Winter has blown it it seems. Thankfully Bob and I had most of our pre-winter clean up done. Though one little issue has surfaced. The outside hydrant freezes up every winter, so I draw warm water from the bath tub at least once a day, if not two or three times a day. I keep water in 10 gallon buckets and they will freeze up throughout cold days down in the barn. Anyway, the geese obviously love water. They also LOVE getting all the water buckets filthy dirty so the goats can't drink from them. That can mean carrying down even more buckets of water, and that gets a bit tiring after a while!
I started keeping the geese in one of the extra goat birthing pens as a temporary solution. They quickly made it clear they didn't like the smaller confines. They would chew at the wood boards in boredom. Thankfully they stayed in the pen for less then a week. I came up with the solution to move them into the hoop house!! Bob made a nice bed of hay for them with extra side protection. As an added bonus they could eat up the old wilted kale I transplanted, along with the grass that grew up inside of the hoop house. Plus their poops will be AMAZING fertilizer! I will feed them more dead wilted kale from the other gardens through part of the winter along with their grain and hay. It took them a couple of days to get used to living in a plastic world, and are still easily startled. But now they have tons of room to putz around in. And they keep their own water dirty damn it!
Harvesting time is around the corner for my little cornish cross meat bird chickens I started raising in October. They had to be indoors more then I wanted them to be because of the early snow. But they still got a TON of space to pretend to fly around in and act like normal chickens. Next year I plan on raising at least two groups of these awesome birds. Think it over if you would like me to raise some beautiful, delicious birds for you next year. I also have tentative plans of raising turkeys and geese! Send me a message if you have any interest or questions. I'll make a more formal posting later on next year.
One last thing, I now have oatmeal, honey goats milk soap available for sale! I'll have them posted up on this site very soon. It lathers up so well and feels great on my skin. The chocolate and spearmint/wormwood soap should be ready in a week, and boy to they smell divine. Think about giving the gift of a locally made product in the future!
Have a safe and delicious holiday! And thanks for your support!
Well, looks like there is a slight possibility of me having extra cornish cross meat birds for sale! I'm asking $4 a pound and on average a bird will weight 4-5 pounds. I think I may only have 5 extra, but will know soon. This will be first come first serve, and like I said I may not in actuality have any extras. Let me know if you are interested. The butchering day will be on Monday, December 1st and you can come pick them up tentatively after 6pm. They have been raised on hormone and antibiotic free feed. They where in chicken tractors as much as possible. In this winter weather they have been staying warm in a spacious grain bin as their coop. They have been getting leftover garden scraps along with their grain. I'm pretty darn happy with how they are turning out. They have had amazing, normal chicken lives. Give me a shout out if you have any questions or would like to possibly by some chicken from me!
Thanks for your support!!
For the past week I have been toying around with different label ideas. I need to make a main one along with small tag labels for different products. As of last night I finally came up with a couple good ones. So today I'll be working away making the art look fantastic! I'm really excited for this, doing this will help tie everything together.
Of course I have been making more goat milk soap. This last batch was CHOCOLATE!! Waahaaaaa!! Who doesn't want to clean up with chocolate goat milk soap?!!! These will be ready in about three weeks, and boy do they smell great!
Also have been dealing with snow starting last Friday. I want to say this right off the bat, I do love winter and the changing of seasons. Plus I think Bob and I will a little more winter prepared then other years. Almost everything got put away and clean up.
Getting geared up for next year has also been a priority. So many questions, and I'm getting a lot of help from some good friends. Do I really want to start my own business? Should I keep working a part time job next year? How deep should I get into all this farming? What should my main bread and butter be? How much should I diversify? Then I remember to just take one step at a time! But I really would like to thank Bob so much for being a huge pillar of support. We can talk about things realistically, but he always encourages me to take the steps necessary to achieve goals. Also a big thank you to Khaiti French of LTD Farms. She has been awesome at giving me good tips and also encouraging me as I go! Also, if you want duck eggs, pastured pork she's your lady!
Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for the new logo and labels!
Thanks for the support!
