Clayton Farmers' Market and Small Farm Animals

  (Clayton, Washington)
Homegrown, hand made is our motto!
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Sunshine is our friend

NE Washington weather has been ideal for our gardens, as long as we have enough water to assist in the growing process.  However, this past week has seen the average day temps in the mid 90's - the vegetables are able to 'cool down' somewhat in the evening hours when the temps drop to the mid 50's.

Our local area has experienced a 900 acre forest fire this past 24 hours.  Thankfully, our local Fire District was able to contain the fire with the assistance of Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies.  Apparently the fire started in an illegal burn in a sparsely populated area.

 Zucchini, beets and beans are growing quickly in this heat.  The garlic 'scapes' are tasty and make a nice addition to many food recipes.  Some of the area garlic growers are starting to harvest this wonderful 'vegetable''; appears to be a good yield also.  

Local honey producers have excellent honey for sale in our local Farmers Markets - buy local honey, you'll like it. 

Chicks, bunnies and baby goats are doing well, too.  Several farmers/growers have purchased 'kiddy' wading pools for their animals to help keep cool in this time of heat.

Strawberries were good this year and now we are in to the raspberry harvest time.  This is such a good time of year for those of us who enjoy the sweet flavor of these fruits along with the sweet cherry harvest, also.

Our Glass Gem corn is growing nicely ... we are looking forward to the beautiful kernals it produces - many colors - red, blue, brown, green, pink, red, green ....

Summertime in NE Washington provides many areas of recreation - lots of lakes and mountains .... time to count our Blessings. 



Spring time in NE Washington State

We were contacted last week about weaner pigs - we did raise hogs for over 40 years; however, we no longer have hogs on our farm.  Our long time friends about 50 miles north of us still raise pigs - they were contacted and were willing to sell weaners to our neighbors.

 We had a good time traveling in a nice big pickup ... visiting and laughing along the way.  Our friend's 11 year old daughter enjoyed teaching me how to use her new electronic 'tablet', too.  

I had advised our neighbors that the hog farm was located up on a mountainside .... most of the 50 miles was on paved roads; however, the last  couple of miles was just a primitive-type road which meant no road signs.  The dirt road was rather narrow and about that time, we met a 'pig poo' truck coming down the mountain road - gave the neighbors quite a thrill!

We did arrive at the hog farm finding our long time friend, Doris weeding in her garden greeting us with her sweet smiling face.  She is such a dear friend.  After a good cup of coffee and freshly baked cookies plus visiting and laughter we went to the hog barns.   Our friends have about 80 to 100 sows (mother pigs) which means they have an inventory of 800 pigs of various sizes.

Three weaner pigs were chosen and we on our way back home -- our neighbors had built a very nice/strong pen for their new 'little ones'.  Good times for all .... and then we met a week old Nigerian Dwarf goat baby - what a cutie!  Baby pigs and baby goats .... Springtime has arrived!


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