28 July 2015

Our Annual Trip to the Farm, 2015

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Late in the work week, hubby and I hopped into  a rental car and hit the road for the Finger Lakes region of New York. Six hours later we pulled into the drive of Northland Sheep Dairy. We immediately noticed the newest addition to the farm, the Hoxie Gorge Farm Store. This new venture was started by the new resident farming couple Scott and Aubrey (Scott is a former farm intern, see 2013 trip); raw milk producing, vegetable growing, intrepid entrepreneurs.

On the farm proper, we were greeted by absolutely no one. Surely they expected us, as we roll into town at 4pm on the same day every year! We hiked back to one of the upper fields to find all hands working to bring in a portion of 400 hay bales before the 20% chance of rain became a reality. It didn't.

We then had a brief happy hour, followed by dinner with the farmers, hubby's brother and sister-in-law.

Here's what else happened:
Waking to 60 degrees and fog in the height of summer.
By 6am the farmers have already been out doing chores for an hour... 

After haying, we park the rental and get ready to head out for dinner...

The in-laws home is a straw-bale, energy efficient, beautifully appointed house (maybe I'll feature pics soon)


In addition to being a farmer and firefighter, hubby's brother is also the community's main mechanic for horse-drawn farming equipment. The Amish regularly swing by for parts and repairs... 
Good Morning!!

Those who know me know how I feel about dogs--not a huge fan. These two Jack and Miley are the sheep dogs that are the exception to my rule. Aren't they cute...

This is where eggs come from...

There are already calfs from the small herd of dairy cows...

There's also a flock of 75 free range chicks that supply the Hoxie Gorge Farm Store with eggs

Here's us, helping to gather bales of hay on day two.. then it rained like a mother!!



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