Big Valley Ranch

  (Kelseyville, California)
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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.

 

 
 
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