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New Leaf Market Tour Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16

Written by: Bobbie
October 3, 2011

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Wool Carding Demonstration. Last spring Elmer, the shearer from Iowa, came to the farm and gave Professor Henry, our ram, a shave. I had never had wool before and didn’t intend to do anything with it, but what a waste. Well, I’ve borrowed a hand cranked carder and it has all lead to this. Would you like to see what wool looks like before anything is done to it and have a greater appreciation for the work that our great-grandparents did just to survive. We’ll have the demonstration set up and even let you give it a whirl. You don’t have to take this up as a past-time but it will give you an appreciation of what life might have been like for those before us.

Come and see our Solar Well set-up. Not as glamorous as wool carding but very important to the sustainability of our farm. We use a solar well to furnish water to our livestock troughs. This was one area of vulnerability we had if there was a major power outage. There are generally over 150 animals on Golden Acres Ranch at any given time. The well has been working over a year now and getting us through this drought. While we may not be in as serious condition as Texas, we are certainly having our problems. Our sink hole, man made pond and the Mayhaw wet area are all completely dry and have been since early summer of 2010.

Build a GREEN HOUSE in your backyard for under $100. Dr. Jennifer Taylor from FAMU will be here on Sunday, October 16, 2:00 PM to show us how to build a unit. Come on out and enjoy a picnic lunch with sandwiches from Johnston’s. Go on the hayride and help us find the ranch hands loafing out in the woods. Then join us for this “how to”  seminar.

Kids you can wear your Halloween costume for fun pictures on the tractor or with Sheila the lamb and Walker the goat. Then we’ll post your photo on our blog.

Barnhart Farms, Jefferson County Farm Family of 2011, with their fruits and vegetables came during the Mayhaw Festival and said they would be here for the tour. They always have a big selection. I’ll check and see if they can bring pumpkins. He said YES.

Johnston’s Meat will be here with their smoker and some of their wonderful barbecue pork and smoked sausage sandwiches.

Gerry & Carmen Zengel will be here with their Wood Carvings and Hand Crafted Originals. Both are talented artists and have been here every year.

Penny Kuhl will be on hand with persimmons and chestnuts again this year. She and her helper came last year and sold out. I just picked naturally grown Muscadine Grapes from their U-Pick to make our grape jelly. Sorry grapes are gone now. I’ve done a blog about their U-Pick Chestnuts but if you cannot get to their place you can still get them here.

Mayhaw Jelly making demo. Did I tell you that David Ward will be here for his famous jelly making class. We have frozen berries still on hand and David will make up some juice ahead of time so he can show you how to make jelly the old-fashioned way – without pectin.

We, Golden Acres Ranch, LLC, will have plenty of lamb and goat cuts available then as well as all the jams and jellies.

Pan-Handlers will be conducting cooking classes on Saturday only at 11:00 AM Lamb Stew in the pressure cooker. At 2:00 PM  Curry Goat also prepared in the pressure cooker. We’ll need you to register for this. No charge. We just need to know for seating and sampling.

Camellia Garden Circle will be here with their Atlas Garden Gloves. This is the ideal glove for the serious gardener. The profit is used to support the Jefferson County Extension 4-H Camp program. We sent two children again this year and hope to continue with this meaningful endeavor.