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Summertime…

August 24, 2017

Well, strawberry season is over. Even if it took me several weeks to acknowledge it here! The season was wonderful, and we enjoyed connecting with so many wonderful friends and neighbors who came to enjoy the berries.

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fresh silk. each of these little filaments is awaiting its’ pollen grain. 

As fall weather eases in and the humidity dissipates, we’re loving the summer bounty. Including corn. Lots of corn. To me, corn is a miracle – how every little kernel arose simply because one little pollen grain fell on one little fresh silk – and those pollen grains just happened to germinate, and a pollen tube grew down that whole long silk until it reached the ovule. It seems so improbable that we’d get full, beautiful ears…. but we do. I will never cease to be amazed by this (delicious) miracle.

Also, peaches. We planted three little peach trees just after we started our farm, 2010. Since then, various events have conspired to prevent us from having peaches: trees too young, late season frost, winter cold temperatures. Seven years later, we finally have a crop!!! Even better, my planning to have varieties that span from early to late has worked out – and we have been (and will be) in continuous peaches from late July through mid September. Another delicious miracle!

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strawberry season begins!

June 20, 2017

It’s finally berry season! We’re open here at the farm for pick-your-own strawberries daily from 8am-5pm, except for we need to close for ripening. Before you travel a distance to come, please call 603-269-6203 for updated info; we keep the answering machine up to date with current picking conditions!

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Almost there…

June 16, 2017

We have tasted our first few ripe fruit, but there aren’t QUITE enough to open, yet. We’ll post here as soon as we are able to open for pick-your-own berries. I suspect that it MAY be over the weekend, but likely will be early next week…. very soon!

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The very first ‘Sable’ and ‘Annapolis’ – a perfect way to both end and start the day!

Just a few more weeks…

May 21, 2017
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Beautiful blossom cluster; ready for pollination.

The berry field is a sea of blooms, which is always a reassuring sight. This means a sea of berries in about a month, if all goes smoothly!

 

Last night, we had a frost advisory. In case of frost, we can irrigate to protect the blooms – the water freezes on the flowers, but it releases heat as it thaws, which keeps the blooms themselves above freezing. Our irrigation was all set up, and we tested to make sure everything worked – in case we had to scamper out at 2am and turn it on. All night long, we checked the temperature at the house – and it never fell below 41F, so we (and the berries) were fortunate!

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This is the cute little guy we enjoyed on Saturday.

We were able to enjoy our first cucumber of the season on Saturday. We grow a few in the high tunnel in pots, alongside the tomatoes. I’d been keeping an eye on it for a while, waiting for it to be ready, and it did not disappoint. The last cucumber I ate was probably in October of last year, sometime just before our first frost… and the new fresh, sweet, crunchy, cucumberyness was pretty amazing.

 

Sprung

May 2, 2017
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Late April tomatoes, looking (and smelling) good.

Spring has finally sprung! Which means that lots is going on. Always plenty to do around here. First, the tomatoes are looking great – we’re on track for first fruit in mid-June. Speaking of June, that is right around when our PYO strawberries should be ready, too! Stay tuned for more info on those…

Second, the lambs. We have eleven of the little monsters, and every moment with them is a joy. (If anyone is looking for feeder lambs or to expand their flock, please do get in touch – we have some very nice lambs in the flock, and we can’t keep them all! See the Sheep & Lamb page for more info).

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Troublemakers. Adorable troublemakers.

Third, the wool. After shearing is one of my favorite times of year – where I get to spend hours of time skirting fleeces, sorting out the best parts and admiring the colors, thinking about what I’ll do with each fleece.

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Lovely crimpy fleece from our ram, Ziggy

And lastly, hope! After two years of no-peach-crop, things are looking promising for fruit this year on our little peach trees. It’s still early, but we have our fingers crossed!

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Out like… lambs!

March 26, 2017
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Little tomato plants, newly moved into 4″ pots, enjoying a sunny morning.

It really hasn’t been feeling like the end of March, but we expect that the warm weather will come eventually. Even so, the tomatoes are cranking right along, and this week we started the greenhouse up – so they have a bit more light (though sun would help).

 

Lambs have been arriving in rapid fire succession. Starting last Friday, five of our six ewes lambed within the week, delivering 9 beautiful healthy babies. They’re bouncing all over the place, and we are experiencing cuteness overload. Actually, is there any such thing? They’re sweet, and it’s a joyful time of year.

Fall is in the air

September 12, 2016

img_3154Along with September comes many of our favorite fall activities: canning tomatoes, freezing corn, harvesting everything: squash, pumpkins, onions, grapes. All of the firewood is split and stacked, safely under cover waiting for cold weather. And the barn is full of hay, so the sheep will have plenty to eat all winter.

Our other big fall project this year is a construction project – we’re adding a little addition onto the barn for the laying hens. It’s  coming along nicely, and it’s fun to see it take shape.

For the sheep, it’s breeding season. Our ram, Ziggy, is enjoying the cooler weather, and he seems to love his girls.

The only thing we’ve been missing is some rain – but hopefully the drought will break soon, and we’ll get the moisture that our pastures so very much need!