We love it out here at Sweetlove Farm! It is a constant source of joy, adventure and peace - and yes, sometimes challenges and stress. But we wouldn't trade it for anything. Farmer Phil finds peace in his work out here - it is his passion.
This year Farmer Phil produced 2 batches of broiler chickens totaling about 400 birds, increased his laying flock by 75 birds and continued to rebuild his sheep herd since starting back from the drought. The best part of Farmer Phil's week is setting up shop at the Lawrence, KS, Farmers Market every Saturday to sell his eggs and broiler chickens. He has an ever growing group of loyal customers that he looks forward to seeing each week. We might be biased, but Phil raises THE best eggs around! Oh and he shares his passion for cookies each week as well - he bakes and sells about 200 of our homemade sandwich cookies (chocolate and oatmeal). He loves to spread cookie joy!
The increasing demand for Farmer Phil's delicious eggs means he will increase his flock by about 400 birds this year, selling close to 200 dozen eggs per week at the Farmers Market, local grocery stores and local restaurants. We are very excited for this new phase of raising pastured poultry.
Despite the fits and starts of continued construction on the house, Phil made progress this year on both the exterior and interior. He completed interior mud plaster walls upstairs to finally close off the master bedroom (yippy, we finally have a bedroom with a door!) and began work on the master bathroom shower. While he has started the new year with a renewed energy for completing the upstairs master bedroom and bathroom, he will take a short detour to the basement to complete an emergency construction for the washer and dryer relocation (did I mention never a dull moment?).
Phil also made progress this year on much-needed repair of the outside mud plaster under the east and west eaves. He will complete preparation this spring for corrugated metal siding to protect the plaster.
And playing the role of support staff, Sally painted some interior walls in the kitchen for fun.
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