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.