I can’t tell you how many times  I’ve told people,” Sorry, we are out,”  “Sorry, no more till next year.” “Sorry, sorry, sorry”    While most take the news pretty easy but with a tinge of disappointment some, on the other hand, get suspicious like I have a stash of eggs somewhere that I’m withholding.   Sorry, folks, but we are all in this together–when the chickens don’t lay, we all have to do without eggs.  No pancakes for us either!

Small farmers struggle with supply and demand even though it is hard to keep telling folks “Sorry, there is no more.”  That’s a good sign, though tough to hear, especially with consumers because that  means that this farmer is actually growing the stuff locally.  Here in LA there’s been some “issues” with a few farmers market vendors.

I mean, how can a vendor have eggs or berries 365 days a year?   Any true farmer knows  that’s downright impossible.  If they do have a constant supply of anything, then something  stinks more than the manure.

Here at our front porch farmstand, when we and our other farm partners in food are out, we are truly out.  We grow in and out with the seasons and our baskets will too.

Of course, I have to admit it does pose a hindrance to some customers who like to have a steady supply.  So would ;I but it just doesn’t work that way, especially if you are small like we are.

To be a local food producer you can’t supply it all, all the time.  So next time you hear a farmer say “Sorry, we are out”  give them a high five and say “way to grow!” and the go about asking what veggies or fruits they DO have.   Then you might just have to change that Raspberry Tart recipe into a Pear Tart.

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  1. jean says:

    I know what you mean. We live in the tropics and still, in spite of being able to grow year around, we inevitably need to say, “sorry, no more tomatoes until next season”. I’d rather eat what is in season, than food that’s traveled too far.

  2. Shannon says:


    I must tell you how amazing it is to discover that you are Sabbath keepers! & devout Christians. The Lord must surely have been the one that first led me to your Urban Homestead videos a few years ago. I was SO fascinated with the prospect of making food out of yard space. I was no stranger to the thought, and was very versed in the ideas of seed saving, permaculture and all manner of green living and survival thoughts, but what you did took my brain by storm. I began showing anyone I could get to hold still long enough (10 min.) to watch your video on youtube (the main one). I KNEW this was the answer people really needed in the dire times we live in.

    Now to discover, that as the Lord has been leading me to the truth of keeping ALL of the Ten Commandments in the royal law of God Himself (directly, I might add — no one leading but Him), that you do this — is so wonderful! I’ve been having a hard personal time in my life, discovering betrayal from the one closest to me — trying to heal from that — and working to homeschool the two youngest of our ten children at home in a community that is rife with government-schooled family members — it is truly a gift of God to make this connection in my mind that you folks are of the same mind. As we work to keep our family ranch going in eastern Oregon, perhaps through diversity, I will be getting inspiration from the fact that you are of the same mind in following our God and His Christ, through keeping all ten commandments — in your iconic “Urban Homestead”. 🙂

    I saw this video of Anais Dervaes and every piece the Lord had been trying to share with me fell into place, and did even more confirmatively as I “window-shopped” for seeds on your website. I’m so glad the website was open, though I shouldn’t have been there on Friday night, as we know. It is truly balm to my heart and food to my soul to discover you are doing so well after the last few years that I have been struggling in.

    God bless you!

    As I found myself window “shopping” on your website, I caught myself — from even doing this on Shabbat. I know the Lord was smiling the whole time because He was leading me to realize who you were through it. I apologized to Him, and rejoiced in what He shared with me about you. Thank you for being you, Dervaes family & friends (if you have help reading this mail). And special thanks to Anais for sharing her/your homeschool story — very “real”. 🙂

    Bless you!
    Shalom Shabbat! March 14 – 15, 2014
    Shannon in Oregon 🙂

  3. Alyece says:

    We have eggs most of the 365 days a year. They lay in the plunging arctic temperatures we had this winter; when we “miss” collecting the eggs in time, they are frozen eggs that are dog food. We supply a smaller customer base in the winter. The “trick” is to have young hens ready to lay in October or so and they must have access to drinkable water (not frozen) at all times. We came upon this quite accidentally. We have no need to keep a light on, either.

    Despite the fact that “chickens are revolting,” as in the movie, “Chicken Run,” they are really a great animal for just about any homestead. Gotta love chickens!

  4. Brenda Buster says:

    I love the idea of how you all live and I thank you for sharing your videos. I have a question about eatable flowers. What kinds are eatable? I would like to grow some her in Monticello Ky to try.

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