SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET-MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDENER-TWICE 55

24 11 2014

GREETINGS

The woods are shrouded in fog this morning and a gentle rain has been falling all night.  I redug the trench and no water in the barn.  I cleaned the barn yesterday and one to get on a once a week schedule of barn cleaning again.  It sure makes things easier and only takes an hour and a half.  I am off to the cemetery to plant spring bulbs this morning.

SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET

Saturday was a perfect day for the Autumn market.  It was brisk and windy and the day ended with a few snow flurries.  The crowds weren’t there  like last year but it was an enjoyable day.

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

 More and more fairs are held that weekend so the competition is brisk.  I made a lot of contacts and met  Eliza.  Eliza writes a beautiful blog with many wonderful pictures and she is only a few towns away.

ELIZA

ELIZA

It was wonderful to finally meet her.  Her blog is elizawaters.wordpress.com.  Check it out.

LOTS OF VEGGIES

LOTS OF VEGGIES

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

 

MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDNER

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Lots of interesting news.  I particularly liked the article on the comeback of Granges in Maine.  With the encouragement of farming, Granges in Maine are making a comeback.  What good news. The Grange was an important part of my family life and I hope that our state can start to encourage small farming.  This newspaper is very reasonable and if you are a farmer, gardener or folks that are interested in your food I encourage you to join this wonderful organization.

TWICE 55

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Since I got my Piano back I have been looking for these wonderful song books.  They were found in some books that I brought back from my old homestead.  I am delighted.  Twice 55 was first published with a collection of 18 songs in 1913.  It soon went to 55 songs and when World War One came along it went to 120 and was named Twice 55.   These song books came from my Dad’s homestead where there was a large family steeped in the arts of singing and playacting.  

My Dad and I would often have sing-a-longs on car trips.  One of my favorite songs was Loch Lomond.  I once was in Scotland and on the way back to the airport from The Highlands I saw a small sign Loch Lomond.  I quickly stopped the car, it’s a beautiful loch and it brought back those sweet times of my Dad and I signing that song.  I am not a great piano player but will enjoy playing some of these songs again.

The chickadee’s have been out in full force getting as any sunflower seeds as they can.  I hope you have a wonderful day its starting to clear up now.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole and my helper Owen

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MY CAMERA-BLUEBERRIES-MORE RAIN AND RETURN TO COOLER WEATHER- MOVING THE HENS-BACK ROAD PICTURES

16 07 2014

GREETINGS

COLRAIN HAS MORE WORKING FARMS THAN ANY OTHER TOWN IN THE STATE

COLRAIN HAS MORE WORKING FARMS THAN ANY OTHER TOWN IN THE STATE

MY CAMERA

On Sunday I broke my camera.  I feel like a part of me is missing.  I will be using a phone camera till I can afford another Cannon.  Anne from Ireland recommended it and I am so grateful to her.  It was the best camera I ever owned. I will get an exact replacement.

BLUEBERRIES

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The blueberries responded so well to the pine needles.  Chris and I went  to the state forest and got more.  Next year I will move all the blueberry plants to a different area.  I have a raised bed  that I can put together now and get the soil ready for spring replanting.  I hope to make hoops to put netting over it so I would be able to walk in it.

MORE RAIN AND RETURN TO COOLER TEMPS

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Yesterday was horrid here, you didn’t have to do one thing and you would be wringing wet.  Those temps are leaving us today for 4 or 5 days.  We had thunderstorms come in last night and many parts of Colrain had 4 inches of rain.  I am glad to say no water in the barn.  It will be a few days before any swimming can be done in the river though.

MORNING GLORIES

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The wonderful morning glories reseeded themselves nicely and although I transplanted some, it doesn’t look like it in The Herb Bed.

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 Well that’s the way it is this year.  I will try to contain them in the bed. They will be beautiful when they all bloom.  A mass of beauty.

MOVING MORTICIA AND SAMANTHA

Today Chris and I will be getting ready for the big move.  Morticia and Samanthia will move into the converted dog house tomorrow.  Today one of the roosters made an attempt to crow. It was a pitiful attempt at best.    The roosters are a little over 3 months old.

