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Lavender Honey

P6210003.JPGGary has moved his hives into the lavender field. He has put clean comb into the supers. In about a month, he will remove the supers and collect the lavender honey. The bees go crazy in the lavender! They just love it. We sometimes have to shake the bunches of lavender that we harvest to remove the bees. They are so busy and focused that they rarely sting us.

Chicken House Misters?

From Eatwell Farm Photos 2010

In preparation for the hot summer days of July and August we tested and changed the filters on the misting system of each of our five mobile chicken houses. Each one hooks up to an irrigation valve and it is turned on once the temperature tops 95 F. The misters are set to cover the roof  and out from the house, it is a sight to see when working. It reduces the temperature in and around the house by 10+ F.

The shade cloth is also deployed, so with the two heat protecting measure we have found that the stress on the girls is much reduced. The best way to gauge stress is how many eggs they lay, if the the number does not drop on a hot day they we are doing our job right.

Go Girls.

The Feet of Culinary Students

From Eatwell Farm Photos 2010

This artful photo was taken by our son Andrew. We hosted about twenty five students from the Culinary Institute last Monday. Their task was to visit the farm, see what is in season and next Thursday serve a meal with what we have to offer.

So we looked at all the crops that were at harvest of close to it. We are hoping to be able to harvest wheat, mill it and have it for them. If this does not work out we can supply some of last years crop. They tasted apricots, peaches, mulberries (loved those) and many other crops.

It was a thrill for me to see such excited young people on the farm. They were full of ideas and I am excited to taste their meal.

From Eatwell Farm Photos 2010

Green Garbanzo Bean Harvest

From Eatwell Farm Photos 2010

I take delight in throwing a curve ball with our Eatwell Boxes every now and again. This crop is not one most people have eaten in its green immature stage. Jose, the farm foreman, was very excited when we planted the seeds last November. He likes them boiled in salted water for five minutes then shelled and eat with chili sauce.

We had hoped to put some in everyone's box this week, unfortunately it took much longer to pick them that we anticipated and we ran out of time. Only Wednesday people got some. Next week we will put them in Thursday boxes, promise.

Let us know if you like them.