Monday, October 5, 2009

It's Autumn!

Autumn is my favorite season. I love Halloween, the changing colors of the leaves, pumpkin pie, and sweater days. It also brings the opposite of Spring to us. In the Spring, we have baby animals galore (which I also love!) Lambs, a new calf, and more baby chicks than you can imagine.

This time of year is when all those babies we raised start to fill up our freezers, and our tummies for the months to come. That's right - it's time to harvest.

We have had a mini-success for our first year in the greenhouse - from zucchini to tomatoes to basil and cilantro - lots of yummy veggies for us to eat. Next year, we'll be even better at it!

We also took half our lambs to the processor this past week. I do get sad when they go, and say goodbye to them when I can. I miss them, but I also know they had a great life, and our pasture can only support so many sheep - I can't keep them all. So when we say goodbye to them, I know they spent their days running and playing, being silly and being sheepies. We have folks lined up to take them home and fill their bellies.

It also means Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and our baby turkeys will go on to their final destination, too. I have to tell you, that I appreciate my food like I never have before. And I take none of it for granted. We are getting to the point where we can grow everything we need right here on our farm. You can't appreciate food more than when you grow it from seed to plant, from baby to full grown.

So it's a bittersweet time for us. It's a time for goodbyes, but also a time to reap what we have sown, to see our hard earned successes, and to eat well. We eat like kings at our house, and we love every morsel!