A bit of calm…

Just a bit, though!  The CSA is over, and it’s nice to be free from that schedule, but there’s still plenty to do around here, including:  mowing and tilling all over the farm, continuing harvests for the farmers’ market and wholesale customers, getting the rest of the carrots and potatoes out of the ground, taking down deer fences, building some sort of permanent winter fencing for the sheep, mulching crops for the winter, splitting and stacking wood, all manner of farm clean-up and organization, etc.  Never a dull moment!

A special thanks to CSA member and friend, Eddie Watt, for his help harvesting and more the past couple of Friday mornings.  This past Friday, especially, it would have been really tough to get in the harvest without Eddie’s help.

The first edition of the Norway Winter Farmers’ Market went very well.  The whole family made the drive up to Norway this past Saturday, and the hall at the First Universalist Church was packed with area growers and producers offering up everything from veggies and meats to breads and pastries, honey and maple syrup to homemade soaps and other crafts.  The vibe was wonderful, and we hope the market will be even busier in the weeks to come as more people realize that it’s happening.  Come on up and check it out every Saturday from 10am until 2pm!

Thanks to those of you who have dropped leaves off here at the farm, and a reminder to everyone interested in getting rid of leaves:  The farm needs them!  Drop them off anytime over near the barn, and we’ll use them to mulch in next season’s garlic, among other things…

And…want some laying hens of your very own?  As we did last fall, we’d like to rid ourselves of an aging flock for the winter, and rather than process them all (messy and time-consuming), we’d much rather pass the gals along to good homes.  If you’ve ever wanted to have a few chickens around for eggs and/or amusement, this might be a great way to jump in.  Our current batch of hens are around 2 years old.  Their egg production has dropped (and will drop some more once winter settles in), but the gals are continuing to produce eggs at a rate of roughly 3 or 4 eggs per week per hen.  Once again, these birds are free for the taking, so let us know if you’re interested.  And, for the record, we plan to order chicks in the latter half of the winter so as to have a fresh batch of layers ready to go next season!

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