This photo is a good illustration of how we manage our pastures by rotating them. On the left the cattle have recently grazed while on the right the grass is allowed to grow. This time of year we will use our temporary fences with step in posts and wire on spools to have the cattle mow our yard rather than use the gas gussling lawn mower . Meanwhile, the cattle are fertilizing the fields with their manure and the fields themselves act as large solar panels. The grass and other forages act as carbon sinks which are important in this age of global warming. So this system is a win, win, win, for the cattle, for the environment and for our taste buds.
We have a lot more work this time of year to make sure our herds are warm and happy. It’s partcularly difficult when we have a bout of wet weather and then freezing temperature. You can imagine what it’s like to get soaked and then to stand in cold wind. So we get all the animals inside to keep them dry and give them plenty of hay and fresh water. It ‘s enjoyable to have an opportunity to be in close proximity with the animals and get to know each other better. One of my favorite times is after all the chores are done and before heading back to the house, pausing and listening to the contented sounds of animals crunching contentedly on hay. They always seem so appreciative.
The other great part about winter is the incomparable beauty of the skies and trees. Though short, the light this time of year is amazing.
Meanwhile, our meat room continues to be as busy as ever. We really enjoy your visits and get such a kick out of hearing of the dishes you are making with our meats. We really appreciate the rave reviews. Our newest products are guinea fowl, geese and duck from Eberly’s Organic.
Farm Market Season is here!…
Rutgers Garden Farmers Market, Friday, 11am-5pm http://www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/farmmarket.htm First Day, May 6th West Windsor Community Farmers Market, http://www.westwindsorfarmersmarket.org/First Day, May 7th
Pennington Farmers Market, Saturday, 9am-1pm http://penningtonfarmersmarket.org/ First Day, May 26th
Roots To River at Gravity Hill Market, Titusville, NH , Every Sunday 11:00am– 3:00pm;
Starting on May 12, the Roots to River market will be from 10-4 on both Saturday and Sunday.