30 October 2017


It's been a busy and full fall here on the farm.
Our markets finished in early October, and we've been working on projects both inside and outside since.  We are still busy preserving food, putting up many (many!) raspberries before our killing frost in mid October, and freezing many bags of kale, spinach, cauliflower and green beans since.  
I've worked on some bigger projects this fall, like my Welcome Blanket.  And some bags, a cowl, a dress and skirt.  Now I'm trying to finish up some smaller projects for the two day market we do after Thanksgiving.

Our squash harvest was disappointing.  Damage from the wet weather earlier in the fall and the millions(!) of squash bugs meant that more than half of our pumpkins and butternuts went to the pigs.  

We are waiting for our milk cow, Jemima, to give birth, we are cleaning up from a massive wind storm we had last night, we are trying to find balance with homeschooling and farmlife demands, and we are looking forward to our slower months ahead.

(I'm horrible at keeping up here, but do post snippets of farm life on our instagram account at oldgatesfarm)   

08 June 2017


Well, the blog has been slipping through the cracks.
March was a busy sugaring month (we made 58 gallons this year, close to our goal of 60!)
Also, in March, my beloved Nana passed away.  
April flew by (though I pushed myself to learn both zippers and buttons and ended up sewing 3 dresses for the little farmgirl, 2 shirts and a dress for myself, and 2 button down boy's shirts this spring!)
 May was a fog for me...two of the kids were very sick early in the month, then I had a fever for 5 days, then I flew with the two little ones to Michigan for my Nana's memorial and returned home to welcome my parents for a visit.  
Somewhere in there, I mastered sourdough bread (finally!) and have been selling it at farmers' market.  
Last week, we bid farewell to our very first calf, Abby, who we bought when we were in college (14 years ago).  We raised her up and 2 years later, we had our very own raw milk.   She's been a great animal and we will all miss her.
The next few weeks always feels like the busiest of the whole year.  I am still trying to homeschool, the weeds are coming on strong, we are planting every day, markets are starting, and Adam is watching for a good, dry few days to make our first cut of hay.  
Once again, I'm going to try and post here.  Maybe I'll aim for a weekly post with farm updates.

27 February 2017


After a couple months away from the blog, I'm going to try and post more regularly again.  

Life is so busy, even during the slowest months here on the farm.

We've enjoyed time in the wintry weather we've had, briefly enjoyed the natural ice rink in our field, worked on crafts of all kinds, spend hours cooking each week (I've finally figured out a sourdough rhythm that's working), try to keep up with schooling, celebrated two birthdays (F turned 4! and K turned 13!!), and tapped out and boiled three times now.  F and I visited a dear friend in Connecticut, and I took all of the kids to meet up with some of my family just this past week.  

We are hoping the warm days we've had this week will now hold off until spring so we can make some more syrup.   We aren't ready for spring yet!