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Old 08-05-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: New York
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Just curious, if there are ppl here who are doing that? MY wife and I currently love gardening, growing fruits and vegtables. It seems each year our garden has gotten larger and larger. One day if and when we move to De. we would like to expand on our growing, trying to live off of what we grow.
Dont worry , we are not extremists or looking to live off the grid! lol. Just trying to know where our food comes from, and what better way than to grow your own. Also, are there farms that sell organicly fed cows? I know up here we can purchase a slaughtered cow raise off of the grass in thefirelds .
We keep reading about southern sussex county being a good location for this type of set up. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Just curious, if there are ppl here who are doing that? MY wife and I currently love gardening, growing fruits and vegtables. It seems each year our garden has gotten larger and larger. One day if and when we move to De. we would like to expand on our growing, trying to live off of what we grow.
Dont worry , we are not extremists or looking to live off the grid! lol. Just trying to know where our food comes from, and what better way than to grow your own. Also, are there farms that sell organically fed cows? I know up here we can purchase a slaughtered cow raise off of the grass in thefirelds .
We keep reading about southern sussex county being a good location for this type of set up. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
Well, Delaware is primarily an agricultural state, and we're only 97 miles long, .....so, there are lots of farms and farmers, mostly Kent & Western Sussex Counties. Kent County has a large Amish Community, and Sussex County Greenwood area has a Mennonite community. Organic everything is plentiful here. I buy fresh churned butter, buttermilk, and have bought free range chickens from the Amish, and I suppose they also sell beef from organically fed cows, since they don't believe in weed sprays and pesticides. Of course, they fertilize with horse, cow, and chicken manure. Our own farm consisted of 160 acres, until we turned into "city people", not to our liking, but we could no longer afford to feed the land, the cows, pigs, chickens, horses and ducks... and not pay our bills. Actually we're not in a city now, but a tiny town. So, I can relate to what you are asking. We don't call it 'homesteading' here. We're just plain farmers.
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:00 PM
 
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Rdlr...please tell me where can i find all those wonderful home grown/made goodies you mentioned "fresh churned butter, buttermilk and free range chicken"....wow....did not have them since i left my grandmother's farm, many years ago :-( I am in the process of moving to Middletown, and i am willing to drive 1hour or more to buy fresh grown, true home grown produce. I found some stands on SR 1 south, in our way to Rehoboth, but it was not much (still better then I have seen in a long time:-)
I am so liking Delaware so far:-)

Thank you!
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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Rdlr...please tell me where can i find all those wonderful home grown/made goodies you mentioned "fresh churned butter, buttermilk and free range chicken"....wow....did not have them since i left my grandmother's farm, many years ago :-( I am in the process of moving to Middletown, and i am willing to drive 1hour or more to buy fresh grown, true home grown produce. I found some stands on SR 1 south, in our way to Rehoboth, but it was not much (still better then I have seen in a long time:-)
I am so liking Delaware so far:-)

Thank you!
The Amish people I go to farm outside the towns of Camden and Wyoming, and also west of Dover. There are many, many Amish here. When you see the sign out, you can stop and purchase from them. Most have little stands at the end of their farm lanes, and produce is sold by the honor system. Take what you want, and drop your money in the can. For buttermilk, etc. if you wait a couple of minutes, someone will come out of the farmhouse and you can ask if they have buttermilk, eggs, chicken, fresh pies, and such. So when you go, try to take change and $1 bills.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:46 AM
 
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Thank you....i will do just that....keep my eyes open and have lots of $1 bills :-)
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