This Week ‘Round The Farm

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Baby season is my favorite and this spunky little girl is the tops 😍

An abundance of peppers means cowboy candy.

Cooler temperatures make beautiful mornings.

Cooler temperatures also make one of us less enthusiastic about morning chores.

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Winding Down For Winter (And Already Thinking About 2020)

As the days grow shorter and the weather colder, we begin to wind down from a busy spring and summer.  With that also comes a weclomed respite from the various chores and projects.

The pigs are gone and the Farm Store is fully stocked.  We obtain our pigs as piglets when they are weaned and about 8 weeks old.  We raise them throughout the summer / fall on a combination of pasture and woods.  Processing happens in September and then we’re done for the year.  April of next year is when we’ll start again.

The cattle are growing their winter coats and still enjoying some of the lush pasture fall has provided.  We try to continue rotating them through pastures but at some point, they exhaust what fall bounty is left and then will move to our winter lot where they’ll enjoy some protection from the elements and hay until spring returns.

The chickens continue to do their thing which is making delicous eggs throughout the year.  Production does drop off some during the shorter days, but they keep at it.  We continue to rotate them through our pastures to fertilize and scratch around for what they can find.  When it’s really cold, they’ll have a heated house for warmth.  We also provide them a bale of hay to provide them with seeds, bugs, etc when the pastures are frozen.

This time of year also has us already thinking ahead to 2020.  While we plan to scale up our beef and pork to meet demand (apologies for the sold out signs at times), we also want to add another enterprise.  Many have asked us about Chicken (Pastured Poultry).  This is something we are hoping to provide next year.  Lamb is another idea we’ve been kicking around.  As soon as we figure it out, you’ll be the first to know!

While some rest is in order, there’s always fencing and other projects that need doing, so cooler weather is perfect for that.  In the end though, its a nice time to reflect on the year, spend some time with family, and make plans for an even busier 2020.  We can’t wait!

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Jason, Lexi, and Family

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