Golden Farm

  (Middletown, Virginia)
Who ever said "Life on the Farm is kinda laid back . . ."
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Spring Fever on Golden Farm

We have spring fever on Golden Farm.  The big snow in December had Farmer Sue snowed in for days, wading through four foot drifts to feed and water all of the critters.  We slept and fed, and slept and fed.  The dogs and cats loved it!  The rest of us got through it.

Now the snow has melted and the rains have come.  I almost walked out of my boots the other day, the mud is so thick.  But the chickens have a good time pecking in the mud.  The other day the turkeys found my kitchen garden, which is on a hill and drier.  I don't know who had more fun, me or the turkeys.  The turkeys took dirt baths and picked at whatever they could find, and made lots of noise.  I loved watching them.  The weather was warm, the wind was down, and everyone enjoyed being outside.

Visions of fresh grass and garden plots are swimming through Farmer Sue's brain.  It won't be long now before we start planting.  We're bringing in manure to work the soil, and burning brush piles to coninue improving the pastures.  Soon we will be sowing seed in the pasture, along with lime.  The new fruit trees have been "watered in." 

We are working on a garden shed, so we can start our plants indoors. If you have anything special you would like for us to plant, please let us know.

In the meantime, stay warm and dry, and plan a visit -- but wait til the mud goes away.



Sleepless on Golden Farm

We decided to expand some this year on Golden Farm.  We spent the last year raising pigs, which was a mostly good experience -- if visiting, bring something to throw to the pigs or you won't get in!  I think the resulting pork was worth it.

We've picked up some non-laying chickens, and have learned the ages-old art of "processing."  We should have some chicken in a few weeks, and are taking orders now on a first come, first serve basis.  It doesn't help that the cute chicks follow me around the farm like Mother Hen - literally.

We are also raising turkeys for the holidays.  After following a truck crammed with unprotected cages, crammed with turkeys, going above the speed limit, all the way to Florida from DC, I vowed - no more commercial turkey.  So I ordered some day old chicks from a reputable hatchery in the mid-west.  My bathroom is currently the residence of 26 turkeys!  Its the only place I have that is warm enough (90 degrees) and safe enough (black snakes abound here and love little turkeys.)  Hence, I am waking every hour, checking on the chicks, and trying to go back to sleep.  They'd best be good tasting turkeys!  You can order one of my darlings now for holiday delivery.

Its time to go for a run before the heat and chores start.

Come visit soon.



Happy BirthdayAlex!

Greetings from Golden Farm.  We are getting some much needed rain today, so Farmer Sue is spending some time indoors.

Things are real busy here.  We are still planting in the garden - all organic seeds.  We are making hay - good, natural hay - no chemicals in sight.  The animals are wandering around.  I woke up this morning to find a chicken roosting on the couch with me!!  What a mess!

Yesterday we had Alex's second birthday party on Golden Farm.  What fun!  The pigs greeted everyone on the way in.  We fed the chickens and turkeys, watched the ducks swim in their pool, and hiked to the creek for a swim ourselves.  Everyone enjoyed Golden Farm burgers and Route 11 chips.  Who knows - maybe one of the little ones will grow up to be a farmer!

The Wayside Inn Farmers' Market is being held again on Saturday mornings, from 8 am to 12:30 pm, at the Wayside Inn in Middletown, Va.  Somehow I managed to come home without new ducks, but it was pretty hard.  Kyle had the cutest baby ducks and chickens!  Stop by for a visit and a pet, some Golden Farm beef, lamb or eggs.  We'll bring whatever else is fresh throughout the season. 

Or come visit the farm.  We love company.  Just give a call first.

Hope to see you soon!





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