Farm Journal

Posted 6/28/2019 11:27am by Renee Savary.

This Saturday, from 9am to 3pm

Williams Sonoma in GrandBoulevard

I will be at William Sonoma in Grandboulevard tomorrow from 9am to 3pm .. Come over, check it out ... I only have a few dz of eggs, the heat is making the girls to slack !!, so please pm if you want to reserve some ...
 
I will NOT be at Elmore's on Sundays for the moment, it is just too hot out there ...
 
Next Saturday I will be at the Main Street Market in Defuniak Spring, from 8am to noon,  make plan to swing by ...
 
 See you All tomorrow ...
ws collage

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I still have our Honey for sale ...

One note about our Honey, last week end I got someone (a honey connaisseur (she said) !! ya no kidding !!!!) that said our Honey was not good (she did not try it) because some of our jars have crystallized.

So let clarify this ... Crystallization is a normal stage that happen with honey, it, actually, shows that the honey has never been adulterated  or warmed or heated ... If it happen to one of the jars you bought from me, no worry it is still perfectly good.

All the proceed of our Honey sale goes toward our Apiary and this year the building of a Bee Garden ...

honey spoon

This is how you eat Honey : the tip of a spoon when you are sick .. dont go a spoon full in a hot drink that is the equivalent of cooking the honey which will loose its benefit ... Honey is eaten raw and very little quantity at a time ...

" ... it is important not to eat too much of it. If you overeat honey and don't use it to simply garnish other foods, then you will develop too much form. Then the body form will become brittle, and you will contract many diseases. Well, a healthy person senses how much should be eaten ... " Rudolf Steiner, Lectures on Bees ..

 Give it a try ...

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Posted 1/4/2019 9:06am by Renee Savary.

 

It was on one of those glorious Florida Winter morning … dashing blue sky, brilliant sunshine, cold, no humidity …

My lambing season had started a few weeks earlier and, by now, almost every morning I was getting one or two lambs. Earlier that morning I had made my run, moved the new mamas in small protected enclosures like that they would have a few days to recuperate and babies time to get strong enough to go back in the field …

All day long I would keep an eye out, babies would get “lost”, mamas would get distracted, the routine … but that particular morning I kept on hearing a baby’s cry, I had gone out a couple of time but did not find any new born and every body looked accounted for .. but again that cry and I could feel it was getting tired …

I put my boots back on, heavy jacket and got out again … Of course the minute I stepped out the crying stopped … I was almost giving up when it started again toward the pond … as I got close I finally saw it, all curled up, a little bundle shivering and whispering, by now exhausted. I snuggled her in my jacket and rush back to the barn, got her some colostrum gel, wrapped her in a warm blanket, put her in a box under a heat lamp.

Later that morning I brought the baby back to the field and to try to match her with a mom but it did not work .. I left the baby with a new mom hoping she may adopt her, did not work …

As the day went by it more and more looked like I would have a “bottle baby” on my hand … and this is how Praline was born … a year ago on January 7, 2018 …  

By the end of that first day she was already out of her box, sipping from the bottle and ready to conquer her world … She just followed me and never looked back …

She is smart beyond her breed and most other breed … she is funny and the devil … She makes me laugh and scream at her 100 times a day and she knows all the cuss words in French .. She is BFF with Felix, drinking buddy to the piglets and running mate with the chickens .. She loves to eat any junk but her fav is plastic and anything electrical ..

She is Praline and we All Love her very much around here … Happy Birthday Baby Girl …   

Praline 1st bday

We serve the best Crepes on this side of the Seine ....

Every Sunday at Elmore's ....

 crepe

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I still have our Honey for sale ...

All the proceed of our Honey sale goes toward our Apiary and this year the building of a Bee Garden ...

honey spoon

This is how you eat Honey : the tip of a spoon when you are sick .. dont go a spoon full in a hot drink that is the equivalent of cooking the honey which will loose its benefit ... Honey is eaten raw and very little quantity at a time ...

" ... it is important not to eat too much of it. If you overeat honey and don't use it to simply garnish other foods, then you will develop too much form. Then the body form will become brittle, and you will contract many diseases. Well, a healthy person senses how much should be eaten ... " Rudolf Steiner, Lectures on Bees ..

 Give it a try ...

That's it for today ... 

Thank you ...

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Posted 12/21/2018 8:14am by Renee Savary.

