This'll be a quick one, because quite frankly there's not a lot to say. We've been haying, and finally finished a while ago. Since we ran out of hay last year and had to buy some, we went overboard this year and (hopefully/surely) have more than enough. We've got every nook and cranny packed full and between first cut and second cut I can't imagine what would have to come over my sheep to go through it all. I feel like now that I've put this in writing, it will come back to haunt me around April 2010. We'll see.
Besides that, there's not a whole lot going on. All the winter/fall cereals are cleaned up. The first batch of chickens are sitting in the freezer, waiting for us to get around to selling them, which we need to do before the next batch are ready. We may hit up the Summerside Market sometime soon if we need to. It may also be a good place to sell our edamame which should be ready any day now. THAT will be a learning experience.
We're participating in an event called "Meal in the Field" which pairs chefs with farmers and on Aug 31, a bunch of tents are sent up in a field in Caledonia (here on the island) and people are invited to come 'tour' the field and try out the various dishes created by the chef, showcasing the ingredients from the farmer. Should be interesting. It's being organizing by a young guy who moved to the island as a WOOFER and has now settled here with his own organic farm. He's got culinary background and is overall just an enthusiastic and ambitious guy. A good one to have on the side of organics here right now. He's also organizing the annual Harvest Meal which is put on the by COPC. I'm really looking forward to it. Both the Meal in the Field and the Harvest Meal. I think tickets will be on sale anytime now. This year it's moving even more upscale with Chef Michael Smith the head in the kitchen and it's moving to the Charlottetown Driving Park, which is an interesting and pretty venue.
Whew, that was a lot of plugging all at once. I don't have any pictures so I won't bore you any longer. I am heading home this week to go to the St. Maries Fair (more formally known as Expo Kent. It is always a highlight of my summer and lately since I'm not home to help Mom with the sheep, I'm the announcer for the sheep show. For a little community in southeastern NB it has one of the best livestock shows left in terms of exhibitions. The sheep show alone is the largest in the maritimes, as far as we know. This year there are over 80 entries in the sheep. Impressive really, mostly in thanks to my Mom who is finally allowing the fair to give her some recognition for all her work. She is the Farmer of the Year this year, which despite her insistence otherwise, is a big deal. And she is much deserving. Congrats Mrs. Wilson, Winnie, Poohie, Mom!
Anyway, if you're not doing anything the week or this weekend, you should really consider hitting up the fair in little Ste. Marie de Kent. It really is worth your while. Guarantee. And I'm not being paid to say that! hahaha.
Ok ok ok, enough with the publicity tonite. The soap box is wearing thin. And my eyes are wearing heavy.
G'night all. Hope Hurricane Bill is treating you nicely.