Farm Journal

Posted 3/3/2016 8:38pm by Renee Savary.
Beekeeping … has been hard on so many levels … At first I was so freaking scared of them !! it may sound silly but when you have thousands of them swarming around you : it is impressive … then I started with the wrong material/bees and I had no clue what I was doing too …
Moving forward a few years and I did improve a little. I got myself one of those astronaut overall that makes you feel safe to be an astronaut therefor safe around the bees … and I got better at it or I thought so.
Last year started well and I, finally, had it kind of under control but then the bees started to swarm like crazy, I could not keep up installing new hives to a point I run out of material, all my new hives were swarming away and I had a very limited time to take care of them …
One thing or the other and they ended up producing very very little honey.
Let me open a parenthesis here : I don’t feed my bees any high fructose syrup or give them soy protein or whatever is common practice in the commercial bee industry.
I usually only harvest the honey in the spring, up to early July in a good year,  and then let the bees build their reserve for the winter. Last year they did not produce much in the spring, not enough for me to harvest and everything they had I just left it in the hives. I also don’t open my hives all the time, I do a complete clean up in the spring and fall and then just the top box for harvest. Last fall due to many other “things” I did not even do the fall cleanup … and I was pretty sure they would not pass the winter … and I was quite miserable about it … To a point that I was considering just giving up and I had not pre-ordered any new bees for this year.
 
bees 2016
 
Then one day, a month or so ago, one of my client asked me when I will have honey again and I told her all my sad bee story and how discouraged I was and right there she gave me a check for the bees or, she added, for something nice for me if I was not getting the bees …
I thought that was so nice it gave me the kick I needed and I decided to go forward and did order 3 packages of bees that should be arriving in April.
I also did reorganize time wise how I would take care of the bees, giving them much more time than in the past. It started last week and I finished it today. I went through all the hives and I am happy to report that most of them did survive the winter, a few are in really good shape and a few are a little weak but should do better with the spring arriving. They all have an active Queen and I should start to split at least 3 of them soon if weather permit and they are building honey too.
Let’s hope we have a great honey honey production this year … To be continued …  
 
In the meantime make sure you are planting flowers ... everywhere .. we need to help those pollinators ... all of them not just the bees ...
 
Check our Apiary tab in the top left corner of our main page
 
Posted 2/18/2016 8:38pm by Renee Savary.
Look who got in last night ....
 
First lamb of 2016
 
She is our first lamb of 2016, yes lambing late this year ...
Mom and baby are doing great ....
 
Lamb 2016
 
We raise a small flock of Gulf Coast Sheep ...
Want to learn more about it ?? check out our web site :
 
We use to keep them inside for a few days but it seems that mom and babies are doing better if left on pasture from the start ... so here we go ...
 off to pasture
 
Hopefully this year will be a good one for our lamb ...
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 12/31/2015 5:22am by Renee Savary.
From All of us here at the Farm,
we wish you a
Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Thank You for your ongoing support ...

New Year

 
The FarmStand is open today, December 31st, 7am to 2pm.
We are closed on Friday, January 1st ...
Reopening to regular schedule on Saturday, January 2nd ...
 
Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.
Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425
www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm
Instagram: twinoaksfarmstand
Visit our FarmStand located at the Shops of Grayton
26, Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL - open 7am to 6pm every day,
closed on Tuesday..
Posted 12/24/2015 5:55pm by Renee Savary.
From All of us here at the farm
we wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Healthy New Year ...

Merry Christmas

 
Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.
Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425
www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm
Instagram: twinoaksfarmstand
Visit our FarmStand located at the Shops of Grayton
26, Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL - open 7am to 6pm every day,
closed on Tuesday..
Posted 12/22/2015 7:55am by Renee Savary.
Our FarmStand in Grayton Beach is open
 
Today, Tuesday, and tomorrow, Wednesday
from 7am to 6pm.
Thursday 24th from 7am to 3pm.
Closed on :
Friday 25th, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27.
 
