Some cooler nights here and there remind us here on the farm that Summer is beginning its wind down. We just had another hot spell though, so it’s not giving in yet! We had a spell mid-summer where the gardens were looking kind of bland. I got in and chopped down some of the weeds and things have been doing better since then! I think our lack of rain (we are considered in a moderate drought here) maybe slowed things down as well.
I also thought I’d share a photo of my little garden outside my shop. I kept it simple for my first year here. If business goes well I’ll add a lot more perennials next year!
Speaking of my shop, you know that opening that has been an adjustment for me, and for the whole farm family, really. Due to Covid-19 slowing down the shop’s start even more than would be normal for a new business, I’ve been there 6 days/week running the show by myself. I had hoped to hire some help for at least one day/week, but it just doesn’t make sense financially to do so at this point.
My one day off is usually spent making the products that I sell under the Barking Dog Organic Farm name. I had said I would keep my online shop here on the blog open, but I’ve been re-thinking that lately. It has been becoming too much to try to keep all the dog cookies in stock, and the sale platform I was using didn’t make keeping up with out-of-stocks easy.
This last Monday, my one day off, I rebelled a bit! I should have been baking dog cookies, but I decided I really felt like doing something different. I had organic blueberries and kale (from another farm, my crop wasn’t big enough of either, though my kale is starting to come along now), and I wanted to do some cooking for the family instead of the public!
I also needed to freeze the last of the yellow bean crop so we would have it over the winter for Luke’s homemade food. I made a favorite recipe for the Dadz and I – Kale BLT Pasta Salad (I plan to share that recipe next week), and a blueberry cobbler as well! I cut up the excess cucumbers for the birds and did put together a cookie order for a local store.
While doing all that, enjoying some different cooking (I haven’t had much time to cook since opening the shop), I had time to think and made the decision to close the online shop, for now anyway. My tentative plan and hope is to reopen it before Christmas on a different platform, probably Etsy. Who knows, in the long run, I may end up doing something online with my local shop too. I’m keeping my options open right now.
With more new chicks on the way, there will be a bit more work there too, so it seemed time to give myself a break! Hatching will hopefully start this weekend.
One thing seems sure with life, as with the gardens, farm, and nature: things are ever-changing, especially in these crazy times. All we can do is go with the flow and do what we can to make it easier on ourselves!
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