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Meow!

  (Athena takes her ease) A couple of readers have asked me to describe all the people and critters on our farm – they are newer readers or old ones who know things have changed a bit but not how, so I thought I’d do a series of short posts introducing you the residents. ¬†For…

Spudly

Probably the biggest loss to last year’s flooding in upstate New York was my potato crop. I could have dug them by the end of August, but as the saying goes “shoulda but didnta.” It was a warm summer and potatoes stay better in the ground in August here than they do in my house…

At the Edge of Spring

Spring is a trick of the light – it should be, after all, since ultimately the shift of seasons is about angles and sun. At some point in March the light changes – a new “certain slant of light” and thus, spring is here. It will be a while most years before the green and…

Mid-Summer Redux, with Pix

I thought y’all might want to see as well as hear what’s going on around here. First, there’s the baby goats: (Asher with Midori) (Isaiah holding Margarita) (Poppy nurses little Grog. Stout is in the background waiting his turn.) The baby goats aren’t the only baby things we have in profusion: (Marigold gave us 8…

in High Summer

We shared two cherry tomatoes this morning, the first ripe ones of the year, and that, to us, is the proof we’re fully into high summer. If I don’t pick the zucchini every day, I’m sorry. The weather is hot and sultry, the apricots are close to ripe and the peaches are following. The boys…

Dances with Bulls

Last night as I went about my chores, I was mulling over a possible post on how farming is actually easier than most people think it is. I’m winding up a stretch of time where Eric and the boys have been in NYC visiting Grandma, while I stayed at home to tend the farm. While…

Crap. We’ve had so much flooding (not the house, thankfully, but the creek has breached its banks, the driveway is flooded and the barn has about a ton of much-needed ;-P mud added to it) that I have to cancel our planned open farm day this Sunday. We’re just not going to be in shape…

It has been kind of quiet here, because well, it is spring, and that means that all my primary focus has shifted outside the house. The period from May 1 to June 15 is the busiest, craziest, wildest period of the year, and the shoulder season, ie, the month of April, its biggest rival. We…

Open Farm Days!!!

Ok, have you always wanted to come to see the farm? Here’s your chance. On Sunday, May 22, we’re having an open farm day from 10am to 4pm at our place at 43 Crow Hill Road Delanson, NY 12053. We’re about 45 minutes west of Albany in rural upstate NY. We will have baby goats…

Jessie’s Girls

(Just in case you didn’t grow up in the 1980s and need the reference.) Two years ago, we bought Jessie the goat from our friends Jamey and Carol. We wanted Jessie because of her great genetics – she’s a milk machine, and a sturdy, healthy goat who makes stunning babies. Zahra, her first daughter is…