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Farm Tales

September 2013

Posted by MaryAnn the FarmWife on February 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

September 2013 Farm News

Believe it or not, I am planting and replanting still. I have some high hopes that the fall sugar snap peas, green beans, and greens will be fabulous. There is kohlrabi, beets and more out there and if we can get a little cooperation from Mother Nature, we will be feasting this October.

All told, this has been a very difficult year for growers across the entire region. I am pleased that our corn and melons grew very nicely inspite of the deluges.

We have had a bare minimum of beans, greens, cucumbers, zucchinis and squashes, and more to sell to you, my FARM FRIENDS. I have been able to bring a good variety to the Holland Township Farmers' Market weekly. But, I have not had enough produce to stock my farmstand out front. *sigh*

Then there are the jams and more..I managed to pick enough strawberries, apples, and pears to make jams and more with our own fruits. The blueberries for jams were from a friends certified organic farm. The peaches are from another friends farm - not fully organic, but minimally sprayed.

A full 40% of the garden was rendered unusable this year and if you come to the picnic you will see the sad condition of the tomatoes and peppers and eggplants. * A really BIG sigh * There were only a few batches of pickles and jalapenos done this year. I do have enough peppers and tomatoes to do some relishes and sauces.

Memories of last years mountains of hot peppers, tomatoes, frying peppers, and all the pretty colored eggplants linger still. I was on a mission to find ways to cook the eggplants...and forcing people to take them.

But there is always next year!

And then there are the chickens. We had switched suppliers of hatched chicks, on the recommendation of a friend. Needless to say, I am not happy. They have been sending us a different breed of bird that never gets bigger than around 4 pounds and takes nearly twice as long to mature. They are a good fryer chicken, light boned and tender, but a small chicken and impossible to predict maturity. We will be going back to our old reliable source next year. It will be far more consistant for next year as it was in past years. And we will be ordering another 30% to try and keep up with demand.

Eggs? we have about a 100 new layers starting to lay. The younger gals are laying smaller eggs right now but in a few months we will be having some of those huge eggs again.

MAYBELLINE will be coming home in about a week. She is my special organic Jersey dairy heifer, soon to be cow. She is an Amish gal, and rather sweet. You will be able to meet her at the BFF picnic, and see her stall. She is definitely pregnant and there will be fresh family milk, yogurt, and butter in April. I cannot wait.

The beef cows, some of the calves and steers will be here to see in October too. I am not sure if the big beef, Wellington, will be here in October. He is truly a magnificant animal, and not very agressive, but he is a BULL.

We have a few new things we are doing here in the spring and cannot wait to take you on a tour of the property at the BFF picnic!