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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Overdue update from The Farm

The past month or so has felt like a whirlwind, hence our lack of updating anything more than our Facebook page. Fall has arrived, which on its own brings it's own To Do list, but this combined with our new adventure with the New Bern Farmer's Market and recent publicizing of our farm has had us quite busy. No complaints! You can read the recent newspaper coverage of our farm here.

We've been at the Market for six weeks now and I've really enjoyed it. We've met so many wonderful people, made some great new friends, learned a lot and have sold some soap. But more on that later.

Fall has arrived and the cooler weather has been nice. We've cleared most of the gardens of summer crops (with the exception of a few things like peppers that will keep going strong until a good freeze) and we've replaced them with seed for the fall and winter... turnips, rutabagas, spinach, carrots, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, peas... we also tossed in a few more squash seeds early on to see if we could get a couple to produce before the days get too cold. We lost all of our summer squash in August not due to vine borers (we had controlled them so well this year!) but instead to a freak storm that blew through one day. It also wiped out all of our corn by breaking the stalks. Oh well.

We've also harvested our second round of honey from our hives. The Boy had given them an extra frame with no foundation so that the bees would make the wax comb from scratch on that one. He then used that comb to slice up and put into the jars this time. Very cool!

The chicken flock is doing chicken things... several are molting, including our senior BCM rooster, and egg production has slightly dropped with the decreasing daylight. We will be selling off a few laying starter hens soon, so if you're local and interested, please email us. We do this to keep our flock number down, and also to give people an egg producer without having to go through 24+ weeks of chick raising in the spring. Our flock is 2012 NPIP certified. We're aiming for another early January hatch and working out our breeding combinations now to continue our work on good egg production & egg color variety.

It's hard to find time for a break right now, but we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. More news to come, but for right now I'm going to enjoy this overcast morning.

Help support the restoration efforts of The Farm at Beaman's Fork by visiting www.BeamansFork.com 
or by visiting us on Saturdays at the New Bern Farmer's Market

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