I often get asked what we "grow" on our farm. This is little difficult to answer because we are really a homestead, not so much a single product farm. So what does that mean? We are really trying to produce as much of what we eat as possible. I remember when we started this journey my friend Ellie said, "soon you won't even have to go to the grocery store!" At the time I thought she was crazy but as we continued to try new things, it really became our goal. We are not there yet but each week, I feel like we are moving in the right direction.
In order to buy the things we don't or can't grow ourselves (coconuts do not like North Georgia weather) we sell things that we grow or make on our farm. We often grow extra produce in the summer and grow out a few extra meat chickens or rabbits to help offset the cost of feed for them.
We also have gotten pretty crafty on the homestead. I make and sell all natural soaps, skin care, and deodorant. My husband makes hardwood charcoal, pots bulbs for gifts, and tans the rabbit pelts. We are working toward getting our cottage food license to be able to provide our Saturday customers with biscuits, bread, and other goodies. We will soon be looking for people interested in purchasing goat shares that will allow them to have the milk from one of new goat moms. Eggs are another hot commodity around here. I can cook eggs a million ways to Sunday and plan on doing a blog post about it soon. Eggs are also a great way to reduce your meat consumption.
We are also super excited to participate in the Statham Homestead Trail this weekend. In honor of Earth Day, we have several things we have found to reduce consumption for your home. We will have reusable cloth napkins make from recycled materials, glass water bottles to reduce plastic waste, and insulated thermal tote bags to reduce shopping bags that seem to end up everywhere. Come to farm from 8-4 on Saturday or Sunday to shop, tour, and love on some baby animals.
Vasek and Brooke
We are thrilled to share our homesteading successes and struggles with you. There's a steep learning curve here and we are ready for the challenges.