Week 11: The bull was busy

Marshall singing to his carrots

Marshall singing to his carrots

This week in the pack we expect to have potatoes; 2 small cabbages; beans; 1 bunch of carrots; 1 bunch of beets; cucumber; zucchini; head lettuce; cilantro/dill/parsley; hot pepper; and Huntley’s unsprayed blueberries.

Don’t forget our Open Farm Day on Saturday Aug 9 from 2pm onward

directions to farm.

This week on the farm we had very helpful visitors; a cattle herd expansion; a cattle escape; and lots of beans.  This morning David and I took down the temporary fence around the hayfield where the cattle have been grazing for the past 3 weeks.  In those three weeks the cattle have escaped twice and two calves were born.  Pretty exciting times, but we don’t think we want to go without a permanent perimeter fence again.  We wanted to get the hayfield ready for plowing so we could expand the garden.  The cattle did a great job!

The calves born Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are all doing well, although Thursday was having trouble finding her mom.  Wednesday’s mother took her on, luckily.  Friday and his mom will be moved back to Parkside Farm (where they are from) because she is a milking cow.

Wednesday with her excellent mom

Wednesday with her excellent mom

Thursday with her excellent white eyebrow

Thursday with her excellent white eyebrow

This is Friday, right after he was born and before his mom licked him off

This is Friday, right after he was born and before his mom licked him off

Friday is an absolutely beautiful calf!  He’s chocolate brown and this morning he was  pronking all over the pasture.

Peter Gale was here helping out at the farm again this week.  He not only helps in the field, he washes dishes, and is training us in how to be cool.  We need a lot of training!  We also had a visit from George and his son Loïc.  It was a hot day and they were real troopers!  They picked 94 lbs of beans for Norbert, tacked down raspberry mulch, and picked blueberries and raspberries.  It is a great encouragement to have people like Peter, Loïc, and George helping on the farm.  Thanks guys!

Last night at 1:30 am David remembered he had to put the beans out at the end of the driveway for Norbert to pick up on his way to Market this morning.  He hopped out of bed, got them out of the cold room, and brought them out to the end of the driveway.  This morning when we got up, they were gone.  Phew!

Someone spilled the beans

Someone spilled the beans

Some growers refer to Open Farm Days as Farmer Mow Your Lawn Days because we often don’t make time to mow the lawn unless people are coming over.

Bruce trying to make the place look spiffy

Bruce trying to make the place look spiffy

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Can you see the nuts on this tree?

I went out to take a photo of him mowing in the orchard and I noticed that the hazelnut trees are loaded!  They got trashed during Arthur but the nuts are ok!!

Below are a few more photos from the farm this week.

Moonfire Farm crew picking beans

Moonfire Farm crew picking beans

Loïc

Loïc

David and George picking beans

David and George picking beans

George and Loïc resting after pinning down the landscape fabric around the raspberries

George and Loïc resting after pinning down the landscape fabric around the raspberries

See you all soon at the pick-ups this week!

Jen, David, Bruce, Marshall, Benjamin, Lori, and Nadege

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