February 27, 2013 Farm News

Look on our ” Our CSA” page for our new 2013 Brochure.

Well another week and a bit more winter although it is now somewhat less fierce, at least as regards the low temperature. We did get a fair amount of snow today and it continued snowing much of the day. The snow is quite wet with the temperature around the freezing mark. I have spent much of my time this past week in finishing up the 2013 brochure in which we set out our farm policy, more or less, for the coming season. I also spent some time catching up on my e-mail replies, some of which were long overdue. I must resolve to reply more promptly. Most of the rest of my time was taken up gathering and cutting and carrying firewood and doing a little bit of overdue house repairs. much more remains to be done there.

Aerron has set a few taps in maple trees He will eventually set about 60 taps, maybe more in mostly Sugar Maples but also in some Manitoba Maple. We have tapped many Manitoba Maples in past years and the sap obtained from these trees makes perfectly fine maple syrup. The sugar content is said to be much lower in the Manitobas than in the Sugar Maples but we can’t really tell much difference. Our taps are in trees scattered all around and in some nearly inaccesible places down the riverbank which is high and steep. So it is sometimes quite a bit of work carrying full sometimes 16 litres full buckets up a steep slippery slope strewn with branches  and what not there to trip you up if mud and snow doesn’t. Then the trip back to the house means carrying two 16 to 18 litre buckets full of maple sap up to maybe a 1/4 mile.

We have two new born lambs this week … twins, and they are doing just fine. Several of the other ewes are looking quite rotund and have full udders, so they should probably lamb this coming week.

No new photos this week so I just searched through my picture files here and came up with some interesting older photos that haven’t appeared yet in this blog and show some of the things that we can look forward to in the spring. The first photo is in the greenhouse very early on in the spring.

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Something else that we will be getting before too long.

Something else that we will be getting before too long.

This is from a couple of years ago but it is starting to look a bit like this again, more empty than full.

This is from a couple of years ago but it is starting to look a bit like this again, more empty than full.

Late spring a couple of years ago. Sheep and cattle are looking forward to this.

Late spring a couple of years ago. Sheep and cattle are looking forward to this.

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