volunteers really do an incredible job at keeping things going smoothly, making everyone feel welcome and keeping it fun-even on slow days. A big thenk you to the Cully volunteers! http://cullycommunitymarket.org/
The Lents International Farmers Market at SE 92nd and Foster is still going through October. We are there Sundays from 11am-4pm so come on down and visit us. http://www.zengerfarm.org/index.php?page=61
We started a new market mid-season at the Lloyd Market located in the big gazebo at 820NE Halsey St. We are there Thursdays from 10am-2pm through September. We will be there Tuesdays from 10am-2pm through the winter as soon as the summer market ends. We have really enjoyed this market as well. Most of the people here work in the office buildings in the immediate vicinity and visit the market on their breaks. http://lloydfarmersmkt.net/
We are in full fall harvest and preserving season now. It is amazing how 20 pounds of tomatoes all juiced and ready to cook down for sauce ends up being so little sauce! Granted, we have been using mostly heirloom tomatoes until this week when our saucing tomatoes started ripening up. Every few days we gather up all of the ripe tomatoes that either didn't sell at market or are too ripe for market and then turn them into paste or sauce. We still have to make our ketchup and BBQ sauce for the year. The blackberries are plentiful and we have made a batch or two of low sugar Jam but there just isn't enough time in the day to do everything and I'm getting worried that the berries will pass on before I can pick more! We'll see how much gets done this year and be able to plan better for next year.
As for right now, we have a lot more to keep us busy clear through until next spring, I'm sure! We always love having guests come out and visit or even volunteer a little bit of time on the farm so come on out:)
Hopefully this won't be the last update until December....
|Posted by Gus on May 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
We are in full swing here trying to break ground on new beds as fast as we can to get starts in the ground. No tractor still so we are hand tilling and using a broad fork! It is a lot of work but at the end of each day we are filled with the sense of pride, accomplishment and sore muscles.
Our LGD, Jack, has really settled in nicely with his little herd of goats. He has turned out to be incredeible at getting anyone to snuggle him when they go out to the field. He doesn't mind smelling like goats and can't understand why any one else would either! The baby chicks aren't so small any more. They are out in the big house and spend the day grazing the field sratching for bugs or trying to eat leftover goat or Jack food.
The weather has been hot this week for sure! We devised a slip-n-slide out of 25' x 6' greenhouse plastic to keep cool mid-day. Aside from a few bruised knees and hips, it has been fun and refreshing.
We still welcome you all to come out and join us for weekend work parties or just an afternoon visit sipping sun tea.
|Posted by Gus on March 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
We have baby plants coming up and some already being up-potted from their little seed cells! In one week, the 21st, 80 little baby chicks will arrive and the downstairs will be filled with little peeps! So far, one of the goats has kidded. Penelope had a little buck that will join us when he is weaned. Hopefully the other doe, Pig Widge, will kid in May.
With the arrival of chicks, kids, does and baby plants we decided it was time to get some protection from the coyotes that want to eat the fuzzy babies and for the deer that want to eat our garden babies. We found Jack. He is a Great Pyrenees who has been a Livestock Gaurdian Dog (LGD) in Enumclaw, Washington on a goat farm that he has been second fiddle to another LGD. Alpha male Pyrenees do not like other Male LGDs and cannot co-habitate so Jack began looking for a new job. A fine protecter he will be here at our little farm. We go to pick him up on Tuesday next week, one day before the chicks arrive! I am exceptionally happy to have a companion to putter around with while everyone else is still in bed in the mornings:)
Hopefully we will be welcoming babies of the human kind out to the farm for Easter egg hunting in a few weeks! Easter is Sunday April 8th!
|Posted by Gus on February 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Hopefully the flooding seaason is done and warmer weather is on its way. We have done a lot of work so far this year yet each day the 'to do' list grows longer! So far we have built the fence for the goats, began the long process of Rhododendron eradication, started about 1,000 seeds, unloaded one ton of hay for the goats and have gone through a whole cord of wood in the new stove.
All 80 of our spring chicks should be arriving between March 5th-12th! One of our does has kidded, she has a litttle buck that will be wethered shortly. Our other doe should be kidding soon; hoping for twin girls! We will begin planting this weekend so come on out Friday and help us get going! We will also begin building our greenhouse next week.
We have two housemates that have joined us; Mayah and Lillian. Thay will be a huge asset to the farm:). So far we have also had two amazing volunteers; Patrick who provides much of the braun and seems to really enjoy coming out so much that he even chops our firewood while we are gone! Wow! Lisa has come out to help with some invasive removal and really did a number on the ivy with her partner Sam. We really appreciate these two's efforts and contributions.
The last bit of exciting news this week is that we have been accepted to 3 farmers markets for this year. We will be sharing a both at People's Food Co-op on Wednesdays starting in mid May, We will be at Parkrose and Cully markets on the weekends. I hope everyone comes out to see us this summer and pick up some fresh, local produce.
Have a great spring, we look forward to seeing people at our work parties and the markets.