Happy summer. Welcome the fresh air days and the cooling breeze. We also welcome the rain, as we needed it. Have some hay down and the oats is growing well, almost up to my armpits and starting the head out.
I had a request for green oats to create the health tincture, so if anyone is interested in that, email me and we will work out pricing. We will be selling our organic oats this fall for milling if all goes well.
The potatoes are planted and the garlic is scaping. We should be checking soon for new potatoes, yum! Love the flavor of those. Hope all your gardens are doing well.
We have 3 peacocks now, 2 sheep, a bunch of cattle and various other animals on the farm. I have been collecting the feathers from the peacocks which are beautiful and great for fly tying and home decorating. If anyone is interested, I can put together a bundle for $20 and send them your way. I also have some wild mallard and other waterfowl feathers as I find them, and hawk and eagle feathers, deer sheds and moose antler sheds. There have not been many mushrooms but I expect that they will start soon after this rain.
We offer wild herb and mushroom walks in August and September. If you are interested in learning more about wild herbs and their uses, making tinctures or teas, gathering wild herbs or learning more about mushrooms, canning and preserving, and the like, let me know and we will organize a weekend to do that.
We are also working on setting up small cabins around the farm where you can come and stay (off the grid) in the summer and learn about farming, self-sufficiency, connecting with nature, and unplugging. Our farm offers fantastic views of the full night starry sky, northern lights when they are out, and all the sounds and scents of nature in its glory. We would be interested to see if there are any takers, and can do trades for farm help or if you prefer to just observe, that is available as well. We want to offer the chance for those wanting a taste of simpler life to be able to see if it suits them or offer your young family the chance to see what it was like on the farm in the old days, prior to so much distraction of technology. Plant a tree, dig a garden, walk in the wilderness or just be. That is all fine with us.
Live and be prosperous, enjoy your neighbors, love each other and be kind.