Greetings For Hidden Springs Farms
Sorry, I am a few days late getting our newsletter out. This time of year there is always more work to get done then there are hours in the day. There is so much happening that I find it hard to find the time to get on the computer. Plus, it is more fun to watch the new babies.
We have lots of new babies on the farm right now. Bitty finally had her calf. A handsome little boy that we call Pete. He was born March 14th in the afternoon. I'd love to tell you that I watched him being born but I was working and then running outside to check on Bitty every hour. I got there just as she delivered him. This is Bitty's first calf and it took her a bit to figure out what she was suppose to do with him, but they worked it out and he is growing like a weed. He will be bigger then Hannah, our Angus bottle heifer in no time at all.
The Nubian girls are also delivering: Olivia had a single buck who's our grandson named "Aiden". Isabell had a single doeling that he named "Amelia" (his girlfriend's name in pre-school) Gracie had twins, a buck and a doe, that we named "Anna & Albert". And Daisy had twin girls.....that we didn't name because they have already been sold. Gwendolyn is next in line to deliver so we still have more to come. Check out Anna & Albert. Albert is awesome with all of his spots and Anna is just a sweetie.
We also have baby chickens but we try not to get real friendly with them since they will end up in the freezer. They are a noisy group and will be heading out on the pasture in about a week once they have all of their feathers. There is plenty of clover, grass, and bugs for them to enjoy. The laying hens are already laying eggs like crazy and one of the girls has decided this year that she is going to hatch some eggs. We'll see how she does in the next few days. Once the Farmer's Market starts, I don't let any of the girls hatch any eggs...we have customers that like to get them.
Ken has been busy, busy working in the woods. He has planted over 300 trees this year. The wildlife on our farm is very lucky. He has created nice trails for them, brush piles where they can bed down, and the new trees will provide shelter, food, and more for them.
Now, BIG NEWS! We have passed our final inspection and now have our Domestic Kitchen license. That means that this year at the Farmer's Market we will have homemade breads and jellies. We will be offering:
Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Herbal Artisian Bread
Basil & Sage Bread
Herbal & Fruit Jellies
It has been a long time coming but we are excited to be able to offer these items this year in addition to our other favorites like fresh herbs, garlic, pastured-raised chickens, eggs, and of course, our wonderful Goat's Milk Soap. The Farmer's Market is just around the corner!
We are in the process of expanding our goat's milk soap business. You can help and read about our expansion by clicking here: Spread the word!
We have a couple classes coming up this month that you might be interested in:
Raising Chickens Workshop: April 21st, 10:00 - 12:30, just $35.00
Growing Herbs Workshop: May 5th, 1:00 - 3:00
Our Soap-making classes are already booked for April but we do have a few spaces left in our May 22nd class (6:30 - 8:30 pm) and June 2nd class (1:00 - 3:00) If you are interested in attending any of our classes, just email us and we'll get you registered.
This hot weather has not been helpful to our cooler season veggies but the broccoli, cabbage, and snow peas are trying. It is hard to believe it is already in the 80's. Kind of makes you wonder what summer is going to bring.......
The Staff of Hidden Springs Farms