Howdy from the HillTop! The end of the summer marks so many different things: prepping for high yield harvests, preparing for back to school, and in many counties across the country...the annual county fair. I have so many memories of going to the county fair with my family. I learned all the different breeds of … Continue reading Head on Down to the County Fair!
Greetings from the HillTop! Are you gardening this year? The benefits of gardening outweigh any aversion to not having a garden. There has been a local food movement over the past decade and the pandemic kept moving it forward. People were home and bored, looking for things to do. To pass the time, people started … Continue reading Garden Extras
Hello from the greening HillTop! Spring is here! Although it is a typical Western Pennsylvania spring, one day we have seventy degree weather and the next we have snow. The great outdoors cannot seem to decide what it wants to do. Spring is underway based off the garlic growing my raised beds, not to mention … Continue reading Ready to Spring Into Action
Hello from the Hilltop! These two past years have been some of the most unexpected years with the global pandemic. In the beginning, the unknown was so scary that it changed how many people handled normal life. People looked for ways to deal with childcare, schooling, work and managing a new way of doing simple … Continue reading Post Pandemic Homestead Changes
Hello from the HillTop! Like many parents, I deal a lot with introducing my children to a variety of foods. In some cases, my daughter could be considered a picky eater. She does not eat a variety of what is deemed "kid food." Even though, she eats a wide range of foods at home. While … Continue reading Vegetables Your Kids Will Unknowingly Eat
Greetings from the HillTop! Since the beginning of 2022, one of the major headlines is how bad inflation is getting. Now with the conflict breaking out between Russia and Ukraine, it seems to be getting worse. However, if you are your household grocery shopper, you were already seeing and feeling it for months. Grocery store … Continue reading 8 Food Cuts During Climbing Costs
Have you been wanting to start a garden? Did you have a garden before, but felt overwhelmed? Check out our latest blog on gardening questions to help you narrow down what you need.
Salutations from the HillTop! As I state often, many of our readers are our customers. I like to highlight a flock member regularly so you can truly take knowing where your food comes from on a different level. Our second year of chicken keeping, 2018, we decided to more than double our flock. We had … Continue reading HillTop Highlight – Agatha the Amerucana
I sit here and type this as the sun is shining in the early morning in Western Pennsylvania, which gives me hope. Spring is here, summer is just around the corner. My garlic is starting to show it's scapes, potato plants are getting bigger and strawberries are flowering. My main garden isn't even in yet. … Continue reading Supporting Farmers Markets
Hello from the Sunny HillTop! There are so many happy aspects to having a backyard flock. The happy sounds and colors they bring to your yard as they move around eating bugs. The fact that they keep the tick and other bug population at bay. Your ability to feed them leftovers and other kitchen scraps … Continue reading Danger in the Backyard