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Monday, September 10, 2012

A Farm Catch-All

Today was pig loading day. More evidence that Summer really is winding down as we head into Fall. Our seven pigs that we purchased in April were a month bigger than we had hoped to raise them, but it only means more bacon for us and a few other families who help support our farming endeavors. We will all look forward to home grown pork in our freezers. Again, we prayed before the locker plant truck arrived, and again, the driver left smiling rather than cursing. They didn't walk single file into the trailer with no prodding like previous years, but there wasn't a fight either.
The garden is dwindling down for the season, and soon it will be retired to rest for the winter. We are already enjoying the harvest of canned pickles which we were desperately short of the last couple of seasons. The freezer has a nice supply of corn and green beans, besides all the veggies we ate throughout the summer. A few tomatoes are still clinging to the vines, but another picking should clean them out. Soon the pumpkins will be baked and frozen for all those yummy pumpkin bars and breads this winter. The goofy crossbred squash, and the zucchini that we couldn't come up with one more recipe for, is being enjoyed by the rabbits and the chickens.
The abundance of rogue sunflowers are being fed to the goats. Breeding season is upon us already, and we are beginning to dream of spotted doelings in February to make up for our buckling year this spring. Our last little buck is scheduled to be picked up and brought to his new home {Lord willing} by another happy Craigslist customer. This will be the first year in a long time that we don't have major projects to finish before the snow flies, and probably the first year that I am too tired in every way to even dream up extra projects... except possibly that screen porch that is still waiting for a roof...





4 comments:

Red Gate said...

You get me dreaming about next fall! I won't have the bacon yet, but hope to have a great garden, and lots of garden leftovers for the goats, chickens, and bunnies. Gardening here is so difficult, and I look forward to a different environment. Eventually, I also look forward to the home-grown bacon flavoring all those winter soups!

*~*~*~*~Tonia said...

I have pigs ready to go but for one reason or another havent been able to get them where I need too... Sending one now and another a month after that.. I am so ready for real pork! Butchering chickens this week too!

the canned quilter said...

My pigs have a little to go yet but my garden is winding down. Still have a tree of apples to deal with before frost. After I get tired of apple pie filling and apple sauce we may just have a giant container of HOOCH : ) Hugs

TheLazyJ said...

We're looking forward to that good pork! I love the blue morning glory; ours are growing well also. We call them our "Trent" flowers. Everytime I look at them, it makes me think of him yet again, and the joy that he is experiencing, even while we miss him here while we are separated.