Come visit the farm on September 20th, 2014
(10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.)
For the Clark County WSU Small Acreage HARVEST CELEBRATION!
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you are interested in hearing more about what we do, please
(Click Here) and we will provide you with a schedule of
events that we will be presenting at.
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and recommendations for our farm fresh milk and delicious
blueberries! If you new to our
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Just a reminder....
as much as we enjoy visitors,
this is a working farm and we ask that you please contact the
farm prior to dropping by and please remember that the farm is
closed for business on Sunday!
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Well, we have been (not so)
patiently waiting EVERY DAY for our ‘news’ to arrive in the
mailbox. I simply must have it in print before I say anything
out loud…and as of this (LATE) September update, we are still
waiting! ***sigh***…I guess the one thing that I can say is
that I have waited over 40 years for this, so a few more days
certainly isn’t going to kill me and your wait wasn’t nearly as
long as mine! :) I promise to post on Facebook and update the
Website as soon as we get the official word. The suspense keeps
you coming back, right?
Not really sure how September managed to arrive and slip half
way through, but considering we are mid-way through the month, I
guess it happened didn’t it? The tell-tale sign for me is the
rising sense of panic that Shaun has on a daily basis of how NOT
ready for winter we are.
We had grand illusions of getting all of our alfalfa hay in by
the end of August. As of this writing, we don’t have a single
bale in the hay loft. Shaun has good reason to panic…I am a
little panicky too. Not only is our hayloft devoid of hay, our
woodshed lacking wood too! One of these years we are going to
actually get it right…I hope! Needless to say, what is on the
agenda for the rest of the month (right after the Annual WSU
Harvest Celebration this weekend) is winter preparation.
The first batch of girls have gone to the lower barn for the
annual fall ‘love-fest’ with the Boer buck. This breeding
system has worked fairly well for us the past several years. We
breed all of our new up-and-comer mommies to the meat buck for
early babies (mid-January through mid-February). That gives us
a little milking break down to once a day milking from December
15th until the kids start to arrive. Let me tell
you, we LIVE for December 15th. By the time we get
there, we are ready to prop our feet up and slow down a bit.
Having chores go from HOURS to less than an hour in the evening
feels like we have died and gone to heaven…especially in the
dark, cold, wet (sometimes snowy) days that we get during that
time of the year.
Our breeding plans for the sheep are up in the air. Goodness,
we need to get rollin’ on that. As for the rest of the does, we
have our plan, so now the fun part is seeing what actually
happens. Our plan always looks really good on paper, but then
quickly spirals into ‘mother-nature adjustment mode’ when we
realize we have absolutely NO control over anything. In the
end, it always works out, so we aren’t worried.
cave project continues. We now have the top tier done and a
little landscaping in. Perhaps it won’t be as much of an
eye-sore this winter. My trip down from the doe barn this
morning showed a beautiful green carpet of baby grass on the
lower tier and around the edges. Should grow in nicely before
managed to salvage our hanging baskets from our annual blazing
wind. It happens every year; 60 mph and 90 degrees. It fries
everything we have worked so hard on all summer. Not this
year. When the breeze
we moved all the baskets and pots into the garage (and moved our
cars out…you can clearly see our priorities) to save them from
the wind. We wanted a chance to enjoy them for another month or
so. Mission accomplished! Nothing fried and we moved them back
out as soon as the wind died down. Honestly though, no matter
how hard I try, no picture can seem to capture how
beautiful they are. The dahlias, however, didn’t fare as well in
weekend (September 20th) is your last chance this
year to visit the farm and hear about what we do. We want to
invite everyone to participate in the Harvest Celebration this
coming weekend. There are several WONDERFUL farms here in SW
Washington and this event highlights them and allows people to
visit them. We want to personally invite you to our farm and
encourage you to visit as many of the other farms as possible.
This is a really wonderful opportunity to get a first-hand look
at what it takes to get your food to your fork! Click
here for details. We will begin a walking/learning tour of
our farm at 11:00 with plenty of time for discussion and
questions. We plan to visit each area of our farm and talk about
what we do and how we do it... including (for the agile) a look
into our underground cheese cellar. It will conclude about
2:30 with cheese tasting.
So there it is; still no ‘big news’, but you are up-to-date with
what we are doing here at the farm. We hope to see you all next
weekend for a visit and check back for an update soon!
Shaun & Lorrie