The goat herd is starting to show the effects of the drought now. The only green out there is the weeds. Wish I could buy them some mineral, a little corn every day just isn't enough with the lack of good forage.
Well, I'm just $90 short for the farm, talked to the bank, when I miss the payment I'll go into default and have 90 days to make up the missed payment. I'll still have to make the other payments tho. With the coal mine coming, they won't have trouble selling the farm if I don't find a way to do this. The local government and the churches won't help me so I don't have too many choices. Seems like the farther down you are, the less options you have. Can't sell jams, jellies or bread via the farmers markets here, no large critters either. Fresh herbs but nothing dried or dehydrated. Need a cottage exemption to sell prepared foods and label everything. While it's easy enough to get the exemption, just a 2 day sanitation class and a test to prove you understand it, you have to have money to do it all. Again, hard to get much done with nothing.
My tomato plants are covered in green fruits, wish they'd hurry up and ripe up already. It's looking like a good crop, even with it being so hot and dry. I'm doing what I can to keep them going tho, of all the crops to lose, the tomatoes will put a huge hurt on the dinner table. Plus, tomatoes always sell well. If I manage to hang on here, next years garden will have produce that market sells. Never really thought much about that before, always just grew for me to feed us all.
Did I mention it's really hot? I wasn't looking forward to it being this hot so quick this year. usually it's just July and part of August for the oven house. Missing that extra month of cool weather puts a damper on rabbit production and egg production. This is just a lousy year all around, especially for those of us without a/c.
I'll be out in the blackberries again this evening. Without rain, the harvest is looking pretty lousy and the berries are small. Wish the chiggers would be less. Those nasty little ticks don't seem bothered by the lack of rain either!
Yes, all of 2013 and part of 2012 are missing from the blog. You can thank Mike H for that. Almost all of those posts were about our great friendship and our partnership in farming. You all know how that turned out!