July and August 2013 Update

[singlepic id=170 w=320 h=240 float=left]Good news everyone! Lick Run was recently highlighted in a Roanoke Times article, “Salad Days.” With a great 1/4 page shot of Rick at the farm. We are quite happy with the publicity and positive feedback we have heard. It will be available shortly at our In the Media page. The article also features other local markets and does a great job highlighting the local food movement that is growing in Roanoke
The Lick Run family has recently had two new additions. The first is Yes, a new chicken we have welcomed to the flock. Her parents had decided to thin out their birds and we were able to save her from the stew pot at just the right time. She was at the bottom of the pecking order at her last home, but has come to fit in with our zen chickens. Speaking of zen, Rick was away for 10 days recently learning to practice Vipassana meditation. The Lick Run family keeps a daily meditative practice to promote personal wellness. [singlepic id=169 w=320 h=240 float=right]

The second addition to our family is Ester, a Nigerian Dwarf goat. Her previous owner had decided to take some time away from farming and he was looking for a new home for his best goat. I made the offer and a few weeks later Ester rode with me to her new home. She seems very happy and is not only a beautiful animal, but also is very friendly. We are fortunate to have been able to adopt her.

This year’s tomato harvest has been a challenge for a many local farmers. With the heavy rains and overall high humidity blight ravaged many farmers’ crops. I had two plots of tomatoes with 30 and 70 plants. On average the 30 plants produced more tomatoes than the 70 plants, but we were fortunate to have an abundant harvest. After market I was able to produce some sauce that I froze and stored for winter. Tomato butternut squash soup is one of my favorite dishes for a cold evening.

Enjoy the last month of summer and make sure to get your fall crops started ASAP!

All the best,
Hunter and Rick.

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