Category Archives: spring

Let the Growing Begin

The tail-end of April is an exciting time for all of us in New York  as the weather turns for the better and the earth comes to life.

Our big excitement at the farm this spring has been our Weekly Produce Program which we launched a few weeks ago. We are currently supplying our customers with produce from a local distributer, but before we know it, we will be able to add our own garden produce to the mix.

In our gardens, we already have radishes, peas, sweet onions, red onions,  spinach, beets and carrots planted in the ground (thanks to Cathy). These crops can stand the colder nights of April, though we still have to watch for frost.

We also have peppers, basil, and kale started under lights indoors.

Little radishes.
Rows of peas.
Onions popping up. And dandelions.
Baby kale under lights.

Meanwhile, we sit back and watch the perennial crops come up! Garlic, Rhubarb, and Asparagus. We already put in the work for these crops last year–planting garlic bulbs, pruning the rhubarb, and transplanting asparagus.

The Garlic is growing strong.

 

In the background, Rhubarb. In the front, Asparagus.

And then we have our fruit trees and bushes. We pruned these a few weeks ago before they started to sprout leaves. We currently have blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grape vines, apple trees, peach trees, and cherry trees. The orchard may produce its first handful of fruits this year!

Blueberry bushes.
Apple blossoms!
A peach tree getting tall.

Meanwhile, more than just the plants have been growing…

It’s an exciting and busy time at Hust Roost Farm! In it all, we remember that the Lord is the author of all of this new life. In all the busyness, we want to always be able to take a step back and thank Him for all He provides, ask for His wisdom and sustenance daily, and trust Him with every outcome.

Tis the Season for Baby Chicks!

It is that time of year again. You know, that time when Spring is so close and yet so far. Yesterday’s snowfall of 2-1/2 feet has us feeling “tis the season” …not for Winter Wonderland but for Spring to show herself! Well she’s starting… We’re hatching chicks!

Rhode Island Red Chicks for sale here!

Now I will admit that the chicks have lost a bit of attention to the new baby goats. Most visitors come to see the goats, and for good reason. It’s tons of fun to have a furry little goat crawl all over your lap and nibble on your nose–and if you haven’t gotten that experience, I highly recommend that you come visit before they grow out of their cute stage! But this isn’t a post about baby goats. This is a post about baby chickens.

They want attention too!!!

It is a magical thing to see a baby chick first poke a little hole in its shell, then slowly work a crack around the middle before giving a mighty heave to push the egg apart. There is something special about seeing a newborn creature that is just at its beginning. And, of course, it’s a practical thing. Thanks to our wonderful customers, we have a pretty good chicken business going, and the hatching of the chicks is a big part of that.

The chick enterprise.

We have to keep some of the chicks we hatch to replenish our egg laying hens every year, but we also hatch plenty to sell so that other people can experience the pleasure of  backyard farming and sitting down to a breakfast with eggs that were produced by their very own chickens. Some people even buy fertilized eggs from us so that they can hatch the eggs themselves.

For us, the routine is well underway. Every two weeks we collect fertilized eggs and put them in the incubator. It takes them three weeks to develop, and then they hatch. We have already hatched two batches of chicks, and our two incubators are loaded with the next batches. We will keep hatching chicks every two weeks until we call it quits for the year in September. This makes it so that we have chicks for visitors to see and hold all summer, and we also have chicks ready to sell all summer for those wishing to start (or continue) their own chicken venture.