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Pecan and Peanut Festival remarks

As I write this it’s about 3 a.m. Sunday morning and we still have another day ahead of us at Mitchell Farms for the final day of the Peanut Festival. Last weekend we did the Pecan Festival at Fulmers Farmstead in Richton, MS. Both events have been busy and we’ve ran out out of shampoo bars and three scented soap bars. I removed several items for sale from this website until we have time to replenish our stock.

Between our day jobs and other demands we can’t spend as much time on production as we would like. We currently need to produce about 500 more soap bars to prepare for the holiday season ahead. This will require a full Saturday of work and several late evenings in the very near future.

The Pecan Festival in Richton was pretty slammed last Saturday. There was a 3 hour period around lunch where I can’t even recall seeing the stage area across the meadow. Apparently there was a band and a talent show and we never even knew it happened because we were so busy engaging with customers. Sunday morning around 8 a.m. there was a church service and some of the most beautiful singing I’ve heard in a long, long time. We had a great time and the kids enjoyed it as well.

Yesterday was the first day of the Peanut Festival at Mitchell Farms and it was busy. LOTS of children and lots to keep them entertained. We had a decent day and had several repeat customers from last year. It was quite humid and cloudy all day. Right at 5 pm we scrambled to put our soaps away because a hard rain was approaching. We barely got things safe and dry when the bottom fell out.

Our fall seasonal ‘Autumn Trail’ soap sold out quickly and we didn’t have the chance to even list it on our website. It was our first time making it and didn’t know how well it would be received. The pumpkin spice soap we made for this fall has been a good seller and we should have some available at the Pumpkin Pie Festival on October 16th. It’s the second year Williams Farm in Wiggins, MS has put on this event. I’m interested to see how it turns out. I assume there will be a lot of pumpkin pie.

Otherwise things are pretty normal around here. Kim plans to check the bee hives this week and there may be some fall honey that needs to be harvested. My herd sire, whom we call ‘Hank’, has done his job in breeding the four adult nanny goats (at least I assume he has for all the blubbering that went on out there). I kept my two young does away from him during this time. They are only 8 months old and I don’t want them pregnant this season. So I figure we will have baby goats around here sometime in February. They should be a fine lot.

I hope the cooler weather is suiting you, although it’s not really been cool enough. So far we’ve only had a few nights in the low 60’s. This week looks like more days in the 80’s and plenty of humidity to go around.

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Husband, father, and general workaholic. I like to write about our lives here in rural Mississippi, my family, and our activities around the farm.

Comments

  1. Just wanted to do a shout out for Emma Wilder Farms.
    They are one of the sweetest families I’ve ever met. They work hard and have included their children in the business. It is great to see parents include their children. The children work on the farm and help with sales. They are learning about working, earning money, spending wisely and running a business.
    I am so blessed to have met this family, and you will be too.
    If you get the chance to meet them, you will fall in love with them as I have.

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