Winter is almost over

It’s been a long, cold winter and we’ve been busy on the farm carrying water out to the barns and trying to replace the firewood for our furnace, but the season is almost over. I think.

The lambs have been lambing and the cattle have been calving and we’ve been chasing after all of them.

With that said I did manage to take a few photos of some of the snow around the farm, which are a lot nicer to look at than they were to take.

Here are a few of them.

Some photos of our sheep

During a couple of visits to our farm over the past year Rosemary Hasner of Black Dog Creative Arts took some photos of our sheep. To see more of her work visit her website.

New Lives

Over the past couple of months our attention has been divided between the new lives on our farm. The cows and the ewes have been giving birth to little calves and little lambs. It’s a time of year that keeps us busy around the farm, but it’s always great when you go out to the barn and find a new set of eyes looking back at you, before the owner of those eyes promptly runs away from you.

Buy Local! Buy Fresh!

We received the brand new 2012-14 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! maps a few weeks ago. The BLBF map is released every couple of years through Huron-Perth Farm To Table.

For those who are interested in purchasing from, and supporting, local farmers a digital copy of the map is available, or you can pick one up from us at the farm or the markets.

If you haven’t been to the farm before, look us up and come for a visit.

Market Days

Our set up at the market.

Summer is just about here, and that means market season has already begun. We are at two markets so far, one in Grand Bend (Wednesday mornings) and the other in Exeter (Thursday afternoons). The above photo was taken yesterday in Grand Bend after we had set up our booth. We currently have our Angus beef, Berkshire pork and Katahdin lamb available, as well as maple syrup, spelt flour and peanuts. We also have our preserves and produce at the Exeter market. We hope to see you at the market this summer.

And the pigs are out

This past weekend we let a few of our pigs outside to enjoy the nice, warm weather. The bonus is that they are also great at moving earth. We put them in our garden, which we plowed in the spring, in order to dig up some of the roots that had started to grow and some of the worms and grubs. They’re also able to find a few of the leftover potatoes, carrots, beets and other veggies that were in the garden. Our old horse trailer provides a bit of shelter if it gets windy or rains.

One of our young Berkshire boars.

Our Berkshire pigs eating some grain.