This week flew by! Dan and I hosted an extended family reunion this weekend, so the week was spent scrambling in the 90 degree heat and rain to get things done and together. My immediate family also had a mini-reunion prior to the big one on Saturday, plus throw in a couple farmer’s markets, baling hay, mowing, baking, planting…..I’m exhausted!
Wednesday afternoon my dad and brother came from the cabin to help us mow and bale hay so we could join them for an evening and a rainy morning. It was such a huge help and they did a great job! They whipped this place into shape, although the garden was still 50-50 weeds to vegetables, but with all this moisture its hard to keep up.
Rain or shine, we are at the farmer’s market, but by the end of the evening our teeth were chattering from the rain and cold. It was a slow night and I was ready to go home. Friday Dan took over the Adrian market while I hosted some of my family to a bonfire with hot dogs and s’mores. It was so much fun to see all my Aunts, Uncles, and cousins, many I hadn’t seen for over ten years. Saturday we had the potluck with a light rainy mist, but the sun came out in the afternoon in time for the three-legged race, chicken relay game and the farm tour, which the kids loved.
Sunday we drove to Dan’s parents farm after church to pick strawberries since they were out of town and ended up with around 15 pounds, so yesterday morning I canned 15 pounds of Strawberry-Rhubarb jam and froze the rest. After such a busy weekend, I would like to take it easy, but the weeds are so out of control, I can’t see the flowers in my Kitchen herb garden anymore. The last of the tomatoes and peppers are going in the ground. It seemed like every time we hoped to plant, it rained and we couldn’t get in the garden because of the mud, then things like baling hay became the priority and then the reunion, and then picking strawberries. You get the picture.
The produce is finally starting to bloom. The peas are past my waist, but our first pods will be picked this week and the potatoes are finally putting out flowers too, so I know something wonderful is happening underground. I’m counting the days until we dig up a few red new potatoes!
Last week our goats delivered a total of 13 kids in the span of a few days and it went flawless. No complications or problems. In addition to the earlier 4 kids, we have now doubled our herd with a total of 17 kids this spring, and almost breaking even between males and females. In the evenings they have the most energy and are SO fun to watch as they hop, skip, jump up, down, around and play!
A friend’s son is staying with us this week, so he’s been put to work in the garden and had the beets, onions and dillweed patch looking ship shape while I thinned carrots, and unearthed the flowers amongst the weeds in my herb garden. Dan came home as the reinforcements and planted two types of tomatoes, while I finally retreated to picking some radishes for supper and reheating leftovers for dinner from the reunion.
And that’s the news from this weedy week on the farm!