If we’d listened to our ducks instead of that darn groundhog, we’d have known this was going to be a LATE Spring. In a year with an early spring, they always begin laying eggs early. This year though, they waited until April to begin. Thank you lady ducks for your delicious & nutritious eggs!
Quite the difference from last spring, when the trees were flowering and the ramps were coming up in the woods one month ahead of schedule. We have many things to be grateful for though, even if we are all suffering from spring fever. The drought conditions are dissipating and the apple trees are not going to bloom too early, which could cause an apple crop loss for all orchards. Here you can see an apple branch which has not yet bloomed, totally encased in ice!
So far we’ve got 6 born from 3 moms, 5 boys and one girl. Their dad is an Alpine, and the does are an assortment of other breeds, so we have a very colorful kids! The mommas are nursing their kids this year, and we’ll be milking occasionally for milk to make soap with, and for our own use. We do not sell raw milk or goat cheese, as we are not a licensed dairy. The male goats, after a long and lovely summer and fall growing up on pasture with their moms, will be available as humanely raised & harvested meat in late fall. Contact us if you are interested.
We’re excited to see the goatlings romping in the grass with their mommas, so ready to be seeding lettuce and radishes in the garden, to move our geese out of the hoophouse and out to graze in their pasture, the Bubsters bounding out of their chicken tractors each morning, devouring grass and bugs. It will come! Meanwhile we’re brooding baby chicks & ducklings in the kitchen, and incubating goose eggs in the bathroom. The livingroom is filling up with plant babies! Normally we’d be able to move some of the cold hardy types of baby plants (like onions, kale, broccoli) out to the hoophouse this time of year, but it’s just too dang cold overnight still, so the living room gets fuller and fuller….
Over half of our 200 tomatoes are being grown from our own saved seeds from last year’s most unique and giant beauties. A massive purple tomato that was the most succulent and flavorful tomato we’ve ever eaten, a gorgeous & juicy Sunset toned monster, as well as seeds from a “volunteer” tomato plant that produced gigantic florescent orange tomatoes all by itself from a seed that fell in the path the season before!
Our friend Cris is working on creating a localized seed bank, and if our saved seeds grow true to type, we’re excited to contribute seeds from these amazing tomatoes and other veggie varieties we develop here on the farm.