Greetings all! Taking a brief moment on this rainy morning to post a few photos updating you all on the happenings at Parker Family Farm. We had our first markets of the season this past week. We will be attending markets in Brewer and also our newly formed Farmer's Market in Hampden in the parking lot of Schachts. Here are some photos Emily took when she and the children came out to the market for a visit.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Greetings all! Our farm is bustling with activity, growth, life and happiness right now and I thought I would take a moment on this fine May morning to update everyone on some of the goings-on here at the farm. First, our Boar Indy decided he didn't like being fenced away from his piglets and Scarlet. I looked up from the garden a couple days ago and found him on the wrong side of the fence (although not according to him). Turns out, all the fear I had about boars being aggressive with piglets was unfounded and all my hopes about the Large Black breed's propensity toward gentility and being great parents were completely realized. Indy and Scarlet make a great team. Lays on the outside of them all to protect them at night. As Tim would say, 'good going mate'.
Speaking of Tim, here he is with Indy contemplating a rodeo.
Sage that over-wintered outside!
Posted by Ryan at 5:37 AM
Thursday, May 3, 2012
There have been some big events at the farm recently so I thought I would take a few minutes to update everyone. Just this weekend we turned out the new cows. When they arrive they are in a small area so they can become used to us, learn where home is and learn where water, food, shelter, etc. are. Wow, look at the number of guys standing around in this picture. I should note there is not usually this much standing around at the farm, especially on the day we turn out the cows. Happily, these cows were quite well-mannered and thus far there has been no chasing...
Here they are getting a little more adventurous and heading out onto the pasture on the fine grass of early May.
And finally, in this video you get a sense of what it is like to grow up on a farm. At 4, our daughter is already getting a world class, hands-on education, seeing things first hand and having a blast doing it. She is always so interested and asks such great questions. One of the greatest joys of being a farmer is to see this interaction between the young mind and the real world.
Posted by Ryan at 1:51 AM