It’s a beautiful sunny day here at Kricklewood Farm – a perfect day to see the sunflowers and meet the goats too! Visit our Getting Here page for directions.
Brian Jelly, our neighbour who does most of our farming for us shared a thought with us a couple of years ago. He said when he started farming: “I didn’t get a decent nights sleep all summer until the crop was off the field and in the bin.” It’s a thought that is coming up a lot this year. Most people had a hard and late winter this past season and we were no exception. Spring was late and our summer has been cold and rainy. These two photos were taken a few days into August, the first today, the second in 2012. The good news, we have Sunflowers, the bad news, they are very late and not as abundant. We are anticipating them to be in bloom towards the end of the month and we’ll keep posting photos as it progresses.
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for our goat milk soap workshop! It was a beautiful sunny day so we did our workshop outside this time around. Hope everyone had fun milking and playing with the goats, learning how to make soap! Sorry to Michael about the bee incident but all is well now! The goats and Emma definitely had a lot of fun but when it was all over everyone was ready for a nap! More photos…
Now that we’re in kidding season we have two of my favourite things: baby goats and lots of goat milk! So, we’re scheduling our next Goat Milk Soap Making Workshop for Sunday July 20th at 1:00 pm. For more info or to sign up, visit our Workshops page.
This year’s project for the barn was windows. Finally some air and light in the barn! We’ve been researching different options, factoring in cost, safety for the animals (avoiding hoof and glass contact) and esthetics. Also factored in were constraints like posts at arbitrary locations and horizontal beams at various heights. Initially we thought of manufactured windows but through the process we decided to go with custom wooden framed ‘windows’ with 1″x1″ wire on the inside and removable lexan unbreakable glass panels for the outside. Our contractor John has done most of the work on the barn and he was great with the windows too. They were all put in within the space of a week. Only one boo-boo – part of a post in a window in the chicken room, somehow we measured wrong but hopefully the chickens won’t complain! It has been great to do chores and enjoy the sunshine and summer breeze. More photos…
For comparison, here is the barn in 2011, before we started renovations.
Garlic Scapes are the flower stalks that spring out of hard neck garlic bulbs and are in season in our area now. They have a mild garlic flavour without the hot garlic bite and are part of this recipe for a delicious pesto using Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil. Scapes are very nutritous as well, packed full of vitamin C and A . This recipe, compliments of Wendy’s Country Market, makes an easy addition to any pasta, used with fish or as a dip.
- 1lb garlic scapes, cut into 2 inch pieces
- ¼ cups grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Blend garlic scapes, cheese, oil, and lemon juice in a food processor till smooth.
For the first few days, the baby goats don’t do much more than eat, sleep, poop. Then they realize they have legs and boy is it fun to jump around. I call it the ‘monkey phase’ and it’s one of the best times to enjoy in a goat’s life. Mom doesn’t have much time to relax, she spends most of her day chasing the baby around, making sure they don’t get into trouble!
The Baby Chicks arrived last week and happy to say all are doing well! . The chicks came in two batches as I decided to order 10 Barred Rocks at the last minute, too late for my order from Performance Poultry but not too late to order from Frey’s Hatchery for delivery to our local feed store. The Barred Rocks came first so got to spend the nights indoors and once the other 36 arrived we could count on the extra body heat keeping them warm.
The first few days can be risky (make sure they know how to drink and don’t get pasty bums – thanks Lindsay for helping to keep them clean!) For now they are in their play pen and once it gets too crowded they will have the run of the nursery which is about 8 by 10 with a big window on the south side. I was hoping to have a chick-safe outdoor run ready for them but haven’t had a chance but I’ll have to rig something up so they can go outside with a place to hide if need be.
Emma was curious but her gentle self of course. She got a peek in the box this year as the goats are still not completely at ease with her. She got up close and personal with some of them (close enough for a quick snack) but our Emma is much too sweet for that!
More photos in the album