Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Goofy Goats

Do you notice something strange about my goat? 


She really, REALLY likes pumpkin. Luckily for her, we still have a few left from the 2012 harvest.




The chickens like pumpkin, too--but this was a very cold, windy day, so they ran out after the pumpkin, stopped in their tracks, and turned right back around and crowded back into the hen house. I took pity on them and put a bunch of pumpkin inside for them. 

Other than occasional treats, life at Red Wicket is pretty slow paced this time of year. I'm spending a lot of time with my seed catalogs, dreaming of spring. I always plant my old standbys, of course:
  • San Marzano paste tomatoes
  • Sun Gold cherry tomatoes
  • Brandywine Pink, Cherokee Purple and Big Beef slicing tomatoes
  • Butterbeans soybeans to eat as edamame
  • Sweet Gourmet Lebanese summer squash (light green, and WAY tastier than regular zucchini)
  • Sugar Snap peas
but everything else is open to experimentation. That means that I spend literally HOURS debating the pros and cons of various varieties before I finally make my seed order. I'd better hurry since I need to start the tomato and pepper seeds next week. I'll let you know what I finally decide. There is one guarantee--my seed order will be WAY larger than I initially planned, and Mike will roll his eyes at me. :)