It's spring! So much is going on! Babies are here...we've got calves, lambs, and chicks, with lots more chicks to come, as well as turkey poults. The garden is plowed, but there is much work to be done to get it ready for planting, and we're also looking to plow more and put in some field corn for next winter's animal feed. I'm tending tiny tomato seedlings, with plenty more sprouts to start, and we've planted salad greens and spring onions in the greenhouse, and the garlic, oregano, chives and other perennial herbs are green and growing. The pasture & hay fields are finally turning green, especially with the thunderstorms we've had recently.
But here in Northwest Pennsylvania, spring swings from glorious to snowy and back again more than once, so it's good to have plenty of indoor projects when it's too wet or cold to get much done outside. While I never lack things to do, I'm really excited to have gotten a major project done in the past week, before the weather turns nice for good and my inside time dwindles.
A few weeks ago, we were finally able to upgrade to a high speed internet connection. Before that, I had been doing all my blogging, website maintenance, everything, via a dial-up connection. High speed capability finally came down our road, and so I've been using the last indoor days to do quite a bit of work online. It's so much easier now! While we have had a small online store for a year or so now, I haven't been happy with it. I used Etsy as a host, and truthfully, I think people go there more to look for ideas than to shop, but at the time seemed like a good choice. I decided it was time, however, to move on, and have been working really hard the past week or so to open shop on our own website!
I am so very excited to announce our all-new, virtual farm stand is now open for business! We now offer some of our wonderful canned goods, as well as my handmade jewelry (some featuring feathers from our own peacocks) and the stained glass items I've been making recently, like suncatchers and candle holders. But I'm most excited about listing some of Dan's hand-forged metal work he does in the blacksmith shop. I've been trying to convince him that his things are wonderful for a couple years now, but up to this point he always thought that he wasn't good enough to be selling his work. I'm excited that he has sold a few things, and we now have listed things like gate latches & door handles, a cowboy-style dinner bell, and a beautiful wall-mounted pot rack, with more items to come as he makes them, and we'll also be featuring his work at the farm stand when we reopen.
We hope you'll take a look around our all-new store, at http://pleasantvalleyfarm.weebly.com/shop-online.html. Payment is safe & secure through PayPal. And please feel free to give us your feedback on the look & setup of the site, or things you'd like to see there!