“I was in Kentucky until Wednesday night, so I missed most of the heavy action here this week. In short: carrots came out of the ground, garlic went into the ground, and more calves hit the ground.
Carrot-wise, we have about six tons in storage, and six in the field. Thanks to the whole team for a long day of plowing, bagging and hauling carrots, followed by a full round of garlic planting.
Garlic went into the new field, inaugurating it. This is a crop we save for seed, year to year, and the 2015 harvest was a quarter what we had hoped for. All of the garlic we harvested in July was used for seed yesterday, so alas we will not have garlic this winter.
Meanwhile, there were calves, calves, and more calves. Old Sis had a healthy boy on Wednesday. Sis is a daughter of our original cow, Delia, and I think she’s about ten years old, which is ancient for a dairy cow. Last year she aborted her calf late in her pregnancy and so by rights we should have culled her, but after the stillbirth she did give some milk, and there was never a free moment in the butcher shop, so we kept milking her. Then the bull arrived and Sis was bred, and so was granted clemency. You can’t run a dairy on sentimentality but it does make me very happy to see this sweet old gal back in the lineup, her enormous bag full of milk…”Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.