Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chicken Suppliers We Love

When you have a coop full of chickens, you have to have a source for chicken supplies. In our area, we have several to choose from. Each one is a great resource. Check them out!

A new local Lake Highlands hardware / urban farming store opened recently and we are big fans! They have all the chicken supplies that you will need to bring a flock to your house. They also have great hardware, tools, plants and gift items with awesome friendly customer service!

North Haven Garden Center has been around for some time. Their staff can offer assistance for all of your gardening needs. They offer high quality plants, garden supplies and chickens. Farmer Dan brings chicks out regularly to sell. Check out their website for more chicken information.

                                               Farmer Dan - Poetry, Texas

A stop into Roach Feed And Seed takes you back in time. This chicken supplier has been in business for 80 years. The facility has largely remained the same, with the original wood floors and the smell of sweet feed.  They have a wide range of items that they sell, from hay bails to seeds to insecticides and chicken scratch. Just an added bonus when you come to shop for chicken supplies.

Trinity Haymarket has been in business for over a year. They offer non-GMO, non-soy, and organic feeds, as well as supplies and tools for the small-scale farmer. They also have many locally grown products that they promote in their store and of course they sell chickens. They were very helpful and even offer a delivery service.

Bill Dougherty and Fred Owen of Trinity Haymarket

At Southland Feed Store you can pick up all the chicken supplies that you need. They have everything from bedding, to feeders to all types of chicken food. The staff is very knowledgeable and can help you with all of your chicken needs.

Tractor Supply is a national chain of stores and doesn't have that local sense of community, but they have chicken supplies nonetheless. You can also pick up some tools and Wrangler jeans when you are out that way.

Eden's Organic Garden Center is very local and in addition to chickens, they offer a summer long CSA or Community Supported Agriculture program. They are open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of April - October, so plan accordingly.

Our community of chicken farmers continues to grow, as does the list of folks who provide chicken supplies. Keep these suppliers in mind when you start off to begin your own flock at home. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What a gift.., 4 days of rain in July!

Texas summers are scorchers! Lake levels go low, huge cracks open up in grassy areas and the tar that patches the roadways actually bubble up. It is a constant battle to keep things green. We had great luck this month with much needed rainfall!

Rain is always welcome in Texas, especially in the summer. Our water tank is close to half way filled. We are hoping that will help us out until the cooler days of September. Farming and gardening are very tied to the weather, rainfall and seasons. It keeps us in tune with nature and the environment, which is always a good thing. Fingers crossed for more summer rains, but you never know in Texas.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Farm Chores And A Summer Work Day

As the temperature heats up, our plants wear out.  So, who better to help spruce up the farm than our Master Gardener friends. They are a machine! The Master Gardeners are great at assessing what needs to be done and then getting it done. We had several families join in the fun and ten teachers dig in too. The first day was spent ripping out the tomatoes and plants that weren't doing well and then on the second day we planted our Fall tomatoes and watered everything really well. We had a great turnout and a lot of fun! 

Our partnership with the Master Gardeners has been wonderful and they are always there to lend a hand. Our teachers and students continue to learn so much from them. We couldn't do it without their support! Thanks Master Gardener friends, teachers and farm families for giving up your summer morning and helping out with the farm chores. We love our community and our farm!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Proud to be an American Farmer!

Happy 4th of July everyone! Today MHE Farmers got to participate in our local July 4th parade. The kids celebrated red - white - blue and chickens too. Our friends from Gecko Hardware joined in the fun as well. We love our community!