Growing Now! (November 2022)

Hello Farm Family. How are you guys? Did you make it through those unseasonably cold nights a few weeks ago without issue? Typically weather patterns in October don’t lead to freezing or near freezing temperatures so you guys were probably just as surprised as we were.

After the big freeze we lost a lot of crops that we would normally have through mid or late November. Of course it was an unexpected circumstance, but after much prayer, watching the temps rise, and seeing how the plants reacted to those temps, we decided not to immediately pull everything.

Instead we tried pruning to see if these plants would bounce back and some of them have done just that! We know they won’t last for too much longer, but as long as they continue to grow……we will let them!

Fall

Fall is a favorite season for us and now that we have moved, it feels more Fall like in our neck of the woods. Maybe it’s the trees or perhaps the environment, but it’s really beautiful and it reminds me of growing up in New York where we truly had all four seasons.

November is usually when we begin to have a couple of cold days as the days get shorter. I am all for getting rid of that Summer heat, but the shorter days I could do without. Do you feel like that too?

Pest Management

Since we moved I have seen quite a few bugs that I could not immediately place. One that has really hit our produce hard is a beetle with a red top and a black bottom. It’s a variety of a flea beetle, but not one that I had ever seen before.

I shared with you guys before that we like to take an out of the box approach to pest management. This can be simply picking the pest off the crops or using items found in nature to control well….nature. This is sometimes an arduous task, but totally worth it!

Growing Now

Growing on the farm now are mostly cool weather crops. Those that laugh at freezing temps and can take the heat as well. Just a few of them are below.

We absolutely love being able to grow and cook with Asian vegetables. This is especially true with our son, Joshua. He affectionately refers to Brandon and I as “geriatrics” because most of his cooking is just too spicy for us to handle. Joshua and our older son are both the main reasons why we started growing the hotter varieties of peppers on our farm. Now that his older brother is out on his own, Joshua gets to have most of them all to himself.

If you’ve checked out our shop page, you will find that we recently created a category dedicated especially to our love of Asian vegetables. We’ve name it Asian Gardens.

Poultry News

We’ve received more than a few inquires for those of you looking for eggs and pastured raised meats. We wish we could accommodate everyone, but this year we will not have any more eggs, whole chickens, or turkeys due to our recent move.

We are literally rebuilding our farm from the ground up and that takes tons of time, hard work, and money to do so.

A few months ago we put out a call to action for anyone willing to add a helping hand and/or a donation to our farm. That offer still stands! You can reach out to us through our contact page to help locally. There is also a donation box located at the bottom of our home page.

A Look Ahead

This month we will finally be planting our trees. Over the Summer we purchased a good variety of fruit trees and have been fighting hard to keep them alive. Most have survived and we are planning to rent a machine to assist in breaking up some of this red clay. Once that’s done, it will be a planting party from there.

Additionally, garlic will go into the ground and we are building out more spaces to made permanent beds to house the many plants that were started from seed and are ready to get to their final home. Our biggest issue is that we NEED so much compost and since everything has gone up in price this year, it’s taking longer to get it.

All in all it will be a busy month for us as we build out better infrastructure for our chickens to make sure they are safe as well. We’ve found more than a few hawks out this way, raccoons, and we’ve seen an owl up close and personal. If that’s not enough, just the other night we heard howling that we could not place so we want to make sure our birds are protected.

We have so much planned and loads more to share as the months continue into the Spring, but for now we will stop there as we don’t want to spill all the beans!

Available Now

If you’re shopping for some Certified Naturally Grown produce, there is quite a bit over on our shop page. We even brought back our ever popular Seasonal Farm Boxes!

In closing we say thanks for being the best part of our farm. Thanks for supporting us and sharing our little family business with others. We appreciate each and every one of you and hope to see you again next month. Until then…….

Growing Now! (October 2022)

Oh Em Gee!!! Our favorite season has come in with a bang and we are loving this weather!

