News from the Farm
Here on the farm the transition of seasons brings many changes. With September knocking at the door, farmers are pulling in crops for storage and the new seedlings and transplants are of our winter specialty: Siberian kale. In fact, this week we got our first succession of Siberian Kale planted in the hoop houses. You read that right, we are now growing our fresh winter greens!
Even with the farm focus changing to storage crop harvest and more colder varieties of fresh produce, there are a few things that won’t be changing and remain a steadfast gift year round on the farm. What I’m talking about in particular is our milk. Raw milk is a corner stone of our Full Diet CSA and our dairy program is one of the most complete integration and example of regenerative practices we have on the farm.
Our dairy herd grazes on our cover crop year round keeping the flowers and seed heads munched down so the nutrient dense cover crop supports the maximum soil community. With all that grazing comes manure and all the nutrients and natural fertilizers that pass through and out the herd go right back into the soil on the cover crop. All that grazing also keeps our dairy ladies in milk year round.
Neither rain, snow, nor summer heat keeps our ladies from patiently standing in their milking stanchion and allowing us to clean, massage and tug on their udders. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such well behaved dairy cows like ours. This didn’t come without plenty of practice, time and energy of course.
Part of forming a great milking experience is learning each of the cows personalities – their do’s and don’ts. The key is their respect for you. Because, trust me, if they don’t want to do something, they won’t.
Part of building a great relationship with your food is learning who is behind making it possible. So without further dilly dally let me introduce you to our Dairy Queen’s.