Farm Update: A Day Off

| 9/22/2009 5:36:00 PM

A Sell Family PortraitWe know. There's been a lot going on here since we last posted a whole month (!) ago.

• Pasture Walk on the 22nd of August: 70 some folks came for local food, local speakers and a walk through our operations. It was a great day and we raised $76 for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund with a donation mini farmer's market. Thank you to Boerson Farm and Five Oaks Farm for contributing and for our hard workers Cortnie and Bret who harvested from our gardens.

• Shipped the rams, ewes and half the lambs on the 8th of September. Decided to call it quits on sheep for the time being, as they are just one project too many for us with the dairy about to ramp up with new heifers and calves. The remaining lambs are pre-sold to customers except for about 4 of them. Anyone interested? :-)

• This past Sunday, we decided that we needed a family day. Normally, our Sundays are our only true day of rest, and even that is relatively speaking. The animals are still cared for twice a day, so that leaves Andy with about 3 hours of chores in the morning, church to attend, home for a quick lunch and then naptimes for the kids. By the time they wake up, it's nearing 4pm and time for the second round of roughly 2 hours of chores to get done. Then we are free and clear from about 6 pm to bedtime.

But you see how that schedule doesn't actually ever allow us to leave the farm. Andy and I get time to ourselves, and we truly enjoy that, but unless we want crank-tastic kids, we must remain grounded (so to speak).

So this Saturday, I announced to Andy that we were playing hookie from church on Sunday and having a family outing. He worked extra hard all day Saturday so that his normal chores on Sunday would be even more diminished. He got up really early Sunday morning and had everything done by 8:30 am and by 9 am, we hit the road. Hooray, a trip off the farm! Where would we go? What could we do? The possibilities seemed beyond comprehension, but were quickly narrowed down by the fact that whatever we did had to be within 2 hours and mostly free. (We're farmers you know!)

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