Free Gift Wrapping  ... Hope to see you All there ...

I will be at Elmore's Landing Vintage Market

Sunday 10am to 3pm ...

 

Have some fun while doing your ultimate Holidays Shopping and supporting Small Local and Original ... .... ....

This week at the farm ...

To say there is never a dull moment around here is an understatement !! ... Let's not even talk about all that rain !!

The other day, I heard a big commotion on the back porch, as I get there I found this little dog barking her lungs off at the cats !!!

dog porch

The poor thing is beyond skinny and was starving, that day she ate 4 bowls of cat food !!! I was afraid she would get sick but I could see the needed to eat so bad ...

I got her into a crate that night because, needless to say, it is open war with the cats ... at first they run away from her but after a day or two they got enough of it and got into attack mode !!!

I felt sorry for her when she got into a well planned concerted trap with CarrotTop, Romeo and Julieta in full swing all claws I-smack-you-down!! what started with the dog barking and showing some teeth ended up with the little thing curled up in a corner screaming for a her life !! 

Funny enough the cats are never super friendly with each other and tolerate more than love each other but all of a sudden, facing adversity, they ganged up best-buddy type ...

After a couple of day I found out that our new friend to be had a friend of her own .. same skinny starving little dog ... #2 was more skittish than #1 but food starvation was common and a plate or two of food got her to stay around ... 

So far nobody want to make friends with them, even Praline is in full head butt/foot taping disapproval mode ... and she hates nothing more than with little dogs follow me around ... she keeps really close to me and keep on pushing the dogs away ... 

dog mix

I am not sure I can keep them, but in the meantime I feed them and after the Holidays will decide what to do ...

Please consider doing to some of your Holidays shopping with us, it helps me feed all those Little People ...

Last week, I made some candles with our bees wax .. they were a success and I sold out on them ... I will make more today and bring them with me on Sundays ... They make darling little stocking stuffers ...

candles

We serve the best Crepes on this side of the Seine ....

 crepe

Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram ...

I have very flimsy internet here at the farm and sometime impossible to get this email out ... You can follow update on social media as I can do it with my phone ...

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instagram : twinoaksfarm

I still have our Honey for sale this week end ...

All the proceed of our Honey sale goes toward our Apiary and this year the building of a Bee Garden ...

honey spoon

This is how you eat Honey : the tip of a spoon when you are sick .. dont go a spoon full in a hot drink that is the equivalent of cooking the honey which will loose its benefit ... Honey is eaten raw and very little quantity at a time ...

" ... it is important not to eat too much of it. If you overeat honey and don't use it to simply garnish other foods, then you will develop too much form. Then the body form will become brittle, and you will contract many diseases. Well, a healthy person senses how much should be eaten ... " Rudolf Steiner, Lectures on Bees ..

Rollin'Store 'n' Creperie

... we don't just serve Crepes ... stop by, check us out ...

Serving Crepes, sweet and savory, Sandwiches and more ... what the season has to offer, all our food is local and organic ...

Give it a try ...

That's it for today ... 

Thank you ...

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Posted 12/13/2018 9:46am by Renee Savary.

Free Gift Wrapping  ... Hope to see you All there ...

Busy Week and Big Tralala at Emore's Landing

Saturday AND Sunday from 10am to 3pm ... 

 Big week end and big Tralala coming up @Elmore's Landing ...

26th Annual Joe Elmore's Christmas Show ...

A 2 days extravaganza with special Guest, Music, Food, 20+ vendors, Artists, Artisans and more ...

Saturday AND Sunday 10am to 3pm ...

Have some fun while doing your ultimate Holidays Shopping and supporting Small Local and Original ... .... ....

Collage Elmore xmas 2018

I will be there both day with all our Edible Gifts

Crepes and more ....

 crepe

 

Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram ...

I have very flimsy internet here at the farm and sometime impossible to get this email out ... You can follow update on social media as I can do it with my phone ...

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instagram : twinoaksfarm

I still have our Honey for sale this week end ...

All the proceed of our Honey sale goes toward our Apiary and this year the building of a Bee Garden ...

honey spoon

This is how you eat Honey : the tip of a spoon when you are sick .. dont go a spoon full in a hot drink that is the equivalent of cooking the honey which will loose its benefit ... Honey is eaten raw and very little quantity at a time ...

