Come see it for yourself...
It took the whole crew to get it this far along... Take a look at the progress...
My kids were so helpful!
What a hard working family farm!
Here we are in the heat of July putting down the footprint for our permaculture herd share garden. For a few years now, we have been learning the basic principles of permaculture. We are working in harmony with nature to develop and grow our very own Eden right here in the backyard.
At this point we are far from finishing this design, but it is from this start, that we plan to at least be up and ready for next springs planting season.
So here is the start to our new gardening development at SlakMarket Farm.
I for one just need a beautiful place to work hard in
and be able to enjoy that space visually.
Along with having the benefit from growing our food there.
This is how it all went down so far...
1. Prep-work, base cardboard
2. Compost mulch from our cows.
3.Decorative gravel paths
4. Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
5. Lets not forget the deck space...
Last year when I shared our backyard herd share garden idea many people expressed an interest in donating plants to the herd share garden.
These included plants and pollinating flowers that have grown too large for their space, may no longer be desirable for the owner, mature landscape plants that are being removed to make way for new plantings, small fruiting trees or plants that were owned by friends or loved ones.
Now that we have gotten off to a good start I want you to know that any plant donations to the garden are most appreciated.
The donations will be transplanted to the herd share garden or repotted for the patio seating areas on the property.
If you are interested in donating plants, please email or text prior to bringing them out to the farm. (Any identifying information of the plant would be most helpful.) As always I appreciate your input so If you would like to contribute knowledge or life lessons, we "Count It All Joy" and will be happy to accept your tips and noteworthy advice!
Leave it right here in the comment section.
It is all Greatly Appreciated!
I hope you find yourself somewhat inspired by all this work we did over the past week.
We wanted to highlight this experience and show that making our garden does not have to be a box that we dread going out to tend to.
Lord knows I've been there!
When it comes right down to it, you will find that most of the time,
"it's all in the name".
This past year has brought many changes for the farm and herd share. Navigating the ship has brought me into untraveled waters. Some things have happened that I never expected or experienced before, but I am am thankful to be right here!
This is especially true for our online presence. Running a website, this blog, facebook, etc. It's all so cool and engaging.
Now since we are better-established with a stronger presence. I feel it is time to stop forwarding over to the old "SlakMarket" domain when you go online for your "real milk".
If you haven't already noticed most, if not all, of SlakMarket Farms media and ads, are URL branded with the “Real Milk Lexington”
… but have you ever wondered why? ...
I have always felt that we had chosen a unique farm business name going with SlakMarket.
S.L.A.K. being the initials of our children's names, it is definitely our identity... but it doesn't tell the whole story about our farm, nor should it have to.
Thus we chose “Real Milk Lexington” as the right URL branding.
It has the personality to tell the whole story and back it up.
After all, the right farm name starts a great conversation and the perfect farm branding keeps that conversation going. That being said, moving forward, we are only using
“ RealMilkLexington.com ” for our website URL.
It is so easy to remember and in a few words, it tells the whole story!
Real Milk Lexington explains the Who, What, and Where of our farm!
Please remember to pass it around when you talk with others about the
awesome Halal Herd Share and Raw Milk Community that you are a part of!
Our next cheese class is underway!
I hope you are as excited as I am!
It is still full steam ahead!
So Say Cheese!
Our very own Brooke Jennette will be attending as a guest expert
in explaining the ends and outs of cheese and its history.
I will be at the helm, leading the session from an actual
cow milking demonstration to making farmers cheese
from that fresh, off the cow, raw milk.
That being said, please be prepared to sign the agreement to be an owner of the herd share if you wish to eat/sample the raw milk/cheese.
The annual $5.00 owner signup fee is included
in the admission price of the cheese class.
No monthly boarding is due unless you decide you can't live without our delicious creamy milk...Lol, "Believe me, it happens!"
Cheese class is held at the farm in our farm store!
Saturday - August 18th, 2018
If I’m gonna $tack more Cheddar, we Butter get ready to make some raw changes. Everybody Say Cheese!
It’s all so exciting - but I’m learning that there are some things I just have no time to get to.
Yall know a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
“time” really is “money”.
Now in my case, there's not a whole lot of both just laying around.
Money comes and goes, and Time does not wait for any of us.
So we gotta keep it movin.
It's alive and by itself, with a little “TIME”, turns into something amazing!
Things like Cheese & Butter!
They are two of the favorites in our raw milk products.
Everybody loves and wants it!
I just don't have to make it happen... TIME
So this is it... I Quit!... But I'm “Quitting with Style!”
class sessions here in the farm store.
Join me and others in this raw milk community and learn to make delicious butter and cheese whenever you need it!
Using our Amazing Fresh Raw Cream and Raw Milk!
From now on we will only offer cheese and butter on special events, classes and occasions.
If change is actually a good thing then boy are we in the lead and win!
There are so many cool things going on here at the farm. I've hardly had a minute to write this blog post. Each new change has been a blessing and also a deep lesson. Here are a few and believe me the list goes on. Make sure you click on all the links. I have posted some pics and videos of all the cool stuff like...
- New chicks have arrived,
- Got a new cow to introduce,
- Return of our good ol’ goat Lottie Dottie,
- We are at the final completion of the farm store and the milk kitchen.
