Aunt Eunice had some time so she thought she would catch folks up on what’s happening here on the farm. We’ve had a couple of Wood Cutting Days to fill up the shed. As a historic farm museum we go through a lot of firewood in a year. The animals are all doing fine and the early lamb born on Christmas Eve is growing fast. I’m pretty sure she’s going to be called Noelle with a birth date like that! Groundhog Day has come and gone and can you believe that little critter didn’t see his shadow so spring is coming early!! That’s good news to Farmer Milton who hates shoveling snow and shivering in his boots. As we get closer to spring more babies will be born and Aunt Eunice will keep you up to date and share some pictures, too.
Now that February is here the farmers have already ordered and received their seeds and are planning when to plant what in the garden. Early vegetables like spinach, radishes, and peas will go in first though settlers in the old days didn’t wait for the garden to grow before they started harvesting. In early spring they went out into the fields, down by the stream and around the farm to find the first wild greens. After a long winter’s diet that lacked fresh ingredients, sweet or bitter greens were a boon to their taste buds and health. Dandelions are a perfect example of an early green enjoyed by many cultures, also wood sorrel, onion grass and chickweed. Just make sure you know what you’re picking before you eat it!
Pa will be growing lots of vegetable plant as a fundraiser for Quiet Valley and they will be on sale during Farm Animal Frolic the last two weekends in May. These will be nice, strong, healthy plants for your gardens. And if you need advice on gardening or just want to have fun come to our Summer Garden Party on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 to 4:00, which happens to be opening day for Summer Tours. Stay tuned for more on that later.
I think everyone is getting excited by now, knowing that springtime is just a step or two away. Don’t put your long johns and mittens away yet, but keep a happy thought for the nice days ahead. Here at the farm we are still hoping to get in an Ice Harvest before the month is through. Our members enjoy coming out and helping with this unique type of harvest.
If you don’t mind the cold and want to pay us a visit Winter Walking Tours are on Tuesdays at 10:30 or 2:30 through March. It takes about an hour and a half and it’s a good idea to call before you come out.
We look forward to seeing you and thanks for checking in. Aunt Eunice