" ... it is important not to eat too much of it. If you overeat honey and don't use it to simply garnish other foods, then you will develop too much form. Then the body form will become brittle, and you will contract many diseases. Well, a healthy person senses how much should be eaten ... " Rudolf Steiner, Lectures on Bees ..

Rollin'Store 'n' Creperie

... we don't just serve Crepes ... stop by, check us out ...

Serving Crepes, sweet and savory, Sandwiches and more ... what the season has to offer, all our food is local and organic ...

Give it a try ...

This market will be every Sunday from 10am to 3pm ...

Poster 

Call to artists/ artisans/ and people who collect weird stuff.

Elmore's Landing will begin hosting the Vintage Market on Sundays 10-3 beginning Sunday July 15th.
Bring your artwork/antiques/or collection of oddly interesting items and set up in the courtyard. $10 per space. Pop up a tent or set out a table in the shade.
Twin Oaks Farm's Rollin'Store 'n ' Creperie will be serving organic, locally produced yummies for breakfast and lunch.
Cold beer, wine, and soft drinks available from the bar.
The event us free to the public.
Call Sam for more information 850-240-2626

That's it for today ... 

Thank you ...

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Posted 12/6/2018 12:20pm by Renee Savary.

 

Our Honey is produced by our bees on our farm.

Our production is very small.

Our Honey has the unique flavor of 100% Honey.

We, firmly, believe that our all biodynamic, non-chemical beekeeping is part of the solution to the ongoing challenges the bees are facing.

By purchasing Twin oaks Farm Honey you are helping us increase out bee population.

100% of the proceed from our Honey are use toward our Apiary and the creation of our Bee Garden.

Raw - Unprocessed - Unheated

Honey Spoon

This is how you eat Honey :

the tip of a spoon when you are sick .. dont go a spoon full in a hot drink that is the equivalent of cooking the honey which will loose its benefit ... Honey is eaten raw and very little quantity at a time ...

" ... it is important not to eat too much of it. If you overeat honey and don't use it to simply garnish other foods, then you will develop too much form. Then the body form will become brittle, and you will contract many diseases. Well, a healthy person senses how much should be eaten ... " Rudolf Steiner, Lectures on Bees ..

Visit our E-commerce to purchase our Honey

or

Visit us at Elmore's Landing Vintage Market

Every Sunday 10am to 3pm ...

Posted 5/11/2018 8:11am by Renee Savary.

 

Last Thursday, I was very sad the whole day …

You, All, remember BabyGos ?? (ya right !!) .. The little gosling I raised a year ago ?? Even came with me to the FarmStand ??

BabyGos 

At a couple of months old, I tried to get her back to the rest of the Geese but the Geese being geese they were just beating the crap of the poor little one so I took her back toward the house and raised her with the chickens.

Moving here, the setting is very different, everybody is in the same area. BabyGos started to hang at the extreme periphery of the Geese but was going back to sleep with the chickens at night.

Let me make a parenthesis here … We only have one pond here and it all revolve around it … after a few weeks I noticed that when all the Geese would rush to the water BabyGos would stop just at the edge and then walk along the shore. If I was pushing her toward the water she would “escape”, I realized that she had never ever been closed to a body of water and she was scared of it. Little by little, everyday a bit more, I got her in the water, at first she should just swim a few flippers till one day, I swear, she showed me all around the pond … But I am digressing …

Back to my story, at night we have a “routine”. At almost dark I go close the chicken’s coops and lock everybody in. To make it easier to get them in, the ducks and the Geese get a snack. It sounds simple but it is actually a huge freaking mayhem !!! … The ducks run on their little legs, quacking madness, the Geese are screaming death threats, the donkeys get into the party because why not ??? and Praline run after anything moving !!! … How I end up in one piece every night is a little miracle !!! Then, with all the crazies locked up, BabyGos, Praline and I stroll toward the middle of the pasture, where some of the chickens are, to close them in and BabyGos goes to spend the night with them …

A few months ago the Geese ostracized one of theirs, no idea why. So poor Linotte (her name),  started to buddy up with BabyGos. At night Linotte would sleep next to the Geese coop and BabyGos just stop going to the chicken coop and stayed with Linotte. I did not like it at all, it is awfully dangerous at night out there but they are also very close to the water that in case of imminent danger I was hoping they would jump in …