Hey everyone! I would love to get some opinions on goat meat. I'm thinking of selling goat meat to a retail store. There are the obvious cuts like, loin and rib chops, leg steak, ground, and stew meat. But I"m thinking about maybe trying to make jerky also. If you have never had goat meat, what would you want to try first? I feel that it's important for me to raise awareness of goat meat and that I raise these animals humanely, in open pastures, with their buddies. You can't raise goats in confined feedlots like some cattle. The goats will just perish, they absolutely need to eat brush and grass.
I have harvested and processed my own goats at home for my own consumption. The meat tends to taste like a more mild type of venison. I have grilled goat, oven roasted it, and just sauteed it with veggies, or even had goat burgers.
I feel fortunate to be offered to sell goat meat at a local store. I'm also interested in selling a whole goat to people from the farm in the future.
I have a quick fact sheet on the nutritional value of goat meat.
Any feedback would be wonderful. Thank you so much!
Tank Girl, my kiko/boer mix goat and her two boys Pete and Re-Pete. Her two beautiful kids where born in late April.
Cornbread, it's what's for supper, breakfast, and lunch! Lately, I have been baking cornbread on a pretty regular basis. Maybe twice a week. This is partly because I haven't gotten into my bread baking routine, or my homemade corn tortilla making habits. Cornbread can go with just about anything! It makes a great breakfast with maple syrup or honey, it goes with soups, salads, or just as a dessert. I especially like making cornbread because we use our own homegrown corn to grind up into the cornmeal or flour.
Bob and I have been growing drying varieties of corn since we planted our first garden about five years ago. I think our first, and now favorite variety is the Bloody Butcher! The plants get up to twelve feet tall and the corn turns a magnificent dark red hue. We have also tried Black Aztec, Green Flint, and just some kind of plain heirloom type of yellow corn(the name eludes me).
It makes me feel rich in the fact that I can easily produce my own kind of flour for baking. Although hand cranking the flour mill does take a while, I feel it's worth it. The flour or meal is also a good item to have for trading in the future. Do remember to keep your cornmeal refrigerated or in the freezer after grinding. It will help it keep much longer.
Here is the recipe I have been using lately. It's an egg-less recipe because all our chickens are molting and have stopped laying eggs. You could substitute the milk for a vegan type of milk also.
Enjoy, Bob and I sure do!!
Egg-less Cornbread Recipe -Bake at 400 degrees for 24-30 minutes
1 1/2 cup milk -Mix dry ingredients together, then mix in wet ingredients. Pour into a greased
1 1/2 Tb. vinegar baking pan. You can omit the sugar or substitute it for a different sweetener.
1 cup cornmeal Enjoy!!!
1 cup flour
4 Tb. Sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tb. coconut oil or I use grapeseed oil
What little is left of the blue cornbread. Warms your tummy on a cool fall day!
Today was the second day I let the little cornish cross chicks into the chicken tractor. They are barely over three weeks old but are so big already! The loved scooting around and pretending they could fly. As of tonight I also let them have free range of the inside of the empty grain bin that is on the property. I'm always a little nervous about giving them more space, but with less security. There are small little mouse sized holes along the grain bin floor/walls. A weasel could manage to squeeze in and demolish my little flock. But they really need and enjoy the extra space, and that is the life I want for them. They still have their heat lamp attached to a side so they can stay warm in the chilly fall nights.
Just to boost their little immune systems I started giving them raw apple cider vinegar and the herbal goat dewormer. These things should help control any issues they might have. I wish I would have thought of this earlier, but live and learn!
Everybody else around the farm seems to be doing just fine. It's prime mating season for the goats and I should have all my girls breed by mid November at the latest. I'm excited because this will be my first year breeding two San Clemente goats together!! I can then hopefully get the kid registered and add to the small population of these fantastic goats.
Other then animal fun both Bob and I have been hard at work in other areas. It's prime wood cutting time and getting it ready for next fall. Splitting by hand is a real workout, but you feel so good afterward. I just planted some more lettuce seeds in our hoop house. We should have a good supply of lettuce for most of the winter, even if it means building cold frames in the hoop house! Perhaps I can transplant some kale and other herbs down there this week. I have also been super busy making goat milk soap, lotions and a ton of art! Fingers are crossed that I will have a good supply of goat milk soap available for the upcoming holiday seasons. Please visit my listed website to make a purchase, or email me with any questions.
Time to rock it in my winter bib overalls! Keep warm!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.