– The Veggie Stand is not yet opened…
…But here is what’s new
New guidelines: It is no secret that the world has changed her routine because of the COVID-19 virus invasion. We remain healthy but use caution. We ask that our visitors do the same. We enjoy visitors and conversation but this growing season is “different.” This summer we will have a few guidelines to protect the displayed produce and each other:
> please wear a mask if you are walking around the property and displayed produce; socialize away from the displays.
> please do not touch the produce unless it is an item being purchased.
If you choose to remain in your vehicle, we will bring the produce to you.
Our babies have moved from the nursery: The fields have been tilled and plants have moved from the nursery in the mudroom to the greenhouse and are getting accustomed to the outside world under a tent formerly used at the Schuylkill Haven Farmers Market. Farmer Tom had help from Electrician Tom in covering the tilled fields, planting, and weed whacking around the property. Much was accomplished and the help was greatly appreciated.
Getting Cleaned Up: Cleaning up outbuildings and painting are well, thought of with good intent and progressing.
Outdoor Views: Red clover was planted in many locations. Pollinators love to visit, rabbits (supposedly) appreciate the snack and the deep red blooms are beautiful. Other flowers continue to grow as Spring turns to Summer. Warm sunshine and rain are appreciated by the chickens, flowers, lawn and weeds. Farmer Tom has mowed six times so far this year. Spouse of Farmer Tom has avoided (to date) poison ivy as she weeds around the house.
The six egg-laying hens are active and enjoying more visits to the pasture. The bantams are enjoying frequent backyard adventures.
We recently lost two hens: a Cuckoo Marans from aging and T.H.E. Pearle Chicken from a monster that chased her into her henhouse sanctuary. A raccoon or possum is the suspected intruder. Pearle was a character chicken hence the “T” (tenacious) “H” (hen) “E” (extraordinaire) designation. She was featured several times in our newsletters. At eleven years old, she STILL regularly laid her cream-colored egg and bragged loudly at her accomplishments. She was very active and loved daily adventures not caring about her age. She was the last remaining hen originally purchased to join Feisty, the rescued rooster from Schuylkill Haven who started the bantam connection here on Frisbee Road. Each day, she brought a smile.
We still have another bantam of her breed, a white Polish hen named Daisy. Daisy has been featured before and she is, once again, featured in this newsletter on the FFF page. She, too, is a character chicken.
So now our farmette has only four young egg-laying hens who regularly gift us their golden eggs each day.
The backyard chicken clans awake each morning excited to start the day or so it would appear by the very early noise coming from our property. The neighbors are gracious.
Egg production is slow and since the bantams are no longer laying eggs, Farmer Tom and Spouse are eating eggs from Son of Barn hen house, too. But we still enjoy sharing. If interested in purchasing eggs, let us know. If we can’t accommodate you at once, we’ll be happy to place you on a waiting list.
The price remains:
also available in 1/2 doz. cartons for $1.00
A few Luffa sponges are available:
$1.50/ea. for regular size;
“mini” luffas are $ .25/ea. ~
Humor from a Popsicle Stick:
What kind of flower buys Father’s Day cards?
If you want a smiler viewing chickens swinging on swings, check the videos at www.fowlplayproducts.com.
Bye, for now,
Eydie, Spouse of Farmer Tom