Wallabi's Farm: The English Hototogisu Bakery and Farm Blog

Hello, my name is Sara. In 2005 my husband and I bought an old farmhouse in Okayama, borrowed a few fields and set to building ourselves a pleasant rural life. Now, several years on, we have fields a-plenty, what was until the end of 2012 a wheaty bread bakery and is now prepping to be a gluten-free space, and have incorporated our efforts into the Hototogisu Bakery and Farm. Welcome!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

First Summer Veg Harvest of the Season


These first tomatoes are from the cherry tomato plants in the greenhouse. Yay! Hopefully we will have more soon - lots mean semi-dried tomatoes and tomato focaccia and cherry tomato soup and more goodness. 

The view from the front of the bakery: more tomatoes! These are Italian sauce tomatoes, fruiting all at once, rather than gradually throughout the summer, and (we hope) capable of surviving the wet weather to be found outside. Tomatoes in the area are usually kept in green houses or under clear roofs to keep the frequent summer rains from damaging them.

The front field is also planted with corn and bursting forth with volunteer sunflowers and promises to give a very pretty view in a few weeks time.


Sunday, June 05, 2011

Busy Busy Bees

We`ve got honey! Fresh golden honey! The second honey harvest of the year is in and bottled. Beautiful jars of sweetness line the walls of our shop and make my Market Mobile display prettier than ever. Good stuff!

Meanwhile, we are busy as bees ourselves. We are just back from Kyobashi Asaichi (thanks to everyone who came out this morning!), an early morning market we have been a part of since opening the bakery, and the list of to do`s stretches far and wide - chicken fencing to be secured, chicken tractors to be made, the goat run to be relocated, tomatoes to be planted, the wheat harvest to be prepared for and, of course, because it is Japan in the late spring, laundry to be done.

Wanna see some photos of the chicken tractors?

Here`s one for several hens, 1 meter by 2 meters: 

And here is the one that houses the chicks at night. The bottom of this one is screened over to keep them safe, but since it is just chicken wire, bits of greenery poke through. Right now we have it set up inside a larger chicken netting yard, so the chicks (both 2 week old actual chicks and 6 week old no-longer-chicks-not-yet-chickens) can run around more in the day and be tucked in safely at night. Plus, the roof provides rain and predator protection during the day.