Here Comes the Summer

May turned out to be quite an eventful month, between planting, harvesting, and other additional activities. imageimage

 

Flowers bloomed beautifully on the farm. I have really enjoyed seeing the varying flowers on the farm, such as the peonies and day lilies.

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We had a wonderful strawberry harvest. These beautiful, little, red gems are still growing in the garden. Though the harvest wasn’t excessive, the flavor was amazing. When we shared these with a friend, he said they were the best strawberries he’d ever had.

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Our count for chickens is up to 36. We have 11 hens that are producing eggs at the moment. We are playing the waiting game with the the group above, as well as with the Easter Egger Bantams. We acquired a straight run of Bantams and we have now discovered that five out of the twelve are roosters, so that was a little disappointing. We will still be able to use them for their meat.

 

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The guys have been doing a large amount of restoration on one of the barns. It’s looking fantastic. Once all is said and done, I will work on showing the progression with all the photos that have been taken.

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Here we have my beautiful tomato plants. I have been so proud of these little guys. They toughed it through some surprisingly chilly temperatures and acted like it didn’t phase them a bit. We look forward to the first harvest of sungolds, brandywines, and other varieties.

 

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We have some extra help on the farm. Some younger family members made it down to visit for a month so they assisted in getting the fence set up and painted. We also have our new farm family on the property! Casey (pictured above in the last fence photo) and Athena (pictured below, painting) arrived this past month. They brought along their two sweet girls, Ara and Blitzen, as well. We are delighted that they are here and look forward to continuing to work with them. Their arrival happened at the perfect time.

 

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While family was visiting this month, they help progress on the farm. These two girls painted the roof of our market and it really snazzied up the place.

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The event barn was enjoyed by our family when it came to meal time. My dining room table was not large enough to seat everyone on the farm! The family said they loved the view from the barn, as well as the cool place to relax.

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The reason for the large group of people on the farm is because we had the Moffitt Family Reunion to attend in Ohio. The hostess of the reunion had some friends that had several horses that were trained to give buggy rides (not pictured). She also had a friend who owned a biplane! Everyone loved the events. Brant and Trent were able to go in the biplane together and the pilot was kind enough to take a photo mid-flight.

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Brant, his father, Athena, and a few others were able to remove two trees that were growing into the side of a barn. They were very quick, efficient, and innovative in their ability to accomplish such a big task.

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We also had this lovely couple get engaged on the farm this past month. They took their engagement photos around the homestead.

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And last, but certainly not least, I present to you the beautiful canine additions to the homestead. Blaize (pictured on top) is an English Pointer that has been on the farm since April. She has encouraged the coyote population to keep their distance, which the chickens and geese appreciate. Pictured in the last two photos are Quinn and Duchess. These two are part of the Waters family.

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