Friday, January 23, 2015

This week we started out with mild weather. So I took the opportunity to clear electric fence lines and cut down small trees that were taking over a pasture on the rented farm. We keep our sheep on a farm north of here. The farm has good pasture and fencing. Also, the landowners appreciate our rule of "no chemicals," so it works out great.

We are in need of a root cellear, so I've been working on that as well. I hope that by the end of this harvest season we will have a nice place to store potatoes, apples, and other things.

This Week's Products

Ham steak $8 lb
Shoulder chops $8 lb
Hot sausage $7 lb

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New for 2015.

This year, we will be updating our website weekly with that week's list of available produce and meat products. (Any upcoming chicken processing days will be mentioned as well, or you can find all of this year's processing days here.) You can receive the list in your email inbox weekly by signing up in the sidebar.

You can respond to the list by email ( to let us know which products you'll be wanting that week. Orders taken this way will take priority over sales at the Farmer's Market. We hope that this way we'll be able to better provide for your needs.

We will be offering more vegetable choices this year. We've put in our order for spring vegetable seeds including spinach, kohlrabi, collards, lettuce, kale, and pac choi. Our first batch of broilers for the year should be ready by the first of May. We'll have fresh pork by the beginning of May, as well. Due to the early freshening of two of our does, we also have goat's milk available a little sooner than expected this year! Contact us for milk share information.

This Week's Products

Ham steak $8 lb
Shoulder chops $8 lb
Hot sausage $7 lb

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nature's pace.

Fall and winter on the farm give us a chance to try and live more at nature's pace. That's one of the reasons why I love this time of year.

Over the past few weeks, I spent a great deal of time with nature and at its pace. A friend and I stayed in the cabin and hunted deer during the first week of black powder season. I use an old school rifle, a .50 cal. Hawken. Although I have taken many deer over the years with this rifle, due to my advancing age (and not-so-advancing eyesight), I am not as successful with this open sighted rifle as I need to be. But in spite of the less than perfect situation, I was blessed with a good sized buck on Friday. My family will have venison this winter and I intend on getting at least one more before the season ends.

While spending time in the woods, I was blessed every day with different sights in nature. I was "hunted" twice by a large owl (while sitting motionless) and watched two coyotes, a blue heron, dozens of wild turkeys, hawks, and of course deer. All of this was at their pace, steady and natural. What a blast!

I have a book entitled Farming at Nature's Pace. It describes the difference between growing crops and animals at a slower, more rhymthmic pace (the old way), and most of today's commercial, hurried, high-tech methods. I prefer the former.

Splitting fire wood, making sauerkraut, preparing for spring, and feeding animals are things that are far more enjoyably done at a slower pace. I pray that God will help me learn to do all things at nature's pace and to enjoy all of His creation in the process.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Time flies.

This has been the fastest year of my life! It seems like we were just planning, preparing the soil, and planting. Now our garden season is just about done.

But first things first. It seems that not many years ago I was witnessing the birth of our second child, our son Cody. Now he is a twenty year old young man and married to a lovely young woman, Rachel. This week they were blessed with the birth of their first child and our first grandchild, a beautiful baby girl. Stella Grace has added a wonderful new twist to all of our lives. We are blessed!

On to the less exciting but still important farm stuff. I planted our garlic today and covered both the garlic and our small strawberry bed with wheat straw. The only outside garden plants left are broccoli, cabbage, spinach, and some Swiss chard left from the spring.

I have planted a cover crop of oats and crimson clover on most of the garden and also in a fallow field next to the high tunnels. Speaking of which, the tunnels have leftover peppers from the spring and a fall planting of tomatoes.

Time flies and before we know it, we'll be planning, preparing, and planting for another year, God willing. But this year we will be enjoying the company of Stella.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Changing seasons.

The last month has been interesting and somewhat unusual. We harvested honey from two hives. We took about 60 lbs. of honey from my oldest two hives...then, three weeks later, one of those hives and another weaker hive crashed! I didn't see it coming and really don't know what caused it. I don't use chemicals in my hives (no antibiotics for nosema or synthetic drugs for Varroa mites). We do use thymol, a naturally occurring material in hives, for Varroa treatment. But, for some reason, two of the hives became too weak to defend against the hive beetles and wax moths.

After freezing the woodenware to kill any offending pupae, I cleaned them and will use them next season. The two remaining hives appear to be strong, although I do see some hive beetles.

We have harvested most of our summer vegetables and are planting fall crops along with some late tomatoes (in the high tunnels). We have also finished our last batch of broilers, due to lack of freezer space. The hens are slacking up on egg laying because of the decreasing daylight hours. The sheep and goats are doing well and we're done with pigs until the first of next year.

So we are definitely changing seasons here on the farm. This past week has been cool and comfortable, although I know the dog days of summer are still to come.

This is one of the reasons that I love farming. You can feel and see each season to its fullness. My daughter and I have been collecting sumac berries and other natural dye materials that she will use to dye her handspun fibers (Editor's* note: More info and photos of that process will be posted on Kristin's blog over the next week or so). For the first time in several years I am looking forward to hunting season with my son. I hope to find time to dove hunt (though I'm not very good at it), deer hunt, and maybe even set some traps like I did as a younger man.

So even though we still have plenty to do, the seasons are changing and I am ready and excited. I thank God for allowing me to participate in all these changes.


*A bit of shameless self-promotion here, considering Kristin is the "editor" and typist. :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Now, after weeks of working and waiting, we are, thank God, beginning to enjoy the harvest. The older I get, the more amazing this whole "plant a seed, watch it grow" thing gets.

I grew up following my dad, Len Herndon, through his garden. I did what he told me to do: helping plant, cultivate, and harvest without much thought as to why and how it was done. Now years later and without all of the knowledge that was lost with his death, I am doing the same things. I wish that I had paid more attention and asked more questions.

This year God has blessed our labor. We have had plenty of rain and good, hot, humid weather. The day we pick our first "real" tomato is almost like a holiday. Now we have fresh snaps (green beans), squash, peppers, garlic, potatoes, and tomatoes.

The privilege to work and take care of our small piece of land is a gift that I count very highly. There is a Native American proverb that says, "We do not inherit the land from our forefathers. We borrow it from our children." I like that.

Plant a seed, watch it grow. I like that, too!


Thursday, June 13, 2013


Excuse me for not posting lately...we have been extra busy and it's been hot! The farmers' market crowds have been small, but the good news is that the people who come have been buying.

We have just begun harvesting from our high tunnels, and so far the bell and banana peppers are our best performers. Tomatoes are on the way, but our summer squash has been a disappointment.

We processed, locally, two hogs for customers this week and still have two more to go. Since we are chemical free, I am experimenting with other things to keep our grape crop healthy (no fungicides!). So far they look pretty good. If these other natural sprays work, I will divulge our secrets at a later date.

We processed our second batch of broilers last Friday (June 7th). About an hour into the processing, the electricity went off. We rushed out to borrow a generator and just as we were pulling back in the driveway, the power came back on. We only had to pluck three of the 98 chickens by hand. Thank God for modern conveniences! (Some of them, anyway.) We only lost about an hour of work time and finished the task at hand.