Winter farm stands

Between the end of the winter markets and the opening of the farmers markets in the spring, you can still pick up farm-fresh produce, eggs, and meat directly from the farm! South Kitsap Blackjack Valley Farm Location: Sidney and Lider, Port Orchard Open: morning to dusk daily Contact: Facebook page Story: Black Jack Valley Farm visit Karen’s farm store runs on the honor system. The refrigerators on the porch usually include milk, frozen beef, and chicken and eggs in season. Central Kitsap Start Now Gardens Location: 1134 Bloomington Avenue, Bremerton Open: pickup days Tuesdays and Fridays Contact: info@startnow.org Story: Start Now Farm Tour Jean Schanen sends out an email each week listing the vegetables available. You email her back with your picks, Glenn puts them out on the table, and you leave your money when you pick up the order. You can email Jean at info@startnow.org to get on the … Continue reading

Broken Ground Farm Stand

Last Friday I caught a Facebook post from The Food Shed bakery that they’d be selling goods at the Broken Ground farm stand. The post said the farm stand is near the Eglon Community Church and would be open from noon to dusk. Based on just those directions (with the aid of my GPS) I drove out and found it! To make the journey a little easier, here’s some more detail: head for the Eglon Community Church, 33690 Eglon Road Northeast, Kingston. As you pass the church, on the right hand side of the road you will see some post boxes and a street sign that says “Shipping, Pvt. Lane”. On the left side of the road you will see a small “produce” sign. Turn into that drive and you’ll find the farm stand. The farm stand nestles right next to the cultivated rows of kale. I was able to … Continue reading

Chicken update

How the chickens are getting along: we named the hens on the Famous Women Chefs naming convention. The dominant hen, the one who proudly announces the worms she pulls and then gets chased all over the yard for them, is Julia (Childs). The happy-go-lucky middle hen who sticks to Julia’s side is Alice (Waters). The lowest-on-the-ladder hen Irma (Rombauer) is the most likely to wander away from the group and last in the coop every night. The little coop and run that I picked up from Del’s is just big enough to fit the chickens, a water can, a feed can, and a little tray for oyster shell and grit. We put a plastic tarp over the top of the run to protect them from the rain. Alex cleans the coop nearly every day. We moved the run after a month or so to give them new ground and make … Continue reading

Chickens!

Today we got our first chickens. Hand Sown Homegrown is selling off their flock. I’m sad to see young Kitsap farmers taking a leave of absence from farming and we wish them all the best. This is a great opportunity to pick up laying pullets, contact Sara if you can add some birds to your flock. I shopped the Black Friday sale at Del’s and got a small coop and pen. Then we had to figure out where exactly we were going to shoehorn the coop into our skinny acre with trees. In the summer the flock will go behind the garage, but that’s rather far from the house in the winter and we’re concerned about predators. We carved out a space between the garage and the house that isn’t perfect but would work temporarily. Then Ted, Alex and I all trooped off to Sara’s henhouse together. Sara picked up … Continue reading