The other day I had to remind myself that it's July. I spend a lot of time in the winter fantasizing about the months of July and August; when the weathers nice, the days are long, there's so much good food to eat and rivers to swim in and stars to gaze at. It's also the time of year when we are incredibly busy. Especially this year with Marianne and I both working full-time at Wobbly Cart Farm and running August Farm. It almost doesn't leave any time to do all those things I was fantasizing about all winter. That's why I have to remind myself that it's July and I better enjoy every minute of it because summer is flying by. We did get a chance to take the afternoon off one day this week and go canoeing and swimming in the Black River with some friends. It was wonderful. I'm embarrassed to say that that was the first swimming I've done this summer. And and I want more.
Everything is going really well at August Farm. All of our animals are healthy. We've hit the half way mark with our chicken production for the season. Our last batch is coming out of the brooder this week. So there will be no more brooder chores. That will make morning and afternoon chores about 15 minutes shorter and give our power bill a break. This is our first year raising turkeys and I knew I was going to love raising them. And, in fact, I do. They are a lot of fun. They're beautiful and have so much personality. They could care less about the fence we put around their coop to keep them contained. Every morning they fly right over it and follow me around as I feed the chickens in the pasture. They jump in the wheelbarrow and eat chicken feed out of the buckets and gobble, gobble, gobble. They usually follow me back towards the barn and luckily when they get to the driveway that get so distracted by the gravel, they start pecking away and forget about me. Next time I look up they're either back at their coop or over hanging out with the chickens.
Our pigs are growing so fast. They really are amazing animals. We get about 80 gallons of whey a week from Black Sheep Creamery , an artisanal sheep milk creamery near Chehalis, to feed to them. Whey is the liquid that drains from the curds when cheese is made. It is a traditional feed source for pigs rich in calcium, protein and trace minerals resulting in tender, full-flavored pork. Prosciutto di Parma, the famous Italian dry-cured ham, is traditionally made from pigs fed whey from the making of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Our pigs absolutely love whey. It is by far their favorite food with apricots a close second. We've also been getting "compost" from the fruit vendors at the Olympia Farmers Market, hence the apricots. They're not picky though, they love all fruit and even sweet onions. We're practically sold out of pork already and now thinking about raising quite a bit more for next year.
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