Breezy Meadows CSA 2016 Week 6
And the wait continues. The stork’s GPS must be malfunctioning. Meadow and baby are not though. All the tests are coming up too positive, so the doctor pushed back inducing until next week. It makes total sense since Meadow and her brother were 2 weeks late.
The goats are still beating Meadow at the baby game. We are up to 7 little ones now 3 of which were born on the 4th of July. Thanks to some of the fine genetics of our new goats their udders all look really nice and they are pumping out milk. The race is now on with only two goats left to kid. Who will win, Meadow or all 9 goats.
Brandi is the only cow left on the farm. We sold Suki to our helper who is milking her now, the calves from this year went to a nice family in Connecticut, and the two steers, Spock and Leonard we sent off to their vacation pasture in Middletown springs. Brandi is a fairly well behaved cow she mostly does what we want her to do when we want her to do it. But sometimes she likes to rebel. Her being in heat is the normal cause. She gets a bit crazy. On the fourth she wasn’t in heat but just walked over a line that was too low to the ground. She managed to eat the tops off some cauliflower pull out some beets. What was really impressive was she went into our tomato tunnel where there is only one human sized door. The tomatoes are all strung up on lines and would be so easy to tangle a curious cow, But no she went in, left a meadow muffin and somehow turned around all with out disturbing a single plant. Then when we went to collect her she ran through a few rows of peppers and managed to not step on a single one. It turns out she is as graceful as a cow could be.
The rice has started to flower this week. I think we are about a week to two weeks early this year. I hope that means we will get more flowering stalks that make it to maturity. Even if its only 2 or 3 stalks per plant the increase in yield would be very noticeable. The extra fertilizer which is composted chicken bedding seems to be really helping the plants. They are looking greener and thicker at this point then they have in the past. It has been much dryer this year then I would like. All the rain seems to come hard and fast. Our ponds are in need of refilling and the creek is down to a trickle. This weekend looks like the kind of rain that we have been missing. But its still a few days away so I’m assuming the forecast will change and instead of cloudy rainy days it will be 90 and sunny.