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Quiet Day On The Farm

Posted 3/7/2018 3:29pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Quite a doozy of a week, eh?  Two nor'easters in 5 days, 50 mph winds, downed trees- sandwiched by a few sunny, 45 degree days.  I'm confused!  I suppose that's how March rolls...in like a lion, out like a lamb.

Speaking of lambs (how's that for a segue?), 
we're keeping a close eye on a few of our expectant mothers: can you see why?  They're huge!  The first due dates are in 10 days, but we're keep an eye out for early signs of labor just in case- nesting & pawing at their straw bedding, restlessness, changes in eating etc.  We've selected breeding ewes for great mothering skills, so we trust that they'll go into their shelter if need be.  They always have access to shelter, but seem to prefer the open air, and are outside 99% of the time, even in this snow.  Amazing animals!

The past few days have been filled with preparations for the upcoming farming season, which really gets underway next week with the arrival of 135 chicks and ducklings!  We've also been cutting trees for mushrooms, building brooders for the chicks, preparing for lambing, tapping maple trees for syrup, applying for new farmer's markets, and cleaning up after the first storm.  March is going to be a crazy month indeed!

With Easter fast approaching, now's the time to plan, as this upcoming weekend is a delivery weekend to Washington on Saturday, and to Chester on Sunday.  We have some great leg of lamb roasts, as well as tasty hickory-smoked hams.  The lamb roasts are typically 3-4 pounds, cook and carve easily, and would serve 4-5 adults.  The hams, which are nitrate-free, range from 3 pounds to 7 pounds, so be sure to specify how big of a ham you'd like when ordering.

 

We had a great response after we opened our CSA and farm credit season, thanks much for your ongoing support!  If you're on the fence about joining, or are curious to learn more, take the time on this snow day to read about the mutual benefits of supporting a local farm like ours.

 

Thanks & take care! 

Ryan & Liz

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