Updates on native plants, duck eggs, and honey


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This is the time of year when the ducks are really ramping up production – both in terms of number and size of eggs. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are staying safe and healthy in these crazy, uncertain times. With everything changing so rapidly, I wanted to give you an update of some of the changes I’m making with the farm and nursery.

I have decided that I will not be attending the farmers market for the foreseeable future. I love my market and they are doing a great job of making the experience as safe as possible for everyone while still providing access to quality, farm-fresh produce. However, due to the nature of my products, I can’t envision a safe way for me to participate in the market right now.

When I’m at the market, I spend a significant portion of my time talking to people about the differences between duck eggs and chicken eggs, or what the honey bees are currently doing, or how to make a pollinator garden, or what native plants will work best in *your* yard, or identifying cool plants / butterflies / birds / etc., or a million other related topics. I enjoy those conversations and love having them, but those in-depth, in-person conversations aren’t what we need to be doing right now. I understand that and so have made the difficult decision to step away from the market for awhile.

Yellow wingstem is one of the many native wildflower species that I currently have available. It blooms from August to October and is highly attractive to all kinds of pollinators. Beekeepers might be interested to know that some references refer to it as the golden honey plant. Photo credit: Fritzflohrreynolds, cc-by-sa 3.0

But just because I’m not able to go to the market right now doesn’t mean that the plants I started months ago have stopped growing or the ducks have stopped laying. This is the time of year when the ducks are really ramping up production – both in terms of number and size of eggs. Many of the eggs I am getting now are approximately 3 oz each, with a few giant ones that are 3.5 oz or a little more. That means a dozen duck eggs right now could weigh over 3 pounds!

The nursery is also growing rapidly. It’s only the beginning of April and I already have over 30 species of native plants ready to sell! Many of those species are a week to two weeks ahead of where I thought they would be at this point. Not to mention that I have quite a few more species that will be ready over the coming weeks and months. I’m currently on track to have somewhere between 50 and 60 species available this season.

So, that brings us to the question of what am I going to do if I have all these eggs and plants (and a little honey), but don’t think I should be going to the market to sell them? The answer I came up with is to try something new. I’m going to start doing pre-paid, contact-free drop-offs in Bowling Green and Glasgow. Right now, I’m thinking that I’ll probably do them every other week, but that may change depending on how things go.

Cardinal flower is an absolute hummingbird magnet. It needs pretty moist soil but but will do fine near your downspout or in a rain garden or in a garden bed that you already water on a regular basis. Photo credit: Dr. Thomas G Barnes / USFWS, public domain

I’ll post drop-off information on my Facebook page and on my website, and may continue to send out occasional extra blog emails with the information. (I’m debating about the blog emails because I don’t want to overwhelm people with a bunch of extra emails.) I’ve also created a new page (https://shannontrimboli.com/covid-19-response/) on my website where I will be posting the information about the drop-offs and changes I’m making in response to COVID-19.

My first drop-offs will be April 8 in Bowling Green and April 9 in Glasgow. The order form for this drop-off can be downloaded at https://shannontrimboli.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Grassy-Roads-Farm-and-Busy-Bee-Nursery-Order-Form_April-8-9.pdf. I also made a video that talks about my decision to do the drop-offs and gives a behind the scenes tour of the nursery so you can see what the different plants currently look like. If you want to watch the video, you can see it here: https://www.facebook.com/ShannonRTrimboli/videos/3446580548702127/.

I haven’t forgotten all those questions and conversations that I spend so much time with at the market either. They are important and I don’t want to give them up. We just need to change how we do them, that’s all. So, I’m suggesting that people email me or call me to have those discussions. That way I can answer all your questions, but we can do it in a manner that keeps all of us safe and healthy.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you can help me share this information with others who might be interested, I would greatly appreciate it. In the meantime, I hope you and your family are able to stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes,
Shannon

 

 

 



Shannon Trimboli is a beekeeper, farmer, wildlife biologist, and author. She owns Grassy Roads Farm and Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting. Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting specializes in plants and habitat consulting services for honey bees, native pollinators, and wildlife conservation. In 2018, her first book, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, was published. Shannon also writes a weekly blog called Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife. The blog features profiles of pollinators and wildlife, tips for attracting pollinators and wildlife, highlights of different plants for pollinators and wildlife, and life on the farm and nursery. You can sign up to have her blog emailed to you.

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