Farm Update 08-23-18

Ugghhh, the weather. Hi everyone. I’m sure most all of you feel the same way at this point. Seemingly every time the forecast shows a few days of nice, a rain shower breaks into the mix within 36 hours.

New poly tunnel greenhouses are being added to the farm. The pad was put in on Tuesday, and the materials dropped off on Wednesday. I’m hopeful that the new tunnels will be operational by Labor Day, as they will allow me to continue growing crops well into the fall.

The little skunk has almost certainly moved on, as there has been no sign for at least the last two weeks. However, I recently discovered a family, yes family, of rabbits on the property. Thought there was only one, so was leaving it alone in hopes it would go away, but apparently it found a mate and they’ve had a litter of rabbitlings.

There’s not much to say at this point, except the weather issues continue. Most of the crops left in the field have taken damage, including Potatoes, Winter Squash, and Pumpkins. If the weather improves, I’m hopeful, though not by much, that some of the damaged crops will still produce meaningful amounts. I’ll know more over the next couple of weeks.

The next round of Peaches will be at least a few more days before they are ripe enough to pick.

The chickens are generally doing well. One seems to have an upset tummy, but is otherwise okay, and a total of four had to be treated for the Bumblefoot problems caused by the wet weather.

There was also a bit of a jailbreak this past Sunday. Somehow, I’m still not sure how, about 40 chickens wound up OUTSIDE their fence and wandering about the driveway, garage, and field. Good times were had attempting to corral chickens that have wanderlust.

I know Labor Day is coming up soon, and this means changes to the schedule. I’m thinking that the early fall schedule (starting the week after Labor Day) will be Thursday – Sunday, and then after Columbus Day going to just Saturday and Sunday. At the same time, since the chickens are still laying at the same pace, I may put eggs and maybe some preserves out for self-serve Thursdays through Mondays. Feedback would be appreciated.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you all at the farm soon. Have a great week.

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