December is a month to make sure your freezer is full with all the good tasting, healthy food you worked so hard to raise. It's also a good time to share that good food with friends.
|Rocco and his deer|
counted on to deliver some venison. This year was no exception as Rocco Camilli bagged a button buck with his
antlerless deer tag in the wooded hillside at the farm. Dave and Al butchered it, and then the vacuum sealer took over, and now the meat is in the freezer.
|Don Whitman tempts the flock|
Also over the holidays, a visit was paid to the farm by the parents of the Benner's sister-in-law, Lisa Seligsohn. Don and Charlotte Whitman from Maine/Virginia, just happened to time it right and enjoyed some of the Old School turkey leftovers in a hearty soup Al had made (the same turkey the Whitmans had eaten three days before at the Benners on Thanksgiving). While Charlotte toured the farmhouse and viewed old photos of the farm, Al showed Don around the property, even paying a visit to the remainder of the turkey flock that was spared as breeding
|Our Spanish Black Tom|
Dave has been hard at work making repairs around the house and grounds as needed and getting everything secure and stowed away for what is looking like it could be a long, cold winter. Most importantly he has been focusing on bringing in a lot of seasoned firewood that had been cut earlier this past year. He's also now working on securing interns for next season and creating a detailed report for USDA regarding production in our high tunnel greenhouse (a requirement for the grant we received)
|Winter Oats just seeded|
Finally, we are currently looking into the possibility of acquiring crop insurance for the flood plain growing area so we can have the peace of mind to expand our growing areas of vegetables. We sell through the new Wayne County cooperative being organized by Sky Ballantine over at Ant Hill Farm. It's a great program where various farmers can list what they have extra of each week and local restaurants (and soon individuals) can order what they want and pick up at one of three weekly pick up locations. Best of all each farmer sets their price for their offerings. Last year our beets, carrots, kale and tomatoes moved very nicely and we would like to expand our offerings and volumes.
We'll be taking a break from the blog until mid to late January as there won't be a whole lot to report over the next few weeks. Until next time we hope your holiday season is joyful and warm.
Your Friends at Old School Farm
|Thanksgiving - Deena Benner and her parents, Phyllis & Sheldon Seligsohn|
|Phyllis, Cousin Ben, and 99 year old Grandma Sophie|
|Sue Benner with some Old School Turkey and sides|
|Early winter view from above the garden area|
|The last day of the last front tooth!|
|It has since been cracked - it was a double yoker. So would it have hatched two chicks? We think so.|