Here are some vintage style chicken theme Christmas tags for all your holiday labeling needs! Some are designed with the avid chicken backyarder in mind.
Of course we have a design that will spruce up your egg cartons for the holidays! There is something cute for the winter egg hatcher in your family too.
And to make those fresh or frozen heritage chickens even more enticing for Christmas dinner, we have some nice labels to do the trick. There is a technique in putting the sticker on a frozen bird so if you plan to use these stickers on your sealed chicken in the freezer for Christmas gift-giving, please email us and we will walk you through the proper way to make label stick even on a frozen packed bird.
There are two kinds of files available to download until December 25, 2018. The first one is a pdf file format made using Avery.com with label code 22808. The Avery round sticker labels are from Staples. We got them for less than $15.00 and it included 225 stickers, very good deal and a good investment for your family farm business labeling needs. But it's also perfect for everyday gift-giving or crafting. It's so convenient using pre-cut sticker tags!
The second file is a jpg and this is best to use if you are printing on card stock or a plain sticker paper sheet. You can buy sticker paper sheets from your local dollar store for as low as $4.00 for 8 of the bond size sheets.
If you have the 22808 Avery round label stickers and would want to narrow the above designs to just a few per sheet, "like" us on Facebook and you can request that we send you a specific design in a high resolution jpg file. Requests for a particular design can be made until December 23, 2018.
Special Note: The above stickers can be used for personal gift-giving needs. For small family farm businesses, you have our permission to use our graphics to spruce up your regular product labels as long as you only make prints of 100 or less for each tag. Thank you!
Fall, it doesn't have to be a four letter word!
Here are some handy tips, so you can keep gardening year round.
1. To avoid blight damage to tomato fruit you can harvest your tomatoes green, wrap in newspaper and place in a container in a cool location of the house. Check every 2 days and pick out the good fruit, toss the bad. Nothing better than fresh salsa from your own fruit in the middle of January. Still has that garden fresh taste too! We also suggest removing pears while green to avoid the marks caused by birds and bruising caused by wind and branches. They will ripen at a later date and look perfect for a fruit basket.
2. Use a cloche cover over rows of veggies as well as black plastic or raised beds underneath to draw heat in for veggies that don't tolerate cool nights. No one likes cold wet feet, especially plants.
3. Seeds planted now should be suitable for fall. Check the amount of time it will take to grow fruit. Look for names like winter density lettuce, January king cabbage, fall rye cover crops, winterkeeper lutz beets....there are many things you can plant in fall depending on your location.
4. Buy a greenhouse or a grow light garden to lengthen the harvest. Do not dig up and bring in veggie plants from the yard to the greenhouse in an attempt the save the last 5 pea pods or the 2 remaining unripe tomatoes. You may unwittingly track in a plant disease or non beneficial bugs that will have a better shot at surviving overwinter and wreaking havoc on your spring veggie starts.
5. Donate excess harvest to your local food bank.
6. Sprout seeds like curly cress, peas, or grow microgreens to stay healthy and busy at home this winter.
7. Sell or give early ripened fruit to those needing to substitute as fodder due to recent hay shortages. We suggest beets as an alternative crop for those who have livestock.
8. Store your potatoes in buckets full of good quality sawdust in cool area for fresh potatoes all winter long.
9. Start listing seeds for next year’s crops. Find a seed catalogue and thumb through it for your spring veggies. It can take a good gardener over 10 years to find the perfect veggie selection. Remember you only have one season to get it right per year! Have a plan to maximize your season!
I suggest open pollinated and non gmo to allow for seed saving with larger gardens.
10. Feeding your livestock doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Almost everything you eat out of the garden your animals will eat too! Did you know that if you feed your hens cabbages they will lay double yolkers? Be careful about doing it too much as it will stress your hens out laying all those big eggs!
11.Plant a child size plot later in the season. Children will be impressed with mini crops. Children should grow along side you. Jack be little pumpkins are a great starter. Corn and sunflower planted later season will reach child size height and they will be happily harvesting mini replicas at the same time as yours in the fall. Children want to be included in what mom and dad are up to. Sometimes we forget our priorities around planting and harvest. A personalized garden will keep them busy for days and give them a great sense of accomplishment. And if they choose to feed it to their rooster friends (as our daughter does) it wont affect your dinner this winter.
12.Be a rebel. Don’t follow planting instruction dates. The seasons have been so unpredictable in recent years. The worst that can happen is that your small investment of seeds won’t grow. Although disappointing, If it does you will be crowned king or queen of the garden! Our planting of pumpkins this year in succession (way beyond recommended dates) has allowed us to have an October harvest while most pumpkin farmers have harvested or are letting pumpkins rot and will turn them under in the fall.
Make rhubarb wine to enjoy next year when once again you are sitting around cussing the return of old man winter!
Thanks for dropping by. I'm Matthew Nelson, farmer of Grade Eh Farms. I post on where my love and passion for life intersect with family, farming, food, & chicken for the soul.
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Below are links to websites that gardeners and chicken owners may find helpful and interesting:
Unique chicken coop for a small
Best source for backyard henhouses in BC. Locally-crafted chicken coops made of repurposed BC cedar:
Useful information on raising healthy, happy free-range hens:
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