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Rain.  Rain.  Rain.
We have had a very wet spring. So wet, that the mud is about 4 inches deep around the henhouse, coop, keetergarten and barn.

It's too wet to shear the goats, as cutting wet mohair is just icky.

I've put 30 bags of cypress mulch down around the muddy bits of the chicken area.  It helps a lot, and certainly looks nicer.

I have another 10 bags to distribute tonight.  Oh. Fun.

The Farmers' Market starts Saturday morning - I have to be there by 6:00 am with all my goods, and the cash register, etc., because it opens at 7:00 am.

This week, I'll only have eggs.  I hope to have eggless pasta (made with semolina flour and olive oil) by next Wednesday to sell, and next Saturday, I hope to have home-made cinnamon rolls to sell also - only reason I don't have them this Saturday is that I have to purchase the proper containers for the rolls to be in first.  And I have to make labels of the ingredients, etc.

I'm hoping that selling some baked goods might help me make a bit of  money this year.  I will also be able to sell the goats' mohair - raw, cleaned, spun, however I like, but I have to wait until the sunshines enough for their coats to dry out so I can shear them first!!

And it is too wet to plant veggies yet. 

Rain rain, go away!  At least long enough for me to get stuff done!

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Send the rain our way, we’re in the middle of an awful dry spell here in Florida. You should see the lake levels. It’s so sad.

Wow, you can sell all that at the farmer’s market? Our farmer’s market sucks. It really, really sucks. I’d give anything for fresh eggs and any sort of real bread product. Don’t even get me started on the awful tomatoes I was duped into buying last time I was there (bright red but flavorless).

I saw the baby goat photos on John’s blog. Awwww! And did you ever decide on the kitty cat’s name?

I’d be happy to send you some of this darn rain! Everywhere I walk, it’s squish, squish, squish!

Yes, we named the kitty, Sven. Because it’s silly and has some relationship to his 7-toed feet.

Our farmers’ market is set up so that you have to grow or make what you sell. I can sell stuff like gourd bird houses because I grew the goards and I’ll make them into birdhouses (hopefully, in the next week!) Or, I could sell the dried gourds to people who want to make their own birdhouse.

But I can’t make a quilt and sell it. But I can knit a scarf from my goats’ mohair and sell it. It gets kinda complicated.

Baked goods are really popular. One woman makes the most wonderful artisan breads and sells them on Saturday mornings. My good friend, Robin, makes goats’ milk fudge from her goats’ milk - it is very popular.

Beth,

How do you sell food at the Farmer’s Market? I thought you had to prepare the food in a commercial kitchen and comply with FDA rules regarding labeling etc. Eggs, I understand but baked goods and pasta?

My wife and I are considering a line of salad dressings and the hoops one has to jump through are discouraging at the least.

BBB

Oh man, you are living the life I dream about! I wish I at least lived near you so I could come over and cook with you sometime, and take a tour of the farm. Ah well, one day I’ll have to get over my fear of flying, and pay a visit …

The rules for farmers markets differ from State to State. I sell within the State of Kansas, so Kansas has its own rules. I have to label the ingredients. I cannot bake something that has cream cheese in it. I cannot make egg pasta, because the egg is not cooked, but I can make eggless pasta!

So if I make cinnamon rolls, the frosting has to be buttercream.

I can bake any bread I like and sell it, I just don’t have the desire to spend THAT much time in the kitchen!

When the vegetables appear, I can sell them. If I want to make a basket, I can sell that.

The folks who do enough to have to go by FDA rules often rent a kitchen from a restaurant, or from that dinner making place.

I can sell canned jellies and preserves, but no canned vegetables or salsa.

Amanda, I would love to have you come and visit. We are kinda out here in the middle of nowhere, though!!

Beth, if you don’t sell yer goat fleece, let me know how much you are charging for the fleece or by the ounce, and if it is minimally processed or not. I has fiber needs. I got my wheel out last night and went over it with a fine toothed comb. It needs a diet rich in fiber.

New email in the addy section.

Amanda - we’d like to visit you, too, truth be told!~

is it okay if we put cypress mulch outside of our chicken coop. We have a fenced-in area for the chickens to run around in and we were wondering if if would be okay if we put cypress mulch out there. Or would it be harmful?

I have had cypress mulch in and out of the chicken runs - it keeps it from getting muddy. Been doing it for awhile now, and so far, I’ve seen no harm by it at all.

Okay thank you, we put it out yesterday and are hoping for the best!

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