Monday, October 5, 2015


RIP Wee Farm 2011-2014

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hens for sale - $8
9 RIR hens for sale, 10 months old. Have been raised free-range, no antibiotics, hormones or steroids.

 Red Creole onions
You know it's been a wet summer...

Homemade grape-nuts

First farm peaches

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Egg Business

I feel I owe it to ya'll to let you know what's going on with the chicken situation.

I'm selling the majority of my flock, keeping just a few back for myself.
I'm trying to "re-align" things in my life, if you know what I mean by that. Just feeding myself seems like enough right now, so that's where I'm headed back to. I'm not meant to be a business person; maybe I should consider myself lucky that money has never been much of a motivator for me (besides wanting to make enough to survive). All the joy has gone out of it for me, and I thought maybe I'm just tired or burnt out, but I realize it happened when I scaled up and bought those 100 RIR chicks from a hatchery this past winter. I didn't love them like I'd always loved my hens-they were means to an end-paying bills and not turning customers away.

Chickens have been part of my life since I could walk; I remember Mom putting a warm chick from the brooder box in my chubby little hands and showing me how to not squeeze it to death. By the time I started grade school, it was my job to feed the hens and my favorite fat, white one I toted around under my arm.

Even up to last year, I could watch chickens for hours, got a kick from just hanging out and feeding them from my hand. I like them enough that I want them to have a great life, eating good food (oh, I switched to oats as feed recently to be GMO-free, didn't mention that), bugs and grass, and going where they pleased. It wasn't financially feasible to fence off the entire six acres for the chickens to roam, and it's not fair (or very sanitary!) to keep 150+ chickens in any stationary pen as far as I'm concerned, so I let them free-range. I figured up that foxes have cost me upwards of $2,000 in lost hens and production, much more since then. But, that lost money doesn't feel as bad as missing Gandolph riding on my feed bucket one morning and realizing she'd been eaten...and Lucy & Lacy, Wren, Sopita, Thing 3, Bubba, Bertha and Nutsy, and on...It's a dilemma-deciding whether you are giving them a better life cooped up but safe, or free and chancing getting ripped apart by wildlife. And I'll admit that my anger over losing so many led me to put aside my ideals about preserving wildlife. The tally is up to a couple snakes and five foxes between Mike, myself and the dog. It will be a relief to not be on alert constantly for chicken predator calls, and to not feel like I'm forsaking part of myself every time I run outside with a shotgun.

So, there's the majority of why I'm getting away from the egg business. I will finish the season for the Statesboro market, bringing soap, pears, whatever mixed veg or flowers I have extra of. The hens went to Hunter Cattle, so I imagine check with them in the future for fresh eggs. Thank you to everyone who enjoyed Wee Farm eggs.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hello All,

Tomorrow I'm bringing pears! There's soap, and if I think it's cured enough, there's a fresh Honey Oatmeal bar and a Toasted Honey Bran, which I've been sold out of for awhile; it's the bar that smells like warm graham crackers. And lip balm, soap baggies, fresh basil, maybe some flowers. I'm going to be very, very short on eggs tomorrow, probably only 2-3 dozen, so first come, first serve.

I will see you then,
Wee Farm

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dear General Public,

In spite of the fact that I live on the farm, the farmhouse is still a private residence. This means that I should not come from the back of the house to find a stranger in the kitchen. If I do not answer the door immediately, this does not warrant entering or peeking in the windows. Also, do not open the door and let the dog out. If I walked into your home and said “oh, I just wanted to look around and you didn’t answer the door,” it wouldn’t be a surprise if you called the cops.

While we’re on the topic, this is not Applebee’s. I don’t appreciate folks parking at the end of the driveway and laying on the horn, expecting curbside service.  

Thank you.

(this was not directed at any of my customers or regulars, these people were truly strangers. If you would like to have a look at the farm, let me know, and I'll be glad to show you around.)

Shaving Soap

I took a peek at the ingredients list for a common shaving soap at a common drug-store, and (in order) here is what I found:

~Propylene Glycol
~Sodium Stearate
~Sodium Laureth Sulfate
~Sodium Myristate
~Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
~Aloe Leaf Juice
~Shea Butter
~Titanium Dioxide
~FD&C Yellow #5
~FD&C Red #40

I was going to look all these up and report on the associations to endocrine disruption, cancer or whatever, but that seems a bit tiring.
And at the danger of appearing pretentious, I'll compare that to ingredients in the Shaving Soap I make:

~Organic olive oil
~Coconut Oil
~Colloidal oatmeal (colloidal is a fancy word meaning pulverized)
~Bentonite Clay (naturally occurring, from the earth, used traditionally by Native Americans, this is what makes the rich, slippery lather)
~Lye (aka Sodium Hydroxide)
~Essential oils (steam distilled from actual plants, no synthetics or perfume fragrances)

It's a round bar that works really well as a refill for shaving cups. Add a nice shaving brush, and you're on your way from disposable, chemical-laden shaving cream cans of the past. It works for ladies, too! :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tomorrow for market I'll have eggs, soap, flowers, lip balm and soap baggies. The Herb Lady won't be there, so I'll bring as much basil and other herbs as I have.

And I don't know that I've mentioned this, but I've transitioned my soaps to 100% Organic olive oil. I buy in bulk from a US company, not from Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, etc. I purchased the paper for labels from a secondhand store instead of increasing demand for raw materials (and the tape from a dumpster). The soap baggies are recycled fabric. And yes, for all the people who have asked, I do use my soap, and only my soap :)


Friday, August 9, 2013

Eggs, soap, flowers, lip balm, soap baggies, a few figs and some pears for tomorrow. See you then! ~Wee Farm

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hello Folks,
Eggs, brown turkey figs, soap, flowers and lip balm tomorrow. I've made a few prototype soap bags from recycled fabric for the market as well-use them to tote your bar home, then in the shower as a washcloth and to keep it hanging dry.
See you all for German day!
Wee Farm

Friday, July 19, 2013

Hello All,
Tomorrow at market I'll have a few brown turkey figs, so come early. I'll also have eggs, soap (a new Tea Tree bar), lip balm (a new Key Lime) and flowers.
Hope to see you all there!
Wee Farm

Watch this TED talk by Ron Finley, the guerilla gardener:

Friday, July 12, 2013

Minty Fresh Soap, Milk-N-Honey (local milk and honey) soap, and Rosemary Lavender Soap fresh for tomorrow. Tea tree with my dried rosemary for next week. Flowers and eggs, too :)

We're water-logged here and the plants seem to be getting tired of it; we're at 23" so far for July! . We'll see what tomorrow brings...probably more rain :)