Summer 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - August 27th
This week, Steven, Ryan and the crew have begun to shift their focus to getting fall crops into the ground. Ryan has seeded and begun to transplant some great cool weather items that I’m excited about, so fingers crossed, fall treats us better than spring did. Assuming everything goes well, we’ll have broccoli, carrots, cabbages, beets, brussels sprouts, kale and lots of winter squash to go around in the coming weeks. Our CSA members are getting their first taste of the onions this week and potatoes this week, which is really exciting!
The pumpkins are plumping up like crazy, so I snapped a few more pictures to share this week. Every time I go traipsing through the patch, I see a new variety popping up under the giant leaves, and my excitement builds for fall. I have to admit that autumn is my favorite season, so I’m excited to see what this time of year brings on the farm.
Aside from the occasional chicken photo, you mainly get veggie stories out of me, so this week I wanted to share some photos of all the critters roaming around Lost Corner Farm. I spent some time with Chris Wood, collecting eggs, watering the pigs, feeding the sheep and following the big turkey and crazy goats around. The ducks kept hiding from me, but I finally found them under one of their protective enclosures.
Apart from the chickens and goats, most of our feathered and furry friends are currently freeloaders, but we love them anyway. Our hens obviously lay legs, and our LaMancha dairy goats get milked for our raw milk shares, each playing their part and giving something back, and for that, we are grateful.
Our American Guinea hogs, on the other hand, eat. And they eat a lot. Luckily, they love old corn, squash, beans, tomatoes and anything else that sits too long in the cooler or barn. Each day, anything that has gone past its peak, gets trucked up to the pigs for their enjoyment. Occasionally we do slaughter them for meat, though we aren’t currently prepared to sell them just yet. Eventually we’ll get there, but for now, we’re keeping them fat and happy for no good reason other than we like them.
The Icelandic sheep are really cool, but apparently aren’t the smartest creatures on the farm. You should see them eat! They climb into their food trough, stepping and kicking all over one another; it is crazy to watch. I kept worrying they were hurting each other, and Chris just kept laughing at me, as apparently this is standard behavior for these fleecy pals. I asked why “we” weren’t shearing them, as if I knew even the slightest bit about shearing sheep, and Chris said that with winter coming, these guys will need their thick wooly coats to keep them warm. Despite the fact that they are Icelandic, they still aren’t super hardy, so we don’t want to steal their winter gear at this time of the year.
Our turkeys and ducks hang around because, well, lets face it, this is a farm and what is a farm without some adorable ducks and magnificent turkeys hanging around. The ducks are my favorite, despite the fact that they hide from me. I just love to watch them waddle around and scatter, all annoyed at me, as I drive onto the farm in the morning.
And our Guernsey cattle are part of our future, which is really exciting. Ansa loves these gentle giants and I’m hopeful we will expand our herd and will be offering raw cows milk as shares in the near future. We hope to expand into beef cattle at some point in the future as well. I keep dreaming of the day when we can offer you dairy, eggs, meat and produce all in one share, but I keep reminding myself that we have a long way to go. With the amazing Cox/Renshaw family at the helm, and our amazing crew working like crazy, I know we will get there someday. Stick with us, we can’t wait to just get better and better as the years go by!