In Missouri, we have a saying, if you don’t like the weather all you gotta do is wait like, 15 minutes. However, in February these temperature swings are perfect for tapping a sweet little sugar maple tree. Ideally, what you want is for the temperature to drop below freezing at night and get up to the 40’s during the day. What happens is that at night, the tree is all cold, lonely and constricted, then as the temperature rises it gets all hot, loosens up and lets its milky white sap flow. Okay, enough innuendoes (haha, in your end-o!).
As we sit around, trying to think of good blog posts to keep you all interested on this cold and rainy January afternoon, we can’t help but think back to warmer days spent out here on the farm with our good friend, Rob. As we mentioned before, we lost our very good friend, Robert Corcoran Dixon IV (a.k.a. Rob, Robby, RCD4) last March. All of us out here at the farm loved him very much. His birthday was on July 7 so this past year (and every one after as far as we’re concerned) we decided to honor him with … Continued
It’s January but it sure felt like springtime this morning, which meant only one thing; weather was coming. So we woke up early this morning, did all of our errands and running around to make it back in time to do our farm chores before the impending monsoon set in.
It’s January 10th, so it may be a little overdue. But it’s never too late to set goals, right? Maybe my first New Year’s Resolution should be to stop procrastinating and make more lists. Maybe not. But here’s a list of goals that we would like to accomplish this year at Such and Such Farm:
We’ve had a couple of bad storms these past few weeks. Wind, rain, sleet, snow, you name it. As a result, we had a few huge oak trees fall in some of our wooded areas. So we called up our friend and professional logger, John Lambert to help us take care of the fallen trees and surrounding dead trees. We’ve put together some photos and videos demonstrating how to properly select a tree for cutting, dropping the tree and cutting the tree for firewood. Dave, Nemo and Zach are pretty good at falling trees but John is a professional logger and is very good at what he does. Logging is more of an art than a science or chore. Please don’t try this at home, leave it to the professionals.
Snow finally came to Such and Such Farm! We’re really excited but no one is as excited for the snow as Cadillac dog. Everyone was keeping busy today; Dave and Zach were finishing maintenance on the tractor and cutting up a fallen oak tree, Autumn had to take care of the chickens, make bread and work on stuff for the business. And Cadillac? Well, he was having a snow day.
Welcome to Such and Such Farm! Allow us to introduce ourselves and give you a look around the place. My boyfriend, Dave, and I dreamt of living a life in the country, creating art, growing our own food and becoming self-suficient as much as possible. In July 2011, we moved to our 88 acre farm in Jefferson County, about an hour south of St. Louis. The farm includes hay fields, surrounding wooded areas, fresh water springs that feed into a creek (complete with swimmin’ hole), a stocked man-made catfish pond, plenty of out buildings (including the barn, metal shop and wood shop) and a cute farm house. Now that you have the basic idea, let me introduce you to everyone on the farm…