Falltime at the Farm

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There’s no place that I would rather be than at the farm during fall. The air is cold and crisp and it almost reminds me of ocean air. It’s a fresh, rejuvenating air scented with baked pumpkins, cinnamon coffee and freshly cut firewood. The leaves are changing and creating a beautiful contrast with the overcast clouds. While Dave and I were working in the greenhouse one day, we noticed the looming clouds coming from west and the sun hanging in the clouds to the east. I quickly grabbed my camera to capture the moments and some other shots of the farm during fall.

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dog in safety orange vest for hunting season
Fall season is also hunting season round here! Although we don’t hunt much, our friends do so we make sure that Cadillac is wearing his super sweet orange vest all through deer season to keep him safe (and stylish!).
We usually have some big construction projects going on every fall, this year it's the new goat barn! We'll be converting this existing pole barn into a goat barn for meat/dairy goats.
We usually have some big construction projects going on every fall, this year it’s the new goat barn! We’ll be converting this existing pole barn into a goat barn for meat/dairy goats.

Our chickens are loving this cooler weather! They’re much more active, foraging for bugs and whatever else chickens search for underneath the fallen leaves. Our Marans and Ameraucanas are really coming into their own and our broody hen’s spring chicks are starting to finally lay eggs!

Wheaten Ameraucana pullets. Not laying yet but any day now...
Wheaten Ameraucana pullets. Not laying yet but any day now…
Nancy is going to town foraging for something tasty underneath fallen leaves and sticks.
Nancy is going to town foraging for something tasty underneath fallen leaves and sticks.
Our spring chicks are starting to lay and are giving up some beautiful eggs!
Our spring chicks are starting to lay and are giving up some beautiful eggs!
Big poppa Blue Copper Marans roo! It looks like he's on fire, but in a good way.
Big poppa Blue Copper Marans roo! It looks like he’s on fire, but in a good way.
Some of our BCM (Black Copper Marans) girls.
Some of our BCM (Black Copper Marans) girls.

It’s the first week of November and unbelievably, our garden is still producing! Our hardy cold weather greens are kicking ass and to protect our delicious plant babies, we put them under a frost blanket.

I love this picture! In the front, our summer garden  covered in winter rye cover crop. In the back left is our current fall garden and the back right is our next garden expansion covered in summer cover crop.
I love this picture! In the front, our summer garden covered in winter rye cover crop. In the back left is our current fall garden and the back right is our next garden expansion covered in summer cover crop.
Frost blanket over the salad mix row. Sshhhh... it's sleeping.
Frost blanket over the salad mix row. Sshhhh… it’s sleeping.
Bok choy row! I think this might be my new favorite cold weather crop. Very hardy and very tasty.
Bok choy row! I think this might be my new favorite cold weather crop. Very hardy and very tasty.
Lacinato and Tuscano kale is growing great for us this fall. Very tender and resilient.
Lacinato and Tuscano kale is growing great for us this fall. Very tender and resilient.
New for us this fall, Chinese Kale. Great braising green and cold weather tolerant!
New for us this fall, Chinese Kale. Great braising green and cold weather tolerant!

2 Responses

  1. November 5, 2013
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    These are beautiful pictures of your farm!

  2. November 5, 2013
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    Great photos! Thanks for sharing these images of your farm. Lovely birds!

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