“Sometimes this farm’s arithmetic includes some very interesting variables. In the current market, for example, one top-of-the-line registered Berkshire boar equals $200 cash plus four bushels of winter squash, onions and potatoes. This week, we were in the market for a new farm truck. For many years, we denied the fact we needed a farm truck. That just meant we used our car instead, for all sorts of jobs that cars should not be asked to do.
Then, this summer, we bought our current Ranger, which was too far gone to be roadworthy, but good for hauling fence posts and calves and such around the farm. We have gotten our $250 out of it, for sure. However, in the last few months, the angle between the Ranger’s bed and its cab has grown increasingly acute, and then the brakes failed, so that whenever it was parked, the wheels had to be chucked.
Mark asked Jason Demar at Haulin’ Junk to keep an eye out for a bargain for us. Jason called this week, with a much-used Ford 150. Mark and Travis went to see it, and thought it might actually pass inspection, and they settled on what may be my favorite deal ever: one large pile of ancient copper wire that came out of the ground when we put the tile drainage in, plus Travis’s old motorcycle that has been parked in front of the machine shop for the last few months, plus the now-V-shaped Ranger. What a bargain!
Don Hollingsworth very kindly hauled two dairy bulls to the farm for us this week…” (Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.)
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