’twas a Very Merry Christmas for the Goats!

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.

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Annabelle, Eamonn and Kyle with May-June

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Comet, the buck visiting from Little Rock, seemed to enjoy his time here

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Lucas, Alex and Ryan with May-June, Delilah, Daisybelle and Comet

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Patrick and Patty enjoying a bite together

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May-June working it for the camera!

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Donna and May-June

 

Time to Order the Chicks!

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!

Kricklewood Farm Baby Chicks from 2014

Baby Chicks from 2014 being watched over by Emma

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!

Baby chicks from 2014 settling in being watched over by Emma

Baby chicks from 2014 settling in and still being watched over by Emma

Happy New Year of The Goat!

Year of the GoatThis 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!

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 (like 27 and 72)
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 30th of any month according to the Chinese lunar calendar
  • Lucky colors: brown, red, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: carnations and primroses
  • Lucky direction: north

Christmas Holiday Market Season!

Kricklewood Farm at the Aberdeen Pavilion

Kricklewood Farm at the Aberdeen Pavilion

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.

Savour Ottawa Online Goes Live!

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.

Kricklewood Farm Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil 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.

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Local Food Day in Almonte

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!  102514_dandelion01102514_dandelion03102514_dandelion02

Time to Plant the Garlic!

Kricklewood Farm GarlicIt’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…

Ducklings First Outing!

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!

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