On my drive down to the processor this morning to pick up pork and lamb, I found myself completely mesmerized by my surroundings. Even on the highway, I was surrounded by green and pink: the green budding leaves on all the trees and the pink buds of the pear and cherry trees. What blew my mind is this: I drove the same route on Monday this week to deliver those hogs and sheep, and I hadn’t noticed any green. Spring seems to have leapt out of hiding this year, and started battling Winter’s dreary wet “reign” (I know, I couldn’t help myself) with all her force.
The mud is finally turning to grass and we, and our animals, are absolutely delighted!
With Spring’s arrival, of course, comes a lot of preparation for the nice weather and a lot of changes on the farm. As I write, Graham is out in last year’s hog pastures seeding grass before tonight’s forecast of rain, after which he’ll go back to the garden, which he plowed yesterday, to disk it today and till a row for me to direct seed some lettuces. It’s all happening today because it might be too wet to do it tomorrow! As for me, after writing this, I’ll get nest boxes ready for our rabbits who all should have babies in about 3 days. We have 42 rabbits from the last batch that will be available at market in late May! And then, I’ll help Graham with chores, which have gotten much more time consuming these days as we rotate two sets of sheep (ewes and lambs) through our pastures every two to three days and move our laying hens and first group of meat chickens around the chicken field.
I’ll illustrate what else goes on during Spring from here on, but first, I want to point out that you should all check out our “where to buy” page for an updated list of our summer markets and our “Join our CSA” page to learn more about (and join!) our first CSA program!
In the past few weeks (and months), we…
The pigs are moving back outside next week, now that the grass has grown and things have warmed up. And more recently, in the past few weeks, we…
Now, come visit us at market and join our CSA, yo!