Last week we welcomed our first batch of baby chicks – 300 day old layers. They are happily settling into their bespoke brooding houses and beginning to scratch and explore their surrounds. Our three year old is of course enamoured with them, and learning how to hold them gently! Early morning and night Alex goes in to check their water, top up feed, close up windows and turn on/off heat lamps – although it’s summertime the nights can be cool and in the beginning the risk of the chicks getting cold and trampling each other is high. They will slowly be hardened off the night lamps in the coming weeks. Now it’s all hands on deck to get the mobile coop built so they can move into a truly free-range existence on the pasture…
Hurrah! We just received our official farmers market accreditation – which lets our customers know we truly do grow, use and champion local produce in our baked goods, preserves and ferments. This month I’ll be baking for a number of local farmers’ markets – starting this weekend in Woodend. The usual array of gluten free rice and millet sourdough will be available along with roasted garlic, olive and rosemary boule, Russian-style black bread, French baked custard canelés, buttery shortbread and spicy honey jumbles. We’ll also have our shiraz grape jam, plum and tomato sauce, spicy salsa and traditionally fermented red cabbage, beetroot and caraway sauerkraut for sale. Any of these can be pre-ordered in advance to pick up on the day.
February markets dates and locations:
Woodend Farmers’ Market (1st Sat of the month)
Saturday February 7th
9:00am – 1:00pm
High Street, Woodend VIC
Kyneton Farmers’ Market (2nd Sat of the month)
Saturday February 14th
8:30am – 1:00pm
St Paul’s Park, Piper Street, Kyneton VIC
Lancefield Farmers’ Market (4th Sat of the month)
Saturday February 28th
9:00am – 1:00pm
Centre Plantation, High Street, Lancefield, VIC
See you there!