It has been a long time since I wrote anything about the farm – or anything for that matter.
We have finally completed our high tunnel (with A LOT of help from our friends). When I started the process I was sure that I could put up a 48′ X 26′ X 12′ structure by myself. Even though I am only 5’3″ tall.
I don’t know if everyone tends to want to do everything by themselves but that sure is my default. I am continually grateful that I have somehow made friends that are willing to come over and help do work when I need it – and only for beer and some food in exchange. It took a couple of months to finish the high tunnel but we now have teeny tiny carrots, kale, spinach, beets and turnips growing in there. I also planted a dwarf pear tree and plan to move its twin in the spring.
We also put in a pumpkin patch and had so many visitors that we sold out by the second weekend. Also, with a lot of help from my friends. James Haug made pizza that had people coming back for more! We had a small petting zoo, some cider pressing, games, photo op stations and some of the most spherical pumpkins that I have ever seen. We really couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and are looking forward to next year.
In October we slaughtered 3 of our Kune Kune pigs and they are “bring you to your knees” delicious. We ended up scalding and scraping them – another community event. All of our friends were so willing to help and excited to see the process. I love feeding my family food that has been raised respectfully. It is really a much larger responsibility than I had first imagined. I am reminded daily to be humble about my place in the food chain and in the world.
All in all, we finally feel like a real farm – even if we are still in the “hobby” category.