No long faces, it's Friday!
Your silly side is our favorite side. Let your inner quirkiness shine! Bad jokes, dad jokes, puns about farm animals? Go on and horse around. - Mr. Gin
Here’s What’s Happening At Good Spirits Farm
Chris will be back today from working on the fires out west. THANK GOODNESS! Running this place without him is just a lot. I had to move our cows and sheep from the far pasture to the pasture near our house, and I realized the moment I set the flerd loose that, if they decided not to follow me, I would be kind of up a creek, without another person to push them from behind! Luckily, my cows and sheep will follow the shake of a grain bucket just about anywhere. I got them across the farm with no one going rogue. It’s nice to know I can run this place alone, but I will be so glad to have my partner back.
The turkeys are growing so fast they’ve outgrown their shelter! This weekend I’m going to have to play musical rolling coops to make room for everyone. I’ve been raising chicks in our other mobile coop, but the chickies will have to merge into the big chicken shack so the turkeys can have more space. I can’t believe how fast those gobblers are growing!
The egg market is so funny. Last year, during the beginnings of lockdown, egg sales went nuts. Bare grocery store shelves made people acutely aware of their local food supply chains. So, we raised some more hens to meet demand. In 2021, things calmed down in grocery stores and local eggs sales plummeted. We donated hundreds of eggs to our foodbank (which we love doing, so it wasn’t that big a deal!). This summer, though, I made a commitment to aggressively market our eggs and work on gaining new clients. And I was successful! We have 4-5 new clients who are regularly buying 2-3 dozen each a week. There’s only one tiny little problem: It’s molting season and all but a few of my girls have stopped laying!! Argh! As of this morning, I have zero eggs to sell and a waitlist!
Here’s What I Loved This Week
I thought our tomato season was about done—our plants are looking pretty spent. And then I walked by one of our compost bins and saw this mess of volunteer tomatoes coming on super strong. Nothing like tomatoes growing literally springing up out of the trash to remind you that there is good everywhere in this world.