Funny Farm is Closed

The Round Rock Funny Farm is closed. We've packed our stuff and sold the farm. The new owner was ready to continue growing veggies on the farm and the bees were all moved to new homes.


The New Beekeeper

We have a new beekeeper on the farm! Today was Mackenzie's first hive inspection. She pretty much handled the whole job with only a little supervision. Here's a few pictures of her opening one of our newer hives. This Winter, we'll build a hive just for her. In the Spring, we'll split the hives again and Mackenzie will have a whole colony to manage on her own -though, she has to share the honey.

Keeping bees is pretty easy and lots of fun. If you want to get started you might try grabbing an informative, easy to read book. A beekeeper's jacket is probably a good idea too.


Sweet and Sour Summer of 2012

Well, the farm has taken a bit of a forced break this year. We haven't been growing much and have let most of the gardens go to native plants and weeds. The okra, peppers and eggplants are still doing well as they haven't needed much care. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and herbs have all disappeared from the gardens.

Unfortunately this was all due to a pretty bad injury. While working too hard in the yard and moving some rather large boulders, I managed to detach my bicep from the radius in my forearm. It took a few months of rest, a quick surgery and a good bit more rest in order to get back into gardening shape.

The Dr has released me to start doing some light work again and so I'm hoping to get a small, fall crop in for the year. The plan is to have broccoli, brussel sprouts, various greens and some winter squash all growing pretty soon.

Obviously, that was the Sour part of our summer. The sweet part is we have honey! Our bees have been busy and doing very well making a lot of honey. I harvested a gallon of honey from 4 full frames.

There were a total of 12 full frames. Since we plan on splitting our hives in the next few weeks, most of the honey was left to feed the bees. When doing the splits, each new hive will get a few frames of brood, a few shakes of bees and a good mix of honey and pollen. If all goes well, we won't need to feed any sugar back to the bees.

The honey is quite dark and very delicious. It has a very unique taste and is already disappearing quickly. It's been in my coffee or tea every day since the harvest. I also added a pint of our honey to a batch of mead that's now fermenting. There will be a blog update soon with the progress of the mead.

Location:Sam Bass Rd,Round Rock,United States