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Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 02-11-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
I see what you did there, clever. :thumb: :D: ...

I see what you did there, clever. :thumb: :D:

No, my neighbors are too far away, and are never home. They have regular jobs. Unlike me, the ďartisan bakerĒ.. :D:

Thank you for the kind words....
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 02-11-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Homestead Bakery Update Been a while I have...

Homestead Bakery Update

Been a while I have been able to post. Just been busy. Since my last update, I have had two, new opportunities.

Along with my bagels, I am now supplying the Downtown...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-11-2020, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Just curious, is your regular Market year round? ...

Just curious, is your regular Market year round?

I was invited to a couple Christmas Markets, but they were on Saturdayís, so a no-go for me. I canít justify giving up my predictable Saturday...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-09-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 130,061
Posted By FarmerChad
Yeah yeah....:D: I actually forgot that I...

Yeah yeah....:D:

I actually forgot that I even commented about the Red Robin maters. Hereís what I can tell you about them.

1. They grow well in a 10-12 inch hanging basket.

2. They grow...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-09-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
After dinner, last night, I got the Bagel Fridge...

After dinner, last night, I got the Bagel Fridge put back together and running. The part arrived around 3:30, so I worked on it for a bit, then waited to finish up after chow time.

It took about...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-08-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Oh I understand. I guess you just have to decide...

Oh I understand. I guess you just have to decide what works best for you. The key take away, you have a variety of products to offer. You might slowly eliminate baked goods, item by item, until you...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-06-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Life always seems to throw a curve ball, just...

Life always seems to throw a curve ball, just when you think you have it all figured out.

Yesterday morning I loaded up the dehydrator, time to start making my famous Garlic Jalapeno bagels...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-04-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Interesting conversation I just had. My Wholesale...

Interesting conversation I just had. My Wholesale Bakery customer contacted me to let me know how many Bagels she would need for next week. She let me know that this fall she wants my famous Jams,...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-04-2020, 05:22 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Your welcome. Itís a pretty useful tool in the...

Your welcome. Itís a pretty useful tool in the kitchen. The only ingredients you need to be careful with, Yeast. You certainly donít always need to increase it. A slower rise can impart some nice...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-03-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 130,061
Posted By FarmerChad
Have grown Red Robin before. Itís a spitter.

Have grown Red Robin before. Itís a spitter.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-03-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
https://i.imgur.com/HRmj60Wl.jpg Out of the...

https://i.imgur.com/HRmj60Wl.jpg

Out of the oven. Well, for a while now. After it cooled a good bit, I put the loaf in a plastic bag. In this instance, Iím using a plastic bag to soften the crust...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-03-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
https://i.imgur.com/jxoFa5El.jpg Another...

https://i.imgur.com/jxoFa5El.jpg

Another loaf of bread. This is what I spend a lot of time doing. Research. In this case, Iím trying to bake the perfect loaf of white bread. It needs to be tasty,...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-03-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Thank you, but I will disagree on one point....

Thank you, but I will disagree on one point. ďInstinctĒ. My instincts were holding up red flags galore. :D: I chose to ignore the red flags.. :rolleyes:

I really had no idea if the product would...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-02-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,151
Posted By FarmerChad
I couldnít help but notice that we have some...

I couldnít help but notice that we have some spring onions popping up in our yard, here and there. But then our weather has been so mild, itís no wonder.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-01-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
New Year, New Plans Hard to believe that...

New Year, New Plans

Hard to believe that 2020 is officially here. I feel like 2019 was such an awkward year, but it flew by as well. For me, 2019 was the year that everything changed.

Regular...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-31-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Possibly. No benefits, and you have to take...

Possibly. No benefits, and you have to take payment in Bread, Cheese, and or Sausage. Vegans need not apply. :D:



It took a lot of looking. I searched high and low. Finally, by complete...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-28-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
A few pictures, since itís been a while. Someone...

A few pictures, since itís been a while. Someone asked a while back if I was still making sausage. Oh yes. Sausage indeed. Itís a great seller at the Market. Also, after a lot of hunting, I found...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-28-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Yep, Iím making it. Iíve just been...

Yep, Iím making it. Iíve just been extraordinarily busy. Lot of time is spent on research and recipe development.



I hope to start posting again as well.

No Market Today

The Market is...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-26-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
BakerChad is still alive! :D: I havenít had...

BakerChad is still alive! :D:

I havenít had much free time, until now. Mainly because of the Holiday time off.

The Saturday Market is the usual, very steady flow. That hasnít changed....
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-26-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Now days yes, I do offer packets of cream cheese....

Now days yes, I do offer packets of cream cheese. I buy them from my wholesale distributor.

As far as metric goes, once you get used to it, itís a-ok. It makes it far easier to scale recipes up...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-21-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Todayís Market This mornings market was...

Todayís Market

This mornings market was fantastic as always. A little chill in the air, I started the morning with a flannel shirt. The sun warmed up fast though.

Customers were a little slow...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-17-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Posted By FarmerChad
I have ordered from Agriculturalsolutions.com......

I have ordered from Agriculturalsolutions.com... they custom cut to your dimensions. They offer several options as well. Tinted, Anti-drip, etc.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-17-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By FarmerChad
Dehydrate or make into tomato sauce. I did that...

Dehydrate or make into tomato sauce. I did that the first year I grew way too many sweet 100s.:D:
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-16-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Continuing on.. ...

Continuing on..

https://i.imgur.com/l0ayRyzl.jpg

Place dough on pans, cover, refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours. This is critical. Dont skip this step. You might notice the bagels are still a little...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-16-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Bread, Part 1 Bread is the stuff of life....

Bread, Part 1

Bread is the stuff of life. For most folks, its comfort food. Lets start there. I plan to do several Bread posts, covering several types. We may have to live thru rough times ahead,...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-16-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Finally Slowing Down Doing 3 Markets a week...

