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.
Along 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!
Well, it’s been an embarrassingly long time since an update here on the farm page. But I guess it’s been a busy spring!
We have been planting and weeding our new strawberry field (which will be open for picking in 2017!), but there are no strawberries this season – hang in there for next year.
We’ve still been busy, however – and the tomatoes are ready!! Starting today, tomatoes will be available at the farm throughout the season. We’ve hung the open sign here at the farm and have red ripe beauties ready for your caprese salad, your BLT, your straight-up tomato sandwich… however you like to feature the taste of summer. Come by and visit – we hope to see you soon!
Yesterday, it felt like April. 50 degrees after dark, windy and balmy. We talked about whether the sap was running, and whether we should be tapping our trees. But this morning, snow! Surprise snow, that just kept coming, most of the day. Making a beautiful soft blanket. And then the storm clouds moved on, and the late afternoon sun shone on this splendor of new snow.
It may be a unseasonably warm, but that isn’t going to stop us from a little seasonal decorating. Winter will come soon enough! The barn is decked out as well as the house, because the sheep and hens enjoy a little festivity as much as the rest of us.
It’s that time of year! The fall color is still in full splendor (though a breezy day will change that)… and most of our work has been focused on putting the fall gardens to bed. Last weekend brought a freeze (19 degrees), which brought a definitive end to the summer crops.
The coming week will be our last with the turkeys – they are a cheerful bunch this year, and we will miss them. There are a few that have not yet been reserved, so please get in touch if you are interested in having one for your holiday feast.
Speaking of holiday feast, today is an exciting day here at the farm. Our highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) is five years old, and it has finally produced enough fruits to make cranberry sauce. We got four half-pints, and the sauce is a resounding culinary success. I’m looking forward to serving it at Thanksgiving!