Where do we go from here?

We had a great time celebrating 45 years in business.  Many thanks to everyone who showed up for the party last weekend!  Mark and I work very hard to keep our doors open, but we know we wouldn’t still be in business if we didn’t have the help of enthusiastic co-workers, supportive customers and loyal business partners.  Thank you!

 

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Lavonya Friday, storyteller extraordinaire, Jessica Reynolds from the Reynold’s Roost and Kim Gaddy.  Three crazy chicken ladies and perhaps two future crazy chicken ladies.

 

It’s no secret that Mark and I have been making a lot of changes at Gaddy’s.  More than one customer has asked if we’re the new owners.  Truth is, as we entered middle, middle-age, we though about retiring and settling elsewhere, but we just couldn’t see us doing that.  We love our Pflugerville community and we love what we do.  To this end we decided we better do what Mark’s parents had always done–adapt the business to meet the changing needs of Pflugerville.

Besides painting the building and putting in some new-to-us shelving, we have invested in several new lines of pet food including Orijen, Acana, Primal, Weruva and Fromm.   The product line at Gaddy’s  reflects our increasing awareness of the many food options available to pet parents and the importance of high quality nutrition in promoting quality of life for our pets.

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And to make getting your pet’s food even easier, this month we are going to trial both curbside pick-up and delivery to 78660 zip codes.  If you are interested in testing the system out for either program, please email me at kimgaddy@gaddys.com.  If this is like anything that we have tried in the past, we are going to have to work through some knots in the system before it gets going smoothly.

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Another new old thing for us is plants–lots more plants!  An unexpected result of looking at old pictures of the store as we prepared for our 45th birthday party, was realizing how much we missed the plants.  This spring we re-connected with some of the growers we used to do business with years ago.  We also met some new local growers who we are excited to start doing business with.  Although we don’t think we will ever utilize the whole two acres again, our plans for the future include expanding back into trees and shrubs as well as cacti and succulents.

Just one last picture.  Here’s hoping to see all of you in five years for our 50th birthday party!  Thank you, Meredith, for passing out cupcakes for us!!!!

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Class: Organic Vegetable Gardening

We’re happy to welcome Linda Burch, Travis Co Master Gardener, to Gaddy’s on Saturday, March 10th from 2-3pm.  Linda will talk about organic vegetable gardening just in time for the Spring garden season.  Join us for some great information on gardening and composting.  And as usual, we have plenty of room, just not plenty of chairs.  Please bring your own folding chair if you’d like to sit.

Call Kim at the store if you have any questions – 512-251-4428.

Gaddy’s Turns 45! Help Us Celebrate!

With all the changes we’ve made at the store this last year, it’s feels like a good time to pause and celebrate the fact that we’re still here.  Mark and I are proud when we think that Gaddy’s has been around for 45 years and we want to thank the all the people and organizations who have helped us remain an active part of the changing Pflugerville community.

Help us celebrate on Saturday, April 28th by dropping by the store for some birthday cake and meet a few of our friends.  Here are a few of the other fun things going on at the party:

  • A farm-theme petting zoo will be at the store from 10am to 2pm.
  • Jessica from the Reynolds Roost will be at the store with some of her adorable chicks.  Jessica is my ‘go-to’ person when people ask me if I know where they can get some hatching-eggs or healthy chicks.
  • A couple of volunteers and a fantastic horse from the HELP center will be set up outside.  HELP is a non-profit therapeutic riding center for people with disabilities.  The HELP center has done business with Gaddy’s for almost as long as we have been around and we can’t say enough good things about this organization.
  • United K9 dog training will be at the store.  We had a dog food customer who started coming  into the shop with her beautifully behaved dog a few months ago.  It turned out she was in town to learn to be a dog trainer.  And while she has moved back home to start her business, one of the trainers she worked with, Danny De La Pena, will be at Gaddy’s with their dog.  We’re even talking about getting Danny to come teach a class at the store.
  • Thomas Moore Feed will be at the store to promote their wild bird feed line that is formulated specially for Texas.
  • Representatives from Champion Pet will be available to promote Orijen and Acana pet food, the newest dog food picked up by Gaddy’s.

 

 

 

U-Haul at Gaddy’s

The U-Haul trailers at the entrance to Gaddy’s are hard to miss.  We brought in U-Haul at the first of the year not only to provide an additional service to our existing customers but also to introduce our store to new families as they move into the Pflugerville area.  Learning a new system has been a bit challenging, but after a couple of months, we are starting to get the hang of it.  Here’s a bit of what we have learned that might help you next time you are renting a U-Haul.

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Mark trying to help a U-Haul customer on one line while calling U-Haul traffic on the other line.

 

Rentals are classified into two groups:  in-town and one-way.   If you are renting ‘in-town’ you are picking up and dropping off at the same location.  If you are renting ‘one-way’ you are picking up at one location and dropping off an another location.  They way U-Haul charges for the rental differs depending on whether you are an in-town or one-way rental.  U-Haul also charges differently for vehicles that record mileage (trucks and vans) than it does for trailers.

