I haven’t been posting lately because, well, I’ve been busy.

Here’s what’s been happening…..

THE QUAIL

The City has closed the case on our quail adventure and we will not be fined.  Jolly good of them.  I still don’t know which neighbor turned us in, but I am looking forward to finding them and talking to them about the concept of community.

The quail are all moved over to our son’s farm and they are happy. The new aviary over there is almost completed.

And we are now immersed in the farmers’ market phenomenon.  Every Saturday, Bev and I sell quail eggs and goat cheese at the West Olympia Farmers’ Market….our eggs are also being sold on Tuesday at West Oly, on Wednesdays at Steilacoom Farmers’ Market, and on Saturdays at the U-District Farmers’ Market in Seattle.  I hope our quail can keep up with the demand.

In other words, all’s well that ends well!

Yesterday we did our first Steilacoom Market.  Busy place, about 2000 people…sold some stuff, met som people, enjoyed the sun and scenic setting….good times!

THE CHICKENS

Our chickens are about done with laying eggs. They are all three years old and it is sporadic at best this summer. The folks at the Urban Garden Center tell us that’s to be expected….three years of good laying is great. Anything beyond that is a bonus.  They are about to transition from “working pets” to just pets.  Will we eat them now that they are done laying?  We named them, for God’s sake. That should answer the question.town_142

GREENHOUSE

It’s a work in progress.  We still have to buy the plastic to enclose it, but the workbenches are all built, so we’re getting closer to completion.  We need to plant the fall harvesting plants soon, so stay tuned…..

MY BOOKS

We may be selling my novels at the farmers’ market soon….that would be cool.  I’m busy increasing my supply of them and preparing point-of-sale merchandise for marketing.

THE TO-DO LIST

Oh God, I have to make an arbor for the grapes, which have gone crazy this growing season, and we have to harvest the berries, and the greenhouse of course, and I don’t have any firewood for the winter, and ……I’m tired just thinking of it all….

But it’s a good tired.

BACK TO THE FARMERS’ MARKET

town_918Here’s the thing:  I really enjoy them. I enjoy meeting like-minded people who are interested in healthy foods grown organically.  I enjoy meeting people who would rather spend a little extra money for locally-grown food and locally-produced products.  I enjoy meeting people who are actually concerned for the environment and our community and want to make a positive change.town_912

And it’s kind of cool, working a booth, selling items made by our family….the eggs, the goat cheese….a real family effort, capped off with one of Bev’s sons providing live music during the market….

This is what community should look like.  Community isn’t giant box stores and impersonal clerks….community is neighbors spending time with neighbors, and bartering, and sharing ideas, all of which fosters a sense of belonging……

town_914Yep, I really enjoy it!

SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD

Have a great week….have a great month….have a great life!

Bill

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20 thoughts on “Busy With Farmers’ Markets

  1. So pleased for you Billy. Sounds like you have taken another fork in, the road. I love that! The beauty of life is that it never seem to stay the same! Imagine in one were stuck in a rut and thought there was no hope of ever getting out of it. Help!

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    1. I think, Sally, that would be incredibly sad. I’m just grateful I found this path and have managed to make a go of it.

      Thank you for sharing some time with me.

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  2. Thrilled for you both Bill. My my, look at you now doing the markets like I have been doing. I have loved them too but a bit disappointed with amount of craft sometimes, predominantly food at many. Love the buzz though, meeting like minded people, and getting feedback/sales on my goods, even the Mickster enjoys and has been fab support. Continued success to you and selling your books too would be great idea!!

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    1. Irish, for sure, they can be disappointing. There are some good ones and some bad ones, and good sales days and bad sales days…..sigh….we just keep moving forward, Irish.

      Say hi to the Mickster for me and hugs to you.

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  3. I am absolutely envious and overly thrilled for you at the same time. It must be nothing but fun to be at the farmer’s market with your produce. Yes, let’s hope your quail can keep up with production. Way to go, Bill.

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  4. Marlene, like chickens, they take the winter off. Fowl like this need about fifteen hours of daylight to produce eggs. Chicken and quail “farms” run artificial lights the year round, and the birds will continue to produce, but it also shortens their lives and is costly to run that electricity for the entire year. We prefer not to do that and settle for eggs six months out of the year.

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    1. I guess all animals need a break. As I was reading your reply, I was hoping to hear you say you would not try to artificially force them to produce. I like the responsible and loving way you treat your animals, Bill.

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  5. Bill dear friend, your diverse way of life is an enviable joy. Farming, doing what you love to, blessing your fellow man in words and deeds. Oh freedom living! If it would not be a sin, I would envy you. (no really).

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  6. Michael my friend, I am blessed indeed. Makes me wonder why I even complain occasionally. I really have nothing to complain about in my life.

    blessings always, my friend.

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  7. Hello Mr. Bill,

    How wonderful to know that your quail egg business is thriving, and that you won’t kill your chickens:). I didn’t know someone filed a complaint about your business. That is nasty but I like the fact that your reaction was to wish you could graciously talk to the person about community. Chances are, if you had done so that person would become a better person because of you. It was a missed opportunity on his or her end. I’m happy at any rate that the case has been resolved well.

    I just finished an article for a client, and was looking through my mail. Your blog was a breath of fresh air, and a wonderful way to end my day.

    God bless you and Bev,

    Mona

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  8. Thank you Mona! It’s so nice to hear from you. I just don’t have it in me to argue and get upset with people anymore. I wish our neighbor would have handled things differently, but I can’t control what others are doing.

    blessings, my friend

    bill

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  9. Now, see? That’s what I’m talking about: a geriatric chicken farm! That’s exactly what would happen to us if we had chickens! LOL
    When we moved into this house, the former owner (who passed away) ran his own grocery store here in town. He seemed like a really cool guy. AND he had grapevines.
    This house was empty for six years so most of the vines didn’t survive the lack of care and the weeds that overtook them. But one did. Unfortunately we tried to transplant it to an area that would be “safer” and not get all infested with the poison ivy that was growing all over it…but it died.
    Our neighbors were so thrilled that we built a grape arbor, though. They talked about how the former owner would make wine for the whole neighborhood – using everything from the grapes to the rhubarb plant that’s still growing in our garden. 😀 So, they got together and bought us a new grape vine.
    Guess we’ll be making grape juice and trying to figure out how to ferment it…
    Anyways, it looks like fun over there. One of these summers we’re going to take a road trip and come see ya!

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  10. Well Lil Sis, I hope we live long enough for that visit. LOL Great that your neighbors bought you a grape vine. I love that….great neighbors.

    Busy here. Off to the farm to finish the aviary. See ya! Hugs and smiles coming atcha!

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  11. How wonderful to see what you are accomplishing in the markets! From quail eggs to books, there is so much I would buy from you there 🙂 Glad to hear you are enjoying the adventures!

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