We are located at 26 Logan Lane, in the Shops of Grayton.
Cabbage  
 
Farm UpDate
 
We have gorgeous all organic and local vegetables from collard green to red beet and arugula and salad mix ...
We still have ducks and chickens available ...
Never cooked a duck ??
here is the easy recipe I put together a few years ago just for our ducks ...
For all of you that already got your ducks and will cook it following my recipe ... check on temperature after the 3h ... it does not take that much longer even for a duck much bigger than 4lb ... 
Make your Holiday meal all local and organic.
Looking for last minute gifts ??? 
we have the largest selection of
LOCAL ORGANIC EDIBLE GIFTS
All made right here at the farm, using local organic ingredients.
For every taste, from Sweet to Salty ...
Free Gift Wrapping with your purchase. 
Gift table
 
Chickens, pork and sheep meat, our freezer are full and we have a good choice of all cut.
All the meat we sell is organic, soy free and raised on our pasture.
New : Bone Broth, made with the bones of our pork, deliciously earthy and we always have Chicken and Turkey Broth.
All our broth are made right here at the farm, all organic, and we make most of our soup with our broth too.
Fresh produces and milk.
 
 
 Eggs !!! It has been a really hard few months, our chickens started molting much earlier and ever since their eggs production has been 1/10 of what we should get ....
Keeping our standard of certified organic soy free mix of real grains is very expensive and for the last 5 months we have been selling eggs loosing money every week.
It reached a point where we can not do it anymore !!!
We have to change our pricing system and starting this Saturday we will sell our eggs like a commodity:
when we have shortage, the price will go up and when we have a good supply the price will go down ...
This will allow us to keep producing the best eggs, keeping our quality standards and covering at least a better part of our feed expenses.
We hope you will understand and keep supporting what we do and how we do it ... 
 
See you All ...
 
The Color of Real Food at the FarmStand ...
 
The color of real food

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Posted 10/22/2015 10:03pm by Renee Savary.

Farm Tour 2015 

New Leaf market 8th Annual Farm Tour is on

October 25, 2015 from 10am to 4pm

Farm Tour at 11am and 1pm

On going throughout the day: a detailed showcase of our organic farm: what we do, how we do it and why we do it.

The Ladies from the Choctawhatchee Bay Spinners Guild will be here, carding and spinning the fleece from our own sheep...

Bring your kids, we will start some seedlings with them to take home ...

Our Cafe under the Oak will be open, this year menu featuring our meat production, a unique all organic Taste of Real Food...

Our Bees will be out and about, showing their on going workmanship in the garden ...

Take a walk in our garden, don't miss our African Blue Basil bushes with it's myriad of pollinators... 

Our FarmStand @ the farm will be open, we will have fresh (never frozen) chickens, pork and sheep, our whole live of artisan food, organic milk and fresh produce...

Farm Tour with your favorite FarmHer at 11am and 1pm, no worry I wont make you walk around our 94 acres ... We will have a nice chat in the shade overlooking it all...

walk around and meet the chickens, the sheep and our Cochons Noir de Bonifay ... 

We look forward to see you All ...

We clean up nicely but it is still a working farm, please wear closed-toe shoes.

 Bring a cooler if you plan to purchase fresh meat.
 No pets, no smoking.
 No admission fee, No reservation necessary.

Driving to the farm:

3207 Creek Road - Bonifay FL 32425

I-10 exit #112, go north on SR79 for 8 miles until the small bridge with the kid's playground on your left (the corner of Creek Road). Turn left into Creek Road, follow the parking signs.

Follow us and update:

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Instagram: twinoaksfarm

Please froward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425 

 

 

 

 

Posted 10/15/2015 9:39pm by Renee Savary.

Farm Tour 2015 

New Leaf Market 8th Annual Farm Tour is on

October 25, 2015 from 10am to 4pm

Farm Tour at 11am and 1pm

On going throughout the day: a detailed showcase of our organic farm: what we do, how we do it and why we do it.

The Ladies from the Choctawhatchee Bay Spinners Guild will be here, carding and spinning the fleece from our own sheep...

Bring your kids, we will start some seedlings with them to take home ...

Our Cafe under the Oak will be open, this year menu featuring our meat production, a unique all organic Taste of Real Food...

Our Bees will be out and about, showing their on going workmanship in the garden ...

Take a walk in our garden, don't miss our African Blue Basil bushes with it's myriad of pollinators... 

Our FarmStand @ the farm will be open, we will have fresh (never frozen) chickens, pork and sheep, our whole line of artisan food, organic milk and fresh produce...

Farm Tour with your favorite FarmHer at 11am and 1pm, no worry I wont make you walk around our 94 acres ... We will have a nice chat in the shade overlooking it all...

walk around and meet the chickens, the sheep and our Cochons Noir de Bonifay ... 

We look forward to see you All ...

We clean up nicely but it is still a working farm, please wear closed-toe shoes.

 Bring a cooler if you plan to purchase fresh meat.
 No pets, no smoking.
 No admission fee, No reservation necessary.

Driving to the farm:

3207 Creek Road - Bonifay FL 32425

I-10 exit #112, go north on SR79 for 8 miles until the small bridge with the kid's playground on your left (the corner of Creek Road). Turn left into Creek Road, follow the parking signs.

Follow us and update:

www.facebook.com/twinoaksfarm

Instagram: twinoaksfarm

Please froward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425 

 

 

 

 

Posted 10/8/2015 10:01pm by Renee Savary.

Mark your calendar:

Farm Tour is on October 25, 2015 from 10am to 4pm

The FarmStand in Grayton Beach is open

Everyday 7am to 7pm ...

The FarmStand is located at The Shops of Grayton,

26 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach.

Weekly update:

Our Cochon Noir de Bonifay have been selected as Finalists for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made contest in the Food, Agriculture and Sustainability category and in order to have a chance to win the Audience Choice Awards I need your help. You have to vote for Twin Oaks Farm (link below), you can (more like must) vote everyday and  up to 6 times/day until October 19, yes some commitment here !!!
here is the link :
http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/127855
 
We had great voting going on the whole week but it is far from over ... so yes Help is needed. It is not going to be easy, some really good stuff there but together we have a good shot at it. Please follow us on Facebook:  TwinOaksFarm and on Instagram: twinoaksfarmstand as I will keep updating and reminding you to vote.
 
American Made
 
Our babies, born last week, are out and about in the pasture...
Baby 2015
 
We have some really good looking pumpkins ...
 pumpkins
 
This week we have Dragonfly Fields beautiful Arugula and Fall Salad mix ...
a few more weeks and Fox Family Farm produces will come back …  
We have been creating a lot of new products using local fruits and vegetables, from mixing herbs to melting lard we worked hard to keep it ALL local and ALL organics … stop by, take a look … our FarmStand is pretty unique !!!!  
 
And last but least MARK your calendar, Farm Tour is on October 25, 10am to 4pm and I should have a full calendar within a week (I am smiling typing this like :who am I kidding here !!) …
  farm tour
It will be fun day for the whole family and a great opportunity to see up close what we do and how we do it … I have plenty of brochure at the FarmStand , please stop by to pick one.  
 
That’s it … 
  
Thanks for your ongoing support …
Lots of Love from All of us here at the farm …
Renee 
 
Please forward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425

www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm

Visit our FarmStand located at the Shops of Grayton

26, Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL - open 7am to 7pm every day.

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Posted 2/9/2015 8:42pm by Renee Savary.
Our Bee's Honey is the ultimate sweet Valentine ...
Spread The Love ....
and help us help the bees ...
Bees and honey
HELP US RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR APIARY
$ 25.-/jar
This honey was produced on our farm by our bees.
We only harvest the spring honey and then let our bees build their reserve for the winter.
Our production is very small.
We firmly believe our all organic non-chemical beekeeping is part of the solution to the ongoing bee problem!
The whole $25 of your purchase will help us increase our bee population and be an integral part of the bee preservation.
Our honey has the unique flavor of 100% honey.
 
RAW – UNPROCESSED – UNFILTERED – NEVER HEATED
 
All from our Bees ....
Honey OatMeal Soap - Lip Balm - FarmHer Hand Balm
Honey and soap

 Order online through our web site

http://twinoaksfarm.net/store/preserves-chutneys-and-more

Come to our FarmStand located @ The Shops of Grayton,

26 Logan Lane, Grayton Beach,

we are open everyday and offer free gift wrapping everyday ...

Visit us at the Seaside Farmers Market every Saturday morning.

Please visit our Apiary section of our web site and learn more about our unique beekeeping.

http://twinoaksfarm.net/about-bees

Happy Valentine with lot's of Love from All of Us here at the farm ...

Please forward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.
 Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425
 www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm
Visit our FarmStand located at the Shops of Grayton
26, Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL - open 7am to 7pm every day.