August 22, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-8

HELLO;     Lots to talk about this week.   We are back to the hot summer weather, at least for a while, but it has been dry so we have been trying to take advantage of that though being dry also makes a lot more work for us as we have to do a lot of irrigating.

The irrigating equipment at the ready, pepper plants row to the left, a seemingly bare piece of ground has tiny new sprouted spinach, and past the watering cans is three rows of lettuce.

The irrigating equipment at the ready, pepper plants row to the left a seemingly bare piece of ground has tiny new sprouted spinach, and past the watering cans is three rows of lettuce. The barrel hides a tomato row.

FARM GATE SALES:   A note for those who are not picking up vegetables as part of the weekly CSA program.  We are open at the farm for vegetable sales from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.  This is a change from our old policy of just being open what ever time was convenient.  It makes everything go much smoother when we keep regular hours. The Farm Gate Sales page has weekly updated information so check it regularly.

The pickup area on a typical day readied with lots of vegetables weighing down the tables.

The pickup area on a typical day readied with lots of vegetables weighing down the tables.

HAYING:   The hayfield at our neighbours was cut last Wednesday and baled this Monday so it is now ready to be brought home.  Thirty-six (36) bales, the large round ones, which we will bring back on our wagon 3 at a time.  We really need to get them under

First trip down to the hay field on Wednesday,  Aerron is getting the wagon into position near to the bales which will be loaded by tractor.

First trip down to the hay field on Wednesday, Aerron is getting the wagon into position near to the bales which will be loaded by tractor.

Bringing the first load down Kirby Crescent, three bales are on board.

Bringing the first load down Kirby Crescent, three bales are on board.

cover for the winter but for now we will just place them all on the ground or on boards at the back of the barn until we get a rough structure built and a plastic tarp to cover it with. Some rain on the large round bales is not too bad, not desired, but not a disaster either. We need to do 12 trips, but can do no more than 4 each day and on these hot days probably just 3.  The horses being older are not pushed as hard as we once might have done. So it is going to have to be done over 5 days at least and not 5 consecutive either.  Likely we will bring home 6 on Tuesday, none Wednesday, 9 Friday, 9 Saturday  6 on Sunday and 6 on Monday.  If all goes to plan.

The large round hay bales just inside the doors. These are on the threshing floor and need to be taken apart and tossed up into the mow.

The large round hay bales just inside the doors. These are on the threshing floor and need to be taken apart and tossed up into the mow.

WEATHER:   This warmer weather has been an improvement for us as it is much better for getting vegetables to grow quickly, especially the heat lovers such as tomatoes and peppers.  The downside is that it is more difficult to work when the temperature is in the high 20’s and being dry too means a lot of irrigating is necessary.  For now we do need all the heat we can get, it will cool off soon enough though I expect that it will stay warm through September, I’m counting on it.  Rain is forecast for Thursday and except for the hay we could do with rain, a real good soaking would be nice.

The tables loaded with vegetables for the CSA pickup two weeks ago. The potatoes, onions and garlic are out of picture to the left. Yellow beans, green beans, shallots, green cucumbers with white ones in front, yellow and green summer squash piled high, red leaved kale, green leaved is just out of picture to the right and cabbage leaves are at the right foreground.

The tables loaded with vegetables for the CSA pickup two weeks ago. The potatoes, onions and garlic are out of picture to the left. Yellow beans, green beans, shallots, green cucumbers with white ones in front, yellow and green summer squash piled high, red leaved kale, green leaved is just out of picture to the right and cabbage leaves are at the right foreground.

THIS WEEK’S CSA:    At least one new item this week.  We should have some basil, the more familiar kind as well as more of the Tulsi.  There are a good lot of potatoes and slicing onions and a larger number of eggs this week.  The chickens have been laying extra well the last few days. The eggs are now reliably larger on average than at the beginning so for that reason we have upped the price to $4.00 a dozen.  These are not organic but are fed conventional feeds, a lay ration and oats. The chickens are however  given a large grassed area to roam though for protection from racoons and skunks and owls they are shut up in a coop overnight.  We will have more of the various lettuces.  Lots of summer squash including zucchinis as well as cucumbers.  More garlic though we have yet not had a chance to trim up any of the different varieties for your trial.  We will have some tomatoes this week but probably more next week.  Still a large amount of kale and cabbage ( at least in the form of loose cabbage leaves ).  This week we will have a good lot of good looking broccoli and as well some other vegetables and some more herbs as well.

NEW CALF: Our Milking Shorthorn cow “Tippy” gave birth to a nice looking, large bull calf early this morning. Here are a

Tippy and her new calf born 21/08/2013

Tippy and her new calf born 21/08/2013

The calf is actually red coloured not black.  He is still wet and by tomorrow will look a lot better.

The calf is actually red coloured not black. He is still wet and by tomorrow will look a lot better.

couple of pictures

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE:   Our apple tree is a part of the documentary   A  Desert Between Us & Them   Raiders, Traitors and Refugees in the War of 1812   which premieres on Saturday August 24th at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford.  It is free and open to all and additional info can be had at visualheritage.ca .  The broadcast premiere is October 5th at 9:00 p.m. on TVO.  So there, a well done interesting film.  Try to make it to the Sanderson Centre if you can.

The apple tree with cows a couple of springs back.

The apple tree with cows a couple of springs back.

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