Two events this weekend tap into recent desires among many to become more self-sufficient: a DeLand area farm is selling egg-laying chickens in a “hatchling event,” and the DeLeon Springs Farm Swap is back on.

When Mike Hartley couldn’t find eggs at the grocery store anymore because of limited supplies, he decided to finally go forward with an idea that had been in the back of his head — Island Farms, a business selling egg-laying chickens in DeLand.

“There were no eggs at the grocer,” Hartley said. “But having your own egg-laying hens is self-sufficient and sustainable.”

Hartley is selling the hens, who hatched in the last week of April, at a mini-event Saturday, May 2 from 4-7 p.m. by appointment only and with social distancing rules enforced. Easter Egger, Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, Cuckoo Maran are available. Call 386-753-4322 for more details.

The DeLeon Spring Farm Swap, usually running twice monthly, is returning from pandemic-caused hiatus Saturday, May 2, 7 a.m.-12 p.m.

The organizers of the outdoor event at Spring Garden Ranch, at 900 Spring Garden Ranch Road, DeLeon Springs, are encouraging social distancing and spacing vendors six feet apart.

A variety of vendors will be selling local plants, honey, livestock, farming and ranching equipment, and more.

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