Handling the Harvest
August 13, 2012, 7:23 am
Filed under: August 2012

Some of yesterdays “hen fruit”

                                                   August 13, 2012

     It is that time of year for us again, when the garden starts to go crazy. Up until now, it has been a little here and a little there. Today the tomatoes are ripening quickly. The peppers hang like bananas and the rest of the garden is right behind them.

     It is a good problem to have! We got an inch of rain over the last three days. It seems everything was waiting for that water. All the plants are in high gear. We even had to cut the grass! The sweet corn jumped over a foot. The field corn however, may be too far gone to save… but I am working out a plan for that too 😮

     Our hens continue to like their playground and all it provides. I have big hands, but can still only hold four or five of their tasty brown eggs. That is a lot of breakfasts that I am holding…again, a good problem to have.

     I dug a few potatoes to check on their progress after growing through a very dry spell. They are doing okay. The potatoes are few in number, but respectable in size. Once again, we will have enough and even a few to share…. I am not taking credit for the abundance, for I have only tended the blessings.

     Today we will start spreading the partially composted bedding and manure from this summer. The fields will get a covering, more like a feeding if you will, of nutrients that I can’t buy. Instead it is provided free, by this farm, the animals and a little labor from me.

     Sustainable farming works! I see it every day, but when it’s time to gather the harvest, the “proof is in the pudding” , as they say. We will stock up for the next month or so. Then it will be just about time for butchering, as the harvest continues.

     So far this year we have harvested firewood, maple syrup, eggs and many meals from the garden. The farm gives great sleep, lots of smiles and a contentment that I can find nowhere else on Earth. It is a wonderful thing to handle the harvest from the place that I am supposed to be. I have found my place in the universe and that is just one, of many blessings that I have been given.


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Ralph and Connie,
What a great time tonight. As I said I really felt like we were on “little house on the prarie”. Thanks for the tour and hospitality. Beautiful! You are indeed blessed beyond measure!

Comment by Robin Terbizan

Thank you Robin. You are right, we drink from the saucer, because our cup runneth over!

Comment by ricelandmeadows

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