Big Valley Ranch

  (Kelseyville, California)
Planting Time is here! What fruits & vegtables to you like the most?
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End of frost season?

Well, it seems that May 15 has arrived and its officially the end of frost season. The vegetable starts are going into the ground this week, the bees are busy in their new home at the western foot of the orchard. The ducks and chickens are laying daily and the incubator has its last batch of eggs (due to june heat) in. We are sold out on our orgaincally raised free range juvenile ducks and ducklings as of now but may have a few more in june as well as some roos for your table or yard.

Pearl is feeding and careing for our milk/grass fed beef and we are waiting on the call that her next calves are ready to be picked up so that Pearls current boys can be weaned and I back to milking and making cheese while the next pair of calves become big enough to take her 6 gallons a day for themselves, then round again... She is very happy belly deep in grass.

Both chicken and duck eggs are available and in limited supply, so if your interested please contact us for availability.

Happy Farming!

 
 

Kefir

I currently have too much water kefir... what to do with it? Its growing faster than the weeds in spring.  :)

Happy gardening with whats left of fall.

 
 

Winter coming...

Nov 1, 2011

With winter coming on we will still do what growing we can. We still have a few carrots in the ground and the Swiss Chard after being divided is coming on strong. The rhubarb has done well all the year and needs to be divided (again).

A few weeks ago we put in more carrots, lettuce, mustard, kale, parsnips, lots of salad items for winter.

The potatoes we pulled this year have been WONDERFUL waxy reds with a buttery yellow interior that fry up super and hold their shape without falling apart or getting mushy. Russet Bakers, and a white fingerling all delicious. More are planned for 2012.

We still have the sweetest zucchini plant producing that I have ever tasted. It is climbing up the garden bed hoops to get it out of the be and off the walk paths and as of today, Nov 1 is still covered in baby sized zucchinis.

The Pablano peppers are finally turning red and will be harvested soon for drying and canning. I can them with carrots in a bread and butter pickle brine that makes them a wonderful addition to a summer BBQ table.

We would like to welcome the newest edition to the farm, Pearl, a 5 year old Jersey dairy cow due to freshen soon. She will enable us to raise grass fed beef, hogs, and chickens for eggs. We have intended chickens for the orchard for so long now. It will be a pleasure to finally have them.

 

 
 

Back to growing

Hay to all who are feeling ignored. So sorry but our attention has been focused elsewhere. The garden has been started and is also running late, which is good given our most recent weather. We have had almost freezing temps yesterday and today, hail as well. It’s not too late if you have any special requests for vegetables let us know and we will see if we can get it planted for you. We will post a list of fruits and vegetables that we will have available this season.

We are primarily organic, and were ‘certified naturally grown’ 2 years ago and intend to recertify this year. We raise horses and use their composted manure. The only real insecticide we use is wormer for the horses quarterly. We have TONS of earth worms so I know we're good! :)

Anyway, your original question. Yes we are still here. Just getting the garden in and glad we are late this year.

My son is here to help now and it looks like he will be staying on so the garden will be bigger this year.

We also may have apples enough to share this fall. Cherries soon though (I hope)

Many Thanks for your interest.  Please feel free to call, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Appointments are currently necessary as we are busy and want to give you our full attention while you are here. Veggie-Box deliveries ‘might’ be available this summer.

 
 

Planting time is here! What are your favorite fruits & vegetables?

The garden is just starting to wake up and the stone fruit trees are just starting to bloom (the cherries are thinking about it). It will be a little time yet before we have much for the public. The overwintered swiss chard is starting to add new leaves. I will post more information when we have something other than compost available. Where are you located and what types of garden fruit and vegetables do you enjoy? Its not too late for us to start vegtables that others like that we dont already start for ourselves. Please feel free to let us know. Desiree
 
 
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