Looking for worms!
Coop Girl Lori enjoying a dust bath

Coop Girls Eve and Deb


Can it possibly be the end of May already?  Between the high temps and the busy days, it seems Summer has arrived at the blink of an eye.

J was mowing the grass tonight and it was like a dust bowl all around our property.  The poor guy was covered in dirt when he was done.  It's been so warm and each time it's predicted to rain we get none or very little.  Fingers crossed we get a good soaking rain or two this week.

The Coop Girls received a very special treat last week.  When we sell eggs at the farmer's market, we spend "their" egg money on them.  You should have seen them when we brought the big ol' bag of deliciousness home.......the largest bag of freeze-dried meal worms they've ever seen.  They went from chatting up a storm to absolute silence within seconds.  That tells me they were really good.  They get bits of them every day and let me tell you, that makes them pretty darn happy despite the warm days.

Our garden is providing us with loads of scrumptious asparagus.  I have been able to get a good majority of the remaining veggies planted so they should be producing in  no time.  Can't wait!  We'll be canning in no time.  :)

We will be picking up 30 chicks this week.  They will be our next batch of meat birds.  We keep them separate from the layers since they have different needs and are much less active.  This year they'll be penned in a nice, shady area allowing them to stay cool on these unusually warm spring days.

The farmer's market has been going unbelievably well.  So well that we are expanding our booth as of next weekend!  We'll be paying for another space so we can double our "store".  We have been so fortunate to have tripled our business from the Winter market, which we did very well in, so we are busy bees trying to keep up.

Here's a few photos from today's market:

On the menu this week:  Grilled Brats with Potato Salad and Green Salad with Apples and Bleu Cheese; Smoked Chicken Quarters with Rice and Asparagus; Teriyaki Flank Steak with Baked Potato Bites and Broccoli; Red Snapper with Mango Salsa, Mexican Rice and Grilled Asparagus; Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast with Creamy Orzo and Green Salad with Fresh Strawberries; and Grilled Burgers with Potato Salad and Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers.

Hoping you've had a wonderful weekend!

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daisy g said...

That looks like an incredible market! Your booth looks fantastic and I love that you have things that folks can sample. Your packaging is very appealing too.
Congrats on all of your success!

Terri said...

How sweet to spend the egg money on treats for the hens. They obviously are thrilled :)

Looks like a great farmers market! Wish I was closer!

Unknown said...

So glad for your business successes at the weekend market. Your pictures are lovely and your menu sounds scrumptious!!

Barb said...

I also have a chicken with a bare bum. Could you tell me if that is normal or is something wrong? I thought it was because she scoots around in the nest and wears off her feathers.