I made a substantial addition to our laying flock in May to try and meet the increased demand from you for eggs. The little girls are about three months old now, and recently moved from their enclosed brooder house to the 'Big Girls' yard where they are learning the finer points of scratching, running, foraging, and cackling from their older sisters. The move involved more than a little running, swearing, sweating, and lunging - catching young flighty chickens is not one of my favorite activities - a new Olympic sport, maybe? Everyone is settled in together nicely now, though we do have about another three months before the new girls start producing eggs.
I take a break every year for a week or two towards the end of the summer, and we're coming up on that time. From about April through early August, this is a six and a half day per week sun-up to sun-down job, and farmers need vacations too! The crop mix is in transition, I need a little extra time to make sure the fall and winter plantings get completed, and maybe most importantly I need a little extra time to just lay flat on the floor, do nothing, and breathe after a long summer. Just a heads up; that break is coming up soon.
The Sungolds are rapidly dwindling, just a very few pints available this week. We should have another round of cantaloupes and Sensation melons in a little while from a later planting; none this week. No sweet Italian peppers this week unless you want them green - the plants are loaded down with green fruit, but I am still waiting on them to ripen to red. Peppers have a tendency to come and go in short flushes over the course of their season; there will be plenty more in a bit. Down to the last of the stored gold potatoes and sweet onions; I expect to be sold out by the end of the week. Still oodles of okra, which unlike the rest of us, thrives on high heat and humidity. Thanks as always for your business, stay cool, and have a great week!