Farm Update 10-05-23

We have once again reached the end of another season. Seems like it was January just a few days ago, June a day or so later, and then another couple more and here we are. Strange pace for the year, I suppose, but it is what it is. This weekend, Columbus Day weekend, will be the last the farm stand is open for the 2023 season. As I’ve been doing with most holidays, there will be extra hours:

Monday 10/9: 10 – 4

Beyond this weekend, you can still check the What’s Available page to see if I have what you’re looking for, and if so, you can text to arrange a time to pick up. I’ll be adding some additional info to the What’s Available page to help clarify what to do if there are any items you would like to get, and also any specific times when I will be unavailable.

Unfortunately, the start to this weekend looks to be about on par with most of the rest of the summer, with considerable rain at the start, and then getting much colder. Hopefully, you’ve been able to enjoy the last couple of days with the temps in the high 70s and clear blue skies.

For those of you who like checking out the fall colors, most of the trees in the area are now changed or changing rapidly. The colors are a little on the browner side this year, but there are also patches with some nice vibrant yellows and reds. Of course, being able to head off the mountaintop and see a variety of color changes is also a nice treat.

In the field, virtually everything is finished growing, with the exception of Kale and Chives. I still have even more Potatoes to dig going forward, so if you’re looking for fresh dug Potatoes (mostly Red Potatoes) I should have a good supply of them for some time.

In the coops, the Laying Hens are being their usual selves – always begging for more treats. I swear, I could shower them with nothing but mountains of food and treats and they would still constantly be squawking for more. They are, however, still producing good numbers of eggs, which will also continue, and be available after the stand closes. I’m not sure exactly how long I will have the Laying Hens this year, but it will likely be well into November, if not December.

The remainder of the Broiler Chickens will all be processed for this weekend. There will be a little variety in the sizes, but they are tending to the larger side. There will be both Fresh and Frozen, Whole and Half chickens for this weekend, and then Frozen from that point on until they are sold out. I am still taking orders for over the winter, and can hold the chickens for a time, if need be.

I also have a bit of a request. Given the news that Kern’s Nursery will be closing up at the end of this season, I would very much like to hear feedback on whether or not there is interest in the farm selling both vegetable and flower plant starts, as well as potentially selling some potted plants in the spring at the beginning of the season. This is something I’ve considered in the past, but just not followed up on doing. Please let me know what you think.

That’s going to be it for this update. I would like to thank everyone who was able to come by this season and help support and keep the farm going. I hope you all not only have a great holiday weekend, but a fantastic fall, winter, and spring, along with joyous holidays along the way. Take care and have a great time.