SWEET AND HOT
The chicks have metamorphosed into ugly adolescents whose entire existence revolves around getting outside the coop to be eaten by predators. Our new piglets are in the orchard, rooting and eating dropped fruit, as well as bermuda grass, plantain and water grass. Yes! Something that finally eats all the delicious weeds that come up in a drip irrigated orchard, but doesn't climb up to eat your trees or strip the bark from them.
Our hay is stacked and being devoured by our pregnant cows and our sheep are starting to lamb. (We did a late breeding this year, trying to avoid an issue we had last year with with a biting mosquito-like insect that caused several lamb deaths). We hope to avoid that this year, but we will have much more demand on our hay supply to feed our nursing ewes than if we had lambed earlier in the spring.
Something new this year: we are growing melons! Anthony and I always intended to grow heirloom cantaloupe on our old farm but we never got to it before we had to move. This year we've planted about 1/4 acre of several different varieties as well as personal size sugar baby watermelons, yellow watermelons, sweet corn, tomatoes, sunflowers and other flowers. Look for some sweet melons from us later this summer at Jack London Farmer's Market.
Please don't light any fires when you go camping this summer.
Seriously, you don't need those s'mores anyway. Eat some locally grown stone fruit instead.
See you at the market.