Today Jess and I went into Traverse City for some supplies. It being a cold cloudy day, it felt good to be away from the farm. In Traverse we acquired valuable items like a heat lamp for the soon to arrive chicks, some Carbon-Fluorescent lights to reduce our electricity bill, 100 pounds of potatoes to plant, some chicken and duck feed, 1 mile of wire and and charger for an electric fence. We were all sure we wouldn't need a fence the first year, but every day there are more deer prints in the field and the stories abound of whole gardens consumed in a single delicious night. We also learned that baby ducks cannot eat most baby chicken food. The medicine in the chicken feed kills the ducks. We bought un-antibiotic laden feed so the ducks will be all right. Of course we also stopped into Right Brain Brewery for the best beer in the state --- and got free samples. We also visited my old friends at the Michigan Land Use Institute where I was mistaken for a pirate!
Now it it back home to Northport where Jess has Knitting club.
Yesterday we planted 2000 onions and 500 tomato seeds.