October is a month of new beginnings. We started to harvest our first crops in our new space, the Fall season with Kith & Kin CSA began just a few days ago, new birds will be arriving soon, and we are building new infrastructure for the farm. All of that in the middle of a home renovation. (Yes! We are a little crazy)

Part of getting the homestead ready is developing the land. We thought this was going to consist of a lot of tilling, but once we began to do so we found that the virgin soil here is very much hard clay. Our hope was to mix those truckloads of compost we told you about last month into the soil, but that went out the window very quickly!

So what are a couple of farmers to do when a plan fails? Pivot! We prayed, took some time, and formulated a new one.

Our next move was to plant on top of the virgin soil, but we needed to kill off the grass and weed seeds. Out came the flame weeder!

You can see Farmer Brandon in action below as he carefully prepares the space. He really deserved a hand for all his hard work! It was around 93 degrees that day.


To keep up with the work that we’re putting in to rebuild our space follow us on Instagram. Much of it is being documented there.

Starting over takes time, money, hard work, and patience. We’re no strangers to hard work, but we find ourselves having to re-learn what being patient really means. Plus money and time are always an issue!

We know that many of you are patiently walking this journey with us and we thank you for being here. Soon you will be able to click on the shop page and order your fill of eggs, produce, reserve your meats, and more.

Yesterday we went over to visit our sister farm, Bain Home Gardens. They have long been a trusted source of produce and eggs in our area. It was nice to meet the bunnies, see some familiar hens, and all the new chickens they now have. They are a little low on produce, but if you’re looking for eggs…..check them out!

Cooler temps mean cool season vegetables are coming back. The guys were putting together garden boxes not too long ago in anticipation of heavy planting and transplanting. You may have seen the photo of my Dad and Joshua on our social pages. Their hard work is very much appreciated!

Growing now on the farm are both Summer and Winter squash, greens galore, roots, salad greens and more. We found out yesterday that our organic garlic shipped and will be arriving in a few days. It’s always exciting to plant garlic because that usually means that Fall is in full swing.

Peppers are still hanging around and from the looks of it we will have at least one more batch before the frost sets in.

In the next few days we will be making jams using the local blueberries we picked and froze earlier this year. Some of which will make it to the shop page, so be on the lookout.

As we speak, we are growing sprouts . We will be happy to grow a batch for you as well.

So much is in store for us as we finish out the year. We’re thankful you’re here to support and follow along. We will see you next month if not before. Until then……

Growing Now (September 2022)

Hello farm family!! Yes….it happened. We skipped two whole entire months. If that weren’t enough, we haven’t posted much on our social pages either. We promise though it’s with good reason. So let us give you all the deets!

Big News!!

We recently posted on social media about a change that has happened with our farm and it’s a BIG one. If you follow our farm on Instagram you know that someone (ok it was me) spilled the tea already. For those of you who don’t, well the news is that our farm has MOVED! Break out the confetti and celebrate with us!!!!!

This move has been such a long time coming and to be honest it’s one that we thought we resolved when we purchased our other property a few years ago. Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen the way they do, but we definitely get it now!

So our absence was because we were in the moving process……Just imagine moving your house and your neighbors house…then add in animals and equipment…..so many things!

Everyday we wake up and we’re thankful for the beautiful sunrises in the morning and even more grateful for the sunsets. The view from here is really amazing and it’s a blessing that we are all sincerely humbled by. We’re still unpacking boxes and there is a ton of work to be done, but we are super excited!

Family Update

Our youngest, Joshua is officially a Sophomore! It is SO bittersweet! Of course he has to grow up, but thinking about him being an actual adult soon has me in a my feelings just a little…(or maybe a lot). This year he will be 16 and Brandon has given him a driving handbook. Like what?!?! I don’t want my “baby” to grow up!

Last year I shared with you guys that we became Grandparents…I know it’s still crazy to us, but true. Well now little Miss Hazel Rae is walking around, formulating words that we don’t quite understand yet, and being sassy on top of it. It’s been a beautiful blessing to watch her grow and I have to say that she has one Papa wrapped around her little finger already!