For example, if you rent a moving van from Gaddy’s and return it to Gaddy’s you will pay a flat, in-town, rate for the day, plus a rate for each mile you put on the vehicle.  Gas-consuming vehicles also have a nominal environmental fee.  If you want insurance, which is recommended but optional, there will be an additional charge.  And tax, of course, is charged on all U-Haul rentals.  If you rent a moving van from Gaddy’s and return it to a different location, you will pay a similar flat rate plus mileage.

Trailers are a little different.  If you rent an in-town trailer, then it is simply a flat fee per day, plus insurance (if wanted) and tax.  If you rent a one-way trailer, U-Haul calculates an estimated distance between the pick up and drop off point and charges a fee based on that distance and allows for a certain amount of days for the rental.  If the trailer is returned in less time than allowed, the fee remains the same because it was calculated on the distance traveled.

Here are some other things good to know about the U-Haul rental process:

-Bring your driver’s license and a credit card.  If the person driving the vehicle is not the person renting the vehicle, bring the driver’s driving license too.

-You can make save a bunch of time by making your reservation online and entering as much information as you can about the rental yourself.  This doesn’t save all of the paperwork at the rental facility but it does help.

-If you think you might save some money by not buying the U-Haul insurance, call your insurance company and make sure your policy covers the U-Haul while you have it.  Many insurance policies do not.

-If you are renting a trailer, bring in the license plate number of the vehicle you’re towing the trailer with, also the hitch and ball rating as well as the make, model and year of the vehicle.

-Think about the store hours of the U-Haul drop off location when planning your rental.  Not all U-Haul locations have 24-hour drop off.  We don’t, though there are several other U-Haul dealers in town who will be happy to help you if you need to drop off after hours.

-You may drop off a U-Haul at a location other than that shown on your contract, however there may be an additional fee for dropping it off at the wrong location.  You may want to call ahead just to make sure you won’t be assessed an additional fee.

 

 

 

 

Here’s the Poop About our Chicken Event

Gaddy’s first ever annual Crazy Chicken Day is just around the corner.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm, then tell all your crazy chicken friends.  You don’t want to miss the inaugural event.  Here’s what is planned . . . so far:

-Rob Cunningham from Coyote Creek Organic farm will deliver two free classes.  From 1-2pm, he’ll talk about what you need to know to raise laying hens from newly hatched chicks.  Then from 2-3pm, Rob will cover topics related to established flock management. (Bring a folding chair for this event, if you don’t want to stand.)

-With super short notice, the Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group agreed to take their Chicken Poop Bingo game on the road and will hold three games during the event.  One game will be before Rob’s 1pm talk, the second will be before Rob’s 2pm talk, and the third will be after Rob’s talk–a bit after 3pm.  (We’re going to be pretty fluid on the times.)  Bingo tickets are $10 each and all proceeds will go to the group’s mission trip to Puerto Rico.  I still have donations coming in, but so far the prizes are pretty awesome. Prizes will be available for viewing at Gaddy’s starting March 1st.

Saori Weaving demonstration by Sarah Gaddy Dauro.  Sarah, my talented sister-in-law, owns a Saori Weaving Studio in Belton.  If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand a weaving or even if you’d just like to spend a relaxing day creating, I encourage you to take a class.  I did and it was like fiber therapy–plus at the end of the day you have a beautiful piece of fabric.

-A representative from Zignature pet food will be here with coupons and free samples.

-T-Shirt door prizes from Gaddy’s.

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-Posters, hats, shirts door prizes from Ideal Poultry.

-Chicks for sale (including some Bantums for this time).

-Sample some of Pflugerville’s best salsa from Beba’s Salsa

-I’ll have information available about Jessica from Reynolds Roost.  Jessica raises Easter Eggers, Cream Legbars and a couple other breeds.  Jessica also sells hatching eggs, but you might need to get on a waiting list for her specialty eggs.

If you have any questions, please give me a call at Gaddy’s  512-251-4428, Kim

 

 

 

 

Stop Spring Weeds, Use a Pre-emergent Herbicide Now

February is the ‘sweet spot’ of the year when it comes to applying pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn.  A little effort now can greatly reduce the weed pressure in your yard later in the season.  Pre-emergents work by drying up weed seeds so they never get a chance to sprout.  The trick is, you have to apply the pre-emergent before the seeds begin to germinate.  And that means, you have to do a little yard work before it is warm enough outside for you to really feel like doing yard work.

We have several pre-emergent options at Gaddy’s.  If you want an organic pre-emergent, we sell corn gluten meal.  Besides being a desiccant, corn gluten is a natural source of nitrogen, the element that helps ‘green-up’ your grass once it starts growing.  Our Fertilome-Hi Yield Grass and Weed Preventer is an economical chemical pre-emergent.  One $15.99 bag will cover 3,500 to 5,000 sq ft.  If you want a product with a pre-emergent and a post-emergent, we sell Weed Beater Complete.

