Preparation for making kraut involves nothing more than shredding, salting and bruising cabbage. Cram that tightly into a container to ferment without air for a few weeks in a warm (not hot) place and microbes present on the cabbage will do the rest.
A heatwave is headed to the Pacific Northwest next week with temperatures expected to climb as high at 107. To help your chickens survive these potentially fatal conditions, we've collected some of our essential hot weather tips on a new webpage. We want to hear from you, so please email us with your advice.
I want to recognize the hard work and effort that our staff, Dan, Jeremy, and Tonya put-in during this challenging time. They cleaned the brooders twice as often and helped about twice as many customers as usual. As a reward I'm giving them a paid weekend off June 25th and 26th. I am trying to rearrange my schedule so I can staff the store solo but, at a minimum, I'll be able to do deliveries at least one day that weekend to reduce potential inconvenience to our customers.
I wanted to thank everyone who offered to help with the graphic design and branding of the new feed bags. I had no idea there were so many talented people out there! I'm still wading through the over 100 responses that I received that still trickle in. If I have not gotten back to you yet, it only means that the purpose of our connection has not yet revealed itself and that I'm a slow typist. Beyond all that, it was truly touching how many of you offered to work at reduced rates or trade in support of my cause....
In related news, I'm almost done with a another massive expansion of the pullet run and coop at my home! This will double my capacity to move out those awkward, "teenaged" 2-7 week old birds when the brooders are getting crowded. They leave as scruffy fledglings, but return as the much in demand "started pullet" or even more desirable "at point of lay" that we all love so well. I'm going to skip the beetle and go straight for the converted school bus coop next!