Poultry News

In poultry news, we decided that we could not accommodate turkeys this year. We apologize to any who were looking forward to ordering their birds from us, but this was the best decision we could make as we never want to overwhelm ourselves.

Previously we shared that our layers are old ladies and their production was low. Well we found a private breeder and we can’t wait to see what happens from here. We really missed having all the egg colors that our farm was known for and we are excited to bring them back!

By way of meatbirds, my Dad has only asked like a million times when we will have meaties again. I almost want to say that he misses them more than I do. Coming up soon Daddy!

What’s Growing?

Everything is new! We are rebuilding a farm from the ground up! This is something that took us years to do previously and now we have just a few months. Our back deck is filled with plants that have been started from seed while we fight through all the rain and the heat in order to get the farm together. The one good thing we can say is that we have been over planting because we are dealing with a whole new environment here and well you just never know!

With our new property having virgin soil, we literally had to pick up truckloads of compost to get the farm in motion. Shout out to Alabama Sustainable Agricultural Network (ASAN) for the help! Words can’t express how much we appreciate you guys!

Planting season came up so fast and we learned very quickly that rebuilding a farm is quite expensive. So many things that were in place at our old property still need to be established here.

Over the years we have received inquires from people asking if or how they could help and now with our farm rebuild we are taking all the help we can get! We have even added a donation tab to our homepage for those of you who aren’t local or would just rather donate. Our family appreciates the love and support that we’ve been shown and we can’t wait to get everything in motion so we can really see what Hawkins Homestead Farm can be!

Again, as always we appreciate each and every one of you for being with us. We hope that you and your families stay safe and we will talk to you again soon. Until then……

Growing Now! (June 2022)

Hey farm family! It’s June and our apologies because this Newsletter is a bit late. There is just SO much happening both on and off the farm right now. Life has been a bit crazy and we have a lot to catch up on. Even our social pages have been quiet over the last few weeks, but let’s start by getting caught up here.

Bad news first…Some of you may already know this, but I injured my back and that definitely put a strain on things. The good news is that my guys stepped up to the plate and did what needed to be done to keep our home and the farm rolling. Thank you both SO much!!

This season we’re very thankful because over this past month the farm has been very fruitful! We literally harvested hundreds of onions and potatoes. Yes, we do grow these crops every year, but this abundance allowed us to tuck away a little extra for ourselves, our family, and friends…all of which are very important to us! Plus with the rising costs of everything….having food that we grew definitely helps!

The whole reason we began to farm was to feed our family clean food and every year through prayer and hard work we get better at it. We couldn’t be more grateful!

Right now in both our home and farm gardens we have loads of tomatoes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. This is a win for us because it’s literally the most tomatoes that we’ve ever grown. Even the tomato trials are looking very promising. What is a trial, you ask? Well we love adding new items to the farm and running trials is how we see what will grow well in both our soil and in our area.

Sadly, when you have an abundance there is usually a failure somewhere and this season it was eggplants. Last year we took a cross country trip in the Summer and ended up with way too many eggplants that we could not sell. So we decided to cut back. That decision looks like we won’t have very many eggplants to offer, but farming has so many factors and sometimes the best thing you can do is just simply try again.

We planted a late crop of corn in our home garden and so far it’s doing well. We ended up having to fence around it because someone in the area has a rouge chicken who thinks she can come over to eat. We think we know where she came from and have attempted to catch her, but she is a fast one. For now, we’ll just keep shooing her away.

In poultry news, our flock is getting a much needed refresh. This means new chicks are on the way and there will be eggs in abundance just in time for Spring of next year. I know you must be thinking that is so far away, but hens take between 4-6 months to mature and began laying. Since that puts us right in Winter, the abundance of eggs will be here in the Spring.

Coming up next month we will begin to order and advertise our Turkey Day Birds. These go quick and we have customers who reserve more than one. We order based off of what we can handle and what our family will need so they are very limited. If you would like to support our farm and have a delicious pasture raised turkey for your big meal, be on the look out on our social pages and here as well. Then order early!

In addition to turkeys, we will be welcoming back our pasture raised meat birds as well. Our next harvest is due in the Fall and we will open up pre-orders for those in July as well.

