it's an iced coffee kind of day.....
daffodil's are coming!!

Coop Girls Hattie and Dorilla

Coop Girl Hazel

Rosehips are coming!!



Happy Sunday!  Another glorious weekend around these parts, although we were wondering by late in the week if the weather forecast showing a nice weekend was correct since we were getting snow flurries until Friday afternoon.  Thankfully no flurries Saturday or Sunday.  It was the perfect weekend to break out the iced coffee and take a quick break {or two} to enjoy the weekend.

Next Sunday will be our first outdoor farmer's market for the year. Woo hoo! We are excited - there's a different vibe when you can be outside.  So far the weather is looking nice.  Fingers crossed it stays that way.  Oliver and Emerson will join us for as long as Oliver can keep his good boy pants on.  If his pants change to his naughty boy pair then their father will take them home to spare everyone the sheer volume of his bark.  We've been thinking about bringing a couple of the Coop Girls one of these Sunday's too.  We'll see if anyone volunteers.  :-)

As we enjoy warmer days from time-to-time, bits of greenery finally appear.  Daffodils, rose hips and strawberry plants seem to be the first popping up in our yard.  The azalea bushes are also loaded with buds.  A few more weeks and the front yard will be graced with their beauty.  The garden beds are prepped and waiting for consistent above-freezing temps.  Next weekend we'll start adding the more cold hardy seeds, and then every weekend until the beginning of June adding those less cold hardy until everything is planted.  I usually wait until the beginning of June for tomatoes, peppers and eggplant because our weather just can't be trusted....

We ordered 30 meat birds to raise the end of May.  We made the decision last year not to raise them in the high heat of the summer and instead, the beginning and end only.  We just get too much heat and humidity, and watching them struggle as they get near the end feels inhumane.  So, we'll raise 30 in Spring/Summer and another 30 or so toward Fall.  We'll be purchasing a second freezer soon too so that between all the chicken and the garden bounty we freeze, we'll have plenty of space.

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend!

On the menu this week:  Smoked Chicken Quarter with Mac & Cheese and squash; Grilled Honey & Soy Korean Cut Ribs with Mushroom Risotto and Asparagus; Baked Cod with Mango Chutney, Rice and Broccoli; Handmade Veggie-Bean Burgers with Potato Salad and Pickles; Grilled Pork Chops with Slow-Cooker "Baked" Potatoes and Broccoli; One-Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice with Corn.

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Cindy said...

I will never complain about our east Tennessee winters again. This past winter seemed one of our longest. But we are already eating salads and Kale from the garden and the peonies have fat buds on them. So no more fussing for me!

daisy g said...

I just love your weekend posts. So glad to see there's no snow on the ground! Yippee!
Can't wait to see all of your garden goodies coming to life.

I will be picking your brain about the meat chickens, as that is something we are considering doing in the future. I like that you consider the quality of life for them and plan accordingly.

Looking forward to hearing how the outdoor market goes!
Enjoy your warmer temps!

Sarah said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Kat @ Where the Sidewalk Ends said...

I haven't commented in so long, but this post yet again reminded me how much I adore your blog. We just got our six chickens outside a few weeks ago, and they're having such fun!! Actually, wondering if you have any tips. We have them in poultry net fencing and a mobile coop that we close up at night. However, during the day, evil squirrels get in through the fence and eat their feed. Any ideas on how to keep the feed just for the chickens, without closing them up in the coop unnecessarily?


Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Cindy - I think we may have FINALLY seen the last of the snow!!

Thanks so much Daisy! We are excited to raise the meat birds again this year - I'm sure we'll learn even more. :)

Thanks so much Sarah!!

Kat - thanks so much for your comment! There is really no way to keep all critters out of their fenced in area. So many can fit through the smallest of openings, and it's funny to me that our girls aren't bothered at all by chipmunks or squirrels sitting next to them eating their food. But if a mouse comes in, they kill it immediately. I will tell you that although we don't leave their feed outside at night, we do have 2 outdoor waterers and we raise them up high enough that critters can't get into them throughout the night. Maybe you could do the same thing? Hope this helps and thanks so much for stopping by!

Michaele said...

Yay for summer! Butchering is so much easier and safer in the cool weather also. The coop girls will peak interest at your booth,