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Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts

30 October 2017

fall
















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)   

01 December 2016

November



 












I apologize to any of you who follow our farm account on instagram.  I have barely used my camera the whole month of November, so most of these photos were taken with my ipod and many, if not all of them, were shared on instagram already.

The month of November was so full... so full that I didn't think of grabbing my camera.  I can hardly keep up with the daily tasks of cooking and laundry, it seems, so I didn't think of posting on the blog.

The frosty days of early November (seen on the lovely autumn blueberry leaves) brought the kids and me inside most of the time.  It felt like a big deal to go out and dig the last row of carrots.  It's so funny how without realizing it, we go from such full days outside to full days inside that even harvesting seems out of routine when just a month earlier we had farmers' markets.

Being inside more means I am crafting a lot!  I finished F's Tiny Tea Leaves sweater and made myself, not one, but two Fen dresses!  I am so happy with how they turned out.  I had picked up some beautiful fabric and the pattern on my birthday weekend away in Portland, Maine.

Adam finished splitting the slab wood for sugaring seasoning, just in time for snow.

I helped a dear friend for a day cutting balsam for wreaths.  We only got through 8 of her 50 balsam bunches--wreath-making is no joke!

The kids got one good sledding afternoon in before the weather warmed again.

We spent Thanksgiving day with Adam's family (and got to snuggle up our baby niece the whole time).  And came back to the largest market I do with crafts--two full days of selling hand-made goods with several of my closest friends.  It was a great market this year!

In any of the spare moments I have, I'm trying to work on the gifts I plan to make for family and friends.  Looks like it will be a very full December, too.


02 November 2016

Potato Harvest






After such a dry summer and potato beetles by the hundreds, our harvest was nothing like previous years.  But it will be more than enough for us for winter, and hopefully enough for spring planting (and we sold many pounds of new potatoes through the summer, too).  We only grow three varieties: All Blues, Mountain Rose and Nicolas...and my favorite, the All Blue, did the poorest.  But we are thankful for harvest we've stored away in the cellar.

19 October 2016

the colors this year







I feared that the dry weather we've had all summer would affect the fall colors this year, but they are more vibrant than ever!  

I can't help but snap photos wherever I go...
driving around during Z's piano lessons,
a family drive in our town,
a bikeride to town,
a foggy morning on the farm,
our annual Hubbardton Battlefield fall photo of the kids...

And I have more pictures to come!  ;)  

28 October 2015

frosty mornings







There have been some beautiful, frosty mornings lately.  These photos are actually from our first hard frost...my zinnias are now dead and there are fewer leaves on the trees.
But beautiful, sunny, (chilly) fall mornings.

16 October 2015

peak colors







The foliage is so beautiful this year.  And it's peak colors right now, so the kids and I have made several trips to one of our favorite local spots to hike.  
We just love fall in Vermont.