We have been raising chickens for the past few years. Although we adore them, it has been a bumpy ride. Initially we let them run free … we quickly learned this would not work unless we were prepared to lose them (which we pretty much did) to predators. They are dinner for everyone from foxes, coyotes, fishers, owls, hawks, eagles, raccoons, skunks, and even the neighbors’ dog. We were forced to add an expensive electric fence. Since we have done this, things are better. Before the fence we lost over 35 chickens and were left with 14.
This spring we decided to hatch our own baby chicks. We ended up with 39 in total to add to the 14. Of the 39 . . . at least 15 are roosters. They are truly beautiful roosters Black Copper Marans, Blue Wheaten Marans, Easter Eggers and Ameraucana. Although we would love to keep them all, it’s just not possible.
If anyone is looking for a beautiful rooster or knows someone who is, let us know, please, we do not want them to end up in the pot!
The giving season at Veggies to Table is fully under way. We have already donated over 300 pounds of fresh organic produce. Yesterday we gave 30 pounds to a local family living in the crisis of food insecurity.
The morning was spent picking and preparing the produce and our lovely neighbor came by to deliver to the family who is a couple with a four year old. We donated heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, basil, parsley, zucchini, kale, salad, cilantro, celery, the first red onions, some jalapeño peppers and a bouquet of flowers, everyone needs flowers.
Almost two weeks ago we welcomed three Wwoofers and Kelsey Kobik an amazing Maine farm photographer to the Oui farm. It was a very hectic and also very fun week. We worked hard, donated a lot of food, and sweated a lot. It was hot. We also ate well and shared our love of Maine with the Wwoofers making trips to Popham beach, and our favorite swimming holes around the area.
Thanks to our farm manager Rachel, Kelsey Kobik and Wwoof-USA for a great week of labor and entertainment. We learned a lot, laughed a lot and probably gained weight. Things have already changed so much since these photos were taken. Everything is lush and large. We are currently harvesting cucumbers, zucchinis, kale, salad, cherry tomatoes, large tomatoes, herbs, flowers, cabbage and peppers. The onions are getting close to ready and the garlic was harvested and curing.
We are now busily planting our fall crops which include more kale, salad, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and herbs. More to come!
It’s finicky and prone to disease. It needs to be watered regularly. We decided to grow it, and succeeded. We have already donated a bunch and will donate more along with more cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, salad and kale.
We are harvesting so many things these days. We have a plethora of cucumbers, zucchinis, kale, cabbage, broccoli, romaine, arugula, mustard greens, basil, parsley, and now garlic. This morning we donated 40 pounds of cucumbers, zucchini and cabbage through our gleaning group that will go to local organizations that help community members needing healthy food. I will soon be harvesting all of the garlic and hanging it to dry, but tonight I will just be making pesto.
We also have so many flowers from borage and zinnias to sunflowers and soon dahlias. The tomatoes and tomatillos are starting to ripen as well. The abundance of this time of year is such a joy.