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Some of our favorite things

Here is a short list of vendors we have found to be extremely helpful in our homesteading attempts. Enjoy!

Omlet  This is the chicken coop we started with. A fully enclosed, plastic (read easily cleanable!) double insulated, varmint proof chicken coop. We love ours! We quickly outgrew it because we have more than 4 chickens now but we use it as a brooder for new hens each year. we just love it.IMG_20140717_181948







AZ Apiaries For the Love of Bees Bees, supplies, hives and most important successful experience! Right here in Connecticut! It’s nice to have someone local so when you catch a swarm of bees like this you have somewhere to put them!

Blue Sky Bee Supply  An online Beekeeping resource that we lean on regularly. Owned and operated by the family of my dear friend Heather.


Shelter Logic  On our little urban homestead we needed a sturdy, legal and relaible shelter for our rabbits.  This company shipped it right to the house and my husband and son assembled it in two days!20150712_164616





My Pet Chicken A wonderful resource, also right here in Connecticut, for the Backyard Chicken.  Everything from brooding lights to chickens!  We have had great success with everything we have ever purchased here, even our little peeping chicks that come in the mail! Nothing better than getting a phone call from the post office at 5:45am in the morning! You should get backyard chickens. Here is why.


Those Jersey Girls…

One of the absolute BEST things we did last year was purchase a CSA share from our local raw dairy farm Deerfield Farm.  Every Wednesday we would argue over who would get to go pick up our milk, yogurt and soft cheese.  Mainly because we loved to hang out with cows.

IMG_20140723_154318These girls are real special.  They are loved, have a clean place to live, and see all that green behind them? They get to eat that ALLLL day!

So that means we get to bring home delicious raw milk that has an amazing cream line.

And we get all the health benefits of raw milk, plus the peace that comes with getting fresh air, listening to cows low and watch them frolic and play in the sunshine. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I cannot wait until it is milk CSA time again. It is coming up soon!






Syrup and Eggs and Bees! Oh My!

OK, so the slow winter we were imagining has been anything but!

We have spent a good part of each day dreaming, asking ourselves if we can SUSTAIN the daily commitment it would take to care for these things, praying on it, and then of course…NOT PROCRASTINATING on making our purchases so that we can be successful stewards of the money we are spending and the lives of the creatures we are getting ready to acquire. With all of that said here is what has happened at the Sunshine House this week:


  • We completed our list of seeds to purchase at our local Baker Creek Store Comstock & Ferre  – we are headed there on Sunday to pick up everything we can locally then will order the balance online from www.rareseeds.com – because come Feb 10th we start indoor seedlings!
  • Spoke to the Beekeep at www.fullbloomapiaries.com and made our bee colony (nuc) reservation (purchase) for May.
  • More importantly -we made our reservation at the Introduction to beekeeping class at the Eastern CT Beekeepers Association www.myecba.org which starts February 11th.
  • Researched and decided on our laying hen purchase with a local vendor in Monroe CT! The company www.mypetchicken.com offers everything we could need – we are going with 4 Rhode Island Reds.
  • Picked out our chicken “tractor” –  a coop with a fenced in run which can roll around so your hens pasture fresh ground every couple of days. (this means yummy eggs)
  • Ordered our maple tapping kits from Leader Evaporator Company at www.leaderevaporator.com. We opted for the traditional galvanized buckets – it is more sustainable than the plastic bags and tubing which have become popular.


So it looks like syrup production in February and March, Chicks in April and May, then we get the bees at the end of  May. Then it’s time to start gardening our brains out.

We have made some big commitments here. Bees and hens are both sensitive creatures and need daily attention and care in order to thrive. I am truly blessed to have a husband and son who are so brave and enthusiastic about this entire urban homestead. God willing we will have a gallon or more of syrup by the spring, a bounty of honey throughout the year and plenty of yummy yummy eggs to share. All of this in addition to our garden which we tripled in size!!! (gulp) – I see a LOT of asparagus quiche in my future!!!

We have put all of these tasks in our Calendar of Events at the top right of the menu bar.  You can follow along in your own urban-stead or even come on over and help 🙂