Monthly archives "July 2012"

July amazements

the "drunken goat" cheese experiment

gorgeous beets from our garden, so sweet it's insane

zucchini relish in the works

purple carrot

the baby Bubsters on grass pasture at 1 week old! Organic Chicken available on-farm on Sept 30th.

getting set to blanch broccoli

onions are curing, out of the garden to make room for fall brassicas

new organic potatoes!!!

little rabbit kits

okra's tropical blossom

okra and tomatillos begin

chocolate stripes tomato ripening

Thanksgiving turkey babies almost big enough to go into the BIG pasture!

peppers have been coming on like crazy

ditto on the summer squash

as well as the onslaught of "green" beans

the 7 ft deep trench dug for our water line out to the new duck barn

one of our baby bubsters, we just love to give our animals a wonderful and respected life here, feeding our customers the best!

 

 

 

 

Rabbit Doings

We’re excited to welcome onto our farm four sisters, 6 week old Champagne d’Argent rabbits! They are one of the oldest breeds of rabbit, originating in France. They are born black and slowly grow to be more silver, and they are gentle and relaxed. We’re excited to bring an old breed into our rabbitry.

We’ve decided to add a few more does to the rabbitry, and introduce a heritage breed into the mix for vigor. These young does won’t be ready to breed until December, but keeping breeding livestock is a waiting game. Our goal is to provide our customers with fresh delicious rabbit every month, so we needed a few more momma rabbits to keep our cycle going throughout the year. Since we built the goats a whole new goat shed, the rabbit shed has room for more occupants, but we’re not going to get carried away. We have a working farmstead, and we only have enough labor and money to keep animals that help pay for themselves in some way. One thing we were not quite prepared for was how excellent rabbit poop was for fertilizer. It’s almost worth it to keep rabbits just for their poop.

Merry is getting ready to kindle, hopefully:

And Marshmallow had her second litter, 10 big beautiful kits! We saved two kits that she left on the floor and ground from freezing by dunking them in warm water up to their necks, and bundling them back with their kin. Now they are al about a week old and have a good coating of fur:

This morning it is cool and dewy, wonderful weather for rabbits and humans as well.

 

anniversary & heat

Today is our 1 year wedding anniversary! To think how far we’ve come since then….we’re really SO grateful to our customers whether you buy our duck eggs at the co-op, or have CSA share with our farm.  If we were just growing food for ourselves, we couldn’t continue being here- we love raising food for you! Thank you for your support! Our union brought a solidity to this farm, a seriousness to what we are doing together, a commitment to each other, and to our farm. We’re a wonderful team, and though we have struggles like everyone, we have each other to keep it real and get the job(s) done!

It’s impossible to not notice the heatwave hitting the country right now. It’s said to be moving on tonight, and we are so grateful….yikes, it’s been absolutely disgusting. But since we’re here 24/7, all our animals have made it through. Oscillating fans and ice bottles for the bunnies to curl up with, lots of sprinklers and shade for the ducks, shade and cool water for the turkeys and goats. Our Bubsters, the broilers, were harvested peacefully before this began, so they haven’t had to deal with the tremendous heat, which may have very well done them in.

Last weekend was ripe with activity… Chicken harvesting in the suddenly hot heat, rabbit kits being born, our Thanksgiving turkey babies moving to the great outdoors, hay being cut and baled, struggling with unloading hay (412 bales from our 8 acre hay field,) hay getting rained on and 3am tarp wrestling before the big thunderstorm came, and hot hot heat. Today was hopefully the last day in this spree of infernal weather. We’ve been sitting in our basement between animal tending, just to cool off, as we don’t have AC.

We better get used to it, and be working with plants and animals who can too. These unpredictable weather patterns are a result of global warming, and are not likely to change. We have to do our best. The garden has been loving the heat and rain- all the tropical annual babies are in heaven growing in this crazy hot weather. We have giant fist sized tomatoes about to ripen, collecting bucket loads of zucchini, mongoid cabbages exploding and the green beans are about to be loaded. Many of the brassicas like broccoli and the chois are bolting due to the heat however, and lettuces are like “whatever, I’m setting my seed.” We’re in the midst of preparing the beds for fall plantings by collecting the plant debris to compost, laying down fresh compost, and tilling. We’ll be planting arugula, rutabagas, spinach, winter radishes, turnips, carrots, cauliflower, beets, daikon, napa cabbage, cabbage, and very excitedly- ROMANESCO! Out in our field garden, the potatoes are looking amazingly productive, the pinto beans and winter squash are growing like gangbusters. What a different year we’re having.