Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Though gardening season is over for most of the United States, the Florida growing season is just getting started. This year, the Gillaspie family is experimenting with a grow-bed garden. We planted assorted greens, squash, and other vegetables. So far, we have had limited success in our battle with the bugs. Jayla and Jayma are getting used to their morning routine of worm squishing. The collards seem impervious to all attack, or maybe bugs just don’t like collards. Fortunately, we do!
During the cooler months, we make cinnamon creamed honey. This has turned out to be not only a family, but also a customer favorite as well. This year we turned 20 lbs of our raw honey into a jarred product. Creamed honey is honey that has been allowed to crystallize in a controlled fashion. We thoroughly mix already crystallized honey into liquid honey, then add Saigon cinnamon. Next, we pour the honey into jars, which we put in the refrigerator and allow to “set” for at least one week. This produces a creamy, spreadable treat.
When our latest batch of pullets went in with the hens, our friends bought 150 broiler chicks to put in our moveable pens. Broiler chicks, which are raised strictly for meat, are not nearly as interesting as pullets raised for egg production. All broilers want to do is eat. On the bright side, this makes them much easier to care for. They don’t try to escape, and stay close to the food. Right now, the chicks weigh over 3 lbs each. Stay tuned to see how this project turns out.