Hi everybody, I hope you are all doing well. I figured it was probably time that I put out an update, given that I haven’t posted one since last year. I considered posting a few times over the winter, but without any new information to get you, and my reluctance to repeat myself for the sake of posting something, I wound up holding off.
Anyway, since it is now April, and despite it being some time before the farm will be open for the season, I wanted to let all of you know that I am still here, that I plan on operating the farm again this year (this is actually an often asked question in the fall), and that it will be some time yet before there are regular updates for this season.
I am still working all the time to get ready for this season. Currently the work is making preserves and starting seeds. Soon it will move onto field prep and then planting.
This year’s laying chickens are on order and will be arriving to the farm in mid-to-late April. They should be laying eggs by mid-May, and when available I will post details of when and how to get them before the stand officially opens for the season. And for those who are wondering, last year’s hens were given to two other in-need farms in the Schoharie valley where they will live out their days.
As of now, I am planning to raise and sell broiler chickens. However, due to the workload, especially planting early on, I will not be dealing with them until later in the season, so do not expect to find them available anytime soon.
There have also been a number of supply-chain issues already this year, and so far I’m not seeing any potential for improvement going forward. I have managed to secure a good bit of the items I’ll need and will just have to see about the rest over time. This, however, does not apply to seed shortages, since they are planted at specific intervals, and if unavailable at the proper time simply won’t be grown this year. And yes, I have already had a number of seed types that were on order cancelled.
Lastly, since I missed my opportunity earlier, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and that you are all having a good year.