Friday, May 21, 2010

Sucess at the Gridley Market

Had a great time at the market. Sold all but 2 dozen eggs! My friend Paula from Windwill Farm of Gridley was there and took this photo of my stand. The other picture is my new banner that will be posted at my stand at the farmer's markets in the future.

My wonderful local customers continue to support me through my home/business deliveries to them or via my self serve fridge. I can't thank you all enough!

Windmill Farm of Gridley will be starting their CSA shares next week and they are offering Happy Chick Farm eggs for their customers. I am very excited about that and I think this collaboration will be very sucessful. Check out Windmill Farm's link on this site for more information.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The First Farmers Market of the Year!

Tomorrow, May 18 I will be at the Farmers Market in Gridley. The hours are from 5pm to 8pm and it is located at the ACE Hardware Store on highway 99. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Chickens in Your Garden

I told you I would discuss why chickens are great for your garden! Of course, while it is growing and producing, chickens are not a great idea in your garden as they will eat all of your plants and fruits/veggies! But after your garden has passed its prime, let your chickens out in the garden. They will eat your aging non producing plants, till your garden by their scratching the earth and their droppings are high in nitrogen, an excellent natural fertilizer. This is a great way to go back to nature taking care of your garden instead of using synthetic fertilizers and such. Also, chicken droppings and the shavings/straw from the chicken coop can be easily composted to create a wonderful soil amendment to prepare for your next garden in spring.

On a recycling note, until my husband has the time to make me my dream raised bed garden where I can garden on a larger scale, I am currently container gardening my veggies. In the past, in my suburban days, I would buy pots or whatever to container garden. But now I have great farm surplus stuff to do it! This photo shows my container garden in old, leaky non-usable stock tanks. But they work great for a container garden!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Babies

As seen in the picture in my last blog, the baby chicks are doing well, all 50 of them. They are almost two weeks old. The yellow chicks are White Leghorns and the buff colored ones are Buff Orphingtons. Both are excellent layers. Our next batch comes in June, which will be Rhode Island Reds and Maran which are the chocolate brown egg layers. Not only does Happy Chick Farm have new babies but a friend of mine also has a new baby, a filly born about 2 weeks ago too! Here name is Belle and isn't she cute? Who can resist animal babies? Enjoy the beautiful weather!