Breeze Hill Farm

  (Powhatan, Virginia)
Sheep, Goats, Alpacas, Llamas, Border Collies
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It's Time To Make The Soap..I Already Made The Soap!

Well every time I promise to Blog more often, I seem to get worse at it. I don't know how people who blog all the time can do it. There just isn't enough time in a day for me to get everything else done and blog too! I must be getting old or business must be better than I realize (I'm going to stick with the latter).

I'm really starting to feel like the Dunkin' Donuts guy.."it's time to make the donuts, I already made the donuts". It's really like that, I feel like I'm meeting myself in the hall, on my way to make soap again. Wow! Who knew that soap making would turn out to be a recession proof business? I might be going to far to say recession proof, but it is holding it's own. 

Our late garden is coming along quite nicely. Last week, we finally got some rain and as everyone knows, rain will make a garden jump. It does make all the bugs and worms that love a fresh garden jump too. Not to mention, it washes away deer proofing that was working. We had several tomato plant fatalities due to deer over the weekend and we have these little tiny worms on our tobacco plants..did I mention, we are growing our own tobacco? That is my husband's project and it is doing fair. Those poor tender leaves are really not in love with the sun but many of the plants are looking great. If anyone has an idea about our tiny worms, we'd love the feedback. They are about 1 1/2 " long, green on top and white on the bottom. They are not hornworms.

Check out our www.breezehillfarm.wordpress.com blog to see how the Fiber CSA process is advancing. I'm not sure if any of our shareholders are reading this blog, so I thought I should mention it just in case. We do still have a few shares left in our Local Harvest Store for those who might be interested.

Well I'm off to make soap!

 
 

Snakes in the House..Oh My!

I’m sure that everyone has noticed my absence, well there is a reason for that. We’ve had an in house snake issue and I have finally grown brave enough to go back into the office. Kinda hard to run the business end of a business when you can only use the computer when Hubby is home from work. For my entire life I have been terrified of snakes. I’ve grown to accept the fact that black snakes are good to have at the barn but when they decide to come in for some air conditioning, it’s too much. I’ve been told that we are “blessed” to have a black snake in the house..not sure on what planet that’s true! So, this is why I’ve been missing.

Aside from the aforementioned, it’s been crazy busy here. We shipped off all of the fiber Friday to the mill. I decided to hold back all of the colored fleeces this time to work on processing myself. When we first started out in 1994, I did all of the processing and did so for years. In some ways I miss having that control but it has become much more practical to send it off. There were some absolutely incredible fleeces this year. We have two white ewes that double any fleece produced by a ram and it’s almost Merino quality. Can’t wait for everything to come back.

We worked the St. Stephen’s Farmer’s Market yesterday. Good Lord it was hotter than the hinges of @!#$! As always, I set up the spining wheel but could only spin in short spurts. My hands were so sweatie that I couldn’t get the fiber off of me. Fiber sales were off but the soaps and lotions did really well. I love the fact that this is a producers only market and they stick to that rule. There are so many F.B.N. (fly by night) soap people, that only use melt and pour soaps that are trying to infiltrate the market these days that it makes it hard for an honest producer to sell their product. You would think that something as pure and natural as soap making could escape all of the nasty back biting and unhealthy competition but apparently that is no longer the case. It’s really quite sad that many of us do our level best to be helpful to up an coming producers, then they come behind us with substandard products and cheaper prices than we charge. They are arogant and down right nasty and plow through us like yesterdays news. We can only hope that in the end, the consumer can see through the outward charm and realize that the quality and pride doesn’t exist with these people. OK, sorry about the rant but I know that many of our fellow producers know exactly what I’m talking about here.

I understand that there are quite a few people in the Fall Line Farms Co-op www.farm2udirect.com that are looking for me and wondering what has happened. There has been a drop point mixup, that has now been fixed. Also, we had decided to only deliver once a month in an effort to justify the expense in deliveries to five drop points but we are changing that as well. We will be back on the list next week and starting the second week in July, we will be back every week (all five drop points). Sorry I wasn’t there but glad you missed us..we miss you guys too!

Make sure you always check out our website for additions of new products and changes www.breezehillfarm.com. Have a great day and say little prayers that we will not have any more house guest of the reptile variety!

 
 

Daddy In Waiting....

 

Wanted to share a photo of Antonio. He is dad to the kids that are about to be born this spring. As of yesterday, he has become "Daddy In Waiting". The girls most likely to birth the soonest are on the other side of the barn wall from him.


 

 

He is such a good guy. Each year at kidding time he takes up his post beside the barn and spends most of his time there until he hears that familiar “na” of a newborn. Then he gets up, goes in the barn and checks on mother and child (children). Then he's back to his post. This time he has a friend..that's "Boggie" our 18 or 19 year old ewe.

 The next time you see Antonio he will have on less clothes..it's shearing time for him..today!

(sorry the photo is so big..I'm still learning)

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