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It’s been a while since we’ve posted.  The summer months are so full of activity on a farm.  Here are some of the things we’ve been up to in the past week.

Last weekend we moved half of the cows across the street to greener pastures and half we moved to our dried out west pasture because we’re bringing in a bull next week.  It’s hard to say which group is luckier.  We also slaughtered chickens (not so lucky for them) and picked hordes of tomatoes (lucky for us).  

We made 3 meals out of the rooster we slaughtered.  My favorite was Nepali Dahl (an Indian curry with sprouted legumes, tomato, and broccoli.)  I also made some amazing broth from the bones.  The broth is an amazing golden color and set up into a thick jelly.  Grass fed bone broth is great for joint health and when consumed regularly helps with arthritic pain.   

Monday morning we loaded up one of our mama cows (Tess) to take to auction.  She’s a sweet thing and we already miss her.  However, with this year’s drought and skyrocketing hay prices we need to downsize any way we can.  
 
We also picked approximately 30lbs of tomatoes.  We sold 15lbs and the rest I washed, cored, and froze on cookie sheets.  In the next day or so I’ll throw them (frozen) into food saver bags and vacuum seal them.  When we’re ready to cook with tomatoes this winter all need to do is run them under hot water and the skin comes off in one big chunk.  This is a fast and great way to have tomato on hand for cooking during the winter months.  I think we’ll have nearly the same amount of tomato this weekend.  YEAH!!
 
The evening temperature tonight is supposed to be in the 30’s so I’m rounding up blankets to cover the cucumber and squash plants.  And the greenhouse sides will be rolled down to keep the tomatoes, melons, and pumpkins warm.  Ahh…gardening in Montana.
 
If we have time over the weekend we’ll continue putting siding on the new chicken coop.  Hopefully, next summer the chickens will have their own pasture and won’t be roaming freely through our yard, flower beds, and the street.
 
Take Care,
 
Joy
 
 

A Week on the Farm

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Farm

 

Transplanting Day

Today we transplanted all our starts into the greenhouse. It went pretty smoothly and took less time than expected. If I didn’t know better I might think we were starting to figure this out. The kids worked hard and were a big help.

Last weekend we planted seeds and they’re already starting to come up. We’re starting to get ready for the outdoor garden too. That will get planted the first part of June.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Farm, Garden, Kids

 

Bittersweet

Today is the day we’ve been working towards for the past two years. Our first steers are ready to become beef. I loaded them into the trailer this morning and took them to the abattoir in Whitehall. I’m feeling a bit sad about their fate, I’ll miss them, especially the black one who let me scratch his back each morning. As I drove away I reminded myself that this was all part of the program. They will be coming back. In little white packages…

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Farm

 

Last Calf

Winnie finally calved last night, we now have our last calf of the year.
She’s very cute and she surprised us by being white like mom.
The first two calves were all black.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Farm

 

New Calves

I apologize for being so late in posting this. We’ve been extremely busy and the blog has taken a bit of a backseat.

As of now we have two new calves on the ground. Tess calved first, a bull born on the 4th of July, and next came Lucy with a heifer on the 10th. Currently they both are doing fine but the first few days with Tess’s calf were quite an adventure.

Indy, as we’re calling him, would not nurse or take a bottle for the first three days. He was weak and really didn’t move around much. We were forced to put mom in the head catch and milk her twice a day, followed by shoving a feeding tube attached to a bottle down his throat. He really hated that, we didn’t enjoy it much either. On the third day Joy saw him nurse in the morning. We continued to monitor him and saw him nurse several more times that day. He’s steadily improved and seems healthy and happy now. I have to admit I wasn’t mentally prepared despite knowing there’s always the possibility for problems. I’m really thankful that Indy seems to have made it through and we are grateful to have learned from the experience.

We’re still waiting on Winnie, she’s due sometime in August.

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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Farm

 

Farm, Cousins, and Alaska Oh My!

My brother Steve, his wife Alice, and thier girls drove out from Ohio to stay with us for two weeks. Joy and Alice promptly flew off to Alaska to see my Mom and do some fly-fishing while Steve and I stayed on the farm with the kids for a week.

We tried to keep them busy with camping, caving, the splash park, exploring and chores. I think we were marginally successful. It was great watching our kids with their cousins, they had a lot of fun and are missing them since they left.

Steve and I were able to get the old wood-shed torn down that will be reused for a new, larger chicken coop. Thanks Steve!

Joy and Alice, despite their fears didn’t freeze to death in Alaska, and more remarkably have become fly-fishing enthusiasts! Catching a lot of fish can have that affect, or so I’m told. 😉

It was great having them here, I enjoyed catching up with my brother and getting to know his kids better.

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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Farm, Kids

 

Farmers Market

Big News! We’re now on the Field Day Farms Online Farmers Market.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Field-Day-Farms—Sun–Grilling–All-in-One-Meals—June-23–2011.html?soid=1102349988116&aid=7IQOCn25L1k.

http://store.fielddayfarms.com/products/Pastured-Eggs-%28CF%29.html

 

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Chickens, Farm