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!
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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Ahhhh….August! The very best part of summer!!! Everything is
in full bloom; the gardens are spectacular. The fair season is
in full-swing and even though we are still hoppin’,
we tend to take a few slower days and enjoy the sun and all it
has to offer.
This update is a bit late as our
Clark County Fair has been our entertainment for the past week
or so. What a wonderful change for us. No responsibility, no
fussing…just plain fun! We were able to enjoy watching all
those great 4-H kids work so hard to show their animals and then
see them progressively decline to a state of toxicity as we
moved further and further into the fair—it is easy to smile at
it now that our kids are grown. Ten days is a very long time of
up early, working hard, constant activity and going to bed late
for grown-ups and kiddos alike. :)
We had the privilege of
helping out with our Open Class Dairy Goat show and thoroughly
enjoyed watching all the beautiful animals that visit our fair.
What a wonderful example of fine livestock for the public to
see. No matter how much time passes or what our level of
involvement, the Clark County Fair will always remain a very
special place for everyone in our family and we treasure each
and every one of the people that have become our fair family.
That was profoundly punctuated last night as we wandered the
fair (late) laughing and reminiscing with so many of those
special people. It is absolutely ‘Summers Best Party’!
Since our responsibilities at the fair were much less this year,
it allowed us some additional bonus time to get some projects
moving closer to done. The never-ending cheese cave project
progress! We managed to get the stone facing on and worked
more on the retaining walls and tiered landscaping on top of it.
I swear, if I had known this project was going to be so huge, it
might not have seemed like such a great idea. I think part
of the problem is, in all our handiness, Shaun and I DESPISE
concrete work. Every time we attempt it, we end up
grousing at each other. We actually geared up thinking the
facing project would be ‘fun’. It was kind of artsy.
We would need to be a little creative. We were both
excited to get going on it and do something new and different.
I will spare you all the details, but suffice it to say, by the time we reached the last stone of
the facing we were barely speaking to one another! NOT a fun
project…but we are pleased with the way it is coming along.
The veggie garden has been a mixed bag this year. We started so
many plants (from seed) in our new greenhouse and we were
looking forward to a fabulous garden. We put all our little
pepper plants out in the raised beds when they were about 6
inches tall. That was sometime around early May. I am not sure
how to tell you this, but they remain about 6 inches tall as
turn the bend into mid-August. No idea what happened, but talk
about disappointing. We planted greens at least three separate
times with little to no germination and again, have no idea. We
have never had problems with greens; why this year? Who knows.
….and then we have the deer. Oh my goodness! We have never had
problems with deer like we have had this year. It has been
frustrating beyond words. Yes, we know our garden fence isn’t 6
feet tall and yet, in the 20+ years that we have had our garden
in the same spot with the same fence, we have never had deer
problem…until this year. Those brazen does have hopped every
fence and gone about destroying our gardens, blueberries, hostas…basically
everything that we work so hard to maintain. So, guess what?
Venison is on the menu, my friends! We are not ‘killing’ people,
but I am totally okay with eliminating some of those naughty
destroyers! The only good news is the many pounds of beautiful
ripe tomatoes that I plucked from the vines this morning and put
in my garden hod. That almost made up for all of the problems.
We had a few people (at fair) ask about our surprise that I have
been teasing you each month with. Disappointingly, it will have
to wait for another few weeks. We thought we would be able to
share in this update, but for a variety of reasons, we still
need to keep it under wraps. I suppose, to be fair, I should
just warn everybody, this is really probably not all that
spectacular. It is just something that is important to me. I
promise to give you the entire whole story to help you
understand exactly what it means to me….so by this time next
On-tap for this month is getting ready for winter. It feels a
bit sad to say that while I am relaxing on the back patio in 90
degree weather writing this, but that seems to be the insightful
reality of farm life. You are always preparing for the next
season. We hope that as we bring August to a close, we will
have our haylofts full of our winter alfalfa.
We want to encourage everyone to come on out to the farm in
September for the Harvest Celebration. Each year we participate
in this wonderful event which is sponsored through the WSU Small
Acreage program, but we often don’t promote it fully. We SO
enjoyed sharing our farm during our July Open Farm event and we
want everyone that is interested to have another opportunity to
come and visit Conway Family Farms and (hopefully) get some
ideas about what to do (or what not to do…like…maybe a cheese
cave) on their farm. The date is Saturday, September 20, 2014
from 10:00-3:00 p.m. We are planning to offer an informative
farm walk-about or you are free to explore the farm at your
leisure…but please make sure you are here at the end of the day
for our cheese tasting opportunity. You won’t want to miss a
chance to try some of our cheese experiments!
So with that my friends, wishing you wonderful long summer
evenings, great goat-burger BBQ’s, wonderful garden veggies and
success in your winter preparations.
Shaun & Lorrie