Growing Now! (February 2020)

How in the world is it the end of January already?!?! I promise you that the year just started and tomorrow it will be February. It’s almost like I blinked and the whole month flew by.

There is SO much going and “growing” on with us in the new year. We’ve had an influx of new followers to our site, so I want to take out some time and introduce myself to you, our family, and our farm. This is not something we normally do, but as our farm grows, we still want to keep that personal touch so here goes….

My name is Rachel and Hawkins Homestead Farm is owned and operated by myself and my husband, Brandon. We have 2 boys at home and they help as well with day to day operations. Although we live in Kinsey now, we’re original New Yorkers having moved here in late 2015.

I believe in all things organic! Not necessarily USDA organic, but more like created by God. Like found in nature or naturally occurring. This carries on through the food we eat and what we put on our bodies. This belief has guided our farm practices here and so we grow and produce vegetables, eggs, and poultry that is always chemical free. 

We don’t have an agricultural background, so everything we’ve learned has been through prayer, research, planning, preparation, and of course trial and error.

We are avid supporters of local farms and small businesses. Especially those owned by women and people of color!

We try our best to know our customers by their names. This is important to us. We want you to know your farmers and your farmers want to know you! If you’ve been around for a while then you know that you can always text, call, or email. Text is best though!

Ok so now that we’re formally introduced or maybe refreshed, let’s get into the growing portion……

As we usher in February we get into Spring mode! Of course it’s not Spring yet, but we are definitely planting for it. Last year we had our very first plant sale and I’m happy to tell you that our “Spring Starts” will be available this year again as well. We have found that many of you like to grow your own food and since our area has very little to offer by way of organic and heirloom plants, we’ve got you covered. The dates will be announced soon.

In the coming month we are also gearing up for our Kith & Kin CSA Spring season. Speaking of, did you know that Kith & Kin now has its very own website?!? Well now you do! We invite you to check it out here. All future updates for the CSA will happen over there so if you’re interested, we ask that you follow us on that page as well. Kith & Kin is also offering a “try it” session that starts on February 6th. All the details for it are here.

By way of poultry news, the chickens will continue to be harvested in February to fulfill orders. At each harvest we are also harvesting a few extra for those of you who need a last minute chicken. These are available through our shop page. Here is one that we seasoned and prepared to be roasted. The seasoning is a mixture of organic rosemary from our farm and one of our favorites from 2 The Olive Fruit. If you visit there, tell Louis you want Rachel’s favorite seasoning. He’ll know which one it is!


If you’re looking for eggs, they’ve been taken down from the shop page temporarily. Our birds are finally taking a break with the colder temps and rain and since we always let them, the eggs have been removed from the site while they are on hiatus. We still have eggs, just not as many. If you need some, please contact me and I will update you on what we have. This is something that happens every year, usually in the Fall but since it was still so warm, some laid right through it. Not to mention the birds that hatched in the Spring, are still laying even now.

In veggie news, so much is growing in the farm. Some of our mustards and Asian cabbage were lost in the big freeze, but we still have plenty of other greens growing. What was lost will be replanted this weekend.

Peas started showing up in January and they will be listed soon. Broccoli has also shown up with these beautiful florets that look like individual baby bouquets. It’s just so pretty.

There’s kohlrabi, kale, beets, radishes, and carrots. We are growing in plenty. We are even growing a special request that we’ll tell you more about later.

As always we thank you for taking time out to read about our family farm and we look forward to welcoming you back next month. Until then…..



January Events!

Hey you! How is 2020 treating you so far? For us this year has started out busier than ever as we harvest birds and prepare for our events this month. If you don’t already, tap on the link to follow our Facebook page. It really is the best way to stay up to date on everything we have to offer and where we will be.

Speaking of, this month you will find us at the Enterprise Farmers Market on Thursday January 23rd. We will be setting up from 9am-12pm. We grow year round so we will have many items to offer. We hope you will come to support us and invite you to pre-order through our shop page for whatever you’re in the market for. Just choose Enterprise after entering your zip code at checkout. That way you can say hello, then grab, and go.

On Saturday January 25th, you will find us at 2 The Olive Fruit located at 2323 West Main St., Suite 101 in Dothan beginning at 1:30pm. This event is all about healthy eating in the new year. There will be other vendors, items available for purchase, plus tastings too! You may also pre-order for this event and just add Olive Fruit in the comments and choose local pickup at checkout.

If January is any indication of how our year is going to go, then we have a lot to look forward to. We hope you will join us for the ride and hope to see you soon!



Asian Inspired Shrimp Stir Fry

So as you can imagine with our Asian Garden theme, we love to eat Asian inspired dishes. Last nights dinner was shrimp stir-fry with rice noodles. The best part about this is that for those of you who can’t have gluten this one is completely gluten free!

