Thursday, January 8, 2015

Looking back from the New Year

Saturday we will be at the Montessori School -1618 Tower Grove Ave with;
Grass Fed Lamb, Missouri Pecans and the 20 quarts of pickles I found hidden from myself under a spare bed in the office.

So hard to believe that not only are we into 2015 but we are already a third of the way thru January. Thinking back over last year it's amazing how much progress we made when it seemed like we were spinning our wheels;
We improved our pastures with cover crops and new fencing thanks to a Slow Food Grant and added St. Croix bloodlines to the flock which will bring grass fed lamb to your table more quickly and efficiently.
Our Cayuga duck flock which was started by another Slow Food Grant grew to more than 30 hens and after March we had eggs all year and we had about 6 males to sell for roasting. The hens are laid eggs from March to December 5 and now they are laying again.
We had an intern for a few weeks and reorganized our growing spaces and built some raised beds, emptied the barn into the growing spaces AND organized our tools and equipment in a new lean-to fashioned from recycled tin and an old arbor.
Planted 6 lbs. Lbs. of the Slow Food Garlic Project's Garlic in the new raised beds.
Bill is home almost every other weekend now. Yay!

Next year we are working on getting tomatoes (which mean SALSA) to you earlier with our more efficient high tunnel. We will have more than 30 varieties of Heirlooms both as plants for you to grow or for delectable purchases for your eating pleasure. I am working on a grant now for Meech's Prolific Quince.
Don't forget, We are gaining daylight every day, even if it was so cold that the glass doorknob broke off of the barn door.
The next market will be; Schlafly Farmers Market -7260 Southwest Ave on January 24th ..

See You Saturday at the Montessori School...

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill

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