Get yer boots and yer helmet, it's time for a farm tour!
Finally made a point of taking the camera with me to chores the other night so you could all see the goings on around Barnyard Organics these days.
Next we head out to the cattle where we feed Rosie and Duffy, who are both nearing a milestone of sorts. At some point soonish, Duffy is going to be heading to the Happy Hunting Ground in the sky (ie. our freezer) (Mark thinks we should sell tickets on Parliament Hill to an organic meal featuring grilled Duffy). And Rosie is to be dried off in a week or so to prepare for her next calf, due in August. We're not looking forward to buying milk and drinking a lot less of it, but this is pretty decent timing for having one less chore (milking) to do. And then fresh ice cream in August will be pretty great too! Here's to hoping I have enough butter in the freezer!
Next onto the pigs, who are happily rooting around in last year's pig pasture, but needing some expansion. They seem to be a lot more interested in grass than last year's pigs, so we're opening their pasture up a bit this week to give them more grazing opportunities. Nancy is a particularly good forager, although that may be out of necessity since we think Miss Pig Gail Shea is greedy at the feed trough and eats more than her fair share. Nancy is the least photogenic pig we've ever had and makes snapping a picture nearly impossible. I refused to indulge Gail's narcissistic tendencies by posting a picture of her on here. Just trust me that she's huge, happy and healthy (well, as healthy as overweight pigs can be anyway).
The other houses each have about 45 chickens in them and are so far working well again this year. The kids and I are mostly in charge of moving them twice a day and keeping them in feed and water. To be honest, I've become a bit redundant, as Lucy can drive the 4-wheeler, Thayne pulls the cable out, Wilson runs the winch and they can all run the water hose and pump. I guess I'm just the muscles who lifts the feed.
Having my first feed of asparagus tonight for supper, which is the sure sign that a new season is here. After a winter of eating almost exclusively pork and a small bit of chicken, along with mostly root vegetables, quinoa and rice, I am so ready for some fresh chlorophyll and things picked within the last few days. For all the complaining I did about seasonal eating, this long winter, the anticipation and arrival of these summer flavours is what makes it so good!
I hope this finds you enjoying some summer flavours of your own!