harvesting, chevre, and the hoophouse fertility

7/24 harvesting Holy shit. Today went perfectly. Weather perfectly overcast and a bit cooler, and everyone on time. We have the best customers EVER. Peaceful existences until the peaceful ends for the chickens. We’d been up early to do chores and set up our “mise en place”, as it were, for the harvesting set up. Beheading stump with sharpened cleaver, then the scalder (a turkey fryer bought on craigslist), the plucking table, then the evisceration station. Everyone came at 8:30, some delicious blueberry coffeecake made with duck eggs was brought, and we got down to business. As each bird was … Continue reading harvesting, chevre, and the hoophouse fertility

Chapter 38 – hay and vows

The intense July heat broke with a huge thunderstorm that night, and the freshly cut grass in the hayfield was rained on. The rain could have ruined the cutting if the grass had already dried, as the water would have leached out most of the nutritive value. Luckily, it was still fresh cut and green, and the following morning was bright and breezy with pure sun. It was almost completely dried before our neighbor came back to rake the newly transformed hay into windrows that afternoon. Learning about the gambling and artistry required of a hay-maker was fascinating. I was … Continue reading Chapter 38 – hay and vows