The bad news first. For many years, a trip to the local Farmer’s Market was a disappointment. When my kids were younger, I would go to the Farmer’s Market to supplement the fruit and vegetables from my garden. I was met by tents full of jewelry vendors, artists and musicians. Occasionally during the winter time, I would find a vegetable vendor. But normally they were a conventional farmer from the far reaches of the valley.
Here is the good news. In the last 5 years, what people are referring to as the “backyard homesteading trend” has provided lots of excess fruits and vegetables for people to share with their friends or to pack up and sell at the Farmer’s Market.
I went to the Farmer’s Market last Sunday for the first time this summer. I begged Steve to go with me. I was glad to see that there were a few vegetable stands. While Steve was browsing through the tent that had baked goods, I was looking for lamb.
Though I did not find lamb, I did find duck eggs. It has been years since I owned ducks. I had Pekings and Mallards (think Donald and Daffey). They are very noisy. I have been looking into the Muscovy variety because they do not quack. They are a large duel purpose breed (eggs and meat) and are very good mothers. The perfect water fowl for a small homestead. They also dine on ticks. Though I do have them here, I have heard that they can be a problem in the desert dirt.
Why have I not acquired any ducks at this home? They are just as full of personality as a chicken and they play well with others. But they love to play, eat and poop in the water sources. All of them. My goats will not drink dirty water. I do not blame them. When the goats lived here, the ducks would have to share the pen with the goats.
Steve loves ponds. He plans on building a pond, complete with fish and pond plants. So there will be room for ducks in the future. Until then, I will buy him duck eggs at the Farmer’s Market once in awhile.