As is often the case in our busy world, the author's life off the farm has been all consuming over the past ten months... Supervising twin 9 year olds, coaching baseball, running other businesses, and even making it to the second round of screenings for Shark Tank for Powerful Plants have been very time consuming... Hope you all understand.
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So what's new on the farm?
Well for starters it was a very dry summer. What in spring looked like a simply amazing garden, sputtered and ended up less productive than in other years. With mice searching everywhere they could for moisture, our root crops became prime targets. Our large area of potatoes produced smaller (and dryer) than normal spuds, and our peppers in the high tunnel are being mauled by rodents as well.
This all said, Dave has done a good job of marketing everything he can through the Lackawaxen Farmers Co-op, and sales are building this fall. We've also had a few on farm sales from our small stand at the farm.
Other news is we will be sending two sheep to the butcher this fall and we will be giving "Renny" the bottle fed ram to a farm in Susquehanna county while acquiring a new ram from the same farm to ensure a new line of genes for our flock.
The big news of late however is the incredibly long 3' deep trench that was just dug for underground electric and phone lines traversing the farm to Dave and Christin's building lot on the far north side of the property. This was a big project and a lot to coordinate. The power runs close by the newly erected farm intern cabin, so power and internet was trenched to that structure with water soon to arrive from a newly drilled well for a nearby growing area and pasture.
The turkeys are starting to roost in trees so Dave will be clipping their wings. We lost birds to predators in the past due to them not be locked up every night.
Owen and Coleman recently spent a five day school break with their dad and grandfather at the farm.
It was great family bonding time and much produce was harvested, including a large "Sugar Baby" watermelon that the boys said was the best tasting watermelon they ever had! Unfortunately the local fishing opportunities were not productive due to the drought.
Finally, we send out a big hello and best wishes for a continued speedy recovery to our dear friend Mary Thomas. Mary's family owned our farm for most of the 20th century and had our farmhouse built. Mary took a bad spill several months ago, but she is as tough as they come and is on the mend and well on her way to a full recovery we are told. We love you Mary!
By for now...
Your Friends at Old School Farm
|The super harvest moon that comes every 30 years or so...notice the red colored halo - only lasted a few minutes|
|A beautiful Butternut|
|Dave Benner - the 86 year old potato digger with his grandsons|
|On the trail to the cabin with some of our apples|
|Benner boys selfy taken up in deer stand|
|The 350 year old sugar maple|
|"The best watermelon ever"|
|Fishing on the very low Dyberry - not even a bite or a rise!|
|On the fallen walnut over the Dyberry|
|Sitting down to a farm dinner|
|Adding stickers to Powerful Plants vegetable seed packs|
|Lunch at the Dimmick Inn in Milford|
|An Icelandic ram's horns spiral as they age|
|Kale adjacent to new crop of carrots and newly planted spinach|
|A nice surprise! Watermelons in the greenhouse!|
|Weightlifting for 9 year olds|
|Yellow Patty Pans - over ripe|
|We have lots of Rainbow Chard....great stuff - boys love it|
|Snow White tomatoes - straight from the vine - literally (now that is a good use of this currently overused word!)|
|It was so dry, the Country Gentleman corn was just gummy once cooked|
|Lakota squash and Casper Pumpkin|
|Large Hubbard squash in foreground|
|Our friends at Ant Hill farm loaned us their potato harvester|