Water, water, we need rain water!

Water, water, and a lot of work. We haven’t seen rain in sometime that our corn looks much like pineapple in the field. Yesterday was 101 degrees that’s not including the humidity. Today is going to be 103 + humidity. We have been spending late nights out in the fields moving irrigation pipes and setting up spray guns. We have hung sprinklers in the barn rafters for the cows. It’s so hot the cows pant with their tongues hanging out. We are still praying for rain!

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The “Redesigned” Fulton Street Farmer’s Market

The “redesigned” Fulton Street Farmer’s Market is now celebrating two things. First is the new roof on the market. The second celebration is the market has been established for 90 years. I am very proud to be part of this establishment. Here are a few pictures of the market. It’s still a work in progress, so there are some issues that are being worked out. However, Yeah, No tarps to put up!

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What’s wrong with the first picture? Birds might be a problem. The market is beautiful!

Building a Duck Barn

The weather has been perfect for this job. My husband, our hired hand and I have been working on building a place to put my ducks. I really think the my hubby wants his barn back, so he decided to put a lean-to on the back side for my ducks and I. Our hired hand got to earn his PHD. Which stands for Post Hole Digger! I dug a couple of holes too! We put the first rafter boards up and squared both ends. Strung lines to follow and the rest of the poles went in pretty smoothly. We then started to lay boards across the rafter boards. We aren’t finished yet but this is what we have accomplished thus far. I really hate to tell my hubby that he will still have to deal with the chickens that live and roost where every they please. (which is over top of his tractor). I will post more pictures as the barn progresses.

Sundays and Boundaries

Yesterday was Sunday and we had someone show up on the farm to look at some heifers we have for sale. Here are my thoughts on Sundays and boundaries!
Sunday is a day of rest, a day of worship, but most of all it’s our family day! We still do the chores, milk cows, pick up eggs, feed animals but we also like to take a Sunday nap, have dinner with family. I have boundaries.
I don’t ask people not to come out to the farm but I do ask them not to come to the farm on Sunday. I also ask people to call ahead if they are coming out to the farm, that’s just to make sure we are there to show them around. When the seasons change so does our availability. Farming after all is a business.
We run our farm like a business. Our business is closed on Sundays. My house is not a place of business. I will not invite you into my house, please don’t be offended, I set that boundary for family reasons. That is a safe haven for my children. I have many customers that come to the farm to pick up eggs and meat from me. I enjoy the fact that they love our farm and our products that the farm produces. I also appreciate that they understand and respect our boundaries.
Our boundaries and No Sundays have worked well for us as a family farm. We do understand that there are exceptions to every rule. My hubby still has to sell those heifers, but Sunday is still the day of rest, a day of worship, and a family day in my life.