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The end of the season

September 21, 2013

Just a quick note of reflection as we get ready to fall into bed after a very good but long day. Our last chicken processing day of the year was quick and efficient- despite our very large batch of over 215 birds- thanks to so many of our friends and patrons who came out to to help. I think we had 15 people here at 6:30am (!!!) and we were beginning clean-up by 10am. Everything went smoothly, and in spite of the blood and guts, it really is a time of camaraderie as everyone works together toward a common goal of producing good food. Many MANY thanks to all who helped us throughout the year.

I also want to take a moment to thank Warren, who continues to sacrifice hours of sleep, leisure, and the freedom to spend his time however he pleases in order to move those chickens every day, milk our cow, feed the pigs, and oversee the egg birds. It is a full-time job, but it is not his full-time job and has to squeeze it in during the early hours or the morning and between 6-10pm. He somehow manages to do it with a good attitude and always has a smile for the kids and myself as he heads out to do chores. He does not grumble about the work, because he knows he is doing it first and foremost to provide quality food- first for us, and also for others. I am so proud to be his wife, and I don’t take our food for granted. Even if we don’t farm forever, I am grateful for the experience of knowing how much work goes into producing what we eat.

I’m sure he would not want me to post all this praise, but he will get over it. 🙂

The end of the season is near, with just the pigs to process in the next 4-8 weeks. Then it will be a winter respite for us (except for the part about adding a new baby). But a change is as good as a break, right?

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