Goodbye, My Dear Friend Comet

This weekend, I said goodbye to my dear friend, Comet. To most, she was just a chicken.  To me, she was a friend and farm companion. Comet was from our first flock of 12 chickens, when Indigo Acres was established in 2014. She was the first to greet me at the food pan each morning.  She loved to follow me into the hay barn and peck at the leftover treats she would find on the floor.  She loved assisting me on the tractor and would never hesitate to climb aboard.  My heart hurts, knowing Indigo Acres will never be quite the same without this amazing girl. Goodbye, my dear friend…you will be greatly missed.

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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If You Build It, They Will Come: Final

It was Spring 2016 and our farm and garden routines were working out nicely.  Our goal for the year was to keep new additions to a minimum…

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Wifey won’t notice a few more ducks!

Building Indigo Acres, over the past two years, had been a nonstop adventure! We admitted we were a bit tired and ready to have a routine.  But, Spring meant only one thing…baby animals!  A few new additions would not throw off our routine, right!?

 

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Welcome Tuck, Ozzy and Finn!

Keeping with the theme of “minimum changes” for 2016, we decided to begin raising our own meat chickens.  (As you have probably figured out by now, we are not very good at sitting down and just going with the flow!)  Raising clean, healthy and chemical free food is one of our main goals at Indigo Acres.  For more information how and why we raise meat chickens, read…  https://growingself.blog/2017/06/30/fruit-and-curry-chicken-salad/

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In only 8  short weeks, these Cornish Rock chickens will range between 7.5-8.5 lbs when processed.

Since we decided to begin our meat chicken adventure, why not add raising turkey to our adventure list!

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We only raised 3 turkey our first year. As much as I enjoy birds, I have to say that the turkey is not one of my favorites.  Regardless of their personalities, they tasted yummy!
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Our chicken flock grew and grew!  Look at those beauties!!
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Our duck collection continued to expand, as well!  Have I mentioned how much I love duck eggs!
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Ophe was no longer a puppy!  She had become a bear!
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Growing Up…

The gardens continued to grow and expand. Our fruit trees, although young, provided us with some beautiful, organic fruit.

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Apples, Asian Pears and Peaches!
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2016 was a salsa year!  We canned approximately 75 jars of salsa!
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2016 was a prolific berry year!  We made black raspberry, raspberry and blackberry jam!
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As the holidays approached, I enjoyed creating some of my favorite treats to share with others.  Who doesn’t enjoy rock candy and fruit pies!
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         There would be one more new addition for 2016…Meet Murphy!

2014-2016 was proof that hard work, determination and passion pays off!  We had followed our dreams and made them a reality!  The foundation of Indigo Acres was strong and would only grow more beautiful and unique with passing years…

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Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Just because it is snowing outside does not mean two crazy ladies won’t find a way to grow tomatoes indoors!  We love a challenge!

If You Build It, They Will Come Series…

 

Do What You Love…Love what You Do!

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Indigo Acres, Est. 2014