Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shearing Day - September 18, 2011

Today was shearing day for Selene and her twins.  Thankfully the threatened rain never materialized.  Once we were finished, Jasper was banished to the top pasture apart from the girls.  He's been complaining all day.

Prepped and ready to go

The waiting in the holding pen

Emily starting with the ram lamb.  He's not looking so happy.

...and finishing up with Selene.

Naked black sheep.  The BFL is shorn only in the spring.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Still have sheep for sale...

With everything that's happened over the past few months, we REALLY need to sell the four remaining sheep.   Now is a great time to add some nice ewes to a breeding flock.  Information is on the farm website.  All reasonable offers will be considered.    I would prefer not to sell such nice girls as market sheep.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Last of the Harvest

Growing Season 2011 was definitely one wild ride.   From heavy rains and cold temps in the spring to high temps, tornados, earthquakes and Hurricane Irene by season's end.  We learned what, when and where not to plant for future years and have re-evaluated our goals.  

Sheep will be departing and honey bees will be arriving.   We're also going to focus more on small fruits for canning and preserving.  As always, flavor and nutrition will be key factors in determining what crops to go, but we are also going to aim for those that preserve well.   We're still proponenents of eating fresh, seasonal and local; but the fact is we still have to eat in the winter and we'd rather not shift back to the produce grown for shipping conformity over food value.

This weekend we finished the last of our fingerling potatoes.  These are definitely a 'do again' item.   I loved the creamy golden texture and the size is perfect for grilling or slicing for potato salad.   The make pretty good mashed potatoes too, especially with roasted garlic!  MMmmm!