Sorry this is so belated, I lost power mid-way through the second paragraph and only recently have had it restored.
We were quite surprised early this morning to open the door to Silka, our loving barn cat who wants nothing more in life than to be an indoor cat, sitting on a door stoop piled high with fluffy snow. We had worked into the dark last night prepping what we could for what we thought was a few inches of rainy snowy mix. Instead we were greeted with a good 8 inches and snow still falling fast. What we really need is about two more weeks; time enough to harvest the last of the pigs, finish work on a few building projects, and to get the chickens, horses and two groups of cows into their winter homes. Winter homes have easy access to water, hay and feed, rather than a long trudge through the snow hauling an arm full of hay at a time and lugging buckets of water by hand.
We did happily get the milk cows into their indoor space last night–warm, dry and adjacent to the milking barn. I think that Winter (the cow not the season) knew what we were in for. At dusk I went up to get them from their pasture, after opening the gate Winter came right down to the barns and turned straight into their winter home without any prodding or direction from me, though she hadn’t been in there since the early spring.
In the veggie share this week: brussel sprouts, lettuce, kale, chard, broccoli, cabbage, leeks, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, beets, celery, kraut and white beans.
In the meat share: chicken, pork, beef, lard, leaf lard (for your thanksgiving crust), and organ meats.
We are still dreadfully light on eggs, though I was able to track down a supply from Sunset Farm in between Willsboro and Essex to supplement.
See you all this evening between 4 and 6. We’ll have the fire burning once again and some hot apple cider.
Full and By Farm