Busy seems to be the verb around here these days. We have 9 sows due to deliver baby pigs before the end of next month, just in time for all you 4H youth out there, and also for anyone that would like to be a part of our "adopt a pig" program. We have 3 litters, and 6 more to go.
We have ordered all our seeds and they should be arriving here shortly, then it's off to the greenhouse to get busy playing in the dirt! I have a HUGE box of daffodil and tulip bulbs I ordered (200 or so, if I remember right) and I hope to force them into blooms for Easter. If all goes well, they will be offered for sale at a much lower price than the stores. I'm anxious to get the flower seeds in early and not let myself plant the vegetables too early...it's hard...fresh tomatoes are TOO tempting ! yum!
We will also be picking up 60 more hens (17 weeks old) that will begin laying about the end of May or June to ADD to our flock we have now. They are just beginning to lay, so I am confident that we will not have a 'waiting list' for our fresh brown eggs very very soon.
We are still gaining about 2-5 more milk customers every month...word of mouth is a powerful tool it seems. People are becoming very aware of the food they eat and buy and like the peace of mind that comes from knowing where your food comes from, how it was raised, and what went into producing it (or better yet, what did NOT go into it !) Pot O Gold Dairy is a family operated Christian farm where we purchase milk for our family and yours. We order every FRIDAY and pick up your milk the following week. They come in 1/2 gallon GLASS bottles and I usually try to purchase a few flavored milks in the 12 ounce 'pot bellie' containers as well.
We are making progress with the country store being built as soon as the weather breaks. It's funny....it sure doesn't see like 10 years that we've been sharing the bounty with our community. Wow. We love what we do and being able to share the Blessings of good food, properly raised, has not only brought us you as consumers, but as friends. Once we get the formal 'go ahead' from Waterford Township, and the weather breaks, we expect to see the store go up within a month or so. We will truly appreciate your patience, as we acclimate ourselves to our new environment and make changes in our inventory to best serve your needs.
We've have numerous repsonses to our survey and many great ideas for classes or workshops to be held here. We're really looking forward to that unique aspect of the store and wait eagerly to see how it progresses.
I am currently shopping around for the meat slicer we'll need for our lunch meats and cheeses and for a grain grinder so that you can (or we will) grind your whole grains here in the store for you. I'm anticipating the wonderful aromas from the oven with fresh baked whole grain breads...mmmm. Add some freshly churned butter from the raw milk, some tomato slices from the garden, a leaf of two of lettuce, also from the garden and that lovely thick sliced, hickory smoked bacon from our own pigs....the perfect meal for me!! That's what I call heaven!
I guess the only thing I didn't mention was our cattle. They are enjoying their time in the barn now, due to that white stuff out there in the pasture. We just added 3 ANGUS heifers that are due to deliver in April to our herd. We have Hereford, Herford-Angus cross, and Jersey steers that are ready to be part of our 'adopt a cow' program. You can be sure of the quality of beef you'll receive with no growth hormones and raised the way the Lord intended them to be. They are 80% grass fed, with grain supplement, depending on the quality of that year's hay crop we put in.
Here's looking to Spring and all the possibilities and Blessings it will hold !
Thanks for dropping by, and if you ever have questions or need to contact us, please feel free, either by email, website, or phone. We'll be happy to hear from you !
Blaine & Karen