Monday, December 8, 2014
Excited to welcome our newest rescue animals, Outlaw, and Mordecai (proud to say Mordecai was named by son Evan after the falcon in The Royal Tenenbaums).
Outlaw's the handsome, shaggy off-white macho guy in the back; Mordecai the dark brown goofball up in front.
They're just as fun and fluffy and huggable and playful as they look: both creep up behind me now on tiptoe, then take off running just as they get up close and blast on by me to the barn. Both rear up like goofy broncos when they hear a sweet scoop of all-stock being scraped up out of the trash-can. Outlaw thinks he's the tough guy, and lounges out at night in front of their gate until I bring him in - putting up a tough, fluffy front for all the coyotes.
A long way from Peru now, but they seem like a perfect fit; all we can say is hola, y'all.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
(move over emus - it's angry-Chi-Chi)
The Carroll family has raised cattle & pecans in Camp Hill, Alabama for 30 years, at times having upwards of 300 head of cattle & 40 acres of pecans. We've been leasing our land to others for several years, but excited to be repossessing all pastures this spring. Look for big developments at Carroll Family Farms, soon.
We're happy to be sharing studio & residency space with Chef Chad Mueller (formerly of Bloodhound, The Yellow Hammer, and ACRE, in Auburn), as well as several other active local artists, doers, and makers with close ties to the Alabama arts community (welcome, Kortni and Daniel). We look forward to pop-up restaurant nights with Chef-Chad, more printmaking & furniture building from the studios of Daniel & Kortni, & launching other ventures with new friends and residents, shortly.
(newest rescue resident, Outlaw!!!)
Newest crop: Spring 2014 peaches.
(loud & proud)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The largest of our four spring-fed lakes: Little-Land Lake.
New Peach-tree, with camp-hill yacht.
Camp Hill regatta (spring, 2014)
Our kids on Little-Land lake.
Daddy & Ava (spring 2014)
Our pastures are covered waist high with 30 years worth of fescue, rye and zaorse grasses - happy hunting grounds for local eagles, large packs of coyotes, owls, hawks & the occasional 6-foot rattling snakes. Four spring-fed lakes are loaded with all natural (not stocked) bass, crappie, catfish, and bream.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Carroll Farms has been blessed to have many different animal friends & interlopers in addition to our native hawks, turkeys, coyotes, eagles, deer, geese, turtles, flying squirrels, toads, and owls. Newest addition are our bossy yard-CHICKENS:
Chi-Chi, Violet, Daisy & -
(frolicking, wildness always appreciated)
Darling-Baby-Goats of spring, 2012.
(frolicking, wildness always appreciated)
Ferdinand. The BULL.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
In addition to the winningest teams in college football, Alabama is famous for her sweet and rich pecans. The Carroll Family raises three varieties of pecans, with a uniquely sweet and buttery flavor that emanates from the Camp Hill hills.
Our farm goods have been featured in several local premiere restaurants (including BLOODHOUND, Auburn), and are soon to be available at our own local-only storefront, and in specialty markets in the Lake Martin area and beyond.
Our historic orchards are all-natural & organic.
Please eat responsibly.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
We're currently working to renew and restore our historic (and newer and younger) pecan-orchards & pastures; with our new residents we are working out plans for organically raised lamb, pecans, local organic artisan farm-to-table creations from Chef Chad, and more!
Daddy works on gate to the biggest pasture.
While at home, we work hard to develop our local cultural, artistic & business community (close ties to STANDARD DELUXE, the arts & literary community in East Alabam'), play a few tunes, and take good care of a variety of rescue animals.
Ava & Heidi, night picnic, lake.
Heidi & Lightening (true love, always)
Daddy helps with chandelier at restaurant-club BLOODHOUND
Burke designed music venue & sometimes runs sound at premiere restaurant and club BLOODHOUND.
After a long night, daddy covering a little Iggy Pop ditty with the Dexateens.
Francis, helping daddy with construction.
Our revamped Truckstop (the former Panorama, a building used in various capacities since the late 1950's): Soon to be a local performing arts space, as well as Alabama-only storefront.
(welcome, future performers, all ages & persuastions!)
Mazzy (rest-in-peace, mazzy!) helped keep the riff-raff in line.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Twinkle, twinkle, little Francis.
Francis was a rescue-animal from the Alabama Twisters of April 27 2011
Covered with twister-burns and abrasions
but strangely full of joy.
Happy to be lost and found and now, forever home.
Francis on his first night home.
Francis with blanky, Easter 2011.
Sweetest pig in all of Alabam'
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Our farm is blessed and graced with two beautiful and miraculous children,
Ava Margaret and Evan Bradford Carroll. They're the most beautiful thing on our whole farm.
beauty, and the beast (sweet francis!)
ava and best-friend-forever caylee!!!