Boiled Peanuts and Mayhaw Jelly Making. New this year. Monticello/Jefferson County’s own David Ward and Jack Carswell are teaming up for a lively demonstration and a little old-fashioned hawking so come on in and loosen your purse strings. David has done the Mayhaw Jelly Making Demo at our Mayhaw Festival held here at Golden Acres Ranch each spring but this is the first time for our New Leaf Market Tour. He will start the “boiling of the peanuts” ceremony early in the morning and have them ready for sale by 10:00 AM. The famous Jack Carswell is the peanut vendor. He will be raising funds for the 2012 Southern Music Rising.
David Ward makes his jelly the old-fashioned way without pectin. Now it takes a lot of sugar, cookin’, stirrin’ and tellin’, so pull up a chair, relax and enjoy farm life. You can probably go on the hayride, visit all the vendors or even pet a baby goat while your here. Or, you can watch the U-tube video about gathering Mayhaw berries and cooking the juice used to make the jelly. The video was produced by David Ward, Charlie Ward and Jack Carswell. David will finish up by showing you how to bottle the jelly if there is any left after he gives you all a sample.
Cooking Lamb and Goat Classes Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. 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. I tried my own recipe this week with a neck roast. It was fast and tasty. I can’t wait to get some real pointers from Audrey Robbins an expert and the owner of Pan-Handlers Kitchen Supply.
Build a GREEN HOUSE in your backyard for under $100. Sorry this is being rescheduled to January, 2012. Watch for further details.
Massage Therapy Chair – A Massage by the Minute. Something fun this year. New arrival in Jefferson County, Christy Howe, Massage Therapist MA# 37505, will be here to introduce herself and her massage-in-a-chair. Christy is a graduate of The Florida School of Massage and has been Lead Massage Therapist at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Full Moon Apiary will be at Golden Acres on Sunday from 10 AM – 4PM – Come a see the observation hive. Come by and see if you can find the “Queen” bee! Their daughter “Katherine” will be here to answer all of your beekeeping questions. Katherine started beekeeping at 9 years of age and has helped take care of the families hives for the past 9 years. They will have their honey and wax products available for sale.
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.
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 of Chestnut Meadows 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.
We, Golden Acres Ranch, LLC, will have plenty of lamb and goat cuts available then as well as all the jams and jellies.
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.