Finally Slowing Down

Doing 3 Markets a week has left me with little time to do much else. Almost becoming a full time job.:D:

I decided after several weeks of examination, the Tuesday Market...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-03-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Funny how it works, isnít it? My Saturday Mkt....

Funny how it works, isnít it? My Saturday Mkt. started slow as well. Then once the customers started showing up, Katy bar the door.



Gotta love trading with others. Farmers Mkts. have their...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-31-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
So itís been a couple weeks... The bagel...

So itís been a couple weeks...

The bagel business has really taken off. So much so that for the Thursday and Saturday Markets I donít worry about regular breads. I just focus on Bagels. I did...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-19-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Glad to hear your Saturday was ok. Wishing you...

Glad to hear your Saturday was ok. Wishing you speedy recovery on the surgery. My wife had Cataract surgery a couple years ago, so take it easy. :thumb:

Saturday Market


As always, Saturday...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-16-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Ya' know, I really dont know what the results...

Ya' know, I really dont know what the results would be. The crust style im planning on is NY style. Its pretty darn thin. Im not sure if prebaked would have too much advantage. Perhaps I can explore...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-15-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Oh I appreciate any and all ideas. :D: I did...

Oh I appreciate any and all ideas. :D:

I did think about that, and it was part of the initial idea. Two problems though.

1. Cookie sheets are not always consistent size, nor same baking...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-14-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
I understand about time constraints. I dont own...

I understand about time constraints. I dont own any animals, other then the house Cat, but I couldnt imagine what my schedule would look like then. Seems like you have a plan, and that plan works for...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-13-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Im glad you think so highly of me.. :D: ...

Im glad you think so highly of me.. :D:

Sometimes we have to just look around and see what we have that can solve a problem. As I said up above, I know a couple places where I could go to pick up...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-12-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
I dont know where time goes.. I do know I dont...

I dont know where time goes.. I do know I dont have much of it, right now.:)



If I have enough Cherry Tomato's, then yes, they go to the Market. But honestly, me and the wife have been scarfing...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-06-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 130,061
Posted By FarmerChad
Glad to hear they are still going strong! ...

Glad to hear they are still going strong!

Better Boy and Celebrity have never done well for me either. Never. Interesting observations on the Homestead. I do recall the year I grew them, I had a...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-04-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 130,061
Posted By FarmerChad
Couple questions for ya.. On the eggplant,...

Couple questions for ya..

On the eggplant, what would you say is the average size?

If i recall, you mentioned about trying some tomatoes closer to your house, to avoid the Nematodes? Maybe im...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-04-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Pretty much two options. New York style, or West...

Pretty much two options. New York style, or West Coast style. I figured NY was where its at.





Well, ill admit that i have struggled as a produce farmer. Some years are good, some are bad....
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-03-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
I have no doubts ill sell more. 3 Markets a week,...

I have no doubts ill sell more. 3 Markets a week, I was asked by an uncountable quantity of customers about Cream Cheese. I like the fact that the cream cheese comes prepackaged. The packs look like...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-03-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Im tell'n ya, we have the worst internet service....

Im tell'n ya, we have the worst internet service. Finally able to get back on.



Thats one of my problems. I sell plants in the Spring. Every week customers come by to tell me how great they...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-01-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
You have effectively ran into the Summer Glut....

You have effectively ran into the Summer Glut. This happens when your customers own gardens start to come into production. They essentially have no use for your product, no matter how great it is. I...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-29-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Stock Piling Parts One of the most common...

Stock Piling Parts

One of the most common comments about anything we own that is mechanical, stockpile parts. You never know when your going to need them. That rings true for me too..

Last Fall...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-29-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
Tomato review and update. Although I haven't...

Tomato review and update.

Although I haven't mentioned it much, I do still have tomatoes growing out in the high tunnel. Which is pretty much a miracle considering I haven't been watering or doing...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-29-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 130,061
Posted By FarmerChad
The cool spell has been a blessing, that's for...

The cool spell has been a blessing, that's for sure. Beautiful zinnias by the way.:)
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-27-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 109,775
Posted By FarmerChad
So I haven't had much time to post about this...

So I haven't had much time to post about this weeks Markets. Here's the run down..

Tuesday was rained out. It started thundering and lightning early Tuesday and I just called it off. We had some...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-26-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By FarmerChad
Been a couple years, but I believe 1gph on each...

Been a couple years, but I believe 1gph on each bag. 36 bags. These dripped several times per day, due to having 2 tomatoes per bag.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-24-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By FarmerChad
I will agree in general about this. But I think...

I will agree in general about this. But I think the quantity of nutrients your storing gives you a little leeway. I was storing and mixing in the 300 gallon tank. Clearly, it's translucent. Not dark...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-23-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By FarmerChad
I used Masterblend from Morgan County Seeds. It's...

I used Masterblend from Morgan County Seeds. It's a 3 part so you will also need Calcium Nitrate found at most Feed Stores and Epson Salts. Other stuff you might/sorta need to make life easier..
...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-23-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 130,061
Posted By FarmerChad
If I recall, you got all the Jupiter Seeds I had....

If I recall, you got all the Jupiter Seeds I had. :D:
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-22-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 130,061
Posted By FarmerChad
I had interesting results with pruning peppers...

I had interesting results with pruning peppers myself, last year, I think. It seems like it's more variety dependent then anything.

Ah, Jupiter. One I vowed I would never grow again. :D:
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-22-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 867
Posted By FarmerChad
That's painting with a broad brush. There have...

That's painting with a broad brush. There have been studies that focused on Arsenic, which is what most folks think of. Trouble is, arsenic doesn't migrate very well. Most plants don't absorb it very...
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