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Many thank for reading my blog today, I appreciate it.  Carole

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THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL-MR. PEPPERS AND CHICKEN LITTLE

1 07 2014

GREETINGS

WILD ROSES AT JOHNSON HILL FARM

WILD ROSES AT JOHNSON HILL FARM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAVENDER FEST

THE BOOTH AT THE LAVENDER FEST WITH ME HOOKING ON THE RUG

THE BOOTH AT THE LAVENDER FEST WITH ME HOOKING ON THE RUG

 

Usually Sundays are not the best days at shows but Sunday was good.  They had good crowds and the weather continued to be good although a bit more humid.

Sandy’s Studio

I love Sandy’s studio.  It’s in a beautiful setting, sitting on a bluff overlooking the farm.  Heated by a wood stove and oil lamps light it , a place to sit and read and a large room to weave in. Just perfect.

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RICKY LEFT FOR SCHOOL

Ricky goes to Eagle hill School in Hardwick for a month each summer.  It’s a beautiful school located in the country. It’s about an hour or so away.

RICKY AND CHRIS WITH THEIR MOM AND DAD

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MR.PEEPERS AND CHICKEN LITTLE

On Saturday I went to feed the chicks and Mama and overnight the tail feathers of Mr. Peepers had blossomed out.

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 He is not starting to crow yet but he and his brother Chicken Little will be large roosters.  More handling is called for to keep them friendly.  The next day Chicken Little had his feathers.  The chicken world is always astonishing.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today, it’s very humid here and will be for a few day.  Chores will be done early.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  I will leave you today with a shot of the cows waiting to be milked at a local farm.   Carole

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THE MOO MAN-BYGONE DAYS-MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES ABOUT MILK

13 09 2013

Hello

THE MOO MAN

I watch Netflix when I am hooking , sewing  and before I go to sleep.  I came across this wonderful movie called THE MOO MAN.

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 If you love cows and family farms you will love this movie. They do have a web site hookandsons.co.uk.  It’s about a family farm in England who takes wonderful loving care of their herd.  These people have found the essence of farming. They have found a way to survive on a family farm by selling raw organic milk directly to the public.   He was getting paid 27 pence per liter and his cost was 34 pence per liter.  The taxpayers subsidize the milk .  The supermarkets make the profits.  

They raise Friesian Holstein.

WHAT BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

WHAT BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

 

 

 

 

 

 I remember my first taste of raw milk from my Uncle’s farm in Chesterfield as a child.   I was shocked that it was warm.  Everyone drank it of course at that time you could not sell it to the public.  

The Bisbee family farm is no more.  No one wanted to take it over.  Long hours  very few days off and with not a living wage isn’t what people want to do.  It’s sad to go by the old barn now and remember how wonderful and busy  it was 50 or so years ago.  It was filled with cows a couple of working horses and some cats.   Every day was a busy day and to a little girl it’s what started a life of loving animals and farm life.

This movie brought back many memories for me.  The milkman came to our house 2 or 3 times a week from a local farm.  We bought , milk, eggs and butter from them and in the summer could buy vegetables.  Everything was so fresh and sometimes local farms made their own ice cream and that could be included in the delivery.  Somehow this part of life in the 50’s and 60’s is almost obsolete.  I only buy organic milk these days, yes I know its expensive but  by doing that  I am supporting local farms like my Uncle’s farm.  If more people did this the farmers would make a living wage and be able to keep their farms,  Its less than a cup of coffee per half-gallon.  When I think of the consequences of loosing family farms, I think of the huge corporate farms where no care is given to the animal the animals live under such stress that goes into their milk and then goes into your body.  I hope that we as caring people can see what this does and use our pocketbooks to SAVE OUR FAMILY FARMS.

The Moo Man was the surprise hit of the Sundance Film Festival of 2013.    You can watch a trailer of this on the Moo Man’s website.

We are lucky to have a local organic milk farm.  Everytime you go past the farm the cows are grazing on wonderful green pastures.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope that you will watch this very moving film.  Hope your day is wonderful.  Carole