I mentioned previously about the Red Hills Online Market and we are listing weekly. Folks are buying product through there and it is growing all the time. Three or four of my hardworking farm friends put this together and are devoted to making it succeed. Now these are women that work or manage active farms, go to farmers markets, produce for CSA’s and have the know how to put something together as complicated as on online market. They have my admiration. The face of local farming is changing and these are the leaders.
We also encourage people to come here to the farm. It’s nice to have a email or call ahead but if we are available you are welcome to visit. We love our place and equally love to tell about it. Recently we’ve had couples and groups come out looking for local items to buy.
These hot days of summer don’t grow much in the way of produce. This is the time for peppers and perhaps some okra. We are not growers but a neighbor down the road might still have some. We always have lamb or goat but not a full selection right now. The chickens are too hot to lay many eggs but there is some mayhaw jelly and blueberry jam.
We have Full Moon Apiary honey on hand also. There are a couple of active bee hives here on our farm but their job is to pollinate the mayhaw trees. So far, I haven’t gathered much honey from them. I let them have it so I don’t have to feed them all winter.
We did have nice figs this summer. We gave some away and got a few for our own enjoyment. I love them straight off the tree. There is a certain wasp that finds them as soon as they are ripe and then there is always one or two chickens that fly up into the tree and consume them as fast as they ripen. One thing for certain they don’t rot and fall to the ground uneaten.
Kudzu – I’ve talked about this scourge of the south before. A friend’s father has property just a mile or two away and areas are becoming overgrown. Today we are going to mow a line and put up a portable electric fence, water troughs and portable shelters.
Tomorrow we will take 10 or 12 goats to see what they can do with the Ward’s kudzu. I will try to take before and after photos. These are photos from a successful de-weeding on B O’Toole’s Herb farm where we have 18 ewes and now about 20 lambs. The irony is that at one time farmers were paid $8.00 an acre to plant kudzu as an additional food crop for cattle. However, no one realized what an invasive plant it was until it was too late.