Did you know that Kith & Kin Fall Season dates have been announced and membership is open? Well now you do! This really is the best way to eat local and fresh by having the farm brought to you.

Last month we mentioned that we would be setting up at The Enterprise Farmers Market and I want to give you an update and say that is still in the plans, but we are trying to figure out dates while I heal. So stay tuned.

We did get to go and support Bain Home Gardens this past weekend at the local Market in Dothan. They have been cooking up some new items and have just recently became Certified Naturally Grown for their chickens too! It’s only right that since they were the first farm in our area to become certified for their produce that they were for their flock as well. We applaud them and will continue to support them. We hope you will too!

Alright, now that we are all caught up as always I want to thank you for being the best part of Hawkins Homestead Farm and we hope to see you soon. Until then…..

Growing Now! (May 2022)

Hello Farm Family! Wow! Today has been a busy day! (Originally started this segment on 4/30). Thankfully, it was the kind of busy that we actually enjoyed. Can you guess why? Ok…..we’ll tell you. We participated in our first Farmers Market in over 2 years! It was absolutely amazing to be back out in the community and we quickly realized just how much we’ve missed it. We were both so excited that we completely forgot to take pictures, but we did share a quick live video to our page before the rain came in. We made our crowd pleasing lemonade and were delighted to see some familiar faces who came to get a cup or three!

A huge shout out goes to Louis at 2 The Olive Fruit for inviting us. We want to say thank you him and to all who came out and supported this Market. We look forward to many more this year.

So the next logical question is where right? Well we know for sure that we are planning to participate at The Enterprise Farmers Market, but dates are TBD. Today we learned about many other events and the plan is to fill our calendars up.

Speaking of Enterprise, we learned from the market manager that Thursdays are one of the days that are available for us to choose from. Our question is would we have the support needed to make the drive and spend the time there? Of course its been a while, but if our customers up that way would like to have us, we would love to do so!

As a matter of fact, a new Summer Share was just announced with Kith & Kin CSA, and we could open up membership to Enterprise residents who would like to pick up during the Thursday market. If you’re a family who would love to join, drop us a line using our contact page.

Last month we about talked how ”April showers bring May flowers” and our home garden as well as the farm are just beaming with blossoms. Admittedly, some of those blossoms are crops that have gone to seed, but we don’t mind. Allowing crops to seed gives us the opportunity to feed the bees and add to our growing collection of saved seeds. This is something we’ve grown to love because we are collecting heirloom varieties that can be planted for many years to come and doing so also helps us save money in the long run…..which is vital to small farms like ours.

Speaking of saving money…..Have you started your garden yet? If your answer is no, It’s not too late to start now. With the rising prices of groceries, everyday necessities, and gas one way to save money may be to grow your own garden this year. Remember that the key is to start small. It’s very easy to get over excited which always leads to being overwhelmed when it comes to growing. So with the hot weather on its way think about what plants love the heat and plan on planting them. Of course your local farmers have your back if you don’t have the time or a green thumb to get it done, so don’t sweat it. We do still have a few plants available to help you start your garden and throughout the season and we will be starting more.

On a sad note we saw our very first garden pest of the season the other day while irrigating the farm. It was a pretty good size stink bug hanging out on our tomatoes and that means there are more on the way. With my chemical sensitivities and our farm being Certified Naturally Grown there are limitations on what methods we use to control garden pests. One thing that has been very effective for us has been the use of essential oils in the garden. This is a subject that we’ve studied up on and it’s been both mind blowing and cool to learn about how nature can be used to control….. nature.

OK so let me tell you all about what’s growing. In both our home and farm gardens and we have many tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash, and beans.

This month we will be harvesting both potatoes and onions. At our house we go through onions super fast so we are stoked about being able to have a fresh batch of our own again this year. The ones shown below are from previous years.

Potatoes never seem to last for long so we are planning to run a trial in the late Summer-Fall in hopes to harvest more this year. We are currently running trials on some new tomato varieties and will be doing the same with peppers over the next month. It’s always our goal to bring something fresh and new to the Wiregrass plus we like a challenge.

Do you have a favorite that you’d like us to grow? Please sure to let us know! For now we say thank you for being here and well see you soon. Until then…….

Growing Now (April 2022)

You know the saying ”April showers bring May flowers?” I feel like it specifically applies to us here in the Wiregrass. I say that because April has really proven itself to be the month of rain. Now please don’t misunderstand, we love the rain. It is absolutely necessary for everything to grow, thrive, and be beautiful on the farm.

The issue is when the rain becomes excessive. Too much water can lead to all types of problems for farmers. Think of it this way…..many of us have had house plants right? You know the one’s that we’ve watered to death. Well in the same way excessive rain could lead to pests, disease, and death.

In previous years we’ve had to secure both our crops and our flocks from excessive rain by setting up rain barriers. You probably read “rain barrier” and immediately went to something elaborate or expensive. Well the good news is that it doesn’t have to be.

If you’re growing a garden this year, our suggestion is to start small. With just a few pieces of PVC and a tarp you can create your own simple rain barrier. These items are especially beneficial for crops already planted in the ground. Do you own a tent? Well set it up and put your plant babies under it. This is not a long term solution, but it will temporarily protect plants that you want to prevent from taking on too much rain. We go through so much to get this food to grow and the point is to eat it, not see it and all your hard work go to waste.

From the looks of recent news reports, growing a garden will be especially important this year. Fuel is high, materials are higher, and it will likely only get worse.

We would like to thank everyone for coming out to our Plant Sale. We enjoyed meeting you and appreciate your continued support. More plants will be listed over on our garden page soon. So stay tuned.


It’s Spring and for us that means root crops. We are expecting potatoes, onions, and more. Most of which will be stored and saved for use throughout the year. The onions we grew last Spring nearly made it to this season. We were pleasantly surprised and can’t wait to see what this crop does.

Since we farm small, it’s important that we farm smart. This means keeping costs low. Last year we purchased a few pieces of beautiful cedar that we were hoping to utilize for our sweet potatoes. Long story short….the potatoes never arrived and although the box was put together, we have yet to use it. Our hope was to convert all the boxes to cedar as our current ones have ran their course, but of course the cost of wood sky rocketed and we were faced with a real dilemma. After much consideration we decided to convert the boxes into a permanent no till garden space. We are proud and excited to tell you that this is the second one on the farm!! We converted our main garden a few years and its worked out so well. Removing the boxes has not only opened up more space, but the benefits of no till gardening are outstanding and we couldn’t be more happier about that.

We recently said goodbye to collards to make space for Summer crops. We’ve began transplanting cucumbers and will soon begin to add in many squash varieties, herbs, and tomatoes.

We previously shared with you that our flock is older and we weren’t expecting many eggs this season. Well to our surprise, the hens have so far proved us all the way wrong and are laying better than expected!! We will not be posting them on the site just yet, but you can be sure that we will have eggs at any events we participate in this year.

Speaking of events……we hope you will join us along with a few other vendors for Farmers Day at 2 The Olive Fruit on Saturday April 30th. The times are TBD, but please keep a watch here and our Facebook page for updates. This will be our first real event in over 2 years so we’re excited and nervous all at the same. We hope to see you there!

If you happen to be on the search for farm fresh goodness, we have some goodies in store for you with our Seasonal Farm Boxes. The best part about these boxes is that not only are they Certified Naturally Grown from organic seed, but that they are local! This means that you are keeping your hard earned dollars in your community, your farmers in business, and getting what’s in season. Every box we deliver is harvested to order. so it’s always fresh. Not to mention, the less produce has to travel the more taste and nutrients it retains.

As always we appreciate you being the best part of our farm and we will chat with you soon. Until then……

Salsa Verde

It seems like just about everyone has seen the value of growing something for themselves and my Dad is no different. He is the type who has to stay busy! So even while under quarantine that meant finding something to do around the house. For him that was not only building a shed from the ground up, but also starting a garden. Good thing his daughter is a farmer!

