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Who’s gonna be here?

Written by: Bobbie
September 30, 2015


Mimi the Goat Whisperer
The New Leaf Market Farm Tour is one of our best events each year. So much to do and see what with the serene beauty, education and playtime here at Golden Acres Ranch. Walk around the goat and sheep pastures, watch the big livestock dogs, go on hay rides and ask us about any facet of our operations. Let the little ones pet lambs and kids in the petting area, chase chickens and play on the Phony Pony, an all-time favorite.

There will be a Corn Hole game sponsored by Farm Credit of Northwest Florida too! I’m trying to figure out how to make a tournament of it.

Then there is the addition of local vendors and craftspeople who participate here at the ranch, along with charitable and civic groups. New Leaf Market themselves will be here at a booth so you can ask them all sorts of questions and consider becoming a member of this great hometown co-op.

All this PLUS…

Jefferson County Extension Services

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

We know Jefferson County Extension agents will be here to answer all your weed, seed, and bug questions. Then there will be the Atlas Garden Glove sales by the fun loving Camellia Garden Circle ladies. Remember those sales help send a child to the summer camp at Cherry Lake every year. There is a plan for a hands on project which will be described in the next newsletter. So stay tuned.

Shoes Farm House

A note from Ms. Sharon… “Hi Mrs. Golden. I have been very busy making my jams, jellies, pickles and salsas. Looking forward very much to the farm tour again this year. Thank you for hosting a wonderful venue for us locals.”

Knife Making by Bob Stott

10484550_672504539508769_1298625720309715722_nHere is his Facebook link and a link to Rifle and Rod. Bob has made knife making an art along with his ironwork skills. Come and admire the unique tool handles and beautiful finishes. Bob is originally from South Africa. He has made Bainbridge, Georgia his home. Bob was with us for the Mayhaw Festival and we are  excited to have him back again.

I always look for vendors that will have appeal for the men that come along bringing the family to enjoy the farm. There is always plenty for the young ones to do and mom can find many things of interest so it only seemed fair to include guy things. However, Bob is so artistic and creative that his knives and carved handles have a universal appeal.

Sweetbay Soaps

Melissa, the owner of Sweetbay Soaps, will be here again with her lovely product. All of the soaps are homemade and hand-cut. She has added some new items – lip balm and bath salts. Come and enjoy a visit with Melissa to choose your favorite scents.

Part of the proceeds go to support the Jefferson County Humane Society.

Monticello Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) Mascot Thor

Thor the Great Pyrenees
Our friend Faye Pritchett will be here with favorite dog Thor. He is the big white “clean” Great Pyrenees that lets everyone pet him and the children hang all over him. There’s always a saddle with pockets for greatly appreciated donations.

Thor has been here many times for the Mayhaw Festival and this annual farm tour representing the Humane Society. He is a special and well-loved civic volunteer. Of course, handler Faye is appreciated too.

Wolf Creek Pet Adoption Center

Operated by The Jefferson County Humane Society

There will be dogs on hand that need loving, responsible homes. There are cats available, too, but it is scary for them to come to a strange place so they stay at the shelter. The hardworking caretakers and caring volunteers for this organization will be on hand to answer any questions and help you with that adoption.

Yoda is really happy about the scarf.This is Yoda our house girl who was adopted many years ago. Every pet we’ve had for the last 4o years has been adopted. There was Smiley, Patches, Sassy, Cocoa, Sugar, Gadget, Yoda and a miscellaneous menagerie of cats. Even one of our working dogs, Roper, was adopted. They have brought us many years of joy.

We will have photos and information about the dogs and cats from the adoption center in our next newsletter.

Southern Tree Source

Trees, Trees and Trees

Southern Tree Source
Buster and Jessica Corley are the owners and operators of Southern Tree Source, a small scale tree farm located in NE Jefferson County, FL. Their goal is to grow fruit, nut, flowering, and shade trees that are suitable for the lower south and upper gulf coast regions. They work exclusively with varieties of trees that have proven to perform well in our area. Most of their seedling stock is grown on their farm and the rest is sourced as locally as possible. All of the budding, grafting and propagation work is done right on their farm by Buster and Jessica. They are currently growing 40 different types of trees and 100 different varieties within those types. Along with growing their container trees, they also offer consulting help with orchard design, crop and variety decisions, and will contract grow specific trees for their customers.

“Trees are the backbone of all landscapes, make sure yours are strong and true.” Southern Tree Source

Wool, Looms, Carding, Felting, Dyeing

Felted booties and decorationsWe are working hard to have samples of projects that can be handmade from local wool. Charissa and I have been food dyeing wool for felting projects. We are making slippers, flower pins, jack-o-lanterns and whatever our imagination allows.

This will all be set up for you to give it a try. Develop your creative juices and enjoy the therapy of needle felting. Make your own Dryer Balls. What are those? Come and see. Want to try spinning wool? There is plenty of raw wool ready. How about wet felting some camel fiber?

Casi Cielo Farms

Livingston Productions
Livingston Productions propagates and grows all of their plants organically. They carry native plants and provide customer assistance after the purchase. Livingston Productions is also known world-wide for their donkey blankets and  other horse and canine related products.  The website is:

Marilyn has been one of our most popular vendors through both the Mayhaw Festival and the New Leaf Market tour. Come join her under the tent to share knowledge and enjoyment of the beautiful plants.

Jefferson County Farm Bureau

The Voice of Agriculture

Florida Farm Bureau logo |Board members and volunteers will be here to explain the values and goals of our local Farm Bureau and the benefits of membership. Think about such issues as Environmental Stewardship, Achievement in Agriculture for Young Farmers and Ranchers, Women’s Leadership Programs in education and legislative issues, Agriculture in the classrooms and teaching young children where their food comes from. Discuss the value of  Agritourism and its monetary importance to the rural community.

We want you to know the benefits of belonging and contributing to the voice of agriculture.