Happy winter, holiday and solstice season to all of you from Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm.
We have had a pleasant time with the long fall getting pens ready for the animals, lights hung for the poultry, heated buckets set up for winter watering and round hay bales moved for feeding the sheep and putting up wood for the woodstove. The feeders are hung for the wild birds and Robin made a batch of suet, a mix of lard, peanut butter and bird seed for the woodpeckers and flickers and an occational cardinal.
It seems quiet at mealtime with just the two of us but before we know it, our first two interns will arrive in time for lambing and goat kidding. Soon after that, we will be pulling out the equipment for collection maple sap, and setting up the cooker to turn it into syrup. In the meantime, we are still milking one goat, Novel who is giving us a very rich quart of milk a day, just enough for milk on granola, in our coffee and Gigi's favorite - goat milk white russians.
The seed catalogs have begun to arrive with colorful pictures of mouth watering varieties. The fields are not completely covered in snow yet but we are hopeful for a deep snowfall over the next few months to help provide much needed moisture for next spring, (not to mention good cross country skiing).
We wish you joy in this holiday season in what ever way you celebrate. Blessings to you all.
Robin and Gigi
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