It’s that time of year again – time for the last of the chickens to be processed, the Thanksgiving turkeys to find their way into the freezer, the large animals to all come in from the pasture, and the last of the garden to be picked.
We got a lot out of our little garden this year:
Melons (tons of them!), Peppers, both sweet and hot, and, my very favorite… King Stropharia mushrooms! That’s right, we grew our own mushrooms. I could write a whole post on these guys and why they are so great, but not today. Today I shall say – they are delicious with venison 🙂 We got a bunch of tomatoes, green beans, and beets too. This year we focused more on livestock than the garden, but we still managed to put up quite a bit for use this winter when fresh veggies are scarce on the farm.
The turkeys are enjoying their last days on the pasture, eating the berries of the Autumn Olive trees:
They will be processed on the 24th of October, and they will be the last of the animals to come in off of the pasture. Then, we rest!
And by rest I mean conduct analysis of feed costs and utilization, revenues, and start working on our plans for next year.
What would you like to see us bring to market next year? We plan on having the following:
Goat Milk Herd Shares
Jams and Jellies
and, if everything goes as planned, cows’ milk shares too!
As the sun sets over the broiler pens in the pasture, I can’t help but be a little sad, knowing that this chapter, this season, this farming year, is in its twilight. But with the end of one season, comes the hope for another, and we are busy little bees, breeding our goats and pigs for spring babies, and plotting out our spring plantings. Happy Autumn!