Use a broadcast spreader to apply pre-emergent granules.  Read the directions carefully.  Most pre-emergents need a little bit of moisture to become active.  For example the Hi Yield product recommends about 1/2 inch or rainfall or irrigation.  But too much rainfall immediately after application can lessen the effectiveness of the pre-emergent by washing it away.

When using pre-emergent, think about places in your yard where you want seeds to germinate and avoid those areas.  Don’t apply pre-emergent in a vegetable bed where you want to start seeds next month or in an area of your yard that you want to reseed.  Some pre-emergent can be effective for up to 3 months.  The pre-emergent will not differentiate between the seeds you want to grow and those you want to kill.

Gaddy’s Partners with Johnson’s Backyard Garden

Looking for a way to keep your resolutions?  Try signing up for a CSA from Johnson’s Backyard Garden.  You can pickup your share every Wednesday straight from Gaddy’s! 

Johnson’s Backyard Garden (JBG) is an organic farm that has grown from a family project in an AJohnson's Backyard Gardenustin backyard to a bona fide farm large enough to provide fresh produce to Texans from Dallas to Houston to San Antonio and areas in between–including Pflugerville!  Mark and I first became enamored of Johnson’s Backyard Garden when we visited their booth at the Texas Farmer’s Market last spring.  The JBG booth was so packed with people and produce, we had to wait in line to get inside.  It was worth it!  Although we had a garden, JBG had grown lots of interesting veggies that we hadn’t even thought of growing ourselves.

If you’ve ever thought of signing up for a CSA, now is the time to do it.  Joining in January helps the CSA plan for and pay for spring.  Plus you get to enjoy some great produce.  And if that’s not enough, JBG is extending a great offer to first-time or renewing members.  Add “getcookin1” at checkout and receive one CSA share free with your subscription.  To sign up click here.

Mark and I are still planting our market garden in the back lot of the store, but this year we are being realistic about the amount of time we have to work in the garden.  2018 is going to be a year of changes for us.  We are in the process of adding to our sales floor and incorporating new shelving into the store that we purchased from Zinger Hardware (so sad to see them go).  This leaves us even less time for gardening than we had last year, so I’m doubly excited to partner with JBG because I want to keep fresh, organic produce a part of our store’s mission.  And, if you’d like to volunteer out in the garden please email me at kimgaddy@gaddys.com.  I’ll be more than happy for any extra hands.

Fun & Functional & Environmentally Friendly

As a person who spends most of their day on their feet, I appreciate a good pair of shoes–and socks.  It’s even better when the socks are fun.  So when I saw these adorable socks by BlueQ, not only did I have to own a pair myself, I had to start carrying their products in the store.

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Not that you really need an excuse to buy these fun socks and bags, but you can feel good about purchasing a BlueQ product for many reasons.  BlueQ uses recycled materials to make their bags, plus a portion of every purchase goes to environmental conservation charities.  Now that’s a great company.

Christmas Tree Care

One of my favorite chores at the store this time of year is to water the Christmas trees.  At least twice a day we walk through the tree area and spray the foliage of the Fraser Firs to keep them nice and fresh and hydrated.  We also keep them under the shade cloth to protect them from the sun.

Once you get a cut Christmas tree home, here are a few tips on how to keep it fresh throughout the holiday season.

  1. When we sell a tree we will cut the base of the tree off, perpendicular to the trunk, before it is taken home.  Keep this cut as it is.  Don’t ‘chisel down’ the tree to make it fit your stand.  Don’t drill a hole into the base of the tree.  And don’t take off bark to make it fit the stand.  The tree will drink in water best from the outermost layers of wood so they are important to leave as is.
  2. Keep your tree in a type of tree-stand that holds water.  Lots of water.  Stands should be large enough to hold about 1 quart of water for each inch of tree trunk diameter.
  3. Check the water at least once a day.  Make sure the water level is high enough that the bottom of the tree is covered.
  4. Keep your tree far from sources of heat like heat system vents, fireplaces, or a sunny window.  Use low-heat lighting like mini lights or LED lights.

Our trees look especially good this year.  We have Fraser Firs in a 6-7ft size ($49.99) and a 7-8ft size ($74.99).  Please let us know if you have any questions.  512-251-4428

Chicken Poop for Sale at Gaddy’s

Mark hasn’t yet tired of asking customers if they want to add some chicken poop to their feed order.  Mark’s not going crazy, he’s just having fun with our new line of lip balm callecpoop2d “chicken poop.”  And no need to worry, there’s no actual chicken poop in this lip balm.  Jamie, who makes the stuff, says one time she complained to her grandfather that she had chapped lips.  Her grandfather told her to put some chicken poop on them.  That way she’d stop liking her lips.

Jamie’s company also makes a darn good solid hand salve and an all natural deodorant which they call a “defunkifier.”  Isn’t the packaging wonderful?

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