With many different transplants and a few seeds in hand off I went. Daddy, as I will forever call him is the construction foreman of every single project at Hawkins Homestead Farm. Even buildings we’ve purchased he’s had a hand in making them better! So there was no way that I wasn’t going to help him start a garden at their new home. We planted tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, okra (his favorite), green beans, watermelons, and tomatillos! (I’m sure there’s more….)

Fast forward to a few weeks later when I popped a tomatillo, peeled the husk, and gave it to him. His reaction…PRICELESS!

“What is that? It’s like a fruit….it’s so good! We have to take one of those to your mother. Awe it’s so good! Thank you. Thank you for giving me one of those”

I wish I could have recorded it! Not all recipes have a story, but some do and they produce memories that are close to our heart. This salsa verde is simple, and delicious. You may even already know how to make it, but I wanted to share it with you because it’s a great way to use a fruit that not many people grow.

Of course we’ve already started this years plants for Daddy’s garden and ours as well. Don’t worry we would never leave you out, so if you’d like to grow your own tomatillos, we got them started for you. Our “Spring” plant sale went live even before Spring did. 

I hope you loved the story and enjoy making the recipe below. It’s not my own, but I promise it’s a good one. You can find it here

 

 

Growing Now! (March 2022)

Helllooooo farm family! Are you all enjoying this switch in the weather as much as we are? It’s like Spring has pushed Winter out the way and decided to show up and show out. I say Spring, but really some of these temperatures really feel like Summer.

On the farm there is so much going on. We have our home garden, but over this past year we have began farming another location so we’re so thankful for. Of course, a new year means a new planting season and ours is currently moving along very well. Are you planning to grow a garden this year? Perhaps you’re just starting or maybe you’re seasoned, but would love to expand and grow even more. Well we are super excited to tell you that not only are we bringing back our plant sale, but we will also be offering compost as well. The sale will be ongoing throughout the month of March beginning with tomatoes. We will be updating the site weekly with peppers, herbs, and more as the month continues. You can find what we have available here. We may have a local pick up option, but that is to be determined. If you do decide to purchase and have paid for home delivery, we will gladly bring the plants to you.

This year, we are looking forward to getting back out in the community. I cannot say for sure exactly when this will be, but we are praying about it and will continue to do so. Farmers Markets and vendor events have always been something we’ve enjoyed and so we are stoked to be getting back out there. We will still be taking basic safety precautions such as hand sanitizing and wearing a mask, but we will keep you updated on when and where you can find us as the year progresses.

In chicken news I have to confess and tell you all that I love my birds and I have kept them way too long. As a result, egg production is low so you may not find eggs on our site this season. We are in the process of developing a new flock and are excited to bring the variety of birds and egg colors we have come to be known for. Sadly, the private breeder we’ve used in the past moved on so finding non hatchery birds with good genetics has been more than difficult to say the least.

As far as our pastured birds go I can tell you that no one is more excited than I am to be able to eat our own pastured meats again! We will be running a trial to see how these birds do in their new space, but if everything goes well we will begin offering our birds once again and accepting deposits for them.

Did you know that today is the last day to become a member of Kith & Kin CSA? Membership closes early to allow for us to have the opportunity to plan and grow exactly what we need for our members. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find the information here and purchase through this link.

We thank you for being here with us. Whether you enjoy these articles, the photos, our social, are new to shopping with us, or have shopped with us for years. We hope you will continue to stick around.

We will chat with you again next month, if not before. Until then……

Growing Now! (February 2022)

Hello Farm Family. I hope this Newsletter finds all of you safe and well. You will have to give us a little bit of grace as the start of this new year has been chaotic to say the least. Our daughter and son in law tested positive for Covid which resulted in us being full time Grandparents to a 5 month old and if that wasn’t enough my Mom suffered from a mini stoke and was hospitalized. 

Talk about life getting flipped up side down….