Our yearly family vacation has turned into a  fishing trip to the Gulf Shore. While there we always purchase shrimp fresh from the boat that we take back home for the freezer.

Since the weather is all over the place in December and unseasonably warm our Pak Choi cabbage has decided it’s time to go seed, so we decided to cook it.


Here’s a quick recipe:

2 Pak Choi cabbages chopped roughly
1 whole onion sliced
1 heaping Tablespoon of garlic
30-40 shrimp (family of four)
A mix of organic olive oil and Baklouti Oil
(from 2 The Olive Fruit)
Coconut Aminos to taste (soy sauce alternative)
Package of Rice Sticks (Publix)
Ginger Powder (to taste)
3 drops Lemon oil (I used lemon vitality oil)

Add olive oil to the pan and lightly sauté onions, garlic, and choi (you want the choi to retain some crunch) on low heat

Remove from heat

Place rice sticks in a bowl of cool water and soak for 8 minutes then drain. (set timer)

At about 6 minutes in, place pan back on heat, then add coconut aminos, shrimp, and ginger.

Once your timer goes off, drain rice sticks and then add to pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Once done add lemon oil and stir.

Serve immediately and enjoy! (Save those Chinese takeout containers….they come in handy!

Growing Now! (2019 Year in Review)

Do you remember when you were younger and those shows would come on? You know the ones picturing what they thought this time period would look like?

Weren’t we all supposed to have flying cars by now? Well that didn’t happen, but what did? What has 2019 brought you? What plans do you have for 2020? Lets stroll down memory lane as we share our year in review and what plans we have for 2020.

We started out the year in January when our farm entered a contest  along with Bain Home Gardens (BHG). The winners would be awarded a grant. Our goal was to win funding for a greenhouse which would allow us to create a CSA for the Wiregrass.

Everyone knows that we didn’t win that contest, but we did win! We saw the love and support of our community through many votes and this made us realize just how many of you wanted better access to clean food.

As a result, Kith & Kin CSA was born! We originally had this idea in 2018, but honestly we were scared! Shena of BHG and I researched, we prayed, we planned out a schedule and everything for the Fall of 2018. We even talked to our husbands about it. Ultimately the timing wasn’t right and there were just too many what ifs… our idea was put on hold.

When we finally did launch Kith & Kin in February, the community response was overwhelming! It was just so humbling to see how people trusted US to feed them and their families. Honestly, it still really is! Every time our current members renew or someone new signs up, it confirms just how much we’re meant for this farming life.

Planting was done all of February and into March with the exception of our yearly break and then in April, Kith & Kin began. We grew food and we fed families, thanking God all along the way! Every delivery was a success and we were in awe of the things we learned and how much we grew! 

Speaking of learning, this is an ongoing process for us and we’ve been able to meet some wonderful people from it. Both Brandon and I have gone to conferences, forums, and classes.

Farming is a science and learning to work within the boundaries of nature and chemical free has truly been amazing. Thank you to those of you who personally went out of your way to contact us, make space for us, and who made sure we knew what to do and how to do it. We appreciate you more than we could ever say!


We’ve searched for 2 years and the land we found was a blessing just waiting for us! It was full of trees, but virgin ground was a must. Why? Well because healthy soil is the foundation of life for plants and animals? Hence, this was not something we could be flexible on. Not to worry, we will share our progress with you as it further develops in 2020.

This past September, Kith & Kin had its Fall season and we were ecstatic to have returning members and new ones too! It closed in November just in time for a much needed hiatus, but of course the planting never really stops. Pictured below is just some of what we produced throughout this year.

In the coming months we will continue to baby these greens we have growing and more will be planted. Much colder days are needed for crops like garlic and this usually happens in January. The colder temps help them produce those big garlic bulbs in the Summer.

By way of root vegetables, carrots will be succession planted in January along with radishes, and turnips. We will also have some surprises going into the ground that will be for our members only.

We have acquired some new animals by accident on the farm in the form of moles. We started to see trails of land that was burrowed through and asked some questions. In the 3 years that we’ve farmed on this property, we’ve never had one mole, but now that we do Brandon and I are looking at chemical free ways to evict the uninvited squatters.

Apparently they are looking for bugs….Those they can have, but we don’t want them anywhere near our roots. Our research tells us that they will also feed on roots of plants growing underground and we can’t have that!

If you’ve had experience with moles, please share. We are taking suggestions, ideas, really any chemical free way to prevent them. So far we’ve seen coffee grounds, castor oil, and garlic….all things we CAN do, but we want to do what works!

