Thank you to everyone who brought Christmas trees for the goats this season. They definitely enjoyed them and would usually come running when they saw a tree coming through the gate! It’s a welcome change from their regular diet of hay.
It’s hard to think about baby chicks with our frigid temperatures right now, but it’s the time of year to plan the order for the Spring. Last year we got about 40 day olds from Performance Poultry and are planning about the same this year. Ameraucanas (green egg layers), Silver and Golden Laced Wyandottes, Mottled Houdans, Lakenvelder are all on my list!
Performance Poultry is located in eastern Ontario and the only hatchery in the area that specializes in heritage breeds so ordering early for Spring is always advised. We have a link to the Performance Poultry 2015 price list for anyone interested. If anyone in the area wants a few birds for May 1st but can’t make it out there, we can add to our order and have them picked up at our farm, just let me know as soon as possible. It’s a nice day trip to Prince Edward County for Emma and I and we don’t mind bringing back a few extras!
This coming Chinese New Year, which begins February 19, is the year of the Goat! According to Chinese astrology, each animal zodiac has its own lucky numbers, lucky days, lucky colors, lucky flowers, and a best direction.
Here are the Goat’s, so for anyone born in 2015, here you go!
The Christmas Holiday Market kicked off this past Sunday with our first market at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park as guests of the Ottawa Farmer’s Market. This coming Friday and Saturday December 5th and 6th we will be at the Carp Christmas Market and the following weekend December 13th and 14th we will be back at Lansdowne. All the details on our Events and Markets Calendar page.
Kricklewood Farm, along with other Savour Ottawa producers are working together with Just Food and the City of Ottawa on an exciting new project. Savour Ottawa Online is a new marketplace to shop for locally produced food.
For local foodies, it couldn’t be simpler: Become a member to shop for foods from across the region, all under one online roof. Pay online and pick up at the Parkdale Field House in Ottawa. It’s that easy! Click here or on the logo below to visit Savour Ottawa Online and sign up today.
Thank you to Meg and the rest of the gang at Dandelion Foods In Almonte for inviting us to participate in the Support Local: Almonte Day Saturday October 25th. It was a very busy day with lots happening including a shuttle bus from Ottawa to Almonte, pop-up shopping at Old Almonte Town Hall as well as events being hosted by local businesses like Dandelion Foods. We always enjoy meeting people and letting them have a taste of our Kricklewood Farm Sunflower oil, a taste of sunshine!
It’s time to plant the garlic and this is the first year I was doing it in shorts and a t-shirt! It was about 22 C today, normally I’m planting when it’s closer to 5 or 10 C. We ended up with 4 20 foot rows so should have about 250 bulbs next summer, same as this past year. Emma and Jeff (the barn cat) weren’t much help and Emma’s tail almost got planted with the garlic. One of the chickens was very interested in what was going on in the garden, the goats watched from a distance and the baby ducks were very happy with the old zucchini I tossed to them in the barnyard. All in all, a very good day! More photos…
The ducklings are almost a week old now so let Mama and them out today to enjoy the mild Fall weather and splash around in the water. We had to ‘babyproof’ the barnyard too, replacing the regular water dishes with these more shallow plant saucers.
Another interesting thing is that ducklings tend to spread out further from their Mama compared to chicks. I think it’s because the Mama Hen scratches a lot for the chicks to find them food so the chicks stay right next to her. The ducks tend to forage more, nibbling on things here and there. Plus, they love to catch little bugs on the fly so if they spot one that looks tasty, off they go. I often had to use a wide angle just to get them all in the shot! There are 13….. good luck Mama!