We have one week old goslings (baby geese). Twelve in total. The two smallest of the goslings we are hand rearing and they are quite the cutest creatures ever. Return at a later date to see photos of them more grown up!
Regular visitors will know that we live in a rural setting. Here’s a photograph of three of our hens in front of one of two henhouses. We currently have nine chickens, which keep us (and some of our extended family) in tasty free-range eggs. The chickens are free to wander anywhere on our core three hectare plot and each hen generally lays one egg each and every day. Dropping in winter to perhaps one every egg two or three days. Many Poles in our rural part of Poland keep a few chickens and some friends even keep a pig or two to fatten up and eat!
On the subject of eggs. Here is our recipe for Polish Egg Salad.
Polish Egg Salad
10 hard-boiled eggs
5 pickled dill gherkins
Directions for Polish Egg Salad
Simply cut up the ingredients in to small pieces. Mix. Cool in a fridge and serve with fresh bread.
Related content: our family recipe for Polish Scrambled Eggs with Sausage.
Come back soon to read and see more of life in Poland, and most especially the Polish countryside.
Last weekend we paid a visit to an agricultural fair, which takes place just down the road from us here in Lubuskie, in the far west of Poland. Here are a few cellphone snaps taken on a wander around the grounds in the few minute’s we had away from our geese.
URSUS is a Polish tractor and agricultural machinery manufacturer based in Warsaw. The company was founded in 1893 but its first mass-selling tractor was the Ursus C-45, a copy of the German pre-war Lanz Bulldog tractor. Since then it has built several models based mostly on old Massey-Ferguson and Zetor designs. Ursus has recently been bought by another Polish company Pol-Mot and has plans to start building electric buses alongside their tractors.
Farming in Poland quick facts:
60 percent of Poland’s total area is farmland.
Agriculture contributes an estimated 6.0% to Poland’s total GDP.
Around one in six Poles is employed on the land, which compares to a European Union average of less than 5%.
Just over 60% of Polish farms are of less than ten hectares.
Approximately 4 per cent of Poland’s agricultural land is used for organic farming.
Poland is the second largest producer of rye and potatoes in the world.
Poland is one of the largest producers of pork in Europe.
Poland produces almost 3 million tonnes of apples each year, making the country the largest producer of apples in Europe.
What to know more about farming in Poland? Come and stay on our small organic farm in Poland. Berlin is only an hour’s drive west of here. You can even help us feed our pigs, chickens and geese, if you wish!