Well it's been a super busy fall.
We had a raccoon attack that took out all but 1 of the ducklings and 1 of the moms. We learned another good lesson and rebuilt the coop out of cinder block inside of our greenhouse. That still didn't stop the coons. We heard something going on in the greenhouse, so I went to check in the middle of the night. Seems the coon figured out the doggie door into the greenhouse. We had a little chase about for a few minutes. He made a break for the doggie door and I got off 1 good shot with the air rifle. We haven't seen him since.
So the Mommy Muscovy that survived just hatched out 13 new ducklings last week. We just need to add in 1 more male to help mix up the genetics. The restocking begins. Hopefully by spring we'll start moving them the new Food Forest Farms property the Key Peninsula. We just need some basic infrastructure.
We are hard at work starting seeds and getting ready for the spring markets. Our goal is 10,000 starts in stock on MAY 1. Will take a ton of work. We are hunting stainless steel racking on craigslist. We are expanding as fast as we can create the space. If we Max out our greenhouse, my neighbor has agreed to a hoop house in her back yard. So anther 400SF of temp controlled space for starts.
Candice has been hard at work making a few new soap recipes. Her newest creation includes organic local honey and oats. Check out the soap page here.
The coffee roasting business has really taken off. We are now being served in a French Press service, to Gold Cup Standards, at our favorite Farm to Table bistro- The Mill of Milton. We also started hunting down lots of vintage coffee mugs, and sourced some nice bamboo baskets. Check out all of our gift baskets in case you need a unique hand made present.
We are adding a new Organic Nicaraguan bean this week. Very smooth, chocolate and hazelnut flavors. Can't wait to get a few roasts into it and find out what kind of roast sets it off best. Other than that, we are just shipping, and spending the week before Christmas with family. Happy Solstice! They days start getting longer this Thursday. Stay Warm.
Food Forest Farms - Owned and Operated by Brian & Candice Norton