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Posted 3/31/2016 10:57pm by Renee Savary.
PLANTS SALE 
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm
At the FarmStand
Jump start your garden with our seedlings ...
Great choices, lots of herbs and tomatoes ... 
All certified organic 
We stocked up on seeds too and it is not too late for those either.
All our seedlings and seeds are certified organic ... 
 
Let's get our hands dirty and plant a garden, it is good therapy and your get tomatoes ...
 
This is African Blue Basil ... a pollinators heaven ...
African Blue Basil
 
Lemon Balm with some French Sorrel on the back and Salad Burnet to the right ... just a few examples ... make sure you follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram ... I will be posting pictures tomorrow as I am setting up ...
 
Lemon Balm
 
and much more ... 
I almost forgot ... of course we have plenty of eggs, and a whole load of fresh vegetables : salad mix, arugula, lettuce heads, beets and more ...
Our kitchen will only serve food ToGo throughout the weekend ...
but it is late and it is going to be a busy week end ...
Let's get some gardening happen ...

 

Posted 2/13/2016 8:50pm by Renee Savary.

The Geese … For a few months in the winter our geese lay eggs … not much, like 1 or 2 a day … After a few  weeks a couple of them will sit on the eggs and we all hope for goslings …

Our geese /
 
Now they don’t lay their eggs in their coop that would way too easy and each year it has been an egg hunt, first to find where the year cache will be and then get there before “someone” else …
 
One of our pond has an island in the middle and a few years ago the geese found out it would be a good spot !!! Access to the island is through a very flimsy bridge and you basically risk the plunge at each egg collecting !!! I would not mind it but the major problem of this setting is security at night … 2 or 3 years ago we got a gosling but lost it after a few weeks.
 
Gosling
 
Since then, each year, we are coming up with some stratagem to first get them lay where WE want and then get them in the coop at night …
Last year once they started to sit on a bunch of eggs we moved them, geese and eggs, to a coop and then at night we had the rest of the gang staying in an adjacent coop … Does not sound like much but picking up a couple of geese on top of eggs with a full gang of over protective family members trust me “heroic” is no big word here !!!
Going over the falling apart bridge, a goose tuck under your arm your other hand holding the base of the head as far away from your face as possible with the full team waiting for you on the other side, their mind set to kill you or at best shred some part of your body, I mean they are looking for blood one way or the other … then walk to where we had set the coops (not too far) … set the eggs in a nest like area, drop the geese and retreat as fast as possible … by then it is open warfare. This was last year and at the end it did not work out … the geese lost interest after a couple of weeks and we got no goslings.
 
 
 
The breed of our geese is French Toulouse, I got them as my field alarm system (remember the Capitol Geese??) and it works … They are big birds and are usually raised for meat.
They don’t walk around they parade !! All day long, they terrorize everybody from the donkeys to the hogs and everybody learned to just stay large of them. They don’t fly but for a couple of feet high and a few hundred feet in the morning when we open their coop  to just stretch their wings and make a statement … In the bird world geese are vegetarians and they eat a tremendous amount of grass, like the ducks they need to be able to clean their heads, they love the water and spend a good part of the day grooming themselves. No matter how much slush and mud we have, especially around the pig pens when it rains, their bottom feathers are immaculate white not sure how they do that but it is very impressive …
geese
This said because, I am getting at this year setting … a few month ago, Paola (my helper) and I started to ploy !!! … and the geese too (I am certain of that !!!) ….  We thought we will bring them back close to the house and far away from that damn island and we will be able to manage the whole eggs situation. Fences and gates would keep them from returning. Early November we moved their coop and then just walked them up here. For once no biggy aside from lot of names calling on their part …
They pretty quickly took over the territory and all was fine or this was our impression … Due to the warm weather we had,  by the end of December we still had not eggs and we were keeping a close eye on them knowing we were getting close ….
Then one day Paola called me to tell me the geese are back to the island and she is pretty sure there are laying eggs there !!!!!!!!!!!!!! we tried to figure out how they got there and the next day I got over the bridge (which with all that rain is getting worse and worse) … and yes here we have it …. Our first goose egg of the season !!!!!!!!!!!!! and the geese are around and at the end of the day we need to open the gate to get them back up here … after a few days of head scratching we found out that they were flying there … I mean it is quite a distance and a high to pass the fence and they are all doing it not just one or two !!!! … as I said they never flew before … most incredibly they are doing it almost every day now …
I will let you come up with the moral of the story …
Posted 7/16/2012 9:26pm by Renee Savary.

Summer at the farm brings an abundance of fruits and long hours spend in the kitchen ...

We start the season with Strawberries, ours are locally grown, in the dirt for good taste, and they are never fumigated, the result is a premium preserve ...

Fresh Strawberries

This year, for the first time, we offered Strawberry-Rhubarb Preserve, we only made a small batch of it not knowing if our customers would like it .. Well it was a huge success and we are already out of it !!! ... Next year we will make sure to order much more of this beautiful organic rhubarb ....

Fresh certified organic rhubarb

Then comes the Blueberries. They grow very well in this part of Florida and for a few weeks everything is in the shades of blues. Mixing different varieties is the secret of our wonderful preserve, some are sweeter than others, some have more natural pectin than others ... The right mix makes the right Blueberry Preserve.

Blueberry Preserve in the making ...

Late June brought the first Figs. Our Fig Preserve is a hit and a favorite with cheese Lovers. Aside from selling fresh figs at the Farmers Market, where they are very popular, we also made chutneys and butter with figs, another way to eat those delicious fruits ...

Fresh Figs

Two weeks ago we got peaches, another delicious fruits. Just the smell and the color of ripe peaches is a feast for the senses ...

... et voila ... Peach Preserve for b'feast ...

Ongoing throughout the summer our Tomato - Basil Sauce is made and Ratatouille and then our Eggplant Chutney etc ... making it a never ending arrival of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables ... Cooking with them is a pleasure and we wish we could post online the smell in the kitchen certain days ...

Enjoy your summer ...

Posted 3/23/2010 7:56pm by Renee Savary.

Renowned photographer Eric Marcus was at the farm this week end and he took beautifull pictures ... here is a sample.

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

Visit his web site : www.emmarcusphotography.com