Our apologies for not having posted since May, but sometimes life simply has you going in too many directions at once. Running a farm doesn't help either, as often this time of year we don't even get around to having dinner until 10 pm :)
The long, lazy days of summer are now upon us and Old School Farm is settling in to focus on growing vegetables for selling at the farmers market we attend each Wednesday from 4 - 6 pm. The market is located at the Cooperage - right on Main Street in Honesdale. It's a great place to find local purveyors of fresh and delicious food.
|Dave selling early season produce - asparagus, rhubarb and ramps (wild leeks)|
Now that it's July, we've also been able to turn our attention to a couple of big projects that got put on the back burner during the hectic spring planting season.
The biggest project we are working on right now is clearing for a fence line that will surround three or four acres of pasture we are developing in the central portion of the property. The idea is to move the sheep to this location during summer for two reasons:
|Mary gets a better view by standing on her mom's back|
2) Keeping the sheep on higher ground during the summertime when flooding can occur is wise. Having lost five animals last year during a high water event along our river bottom area is not something we want to repeat.
The other projects that are ongoing are the hooking up of power to the springhouse so we can pump water up hill to the new pasture for the sheep. This takes a lot of doing and requires the coordinating of a plumber and electrician. Dave will also be getting some deer fencing around the new vegetable plot we have established in the main field adjacent to the Dyberry.
|The newly certified commercial kitchen in the barn|
Old School Farm has two interns this summer and we have been very pleased with their efforts on the farm. Devon and Rip are staying in our barn and utilizing our new commercial kitchen space. They've been doing a great job of planting and taking care of our vegetable crop and we really appreciate all they are doing to help our farm move to the next level. Right now they are assisting Dave in clearing and setting up the fence for the new pasture area.
We hope your summer is going well and we hope you enjoy all the photos this time around - we had a lot to catch you up on and share.
|Devon & Rip|
Your Friends at Old School Farm
| Sue & Dave Benner take a break to sit on a pile of living edge hemlock |
that will soon become siding for the new seasonal interns cabin
|Our neighbor Jim Sanders demonstrates his pizza twirl skills|
|The Seligsohns and Benners making their pizzas|
|Uncle Jeff and his perfect pie..yes that is Old School tomato sauce and spinach!|
|Owen about to sample one of Pat's rhubarb squares (they didn't last long)|
|Shhh....be very, very quiet - I am trying to catch "Momma G." (bullfrog)|
|Yes, Aunt Lisa you have now officially made the blog!! ;)|
|Relaxing after the pizza event|
|Lisa Seligsohn captures barn swallows on the electric fence|
|Family Farm Tour|
|Mom relaxing with her charges|
|Addison Benner overcame her fear of chickens to become an expert egg gatherer|
|The "Old Gizzard" hits the Dyberry|
|Uncle Rob and his nephews pick asparagus...|
|... green and white (white are growing under the mulch - no light)|
|spring dinner from the creek, pond, and vegetable garden|
|The Woodpecker alarm....actually a turkey "killing cone" ,|
this was wrapped on at 5 am every 2 minutes by a downy
woodpecker who was staking his claim to our backyard!
It was hanging on a tree - We took it down and put it in the barn
|Fresh watercress from our spring. We had placed a few|
clumps into the water last year and had a very large patch
this season to harvest from. We sold bunches at the
|Who's afraid of a little rain!|
|Heading down the Dyberry to fish for trout|
|Owen lands a nice one - patience pays off !|
|The high tunnel fully planted|
|Garter snake. Maybe that is why they call them "garter" snakes - they wrap around your arm or leg!|
|biking along the Dyberry through the game lands|
|cooling off at the Dyberry|
|picnic at the Sanders|
|Pat roasts up a marshmallow|
|Broccoli transplants need water after solar drip stops running|
|The portable saw mill cutting cherry logs at the Sanders|
|Dave and the stray merganser duckling that someone dropped off|
|Filling egg cartons|
|Devon getting ready for pizza|
|Jim and Pat ready to dig into a wood-fired pie|
|8 year olds love to role pies|