Wednesday, April 6, 2011


The farmer purchased some apple firewood.
As you can see by the boot the pieces are rather large

The depth of the pile is 5 rows

The width of the pile is about 10 rows 
A few pieces were cut to shorter lengths but not many

Without the help of the farmers two youngest sons 
the farmer would have had a heart attack.
The farmer moved about 1/2 a load.
The sons did the other 2 1/2 loads.
The farmer drove the 20min runs between farms though.
He hitched up all 30 horses A.K.A.
The Kabota to the 6 X12 cube trailer and set off.
Each run was colder than the previous one.
He was pretty much frozen by the end of the day.
The sons sat at home eating drinking and relaxing.
When the cell phone call came in they hopped into the car
5 minutes later they would hop out toss the wood in and zip back home.
Where the farmers wife would feed them again.
Well worth it to the farmer.
At the end there were 6 pieces left.
The farmer went back the next day to get them.
That's when the back decided it had had enough.
So here the farmer sits with a spasm in the right side of his back.
With a huge pile of wood needing to be sawed up and split.
Maybe it's time to show the boys how the chainsaw works.

The reason for taking the wood is twofold
When the 5 kids come to the farm there is almost always a campfire.
And secondly cooking with apple wood is simply delicious.
Here is a sample a pork loin roast roasted to perfection.
   Have a nice day

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The Farmer and the farmers wife have recently decided to play shepherd / shepherdess.
They started this September with three organic mixed breed meet lambs from Zeta Farms.
Then at the end of January they added a purebred Romney ram from Willow Farm.
As is usually the case they didn't think to take pictures right away.
Living life rather than photographing it is one fault they both share.
After the snow was flying they remembered the camera.
Here are some shots the farmer took.
You can see why the farmer isn't the photographer
The farmers wife playing shepherdess
Its cold but our new ram appears to be equipped for that no brass monkey issues here 

Meet Ramses he is a handsome fella
Coco Chanel she likes to be covered in hay that will be a pain to clean out once she is shorn
Annie named after the farmers wives grandmother Anastasia
And Lastly Gracie after the farmers grandmother Grace
Well that's all for now 
Hopefully the romp in the hay in January will soon bring little ones to photograph

Friday, April 1, 2011


This past fall the Farmer and the Farmers Wife planted just over 4000 head of Garlic
The crop has a mixture of varieties.

This is the main garlic started it in 2004
 Northern Quebec
Planted in the fall of 2010
Persian Star
Planted in the fall of 2010
 Yugoslavian Porcelain
Planted in the fall of 2010
 Chesnok Red
Planted in the fall of 2010
 Forbes Wild Canadian
A gift from Johnathan Forbes
Planted in the fall of 2005
Its very similar to Magic but the cloves are not as tall.
It's scapes come later in the season and are shorter as well
 Red Rezan
Planted in the fall of 2010
Planted in the fall of 2010
The new varieties he planted this fall were purchased from various sources.
As he gets to know them he will decide if he will continue to grow any or all of them.
Northern Quebec and Leningrad only have 4 large cloves.
So from a replanting standpoint 4 to 1 isn't all that appealing.
That said they are very large heads that could possibly equal 4 or 5 heads per pound.
The Flavour of course will also be a factor in the decision.
Persian Star and Chesnok Red are a beautiful deep red
The heads are much smaller though maybe 7 to 10 per pound.
So they could take up to twice the planting room and labour.

Once the blanket of snow has cleared he will post some pics of their progress

Next post the Farmer may introduce you to the Sheep.