A couple of weeks ago, Linotte got back into the gang and BabyGos was kinda left out again. (no worry, People, she gets tons of treats from me!!) At night Linotte went back into the coop and BabyGos stayed out. I attempted to get her back with the chickens but to no avail … Because I raised BabyGos she is not aggressive like the other Geese, she even got Linotte to be friendly with me when I am feeding or working out there …

… but this morning BabyGus was NOWHERE to be seen …

I look and look and the place is not big and geese don’t go in the forest or roost, I looked at the mamas hog pen because she likes to go feed with them, I looked everywhere and call and call …

NO BabyGos …

It made me so sad …

Tonight, I go feed everybody and all of sudden who is around ??? BabyGos … I could not believe it, I even counted the Geese that were eating in their coop just to make sure I was not mistaken … I gave her some feed and then she went to the Mamas and I kept on going to the next pen … and by then she usually waddle around the tractor hoping for some treats … I looked around and I see her in a short distance and I can not really see what she is doing … weird … so I go see … and here what I find …

babygos

BabyGos is seating on a nest full of eggs .. 5 of them …  how cute is that ???    

She must have been there for a while already; she found a kind of shallow hole, at the base of a shrub and pulled twigs and stuff around … It does not seems she is getting any help from the other Geese. Of course I am super worried at night but I don’t  have many options .. if I touch the eggs, game is over, she will not go back to them. If I put some kind of temporary fencing, predators may get in quite easy but she won’t get out, a goose is kinda clumsy on land … for now I have done nothing, first it was late and actually tonight it took me a moment to find it again … I will see if I come up with some contraption…

My sad little day ended up pretty well …

 

BabyGos when she was really little ...

 babygos

 

 

Posted 4/20/2018 10:10am by Renee Savary.

 

Who said bigger is better ??? ...

In my apiary I am using smaller bees and smaller hives.  

Prior 1893, the honeybee cells were  about 4.9 millimeter in diameter  mimicking what bees would build in the wild . “Man” in its grand wisdom thought that having bigger bees would produce more honey and the cells were artificially enlarged to 5.4mm and larger bees were bred.  

At 4.9mm the cells are too small to accommodate parasite mites. Being smaller it also takes less time to the bees to cap the cell, a full 12 hours less.  Those 2 simple facts made so much logic for me that I decided to work with those smaller bees.  

With small cell bees you will virtually eliminate your Tracheal and Varroa mite problems. The trachea tube of the 4.9 bees are smaller and therefore prohibit  the mites from entering into the trachea’s of the bees.  Another example is with the Varroa mite. 4.9 bees have a shorter capping time of the cells by 12 hours and shorter post capping time by 12 hours. This interruption of the life cycle of the mites means less Varroa getting into the cells and reproducing in them and less Varroa mites will be reaching maturity.  

I am using smaller medium hive boxes with only 8 frames instead of the usual 10 frames. They are easier to lift and handle.

  All the hives use just one size medium box, I don’t have bigger brooder box, the queen will naturally lay eggs in the first 3 boxes eliminating the use of a queen excluder.  

I use of screen bottom boards under which I put a white "tray", the screen bottom board let a large number of parasites and trash to fall out and i can check (with a magnifier) on the "tray" for parasites, bugs etc etc ...

A healthy, striving hive will take care of any pest if pest there is and we are early in the season but this year, like every year in the past, I am committed not to spray or "treat" for anything, so far it has work ... 

To Be Continued …
 
smaller bees
 
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Beautiful swarm from a few weeks ago 30ft high in a pine tree ...
By supporting our apiary you also support our effort to repopulate the wild bees with healthy thriving bees ...
 Swarm spring 2018
 
 
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Posted 4/17/2018 9:03am by Renee Savary.

 

 

Meet The Queen ...

Look at the picture below …
at the end of the arrows is the Queen of the hive and this Queen was created by the bees of the hive … sound like duuhhh !!! … But actually this natural process has become a rarity in apiaries and an oddity in commercial apiaries …
A few weeks ago I split one of last year hive, do to this I took 6 frames from the original hive and stick it in a new box, leaving the original Queen in the original hive. In doing so I “forced” the bees left Queenless to create a new Queen …
By the way, this is what happen in Nature when the bees are left without a Queen they just create a new one !!! …
But in today’s grand wisdom this is not how it is done!!! People just go and buy a new Queen and it is big business ($30 to $40/a piece). They even tell you to requeen every year as like the existing queen is spent !!!
I think this whole process is wrong and very detrimental to the bees and a serious part in their unhappiness.
The hive is a very close organism and think of it: the Queen is the mother of them All !! to just plug some stranger in the hive do affect the bees. When accident happen, like a Queen is killed or in my case here a hive is split, the bees will create an “emergency” queen, that queen will be raised out of a worker bee cell instead of a Queen cell but within a year that queen will be replaced by a real One … All this made by the bees themselves …
I have not always been successful in splitting bees but so far this year all my hives have produced their own Queen …
To Be Continued …
 
