This has been a crazy crazy year! The horrible winter led into a cold wet spring that suddenly turned hot. Now we are cycling between HOT and cool, fall like weather. Crazy I tell you!
The word for 2014 is...
Our spring crops were less than amazing, but our summer is looking up! The eggplants, zucchinis, summer squash, beans, peppers, and tomatoes are starting to fruit. The chickens have been throwing us some curve balls, but Dave spent some time following them around and we seem to have them figured out. For now. Plus, our frozen chickens have sold so well we are temporarily sold out.
So some things are going great and some things really require our perseverance. Farming is a very fulfilling line of work, but it is not easy. There are weeds (every, dang, where!!!), insects, and escape artist animals to deal with. We have trouble keeping both the laundry and dishes done. The hours are long (we just finished unloading hay at 10:30pm and now I am writing a blog post), and we often smell bad at the end of the day.
On the other hand, the kids are outside and exploring everyday. We have delicious, fresh food to eat, and sometimes so much we are able to can, freeze or dry it for winter. A kid, dog, cat, donkey or horse might stop you for a snuggle at any moment. No two days are ever the same. It is the best job and the hardest job I have ever had!