I’ve been selling a few jars of maple syrup here and there, waiting for the growing season to begin. I am looking at a mid-May planting date, like I usually do. I could put in some crops earlier, such as kale, peas, or onions, but it is easier for me to simply cultivate the land and plant it all in one go. The seeds are all purchased for the most part. I will just be purchasing some started plants for things like tomatoes and broccoli.

I picked up 16 more raspberry starts, 8 black and 8 red, at the Frewsburg spring consignment auction. This is added to the 5 raspberries and 4 blackberries we already have, so we should get a pretty good little bush of them established if they all survive and so forth. I also purchased 8 grape vines, but they were severely nipped by a hard freeze on a night it wasn’t expected, so they have yet to recover. I will have to just wait and see on those.

I plan to order some other small fruits like gooseberries and also some fruit trees to put in if everything permits. It may get partially put off to next year, but it will happen.

The chickens are still growing fast! They are around 6 weeks old now, and are getting fully feathered. These are pictures from a little over a week ago, so they’re even bigger and more feathered now.

Their coop has also seen big progress. They are outside in it now, and have been for around two weeks. We still have yet to put the wire run on the front of it, and the next boxes onto the back, but it is secure and liveable for them, which is the main thing. They won’t start laying for another 3-4 months, and we have a little time before the run becomes more necessary, but they are definitely way too big to be in the house anymore!

Chicks! (Part II)

Those little buggers in the previous post look a lot different now, and they’re still growing… fast!

and they really love kale.


Which is fine with me, because it’s the one vegetable that was hardy enough to survive the entire winter with no protection whatsoever, and can be harvested fresh and given to them as a treat a few times a week. They go nuts – the little gal in the above photo will even run up to me now.

Wild Leek Season

The season for wild leeks/ramps is now here. I picked a bag full of small plants last week so I could sample them. We made some nice leek-y mashed potatoes, with plenty of leftovers. The flavors got much stronger the second day, as leeks can do! They’re versatile, and the whole plant can be used like onions or garlic. We’ll be using them for a while, munching them on our woodland walks, and possibly drying some for the off season.

Plants are now getting to be of better size and are available by the pound to those interested. Just contact me. $10/lb. currently, but price will vary depending on the size and quality of plants at the time of order. It will fall as leeks get larger. Yes, I can do half pounds, or quarter pounds. A little does go quite a long way. Sold uncleaned/as dug condition (clumps of dirt removed, but roots and clinging small debris/surface dirt may remain). Leeks have a nice little ‘skin’ you can slip off, though, which takes care of most of the cleaning!

They are sustainably harvested by using a dandelion digger, taking only a few plants per group. They are available only for a limited time and quantity. I will never shovel up huge clumps or pick from any of my dozens of colonies to the point that they look sparse. This is only offered for enjoyment – I don’t intend to make a big profit off of it!

Pick up on farm only. Please contact me with your interest, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Leeks are picked fresh upon order; no stock is maintained. Sorry, no delivery or shipping.