Queen
 
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Beautiful swarm from a few weeks ago 30ft high in a pine tree ...
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Posted 4/1/2018 9:00am by Renee Savary.

 

Here ... if you wonder what a day at the farm looks like ...

The other day, for the first time ever, I did load a hog into a trailer all by myself …

It does not sound like much but actually it is really hard to do … In the past I always did it with one if not two helpers … It involves many moving parts: from trailer to uncooperating hog … For a first time it was slightly epic but I considered it a good step toward complete self sustainability and I was all happy about it.

I got a busy rest of the day, gorgeous first day of Spring, and then THIS happen ...

broken pipe

… don’t even ask how !!! … I do have a subsidiary of #homedepot plumbing department here just NOTHING to cap THIS … Stupid installation was done so close to the wall I could not even get in with the tool to cut the pipe … The mud of course and by then it was 6pm something … I had just one thought : I need a shower so I better fix This shit …

As I was dealing with all this mess Miss Praline was baaing on top of her lung, I was not paying much attention, first she does it all the time (yes very annoying), second I was kinda busy, I called on her a couple of time but she would not stop. She was a few yards from me so not like she did not know where I was … The baa keep on going to a point I walked toward her telling her I was going to beat the crap out of her if she was not going to stop immediately ….

And that is when I noticed one of the duck trapped in the cross fence !! the fence is big squares and the ducks are going through it, back and forth, 100 times a day … somehow this little duck got a flipper in one square backward, a wing in another one, body twisted … nothing major and I got her out in no time but has she spent the night there it would have been a whole other story and without Praline there is no way I would have noticed her, it was getting dark and she was all quiet and scared …

Dear Praline … Just another day at the farm …

 seeds
 
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Posted 1/10/2018 10:02am by Renee Savary.

Good morning All …

I must sell all my sheep and I need your help to spread the word …

Where I am now, I have very little pasture and I was keeping the sheep around the house, not the perfect solution but, at least, they had some grass to nibble on. All went well till Sunday, New Year’s eve, when they found out that some 100 yards of fence line with my neighbor were just a string of barbwire that they could cross very easily. You know the adage : The grass always greener … The other side is a horse pasture, it is not like they were destroying cultivated fields. Still they were not supposed to be there and my neighbor made it clear. We, the sheep and I, kept the day going back and forth, me getting them out of there, them going back … In the meantime I had called my fence guy and scheduled him first thing after New Year … On New Year’s morning the sheep went back and the neighbor called the police !!! … I am making a long story short here but it became a major drama …

After being severely schooled by the police, I moved the sheep in a part of the farm where they have no food, but for some hay which they don’t really like, they rather snack of dry grass … and that is also very wet due to the intense rain we had recently which is not good for they little hoofs … but I have no other solution for keeping them in.

The situation is not good for them and I am not happy about it. We did fix the fence but as soon as I got them back, this side of the farm, they made a B line for the fence and it is just a question of time till they find a way to go back and the last thing I need is some neighbor crazy drama …

Sheep are easy to keep and mines have been grass fed only, they are not picky and your don’t need a perfect pasture, they can graze on a rotation with other livestock, they are very gentle and have been handled on a daily basis so you can move them easily. They have been professionally sheared every year but for 2017.

I am selling the whole flock, they are all 100%  Gulf Coast Sheep, either registered or can be registered, I had a closed herd for many years.

I have ewes, rams, yearlings and lambs. I have around 40 as of today, lambing season is on …

Ewe are $175, Yearling $150, Ram $250 and lamb $50. Most of my ewes are pregnant, the unborn lambs are a bonus.

I will take $5,000 if sold as a whole.

and this is where I need your help : Please help me spread the word … May be you have a friend that has a friend … I need to get them going as soon as possible … it will be better for them …

Thank you All for your help …

 

3 days old little Frosty ...
Frosty
  
 
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