This past weekend was the unofficial kick off of the summer market and festival season. We were at the Festival of the Maples in Perth on Saturday and at an Earth Day Celebration at Wendy’s Country Market in Lyndhurst on Sunday. Lindsay helped out at Perth, above, and we look forward to more of her help over the summer.
We are very pleased with the response to our Kricklewood Farm Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil and as much as it will be a busy summer, it is all very satisfying to know that it is being enjoyed.
We are still finalizing our market schedule but are planning to attend the Carp Farmers Market, the Brockville Farmers Market and we are looking at opportunities in Kingston, Perth and Carleton Place too. We have already committed to a few festivals over the next few months and are looking at others. We’ll post all of them on our events calendar as we confirm dates.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our goat milk soap workshop over the weekend. Hope everyone had fun and learned something too! The babies slept like babies that night from all the attention!
It’s always a sure sign that Spring is finally here when the chickens and ducks get back to regular laying. It’s been building as the days have been getting longer and now production is pretty darn good! The colours and shapes and sizes are always cool to see, especially the green eggs from the Ameraucanas (green eggs and ham anyone?) and the giant Muscovy duck eggs (three by the handle on the right). The duck eggs are very rich with huge yolks and are excellent for baking. Eggs are always available at the farm gate and we are open ‘by chance or by appointment’!
As we’ve been meeting people and talking about the oil, we’ve had requests for some photos that cover the beginning of the 2012 planting season to the production of Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil. Here it is, from May when the seed went in the ground right up to now with the pressing to make the oil.
If you are anywhere in the east today, don’t look out the window any more than you have to! Think happy thoughts of Spring and the bounty that is to sure to come from the garden! (Fingers crossed). Better still, if you haven’t already ordered them, today is a good day to pull out the seed catalogs and start working on seed orders!
An excellent seed sources is William Dam Seeds as they have a great selection and all untreated. The Cottage Gardener has a great selection of hard to find heirloom seed and if you want the best choice for tomatoes, look no further than Terra Edibles. And if seeds are just too darn slow, you can find a lot of herbs, vegetables ad flowers in plug packs at Richters.
After that’s done, next item is ordering the day old chicks and ducks and turkeys from Performance Poultry. This is a small hatchery in eastern Ontario that specializes in heritage and unusual breeds that are hard to find anywhere else. If you live in the area, you can pick them up at their farm in Prince Edward County. They do air shipping outside of Ontario too. Even if you aren’t ready for chickens this year, the photos are fun to look at have fun just trying to pronounce some of the names, like Silver Spangled Spitzhauben, Egyptian Fayoumi, Narragansett, and Gray Saddleback Pomeranian.
We are excited to announce that our first batch of cold pressed sunflower oil is being bottled now and ready to go! It seems like it’s been a long haul to get to this point but it was only a few months ago that the seed was getting planted. We are starting with the 500 ml bottle for now and may add other sizes down the road. We’ll be hitting the road now visiting the stores who have been interested and also planning for upcoming Spring events and markets. We also have the oil in our on line store.
We had a very nice time with Hallie Cotnam of Ottawa’s CBC Radio Morning when she came to the farm the other day. Hallie enjoyed meeting all the animals and learning how to milk a goat the old fashioned way! She also touched on a topic that we are very interested in: ‘Agri-Tourism’. For those who didn’t catch it live here is the interview, click play to begin.
Miss Piggie wouldn’t stand still long enough wearing the reindeer antlers so we had a stand in. Wishing everyone all the best of the season and for the new year!
I always like to take a few photos the morning that we get the first snow of the season. The animals that were born in the Spring have never seen snow so it’s always fun to see their reactions. Normally I open the doors and all the chickens and ducks come charging out. When there is snow from the night before, the brakes come on and they are very, very cautious and curious. ‘What is this white stuff and why is it so cold on my feet…?’ For the goats and especially the pigs, it’s just another day to find something to eat! Here the new ducklings are just coming out of the coop. More photos…
We are happy to launch our new on line store, it’s almost like being at the farm gate except for no petting of the goats and rubbing of the pig belly!
Click on the image above to visit the store and please, give us your feedback! It is just been launched so there may be a few things here and there that need improving.
We have only a few items in the store at the moment, one thing missing is the Sunflower Oil which will be available in a few weeks.