Farm Report ~ End of summer 2013

Fresh pasture in June

Fresh pasture in June

Well, it’s better than last year. We’ve been saying that a few times this summer. Still could use some good slow rains. The drought broke for a few months this spring and summer but it’s still not enough. Will be feeding hay in September. Our garden went to hell in hand basket. A few yellow finn potatoes, some squash and onions. Tomatoes, hah! We did dig up a small basket of nice garlic. It doesn’t look like we’ll be canning much this year. Our blueberries returned big time! It’s the most impressive crop in years. We have about 60 pints in the freezer, pies and pastries and pancakes and sauces—free radicals beware! Friends, family and the many farm workers all got a good share as well and we still left berries on the bushes. The wasps and bugs, birds and critters have free reign now. We brought two new rams into the flock this summer. Clyde is a colored pure bred Corriedale ram lamb we purchased from our friends and mentors, Dick and Gretchen, at White Fish Bay Farm in Door County. We picked up a couple of pretty ewe lambs as well. Leo is a four year old registered CVM ram from Sheepy Thyme Farm in Michigan. He’s a moorit badger with a nice light to dark colored fleece. They both should provide some nice genetic diversity back into our flock. And we’ve had lots of family coming and going all summer long with great happenings in their lives. So, there you are; better than last year.

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