We’re one day away from September and this is the month that we welcome Fall. It’s usually around this time that our birds began their molt (explained below), and it also marks the ending of our CSA membership because the Fall Season starts on September 28th.
I know I stand with many others who farm in the Southeast when I say so long to Summer! The summers here, especially the month of August are BRUTAL on farmers! The heat seems unbearable at times. The monsoon like weather makes the weeds become the best “crops” on the farm, and the bugs make you want to scream and pull your hair out! We even got some new bugs this year!
The good news is that today is the last day of August! So Congratulations to my fellow farmers! Congratulations to the gardeners! Even congratulations to all of you! Although the Summer isn’t over yet, the worst part of it is! We made it! 🎉
If you’re not familiar with chickens, the term “molt” may be new to you. Allow me to explain…each year the chickens ready themselves for Winter by shedding their old feathers and growing new ones. During this dormant phase, they lay very little to no eggs and it’s our job as farmers to help them by adding more protein to their diet. This is a process that the birds go through naturally. The chickens don’t know that our Winters are mild, so it’s out with the old and in with the new.
If you’ve been looking for eggs, you may have noticed that we’ve removed them from our shop page. Some hens are still laying, but it’s not enough to sustain the community. We do try take care of our regular customers and our family first. So please understand that eggs are a seasonal item too.
As mentioned above, today is the absolute last day that we will be accepting new members to our Kith & Kin CSA. In the Fall season our members get the best of both worlds because they get a variety of both Summer produce and the first of Fall. Fresh collards, turnips, and sweet potatoes just to name a few.
We invite you to become a member, but if you’re not ready to take the dive just yet you can always take advantage of our Seasonal Farm Boxes.
These will be available again beginning in October. So stay tuned!
If you reserved chickens, we’re giving them just a few more weeks to fatten up. Harvest date is set for the weekend of September 18th.
In turkey news, they’re growing so nicely! They’re happy and healthy and with just under 3 months go, they’re right on track.
Piggy is absolutely amazing! My Dad came by the other day and his exact words were “that’s going to be some good bacon!” I love that we can give back to him for all that he’s done and continues to do for us everyday. If you’re a Daddy’s girl, I’m sure you’ll understand how much I mean it when I say I have the BEST Daddy ever!
If you’re looking to start your own Fall garden, look no further than Bain Home Gardens! They are at it again with their own seedlings just for you. All Certified Naturally Grown and ready to go to their permanent homes.
This month on the farm everything is in motion! Transplants will go into the ground. Birds will be moved. There will be new plants started and those that have reached their end, pulled. There is SO much to do as we get closer to the start of our CSA. As always it’s exciting and scary at the same time!
If you’re looking for any of our prepared foods, try our Blueberry Island Bliss Jam. It’s brand new this year and from what I hear, it’s a keeper!
Thank you for being with us this month! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to chatting with you again soon. Until then…..