Now on to farm matters, we have been selling hatching eggs all over America. I do not make a great deal of money at it,m but I feel it is important to help others to raise their own food or pest control. Lately i have felt that the Post Office is not with me on this venture. I have ordered free boxes, which I once got in four days, now it has been months, I asked my carrier about it and she has not seen them, how odd I thought. On Friday I went to pick some boxes up for the local post office, which is in the middle of farm lands , so to speak and there is a sign on their door..."Post Office Open from 11 am to 1 pm." What madness is this? Turns out the Post Master sets the hours, I know this as I spoke to him about it. He informed me he was fine with it, I on the other hand less so. I am quit un-happy with this as I ship eggs which are time sensitive and I need to be-able to access the post office before 11 am to get my business done. Mind you the only reason they are still in our area is due to the number of boxes we and one other farm ship, but they stand on making it very difficult for me to do so. I am very sad over this, so I have been on hold with the main US post office for now 60 minutes, nice I am glad they care. I tried very hard to work this out on the local level, but no dice. I am now thinking maybe the post office kept my mailing boxes that never arrived and in the back of my mind I am thinking worse thoughts, it is all very sad. I must admit I am not sure why anyone would think it would be a good idea with summer coming to have the office open in the heat of the day when it cost more to keep the building cool, maybe that is why they can not make a money, poor management skills. So eggs will go out late today due to their issues, not mine. In the short of it, doing business with them is bad business for me, maybe when Fed-ex buys them out I will get better service.
My children are loving on a pet butterfly, she was damaged from the storms. Yesterday Elijah carried her about the yard and placed her on the roses to get a meal, he enjoyed watching her eat so much and I delighted in watching him care for this little love. I was awoken to Elisha wanting me to make breakfast for her, which I did, organic sugar water. Elijah has also had a nice time with the little butterfly. He spent almost an hour learning about their life cycle today. He came out and told me she would live around two weeks after she had become a butterfly, it is all too sweet and a good chance to learn to care for even the smallest of farm members.
Speaking of small members, our last set of bees are now in place Italian bees. A good friend of mine went and drove with me to get them...bees were lose everywhere...but we were fine, the bees were not angry with us. After they got here to the farm they seem very happy and productive. I foresee a good relation ship between them and us. Now we have three hives , all a buzz and happy. Lots of honey this fall as they have tons of flowers to chose from. Even with our bee losses last year do to a neighbors careless fire and North Arkansas Electric Coop chemical trespass, we still lost less bees then others in the country. I read the loss of bees this winter was 23 % in America, that is almost a forth of all the domestic bees in America, that is insane. I mean unless you think of the number of GMO crops in the ground and idiots spraying the sides of the roads with chemical cocktails. Then it seems about right, if I had one magical wish it would be that people would wake up and ban the use of GMOS and these chemical cocktails that are killing the bees, wild life and some day us.
Our gardens are doing well and I am still planting, always planting. We have been eating greens from it everyday and with lots of yummy wild greens as well, we are all feeling better. Our Chinese cabbage has started bolting, as I think I have said before and it is amazing how much food we have gotten from this one patch. I have been cutting the flowers off and we put them in with the rest of our greens. You can see the resemblance between the Chinese cabbage and broccoli and it is so yummy. I think for a while longer we will keep doing this, cutting the flowers off and eating them, I can dig up the rest and use them for kimchi any time. We picked more radishes and spinach, wild and domestic. The tomatoes are doing great, peas are starting to make baby peas, I am so happy, I though I would be eating the plants, lol. they are edible and yummy, but we sure could use the peas to can for winter and to dry for winter spouting. Over all the strawberries have done well too...and we have tons of lemon balm and spearmint, our garlic is looking great, potatoes, wow we have so many, pumpkins and corn, yup they and the beans are doing great, oh and our leeks are coming along nice too...I will be on busy caner this season.
Lots of baby chicks everywhere on our farm, the baby goose is so big, I wish I could post photos, but this computer is very old and it is very hard to get it to even post this blog. I am looking for a new laptop and hope to get this all fixed very soon. My website is also suffering, but I do what I can. I believe that G-d will provide an opportunity to find just the right computer for us. So my dears I must go to work, so much needs to be done. I am still on hold with the post office, 88 minutes now, time to milk goats, that should get them to pick up...