You can find Grama Sue's Rainbow Eggs at:

The Hy Vee on Agency in Burlington, IA


Wednesday - Friday 9am to 1pm at the farm 1/2 mi east of the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High then 3/4 mile North on 1050.

Wednesday 3-7 pm at the Painted Corners on HWY 96 in Lomax, IL


7 - 11 am Keokuk Farmer's Market at the mall

Monday, June 28, 2010

On the Farm Mondays!

Make your Mondays a little brighter. Pick up the kids (or the kid in you) after work and head out to the farm to visit with us! We'll show you our gardens, how eggs are candled, the chickens, the baby geese and pick fresh veggies and herbs for you while you visit!

Today we still have some tomatoes and sweet corn from our friends up river, and of course we always have eggs, muffins, cookies and noodles! Grandma Whitson says she'll have some fresh pies (probably still to hot) and we have peas, beets, kohlrabi, lettuce, zucchini, dill, basil, cilantro, oregano, sage, parsley, thyme, garlic, and turnips ready to pick!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Economic Realities

We probably lost a customer this week. A lady had seen a movie in which a large hatchery disposed of baby roosters in a gruesome way. She asked if we hatched our own chicks. We don't. We order from a hatchery and we order female chicks, probably contributing to this gruesome problem.

We would love to hatch our own chicks and grow all the roosters up to edible size … but there's this big problem … OUR GOVERNMENT WON'T LET US! In order to sell chicken in stores across state lines, we have to have them processed at a USDA plant. The closest one is more than 200 miles away. To sell chicken in state, we have to have a set up comparable to a USDA plant minus the full-time USDA inspector.

This would be no problem if we knew we had the capacity to sell enough birds to make the trip or build our own set up, but 1000 birds at a time would be about the break even point. That's not including our labor. We are a small farm. We don't have the capacity to run that many birds and even if we did, it would take time to build up enough of a market to get them sold.

We need 300 new hens a year. We would have to hatch a minimum of 650 birds a year to ensure that we have enough hens. That would leave us with at least 300 roosters in our freezer a year. We like chicken, but not that much! We need to be able to sell at least 150-200 birds every year to be able to hatch our own.

I've been researching how to set up a USDA plant here because I hear so many people requesting free-range chicken. So far, I just haven't been able to come up with a feasible plan. The really sad thing is that it is OK for a “good” poultry processing plant to sell contaminated poultry. See: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-05-11-safechicken11_ST_N.htm

I've seen how chicken's are processed in those plants and although I've never tested the chickens I process, I'd bet they'd beat any plant processed bird hands down. A small farmer who is doing his own processing is far more likely to care enough about his end product to do a good job than someone employed by a large company. Everything the small farmer owns and has worked for is at stake. At worst, the employee might loose his job and get unemployment for a while till he finds another job.

OK! Rant over. Talk to your representatives about this!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Baby Geese!

We have baby geese today! They took 5 out for a walk earlier. I have a video of that but can't get it to play on Blogger for some reason. I went out later and she was back on the nest. The five they had taken on a walk were hiding behind the tire and there were 2 more in the nest. I think she's still hatching!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Home Place Hours!

You are invited! Grampa and I decided we should have a few market hours at the home place, so we will be opening a farm stand in our garage on Mondays from 4-7pm. Go to the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High on HWY 96 and follow the signs!

I told Grampa I was going to announce our new little store to the world today. Please be sure to tell him you saw this when you come from New Zealand or wherever!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Friday, June 11, 2010

At Hy Vee Tomorrow

Will be doing a promotion at Hy Vee in Macomb tomorrow! Come see me!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue