Hello everyone, and welcome to the last day of May!
As it goes this time of year, blog writing and social media interaction in general significantly drops due to being busy outside. There was a crazy snowstorm at the beginning of April then a long period of no rain until very recently. I think we skipped spring and went right into 90+ degree temperatures, but hopefully things will cool down again in the next few days.
Crazy weather means keeping an extra close eye on the animals. Making sure everyone has plenty of water and shade and shelter. The gardens are mostly planted and a fine crop of lambs quarters has emerged. Weeding has been mostly ignored for the time being. Though after this heavy rain there has been an emergence of golden oyster mushrooms in the mushroom forest. Sadly some winter birds ate much of the spawn in the lions mane mushroom logs. That will be re-spawned this weekend and hope there will still be success in growing these beautiful mushrooms.
This season feels a little less hectic then most. Perhaps I'm finally getting a better sense of how long projects really take so I don't overwhelm myself? Maybe it's realizing that getting frantic doesn't help situations? And maybe a better balance is finally happening? Most likely it's all of these things. Bob and I moved to this new location less then 3 years ago, but we are quickly catching the rhythm and routine of this new place.
Some projects have been put on the back burner. One of which is the Two Farm Ladies Podcast. The biggest thing is that I don't have time to mix and edit the recordings. Khaiti and I have recording stockpiled, and I hope to release a new episode either this Saturday or the first Saturday of June. I also decided to not participate every weekend with the local Farmers Markets. I LOVE the Farmers Markets around here, it was just overkill for me last year to handle markets, farming, and my off farm job working at a wonder CSA farm just a few miles from here. I still hope to jump on board later on this fall and this coming winter!
There have been other events happening and planed for this summer. Bob and I hosted a Farmers Union potluck not too long ago. It was a great success and fun to meet new people! This Saturday, June 2nd I'll be at Stockholm giving out free goat milk soap samples. Then June 23rd I am working with my friend Sara Norman to have a yoga on the farm event!
I'm VERY excited to share that the local Menomonie Market Food Co-op decided to give EB Ranch a grant for some much needed infrastructure! This money will go toward refurbishing our hoop house into goat shelter as well as putting up better perimeter fencing around the permanent building. Plus investing in some different water hoses to help me run lines in the winter rather then carrying buckets for all the animals! All of these things will help me provide the space needed to increase my herd of San Clemente Island Goats. That in turn will make breeding stock more available and maybe having goat meat shares available in the future.
Having this community support is incredible! Being able to move forward with this business and fine tune what I really want to be doing here on EB Ranch is an incredible gift. Thank you to you all!
So now, I'm off to pack up some goat milk soap shares and see what soap I have to make today!! Plus move some fences and get my brain a little more organized as June will be a busy month.
Thanks for the support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.