I am back! It’s been an eventful month since I last posted on Gay Gourmet. Summer comes, and I find myself completely overwhelmed with everything happening on and off of the farm. We have big plans happening over the next few months! We will be expanding the agricultural acreage of Legend’s Creek Farm, fencing off another 5 acres for our goats. We are up to 21 beautiful goats, and counting, and by fencing off these acres, I will save myself valuable time by not having to keep the brush clear myself.
Our soaps have become a huge success. We were invited to the Providence Flea a few weeks ago, and we almost completely sold out of soap. I took a little hiatus due to the heat, but we will be back with our soaps the second weekend of August. We were also invited to William Sonoma in Garden City, RI and will be there on Saturday August 10th to sell our soaps and canned goods. Even more exciting, Amazon accepted us to their exclusive Brand Registry, and you can now buy our products from them.
We wanted to let everyone know that the Foster, RI Old Home Days is happening this weekend. You should take a ride out to Western, Rhode Island and see how beautiful our town is. Last year we won 3rd place in the pie baking contest with our Verry Berry Cherry Pie, and this year we are hoping to take 1st place!
We thought our gardens were going to suffer this year due to the overwhelmingly hot month of July we had. Everything started to look bad, but we were surprised to see how well everything is doing, and it is completely thriving!
I could eat carrots all day, picked fresh from the ground. We love to grow a variety of them, and kids who visit our farm just love the different colors! The above photo was snapped this morning, and that isn’t even an 8th of what we have left to harvest. We are also planning a second crop of carrots for the Fall. Root vegetables do wonderful in cooler temperatures, so we are expecting a ton of beets, onions, and carrots to be ready right around Thanksgiving.
Corn and squash have been on the grill almost every evening here at the farm. I have to say that my husband is a bit spoiled. He works very hard being an attorney, so he deserves nothing less than the best. I find that growing corn is very easy, and since it loves nitrogen, our goat compost gives them a real growth spurt. Squash grow like weeds, and I have yet to find a soil that it doesn’t thrive in.
Tomatoes are by far the toughest crop to grow. You need to keep them staked, and off the ground. If you don’t cut off the suckers that grow from the sides, then you end up with a total mess. We like to grow our tomatoes up. We use stakes in the ground, and a rope trellis that we tie the stalks to as the plant grows. This allows continued harvesting, well into the fall if the plants are able to survive insects and drought.
There has been an awful lot of calls lately for people looking to visit the farm and meet the animals. In the past we have not allowed it because our insurance company said we couldn’t, but we are in the process of shopping around for farm insurance which will allow us to be more inviting. We hope to share everything we have built and make some new wonderful friends.
It’s almost time for me to get back to cooking, and sharing some of our recipes! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our stories, and the photos, and we really hope you will try our soaps that you can buy from our other website. Thank you everybody for your continued support, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!