Monday, October 17, 2011

2012 Plans

Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported us this year, we really appreciate it.

For next year we are upgrading a bit.  First we plan to irrigate the garden for 2012 to help out the produce that needed a bit more water for those dry days/weeks.  This should help us have a larger volume of produce for a longer amount of time. We are also planting a larger variety of crops.  Once things are ready to harvest we will attend the Akron and Yuma Farmers Markets; if they are available for 2012.  If they don't have a Yuma Farmers Market we hope to set up a farm stand in town once a week.

This year we decided to try hogs and things are working great.  We got 3 and one is sold (on the hoof), one donated to the church we attend (New Beginnings Outreach) and one for us personally.  We are getting our property set up for next year so we can hopefully get 30.

If you are interested in all natural pork, let us know.  We will be selling them as half or whole hogs.

We are looking forward to another exciting year.  If you have any suggestions for us please email stpeternaturalfarm@yahoo.com .


Pictures from the first day we brought the pigs to the farm, August 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Farmers Market Akron, CO

On Mondays between 5pm-7pm we will be at the Akron Farmers Market (while its running).  Today we will have Squash, Cucumbers, Sweet Corn and Green Beans.  Melons should be ready for next week.  Hope to see you there.

Remember we also do direct orders, so email or call your order in advance.  We can bring it to one of the Markets we are attending or can meet you in Yuma on Wednesday or Sunday when we head to town for church. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Picking Green Beans

Yesterday Henry (our 7 1/2 month old son) and I (Rachel) went out to pick green beans.  He was such a good helper.  The green beans are finally big enough to start picking.  Hopefully they will keep growing so we have some to take to the Farmers Markets when the Sweet Corn and Melons are ready.



Monday, August 1, 2011

Picture Update




I went out to the garden Saturday and took some more pictures.  There are a lot of melons (all different types), the squash and corn look great and the first batch of cucumbers were ready to come out.  I pickled the cucumbers; made Polish Dill, Kosher Dill, Bread & Butter (two recipes) and Sweet Relish. --Rachel St.Peter

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Crops Update

Here are some pictures from 07/24/2011
Sweet Corn

Watermelons

Green Beans                     Sweet Corn 


 Sunflowers                                        Cucumbers 

Squash

Saturday, July 23, 2011

35 Days since everything was planted

July 8th, 2011

Sweet Corn
                                       Melons                          Melons and Green Beans
Melons                                  Sweet Corn
Turnips

Chickens

We order 50 Barred Rock chicks; brown egg layers.  For the first five weeks they had to live on the porch with heat lamps (until they got their feathers).  They moved out to their chicken coup on July 17th, 2011.  The chicken coup is set up with a large building and a fenced in area for protection from large birds and coyotes.  When they are full grown they will be able to roam outside of the chicken coup/fenced in area during the day and at night they will get put back in to keep them safe.  Expect farm fresh eggs once they are old enough to lay eggs.

Baby Chicks
From the first week we had them.

 Around and in the coup (taken on 07/23/2011)

 The chicken coup

2 Weeks In

Everything has been in for two weeks now.  Chris took the tractor out to cultivate, which keeps the weeds down and stimulates growth.  So far the garden is looking good.



Getting Started

June 5 & 6, 2011

Planting Time!  Due to the all the rain, we had to delay planting until early June .  Bob and Chris worked hard on getting all the veggies and items that could be planted with the Jang Clean Seeder the first day.  The next day they got the rest in with the behind the tractor with the large planter.  

This year we planted zucchini, squash, pumpkin, sweet corn, turnips, radish, sunflowers, cucumbers, watermelon, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, green beans and peas.  We also planted tomatoes and peppers but the hail destroyed them.



    Chris planting with the Jang Clean Seeder