Hay is in the barn! 15.6 tons! Acorn can relax now! Was a wild time getting the hay to the barn, but nothing is as easy as it seems. Blind Hog thrives on excitement.
Last of the market goats to the salebarn. Garden continues to put forth:
Tried out the first of the Cornish cross chickens… Deliciousness…
Acorn is also getting damned tired of tick nymphs… But she did not rant about that at all… She was much more interested in talking about how the tenor ukulele got new “low-g strings,” which Acorn just loves. Can you tell the difference?
Broilers all processed and shrink bagged. New Goat Plan underway. Mechanic work completed on the F350 (still needs a bit of parking brake work) and the 17 yr old riding mower has been resurrected once again. Garden, cows, goats; yada yada yada…
Selling goats, buying goats and buying hay. What comes in, must go out.
Acorn finally picked a watermelon that was truly ripe. Ratatouille, carrots and pickled beets in jars. Dairy goat milking is being throttled back so Acorn can dry off the girls. Daily yield is being reduced each day- now back 2/3 already.
Yes, Acorn made a list of most of the things accomplished to talk about for the podcast. She did leave off filling 350 lbs of mineral mix into all the livestock feeders. They had the mill put the mix in 25 lb bags instead of the 50 lb. bags Blind Hog was carrying when the tore his calf muscle. Blind Hog said Acorn was handling those 25 lb bags quite nicely, while he sat in the truck with this foot on the brake. Yes- we do not trust the parking break on the F3509. That is Acorn’s task tomorrow…
First eight of the Cornish Cross chickens are processed, along with the three cockerels who were twice their age but half their size. The remaining “piggie chickens” will be processed when they run out of feed. 75 lbs of feed remain...
Acorn picked chanterelle mushrooms, sauteed them in butter and put them in the freezer for future feasting. Bees are doing super, two hive splits are thriving. Momma cows are ready to be bred for spring calves. They will get back with the bull Fintan once the last of the 2021 kids go to market, in a week and a half.
Fields are doing super, best grass out there in several years.
SteelMeadow Farm has a new goat plan- going with registered Savanna bucks which means the current unregistered Savanna bucks have to go. Fred has already found a new home. George is yet to find his. Not only were they were both unregistered but they also had more than two teats. Acorn says no to supernumerary teats of goats. Period!
Rain to move in and a cold front with it. Hot damn! Drunk Uncle ukulele provided the podcast’s noodling in the background. Play it loud and play it proud!
Pullets are now protected with insulation foam to help deter the black snakes… Will it work? Time will tell!
Starting to sort through and “work” goats at 10 am was about 3 hrs too late… Blind Hog and Acorn both had to have a sit down before the task was completed. It was the high, high humidity that was the killer culprit. Nonetheless, the intrepid farmers soldiered on and goats got worked. Ten adult goats went on the trailer the next day and the herd production average is thus improved. Twenty-one kids are now finishing out- on their own field and will receive sweet feed to keep them growing.
Cabbages cut, kraut fermentation in the process. Three half-gallon jars will be repacked into several 12 oz. tall jelly jars- the perfect size for us. No further processing, will keep it in the fridge and keep the microbes alive.
Blondies. With English walnuts and craisins. Doubled the ACV (apple cider vinegar). Just like eating chess pie or buttermilk pie in little bites. Here is the recipe.
Blind Hog and Acorn forgot to mention the chanterelle mushroom bonanza, as well as the great news about the bee hives.. Going to have to wait till next week for that!
Blind Hog and Acorn got the wall sculpture delivered and installed. A bit of unusual farm work to say the least! Good news is that Glen and Becky are happy and the piece looks great in its new home. Now Acorn just needs to figure out the next chapter for the Great Farm Plan...
Rains continue to surprise, and the garden and fields are taking full advantage. I know there are at least 3 watermelons in the patch. Blackberries are ripening, tiny zucchini appearing- watch the zucchini go from tiny to huge in just a day!
Eating well on the farm- lots of veggies and it is hard to beat a tart with patisserie cream and rhubarb compote, with homemade honey vanilla ice cream of course…
Blind Hog saw an ortho dude and it is all good news- torn calf muscle and he is already doing “all the right rehab things.” Tincture of Time , as my old MD boss would say. In the meantime, he does what he can, puts his leg up, wears one of my stylish hiking compression socks and is his usual happy-go-lucky self. Listen to the podcast which drops Sunday morning, July 11th.
Grass is taking off after the rain last week, fields looking good. Garden will need to be watered soon. Blackberries are beginning to ripen! Yay! Cows and goats have all been moved about to new paddocks.
The piggie chickies (Cornish cross broilers) are growing like weeds- between 2.25 and 2.5 lbs now.. Letting them out and about supposedly will slow their growth down, and they also do not get chicken feed at night. They are a bit behind their growth chart, but as long as they don’t fall over from heart attacks (common) then that is good.
Delivering the wall sculpture tomorrow! Very excited!
Blind Hog seems intent on injuring himself, this week it was a torn calf muscle. Oh well, “we see this…” Good news is that he is able to move about the cabin freely, albeit a bit slower than his usual. Swelling has gone down and he can bear weight on the injured leg. Tincture of Time now for it to heal on up.
Acorn has sold goats and has two heifers under contract- a very productive week.
Broiler chick experiment continues- the little hybrids are growing exponentially. Almost a bit scary… Garden is producing and a break in hot weather is upon us.
Blind Hog and Acorn capped off a fun-filled week by getting up early today to milk goats, pick 4 gallons of blueberries at a nearby berry farm, and then sort-load-drive a dozen goats to today’s livestock sale about 16 miles away.
On top of that- the high heat, humidity and intermittent rain showers made for a lovely work environment.
Good news is the broiler chicks are outside– they love their pen and can run around and flap their pudgy wings. Blind Hog has a pan of brownies calling his name and Acorn does not want to say how many of the blueberry muffins she baked are already “missing…”
Check out the pictures for Acorn’s goat butter process. Is it somewhat messy but the results are delicious!
Triple digit heat indices, Blind Hog and Acorn have been sweatin’ fools.
Calves got “worked”, goat kids separated from their mommas. Garden is string trimmed, wild black raspberries picked. Elderflowers have been plucked and stuffed into gallon jars to make “St. Germaine” cordial- recipe on the new farm website!
Broiler chicks are something new- ready to process in just 10 weeks? That is crazy! Call us unbelievers, but we will see. The sooner we get the little buggers outside, the better. Give them room to grow grow grow!
Blind Hog’s wall sculpture is 99% finished. Date set in July to deliver and install. Yay!
Weather has gone from “light jackets” to “turn on the a/c” in a matter of days…
Acorn has had some run-ins with local snakes, one of which had got the goose off her nest and was in the process of eating an egg- all when they might be starting to hatch! (well, if there are any that will hatch that is…) The snake was released in the woods, with Acorn bitching all the way…
A goatling had got herself trapped under the garden fence and died, Sam nabbed a groundhog and deposited it by the porch. Blind Hog has been on “body removal” duty.
Farm website is undergoing a major platform shift and resulting webpage upgrade. Acorn gets to complain complain complain.
However, chores are now done, time to have a sit down and relax.