At least I’m not out in the barn 24-7 running a mickey moused
maternity ward for 48 Ewes going into labor!
Not to mention, I got sprayed by a skunk in the barn
while I was busy “riggin up” that maternity ward.
Then there was the bottle feeding in the “orphanage” of sweet baby lambs
that were, for whatever reason, not acceptable to their mothers.
Talk about sleepless nights and all the while tending to a new heifer
- that would be birthing her 1st calf any day as well.
Well, I’d be tellin a lie if I said: “the raw milk gave me the energy!” Lol Heck, we didn't even have any milk at the time! All I know is that we made it through the madness that comes with March!
Growing up I remember folks use to say “March comes in like a Lion and out like a Lamb” that can have many meanings for different reasons but now it definitely does resonate with me.
I also need to tell you about our current milk issue! Due to drying off the new cow and an increase in memberships, we are currently on a strict milk rotation. So if you want to join the Herd Share and avoid the waiting list. You'd better sign up soon. Shares are becoming increasingly popular and we are almost completely full.
I hope you enjoy the links above. Don't forget to leave a comment below! I like to hear from you!
It was a pleasure to meet all of the wonderful folks who came out to the
“Farm to You CSA Event” last week. I must say this city is full of great people!
I want to thank you all for your interest in our raw milk herd share and signing up for the free membership drawing.
So I don't ever worry about a title.
However, getting FREE stuff is always great! Lol
The winner will get a free 1st year membership to join the herd share
(a $25.00 value).
We pulled 1 name from the hat this evening, '
and the winner of the drawing is….
to get onto my email list and start your journey with Real Milk Lexington.
The Ancient Wisdom & Nutrition in
of animals that in modern slaughter facilities we are
taught (and in some states legally made) to discard/throw away.
We have long forgotten how to use or cook with these parts
Let alone the spiritual and medicinal reasons
for using these parts for bone broth.
When you feel no connection to the life of an animals that you eat
makes it very easy to dismiss that they are living creatures with feelings.
Thus we are less likely to be concerned with its care, its emotional
and physical conditions. Or any other aspect of how it leaves the world.
raising these animals, LOVING them very much, and then killing and processing them for our food.
To use every part of that animal "was and still is" the most respectful thing that we can do for having taken its life for our own nourishment.
I know that you are doing your best to manage
life and most of all you are working hard each day
to make a positive impact in our world.
All that being said, It’s totally possible to add a daily bone
broth habit to your life without having to invest hours
each week on simmering and packaging it.
So if you want the benefits of bone broth,
but really don’t have the time (4-12 hrs a week) to make it yourself,
our premade broth could be the perfect solution for you.
If you haven't already done so, click here , to come along this journey with us and have...
In preparation for this post, I was humbled by
the pulling of my ancestral memory.
I thank God for my great aunt Hennie May.
She was a master of food medicine, who sat at the helm of a
huge black pot over an open fire in her yard.
Born in 1905, she lived to be 104 years old.
She is one of many of my ancestors who have held a torch for this fire
to burn in my soul and having passed this calling down to me.
nutrient-dense foods in the world,
that has a nutritional profile, unlike any other food.
Would you be as excited as I am to make this superfood
your top resolution for 2018?
want to invite you to join me in the...
We are rolling in the New Year with new boarding fee structures.
I've worked very hard to find the best ways to serve you. I believe there's an option here for everyone. It’s easy and affordable to be an owner of a share.
As your farmer, I am equally committed to doing my part for you as well.
more and more people are drinking raw milk every day.
**These are the exact nutrients your body desperately needs to function, and it's also exactly what's missing in the Standard American Diet.
***So if you give your body the complete nutrition each of your cells are screaming for, your cravings stop, your body feels fully satisfied and energetic even while losing weight quite rapidly.
So whether you're into doing resolutions or you are just ready
to make a real change that improves your health and well-being.
Consider these three tips to increase your chance for success.
1. Make your intentions clear and set realistic and measurable goals
2. Hope -without action- don’t get the job done!
I mean if you say that you want to eat healthier...
Well what does that really mean, and how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Instead, Plan something like:
- Join a local Raw Milk Herd Share and start getting real milk and real probiotics.
- Eat real pastured eggs and the meat of animals of whom you have a true invested interest in. You see/know the farm and conditions of their care... " Wow, now how "Real" is that?"
- Start the seedlings for a Non-Gmo garden, or support a local farm in the area that grows for you.
3. Let improved health be your reward!
When you find that you have more energy, stronger immunity, a healed gut, better skin, and more! All because of this one real change in your diet.
You will be saying "God Bless the Cow!"
(Looool, I seriously say that like- everyday!)
You and your loved ones will walk in good health.
You will feel and know the difference.
Now here’s the start for a commitment you can stick to:
2. We love to hear from you. So please share your progress! Stay engaged with the Real Milk Lexington Community. Come out the the farm for classes and get involved.
3. Take a look at the recipes here in the blog. Then come back and share comments on what you made, how you feel, and your thoughts about it.
Check back every month as I will have a new recipe for you to try.
With that, I wish you a very Happy New Year!
A Woman Farming
in Service to You!
Along my side stands four youngins and my husband who always has my back.