I think it is safe to say ( but not very loudly..) that winter is over… We did, however, have a little frost on the grass and windshields this morning. It has been a long winter and we are very happy to be working in the sunshine and warmer temperatures instead of the frigid cold and snow.
Spring is definitely in the air. We have meat chicks growing, We just moved them to their juvenile coop. They will be going outside before to long. Once the nights warm up a tad bit more.
The layer chickens are producing more eggs, just in time for our farmers markets.
Our cows are still in the winter field. They have broken out twice so far this spring. You know the saying “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?” Well, in this case it is true. If we move the cows onto fields when the grass is not yet established, it will hinder the growth. Soooo, we wait… They are not very happy eating old,boring balage when luscious green grass is awaiting them! Well, They don’t know the surprise we have in store for them today. We will be moving them to our neighbors field, where the grass is looking pretty good. Oh, Happy Day!!
And… calves are due this month !!!!
Pigs are doing well, they, well, they just eat and eat and eat!
We are planting a garden this year, going very slow of course because of the weather. But we have a friend that will be helping us put in an herb garden. We also have starts of tomatoes, spinach, kale and lettuce. We have actually sowed the radishes in the garden already. So we are looking forward to having a fresh salad!
Tom has been working on installing permanent fencing. He has about 300 posts to pound, but before that happens he needs to clear the perimeter of the fields. The perimeter is mostly trees, pickers and multi flora rose, that just about consumes everything. And hurts like the dickens! After posts are pounded in, we need to hang the high tensile wire, 3 strands total. All to be finished by June 30th. So he has been working hard. Really sore muscles from clear cutting and moving 300, 60lb posts and ticks have just about worn him out! So Please say a special prayer for him! He also has been working on forestry,pasture and a water facility grants that we will be receiving!
I have been recovering from a hurt back and am happy to say I am doing much better! I am back to doing farm chores, cooking and cleaning , and of course kid stuff. Helping Tom with the fence as much as possible and trying to organize our life!
The kids are great! They really amaze me…when I was laid up, they went to school, came home did all my chores, made meals, snacks to eat. Waited on me hand and foot, cleaned, washed clothes and dishes and still made honor roles in school! Yep I’m a proud Mama! But we are really looking forward to summer vacation.
This year we are at Copley Square farmers markets on Tuesday’s and Friday’s starting May 13th from 11AM – 6PM and SOWA farmers Market on Sunday’s from 10AM-5PM . SOWA started last Sunday. If you haven’t been to either of these markets, It’s a must see! They have everything you can possibly imagine and its FUN!
If you are a CSA member You can pick up your CSA at either of these markets. SOWA on Sunday May 11th, Copley on May 13th or Copley on May 16th. Please let me know which one you choose!
We will be starting up new CSA’s. We will be taking orders in May and June and the CSA will start in July. We are doing a Beef and pork or a Beef, pork, chicken CSA. Details will be coming out soon!
Stay in touch and we are looking forward to a wonderful new year with you!
Kristin, Tom, Julia, Sarah and Caleb