Freezing tomatoes. This is an easy way to preserve tomatoes for use in the winter for soups, sauces, chili.
Spring on the farm is always a wonderful experience. Everything starts to grow, the grass and fields are turning green. New chicks arrive (laying hens and meat chickens). This year new calves will arrive in the summer. Not only is yard work a priority but growing vegetables and flowers and making the farm look beautiful is a favorite. I like setting out my old flower pots and filling them under the warm sunshine. The spring air makes me feel alive! Stopping to watch the cows graze and play and taking long walks through the woods is a part of my day that I look forward to. Sunrise and sunsets on the farm are something I never tire from. Drinking morning coffee on the deck, watching the laying hens find bugs and chase each other are such a joy. I love being outside all day and hearing the birds sing. At the end of the day it is a good kind of tired. Feeling the warm fresh air, and tending to tasks around the farm are lovely ways to spend my day. Mulching the flower beds, gardening, and enjoying stopping staring at the farm coming to life makes me happy. I feel very lucky to be on the farm and enjoy all of the spring moments that are coming. I love working leisurely and not feeling a sense of urgency.
Plants, Chicken, Eggs, Beef, Pork
It’s been a good year, 2018. Looking back at the year around the farm we appreciate each season as it approaches. Living in Ohio on the farm we meet each season with anticipation for what that season means to farm life and what work needs to be done. Winter is a time to reflect on what happened earlier and what changes need to be made for the upcoming spring with crops and animals. We are looking forward to becoming grass farmers. One of our favorite seasons: spring is the time for planting and watching everything wake up. Gardens, crops, everything comes to life in the spring. The air is fresh and grass is green, the warmer temperatures are a welcome sign to working outdoors even more. Calves are born, chicks are growing, we are outside all the time in the spring. Summer is a welcome time to baling hay, and grazing all of our animals too. They love the lush green grasses. Beef cattle, meat chickens and laying hens are soaking in the sun while we watch and work around the farm. Fall brings is always welcome on the farm. The beauty of crisp autumn air and trees in full foliage in Ohio is wonderful, vibrant reds, golds and browns. Jacket weather approaches as we prepare the farm for winter, colder temperatures, and beautiful snow which we love here at Gathered Family Farm.
As we reflect upon the year 2018 we know that we want to “simplify” more in the coming year. We are looking for ways to become unbusy, if that’s even possible with farm life. We have decided that it is something we want to try, being less busy on the farm. We’re going to stop and “smell the roses” more, unclutter. We’re asking these questions of ourselves, “what does this look like?” Prioritize jobs around the farm, spend more time with our kids and grandkids. We have reached a time in our lives where instead of making ends meet we want fewer ends. Not just financial ends, but labor too. If it is hard to keep up with all the work then we need less work. We love the farm and we love what we do but we love the idea of “simplifying” here on the farm too. We’re looking forward to seeing what that looks like in the new year. Follow our farm journey as we blog “around the farm” including Living off the Land, Growing Great Food, and Adventures with Gus.