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Our Farmer’s Market Cargo Trailer

We’ve added another piece of labor-saving equipment to our fleet. It’s a 6×12 foot, single axle cargo trailer. It has a side door, as well as rear double doors, lights, jack-stands, and an added plywood interior.

This past winter, we evaluated the past season, and were planning the next year’s business. The topic of continually loading and unloading the truck came up. Each week, we’d have to load the market display on Tuesday night, then unload it at the market, reload it after the market, and finally unload it again when we got home. With 2013 bringing two markets a week, we began calculating the work, and the risk of injury. After all, some pieces of the display weigh 50 lbs a piece.

Knowing we would be reimbursed for the hoop houses, and also knowing there would be a hefty tax refund, we began looking at cargo trailers.

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Cajeta: the nectar of the heavens

Have you ever tasted something that you thought must be the nectar of the heavens? Yes? Then you know “cajeta”!

No? Then you really need to search some out. Better yet, contact me and I’ll see about getting you some.

Since Four Country Gals is raising milk goats, I was looking into a cheese venture. However, after carefully planning, pricing, checking on all the regulations, considering the market, and looking at my competition, I’ve chosen to back away from the goat cheese venture.

I’ve found a much better use for goat milk. Combine it with sugar, cook it for hours until it caramelizes, add some flavoring, and you’ve got a taste of heaven.

Now, cajeta is a traditional Mexican desert sauce. It’s most famous home is Celaya, a small town in central Mexico where dulcederos ply their wares, making goat milk caramel by the copper pot full right on the street.

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4 Week Market Subscription now available

It’s official. We’re doing the “4 Week Market Subscription” plan.

Bev will be at the IFA (in the same shopping center as Staples) Saturday, Feb 16 with Mom’s Farm Fresh Brown Eggs. Our hens have been incredibly busy. That’s the regular location of the Year ‘Round Farmer’s Market.

She will have flyers there, explaining the details. It’s really pretty simple.

You pay $40, and then you get to shop 15 minutes before the markets open, getting first pick of your choice of veggies, eggs or berries (in season). You can choose any number and kinds of items totaling $12. You get a 20% discount for committing to a month’s worth of Certified Organic Produce, eggs, and berries.

If you have a large family, just double your purchase to $80, and you’ll get to select $24 worth of stuff each week.

As you may remember,

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It’s the “Year of the Farmer”

So, what does that mean to the Four Country Gals?

To us, it couldn’t come at a better time. As we’re working our butts off to get ready for the market season, race to finish the hoop houses, dive into kidding and lambing, then planting the gardens, settling into the summer routine, it helps to know we have help with all-around marketing, through the “Farmer of the Year” campaign.

For example, take yesterday’s Super Bowl Ad, “So, God Created a Farmer.

God Created a Farmer Click to watch. Share and Dodge will donate to the National FFA (Future Farmers of America.)

We’re Chevy owners. Personally, I’m a Ford person. That ad was good enough to make me temporarily forget what trucks we drive, and want a new Dodge Ram. My Dad used to sell Dodges. I remember,

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No resolutions, taking action on 2012 plans

Documenting the day… January 1, 2013.

We awoke to negative temps (around -10 or so). These temps are continuing since before Christmas, around zero or so at night and maybe slightly above freezing during the day. It’s not high  enough to melt the snow/ice off the new hoop houses, so all we’re doing outside is chores.

No need for resolutions this year. We have more planned to do than we have time.

Continuing projects from 2012…

Finish the two 52 x 20 double-skinned hoop houses. We got one skin on one house before the  second snow storm, but temperatures have been too low to thaw the drifts that built up against the south side, let alone thaw the frequent snow showers from the top and north side.

Install the pellet stove in the aquaponics greenhouse. I peeked at the fish this morning and they have ice forming on the top of their large container.

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.


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