July 31, 2016

The Farm

Here we share lots of pictures and information about Cartecay Farm. The farm is open three days a week, Friday-Sunday, from 10:00 – 5:00, please come and visit. We are open Monday – Thursday appointment only, please call 706-637-2002.

For a more complete tour click on a picture under Gallery and press the play button and just sit back and enjoy.

 

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Here’s our farm house in early spring, our favorite and busiest time of the year.

 

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Here’s a picture of the hen house (Cluck-Cluck Farm). Our hens are very spoiled!

 

Here’s an Io moth on my pant leg! Could anything be more beautiful and amazing?

 

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And this is the pole barn and farm store. The rabbitry is on the left and the goat nursery, milking area and main relaxation area is on the right.

 

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And here’s the main goat shed. Notice the loft that runs along the back wall, the goats love it.

 

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This is the original goat shed. We outgrew this really quick!

 

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This little guy’s as busy as a …..

 

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Here’s the buck house. It’s attached on the back of the hen house.

 

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This is the little mountain stream behind the house, full of fish, frogs, salamanders and crayfish. It’s crystal clear, clean and cold year round, even in July. The sound of the water over the rocks is beyond description. The stream begins a few hundred yards up stream in Osborn Mountain and feeds into Turkey Creek which then feeds into the Cartecay, hence our farm name Cartecay Farm.

 

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This is our goat nursery. It’s a perfect place for kidding, dry and protected inside the pole barn. Our goats love the igloo.

 

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One of the blue bird boxes. Here’s the dad feeding a chick. If you look close you can see the chick with it’s beak wide open. We were blessed this year with a total of four bluebird clutches!

 

A Cartecay Farm still-life. Flowers from Jordon (for Leslie on Mother’s Day) and arranged by Lisa.

 

Here’s a plate of chanterelles that were growing under a large oak tree right outside our kitchen. How convenient is that? Chanterelles are arguably the finest gourmet mushroom in the world, they normally cost several hundred dollars a pound. Never eat wild mushrooms until you make a positive identification!

 

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And here’s the two milking stands under the pole barn and our main R&R area.

 

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A squash bloom in spring. Look at that saffron color!

 

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Thank you girls!

 

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A Cartecay Farm Breakfast. Three free-range organic eggs, organic bacon (we bought 1/2 an organic hog), Leslie’s homemade bread/toast (see the recipe at right), Leslie’s homemade goat cream cheese (see the recipe at right) and French all-natural raspberry preserve.

 

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Here’s a cardinal’s nest tucked in our tomato garden. The chicks fledged the day before I took this picture.

 

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The gate into Rabbit Row the rabbitry.

 

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Leslie gets credit for this beautiful shot! It’s an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.

 

Tiny Spring wildflowers in the backyard

 

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The farm house in high summer. Everything is SO GREEN!

 

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This is Romeo our little yard bunny.

 

We just finished having severe flooding rains and I was going back into the house when I saw this!

 

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Bella found this beautiful little guy in her pen. It’s a young black rat snake and they are called ‘the farmers friend’ for a good reason. Black snakes really help keep the vermin and poisonous snake population down. Since we’ve been living here I’ve never seen a poisonous snake on the property. I gently picked it up and moved it away from Bella – she was not happy with a snake in her pen.

 

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Here’s the buckling pen, in the pole barn, with the field to the left.

 

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Picked these this morning. We love fresh home grown tomatoes!

 

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We do get snow here! This was January 2016.

 

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An okra blossom in full bloom. For those who have eyes to see.

 

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Here’s a beautiful garden spider having lunch.

 

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We heat the house almost entirely with wood. We typically cut, split and stack six cords of hardwood each spring- it’s great exercise.

 

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Saw this Clymene Moth on the outside rocking chair. WOW!