Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Jolene!

Happy Birthday to one of our dearest blessings on the farm! We love you!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Anna and Marial

Watching kids and dogs are a very precious time. Anna spent the day outside helping. She is such a good little helper. In between hauling, holding, carrying and delivering, Anna managed to spend some quality one on one time with Marial who is about 5 year olds.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Green Party

The warmest day this past week end hit nearly 70 degrees. It seemed to be a neighborhood event as everyone was out tilling the fields on their green tractors! Our neighbors with much bigger property and much bigger tractors, were discing and tilling for the pumpkin patch they are putting in and they were also seeding for the corn maze that will surround the pumpkin patch. Their big tractors were inspiring, so we got our little Deere out and did some tractor work of our own!

The garden is now fully tilled and ready to seed and put the transplants in, but the weather needs to cooperate a little bit more. Temperature highs are in the 50's and temperature lows are dipping to 40. Many of the summer crops need 80 soil temperatures to germinate. At this point we are just going to stick to cabbage transplants and we are thankful the tilling time is nearly complete.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to Our Little Irish Boy!

Happy Birthday Dear Aiden!
Aiden was on the farm last week end and his new favorite dinner is pasture raised pork steaks! Mmm, mmmm!
We hope you have a delightful, happy first birthday! We love you!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Strawberries are Ripening!

Mmmm, they are so sweet and juicy, too. Did you know you can throw a small handful of epsom salt into the strawberry patch and the plants will thank you for that extra little boost of growing power? They love the nutrients from the epsom salt. It helps set the blossoms, keeps the plants blooming more and the fruit tastes sweeter. Here is to the salt of the earth!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Ride to Work

Our wheels have arrived and Tim drove this little beauty right into the garden to get the tines initiated!

Then he showed me what to do with this high tech piece of equipment. I think I will be taking a new ride to work!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Silo

The Silo is complete! It took many hands to work together to help complete the assembly of this two ton feed bin. From the youngest to the oldest of us, we are grateful and thankful for family and friends who were willing to give of themselves and their time to set the silo up on its feet!

Now we can order a high quality, custom ground, organic ration of feed at bulk prices. This silo will hold two tons of grain. The feed for the pigs stays dry and clean and will pour directly into a feed barrel and then off to the hopper. The ten happy pigs in the pasture supplement their grazing and rooting with this feed.

We celebrated all of the building and constructing with a farm fresh meal of grilled pork steaks and chops, baked beans with bacon, salad, and there was even a little blackberry short cake to top off a day full of work and family fun on the farm!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spring Time in the Pasture

The new batch of pigs have ventured out and they are ruling the world in their minds! The big old barn offers warmth, security, food, and fresh water, but what the pigs really love is the open pasture. They are eating fresh grass, rooting for grubs and worms, and settling down into the freshly rooted soil for a cool ground bath!

The little pigs also wait in anticipation for a chicken or a lamb to unsuspectingly wander into the pasture. The chase is one of the pigs favorite games. The prize is an up close and personal sniff and then a quick turn and run away. The little pigs are always disappointed when the sheep and the chickens don't take their turn chasing! However, the dogs are good sports and actively watch from outside the fence line! Never a dull moment on the farm!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lavender Dryer Sheets

Spring has a way of thrusting forward fresh air, sunshine and the desire to hang the laundry out to dry. In just a little while, the old-time square clothes dryer will be hanging with sheets. The lavender planted nearby will certainly make drying those sheets smell so much sweeter! Join me today in bringing the inside...out and smell the difference!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Maher Girls

The Iris represents faith, hope, valor, and passion. It is a flower that can grow in the wild and is a protector of an Irish Garden in bloom. It offers rare beauty and hidden depths, insight, and friendship. The Iris is a healing flower and loved in a variety of color.

The iris's history is rich, going back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, was the messenger from the 'Eye of Heaven'. She traveled down the arc of the rainbow to earth and acted as the link between heaven and earth. Iris is the name that was given to the Goddess, the flower, and to the center of your eye. So, we each carry a piece of heaven with us. It is a sacred flower of elegant beauty just like The Maher Girls, past and present. Today is a celebration of our connection to family and loved ones: our mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, and granddaughters. Here is to deep, rich dreams, and warm, lasting memories. Here is to living life with no regrets. Happy Days!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Going Public!

We took sausage and bacon samples on the road on Saturday, and headed over to Eagle Point. We set up a table, camp stove, and cast iron skillet and started offering samples of the best homegrown, pasture-raised, heritage pork that can be found! How is that for a mouth full of watering deliciousness! The folks in Eagle Point couldn't get enough and the bacon and sausage were tied for favorite.

We were also able to meet with area chefs who told us their favorite meat is PORK! They were thrilled with the quality, tenderness, and flavor of the pork roast we offered to them for their cooking demos.

It was a day full of puffy white clouds, big striped tents, friendly people, local produce, local wine, local cheese, and yes, you guessed it: Local Pork!