Friday, April 11, 2014

Why the hiatus?

It's been awhile since we have had a minute to sit down and write about the farm. This certainly not because it's been so boring around here.

Spring is finally here. We won't lie, the farmers trudged through the end of winter, weary, chilled and remarkably grouchy. We slogged through cutting wood, stoking the stove and breaking ice. Finally, spring has begun to shyly peek around winter's corners, brushing us with more light, the sound of peepers and (slightly) warmer temperatures.

Around the time of winter's last gasps, we fell sick again. We had more flus/cold etc this season then usual and the last round was substantial. It was the kind of thing that had us dragging ourselves through chores, only to pour ourselves back into bed for the rest of the day. For 5 days we laid in a haze, in between hacking and nose blowing. Thankfully, in the midst of our mountains of tissues, relatives stopped by with food to make sure we had quick and easy meals. That simple act of kindness really made a world of difference. Who would of thought a package of roast beef could feel like a life preserver.

All of this set us behind, with the spring to-do list usually well on it's way by now, we're just starting to get through it. With the cold early spring, there is still much to do. Broken limbs and debris are still scattered about, fences need repairing- and infrastructure changes for our season of livestock abound. In the midst of playing catch up, we sent our 5 winter pigs to the butcher. As always, the outfit we use was professional and remarkably efficient. And, the pork is delicious. 

Which reminds us- meat shares are still available- check the links on the right!

So here we are, well into our spring madness. We've been constructing new moveable pens out of recycled pallets, tired of last season's wind destruction of our previous pens built with pvc pipe. We're weaning our lambs, who struggled a bit through the winter and reminded us that the long term goal of our own breeding flock is crucial. Our tiny bottle babies are well cared for, but lambs raised by sturdy ewes are much less effort for farmers. Care for the mothers, keep the babies close to them, and your work is halved.

So here we are, and we will get back on track with sharing our little world for those of you who need a little sliver of farm view in your life. We're so grateful that it's time to begin the work of longer days, and certainly aren't sad to see our wood stove get a rest. She's certainly earned the right to cool off for a bit.

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