Demand for Taproot eggs from friends is outstripping our supply so we are doing our part to “employ” more workers. If you can lay an egg- you’re hired!
This fall our plan is to breed Eleanor and Jackie. Lambing will be an amazing experience- we should have 3 or 4 Taproot lambs next February!
So, this year we’ll start with a clean slate of four hives! And we’ve planned to treat the hives to control mites periodically through the summer. Tim and Brandon (our niece’s fiance) have been building bee boxes in preparation for the 40,000 bees arriving on April 28. Things will be buzzing here!
We chose Northern Pecan and English Walnut varieties from Willis Orchards. We are interested in growing nuts as a healthy protein source and cash crop. A 3-acre field on east side of the stream will be dedicated to this edible forest- delicious, profitable and serving as a carbon sink by storing carbon dioxide in it’s fiber. Also, as the U.S. Dollar drops in value, we think investing in Walnut “futures” is not such a nutty idea.
As the nightly news gets worse and worse, we also thought that having a little hard cider in the pantry might help. Six Orleans apple trees and six Cox’s Pippin apple trees will pollinate each other nicely. The Orleans is a classic yellow English apple that ripens mid to late September. The Cox’s is a medium reddish-purple apple developed in Geneva, New York, so it is well suited for our cold winters. Apple cider is one of our favorite drinks whether on ice, in a hot mug or fermented for a festive Saturday night!
All these new arrivals will bring fresh, spring energy to the farm. We’ve had a good rest- now we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work!