After a long, cold winter, the signs of life that accompany early spring are most rewarding. The birth of a frisky lamb to a ewe who miraculously survived being submerged for five hours in a flood last June soon after losing her twin lambs in an accidental drowning warms the heart.
|Mary and her proud parents - Freya and Uncas Jr.|
Our other ewe "Olive" that was born last spring is named after Mary's departed older sister. We are thrilled to have Mary the black
In other news we will soon begin constructing our 14' x 14' three season cabin to house interns for the summer season. We are also finishing up work on our commercial kitchen in the barn, and Dave will be completing the outdoor shower stall and we will be readying our "old school" privy.
|A most delicious spinach & egg farm salad|
The sap recently stopped flowing - it was not a banner year by any stretch. Last year we had more sap than we could handle, and it figures this year when we were more properly geared up, the flow was minimal. Nonetheless we were still able to cook down a few quarts.
The Benner boys were on spring break this past week, and with some friends up to visit, we seized the moment and fired up the earthen pizza oven for the inaugural bake of the season. Al's friend Jordan decided to slide a tray of OSF root vegetables coated in olive oil into the oven, and even though they should have been covered for some of the time, the results were outstanding! Very intense flavors - especially the beets.
The spring peepers have started, the bikes were taken out for a spin and trout season opened...spring
|Winter Rye (cover crop) is a vibrant green this time of year|
We are loving the batch of sauerkraut Dave made last fall, and have found it mouth watering when added to a pork loin or one of our free range turkey breasts in a slow cooker along with OSF carrots and potatoes.
With farming there is always a catch, and right now the one major glitch is our '66 Ford pickup - "Hoss". Seems he has piston ring problem.... still unclear if it is simply
Until next time, enjoy this special time of year and be sure to get some seeds in the ground soon!
Your friends at Old School Farm... (More photos to follow below)
|Coleman and Owen "plant" refrigerated turkey eggs in nesting boxes|
|Dave Campeau standing in the soon to be commercial kitchen area in barn|
|Wide eyed broody hen observer|
|Three 8 year olds on the old road bed to upper pasture|
|Winter's gory reminder - a young raccoon that didn't get to|
see spring was spotted hanging from a crevice in a hemlock
|Bacon fat fun|
|Jordan Cassway - photographer and friend|
|The lower orchard greening up|
|Early spring frog eggs|
|Heavy downpours almost had the Dyberry jumping it's banks again|
|A light dusting of snow in mid-April along the falls|
|Focus Focus Focus - Dad was proud of his boys this past week|
| Our Spanish Black Tom has been very charged up - gobbling |
constantly and hopefully fertilizing a new batch of eggs
|Owen Benner spent hours observing our first three chic hatchlings - |
incubator in foreground holds more eggs
|Albeit a bit weedy, our holdover spinach from last fall's |
planting is very flavorful
|Our rooftop mini-greenhouses|
|Biking along the Dyberry|
|Eitan, Coleman and Owen|
|Dave's amazing (and much needed) railing in the barn|
|Eggplant Seedlings under the high pressure sodium light|