Well it’s been an adventure of a week. Mostly two projects that we knew were going to be big, but we nevertheless underestimated. The short version is we got the new tarp on the coverall and we got the hay in. But it turns out it takes us a full day with two to three people to get the old tarp off the coverall and then a full day with three to six people working to get the new one on and secured. There is still some work to do around the edges to finish up (another one to two person days minimum I expect) but it is on and mostly done for now at least. And then there was the hay. After finishing with the tarp on Tuesday we got most of the hay baled on Wednesday. It was really nice knowing we had a nice new tarp to put them under and made a big difference not avoiding leak spots for having more storage space. But one field wasn’t ready for baling on Wednesday and that was the last of the really good drying weather we had last week. To the plan of Wednesday became maybe Thursday, then Friday, and finally Saturday night. It is finally done and we have 56 large bales stored away hopefully for the winter if we can maintain enough pasture growth to feed the sheep over the summer. So for many reasons, we could use rain! The bit we got last night was helpful, but only wet the surface. Hopefully today we get a good soaking.
This week in CSA we have Asparagus, Bunched Kale, Radishes, Carrots, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Mint.
One more week and we should have fresh chicken again! We are essentially sold out of parts from the few we had cut up from the last batch so it is fairly good timing for the next ones to be ready. And we are planning on having some sausages and burgers made this time as well so that will be exciting to have back in stock.
Long week, short update. Hopeful this week we can get more sleep and some sanity in our schedule. It is time for another round of planting in the field, and the parsnips are almost ready to weed, but those are at least jobs that are easier to keep to the normal work day. Things are looking good for the most part other than being dry so it feels like we are keeping on top of things at least mostly for now.
That’s all for now.
Until next week,
Nathan and Aleta Klassen