Winter gets pretty quiet around the homestead. There is no garden to tend to, everything from the fall has been canned for the year, the animals have been groomed and their vet work has been taken care of. The only daily chores we have now are feeding the chickens, giving the sheep their hay and water and collecting the eggs. While we enjoy the quiet time we also need to be looking ahead at our plans for the year. This usually starts when our first seed catalogue arrives in January.
This year will be a little different for us then that last. In the past we worked with a partner to grow produce for the farmer's market, and this year we have broken away from the partnership to work on our own property. With these changes we have been busy plotting our land for a garden and are now looking at the seeds we need for the year. This is a big leap of faith for us with a new baby arriving at the beginning of the season but we are up for it and excited for the challenge.
Once we have our seed list in its final form I will update here and on Crooked Coop Farm's website with a list of what we will have available along with possible CSA options. So far we have plans to bring as much as we can grow to a Saturday and Wednesday market along with some of our girl's beautiful brown eggs. In years past I have always set up a booth at the market for my art as well, but with baby number 4 making his or her debut I may adjust my schedule and only have a booth set up for a select amount of dates. Again I will update closer to the season with final dates.
In the meantime we are enjoying the rest from the seasonal chaos and are looking forward to the year ahead. Don't forget to check back every Friday for more updates from the homestead, farm fresh recipes and exciting farm plans.