Thankfully, none of us here got Covid, but since we were exposed we had to quarantine so that meant I could not go to the hospital and I could not help my Dad. It was heart wrenching at times, but I prayed, our family prayed, and our spiritual family did as well. Everyone is well now and my Mom is getting stronger everyday. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to take the time off from my full time work to help everyone, but as you can imagine I’m a little more than tired. 

The good news is that when I’m not being a caregiver, I’m farming!

We’re gearing up for so many things to come and I’m really enjoying seeing the beauty of planting and watering while watching God make it grow. 

I really DO love farming! 💚

I love growing food. I love learning about different plants and what works well in our soil. I love the science behind it. I love how items can be recycled and then provide life for others things to thrive and grow. I love helping others grow their own gardens and I love feeding our community. 

There is more good news!

I am not the only one who feels this way! For many years, you’ve heard or read about our “sister farm,” Bain Home Gardens. Perhaps you have even purchased from them in our online store. Well now you can continue to support them because they now have their own online store as well! You can find it here

It is my sincere hope that you will support them as they were the first farm in our area to be Certified Naturally Grown and we know and trust their growing practices. You will be able to find fresh produce, dried spices, even EGGS from chickens whose flock began here on our farm. So please congratulate and support them as they too love farming and want to continue to grow clean food for our community. 

Over the next few weeks as the weather warms we will be welcoming all sorts of garden greens, onions, potatoes, just so much to the farm. 

For those of you looking to grow your own gardens, we are bringing back our plant sale and compost too. Be on the lookout for the date to be being announced soon. There will be organic and chemical free tomatoes, peppers, and herbs as well.

If you’re on the spectrum where you’d like us to do the work for you well, guess what? I happen to know that Kith & Kin CSA still has a few spots open for the Spring season and we’d love to have you join. You can find the purchase page here

Thank you for spending a few minutes with us this month. I hope to see you back here again soon. Until then…..

Growing Now! (End of 2021)

Hello Farm Family! I hope all of you and your families are and have been well. Time really has flown by this year and here we are at the very end of it. It feels like 2021 is going out just as fast as it came in and somewhere in there, we got a little lost.

When I take the time to reflect on all that has happened this year, it has been a challenging one to say the least…..hence the long periods of silence.

After many prayers and much reflection along with inquires, phone calls, text messages, advice, and offers of assistance from all of you, our farm family, we are happy to say that we are ready to start off 2022 with a new found joy and determination!

One thing I want to address right away is this: Many of you have sent emails, made phone calls, even texted asking if you can come out and visit our farm. We love the support and we thank you for wanting to visit, but the answer is no.

Although, we had a plan in place for the end of this year, our health and all of yours are so much bigger than a farm visit. You will find that we have already begun to post again regularly so we hope you will follow our farm journey through our social pages.

Everything is different about our world now. Covid has changed us and even though some people still don’t or won’t acknowledge it, it’s very true. I don’t go out in public without a mask…..honestly I don’t visit friends or family without a mask and everyone I am close to is fully vaccinated. So we will be keeping ourselves as safe as we can for as long as we need to do so.

Can you guys believe this weather? Brandon and I were out today and we had this entire conversation about how it’s December 31st and it was 81 degrees. Like woah!! We have lived here since the end of 2015 and I cannot recall the temps being so high at the end of the year. It’s a bit crazy…..but that’s global warming.

Our worry is that the bugs have yet to die off….as a matter of fact, it is quite the opposite as we found many eggs on the produce we do have growing. It looks like next week the temperatures will begin to drop, but not as much as we need them to. I have always said that the one thing we can’t control is the weather, but learning how to work with it can be challenging when it doesn’t act like it should.

The seasons are important when it comes to farming. Some plants need a certain amount of chill hours or cooler temps to produce well and when that doesn’t happen it could lead to crop failure and no one wants that! So we hope things will level out soon.

I know, I know….you are all used to these posts showcasing what’s growing and going on the farm, but not this one. This one will have no pretty pictures.

It is simply to say that we will soon be all settled in and ready to start the new ride we call farming in 2022! So yes there will be pictures, chickens, eggs, produce, and more. We can’t wait to share it all with you and we thank you for being so patient with us!