We have been busy taking inventory of our seed stock and ordering more. Please remember that we grow to order, so if you have a request, let us know. If we can find the organic or heirloom seed and it will grow in our area, we will try our best to do just that. 

Our Winter harvest will take place in just a few short weeks. Many of you will be able to grab your chickens that you’ve waited so patiently for and some for the first time. Please let us know your thoughts! If you’ve been looking for a better chicken option, look no further! You can reserve yours here.

Thank you for supporting our family farm this past year! Thank you for trusting our family to feed yours. Thank you for supporting local and spending your dollars in your community.

We hope to bring you so much more in next year, so please stick around for the journey and I will see you next month. Until then…..







Fresh Produce Day!

I would like to personally invite you to come out this weekend and get to know your farmers a little better.

We will be at Rural King in Dothan from 1:30 pm 4:30 pm on Sunday December 29th and we would love to see you!

We enjoy meeting and learning more about our customers. So whether you shop or just stop in to say hello, that’s fine too!

Here are just a few things we’ll have:

Fresh eggs, COLLARDS, radishes, mustards, turnips, plus more!

I can’t say for sure that we will have chicken, but you can definitely reserve yours for our harvest that is coming up in a few short weeks. You can find them here. If we do have chicken, it always goes quick!

So many people have been waiting on collards so we expect them to go quickly. If you would like to reserve your order of collards or anything else ahead of time, please chose local pick up at checkout and type Rural King in the comments section.

We hope to see you there!

Growing Now! (December)

Yes that says December, but where did the year go?!? Seems like it was just March and now we’re starting December…..mind blown! Of course in our area, we don’t get that snowy Winter Wonderland pictured, but it fits the month anyway.

If you’ve followed us for any length of time you know that we plant year round for our family and yours. We just ended our Fall Kith & Kin CSA in November so we had a bit of a break, but we’re right back to continuously planting Fall and Winter greens plus so much more for our Spring season which is open NOW.

So what’s growing on the farm? CHICKENS! 🤣😂 Yes that’s right! We have gotten so many inquires from people who are looking for clean, fresh, organic chicken! Our waitlist has grown extensively so while we’re in the off season from our CSA, we are growing chickens to not only fulfill our waitlist orders, but also to have more available on a right now basis. This means the birds will be frozen, but we heard you guys loud and clear. We’re listening to the feedback and more chicken is on the way!

Along those same chicken lines we have also been hatching (with help) and acquiring female chicks. Our Kith & Kin CSA has a new Egg Share for the Spring season and we have many orders to fulfill. So we should be swimming in eggs just in time for the season to begin. Of course you can always order eggs year round as our hens are killing it this year. Their laying slowed a little during their early molt, but even with the shorter days we have been getting so many fresh eggs daily. So grab a dozen or more here.

By way of produce, we’ve had several plantings of garlic and we are so excited about planting it in plenty. We eat ALOT of garlic and onions year round and have recently learned that most garlic grown and sold in the US is imported from China. That’s no where near local! So we are happy to grow garlic right here in Southeast Alabama!


Speaking of onions, we have started them from seed and they are growing stronger day by day. Some smaller onions we had leftover from Spring were used as sets and they are in the ground now. We can’t say for sure they they will develop a bulb, but green onions are delicious too so we will take them!

Collards are growing and although the bugs have found them, they are doing nicely. You can expect to see them up on the site in the next few weeks.


Mustards are planted here each year. We just can’t seem to get enough of them. They go great mixed in a salad or can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Do you guys know about Choi? It’s an Asian cabbage that is delicious! We started growing it last year and it made its way back for another appearance! Choi is extremely versatile and we love it. We hope you do too.


As always, we’re so glad to have you here each month. We are YOUR farmers and without the support of the community, there would be no us! So we hope to see you back next month where will we close out 2019 and fill you in on all that we’re looking forward to in 2020. Until then…..


Kith & Kin CSA Earlybird Offer Extended!

We’ve got GREAT NEWS! Kith & Kin Earlybird offer has been extended past Black Friday into the entire month of December!!!

We know that many of you will be looking to eat better in the coming new year and having a basket of fresh produce delivered to your door step should make it easier!

So when you become a CSA member between now and the entire month of December you also get a FREE jar of jam or jelly made fresh with in season fruits then preserved to last the entire year.

In addition, you gain a relationship with your farmers. We are here for you during your food journey.

You also get exclusive access to our Facebook group and weekly newsletters where we provide recipes, farm updates, and teach you storage tips along with how to use the food. The group is a community where everyone is invited to share, asks questions, gain knowledge, and even post your creations. (Side note: You’re not required for share. You can sit back and enjoy, but we’d like you to)

When you’re ready, click here to purchase. We would love to have you as a member!