Harvest Wrap Up

| 10/28/2008 5:28:00 PM

Tags: Sheep, Cattle, Chickens,

Our Sign for Pumpkin and SquashTimes are always busy on a farm and "pre-winter" is no exception. In the last two months, Andrew and I have been swamped with projects. This explains our noticeable absence from this blog and for that I do apologize. However, I'd like to fill you in on what's been eating up our time!

In September, we threw in the towel with our pumpkin patch and grabbed every last pumpkin that showed orange or the promise of orange out of that field. Weeds, cucumber beetles and squash bugs had decimated our crop and left us with about a couple hundred various sized pumpkins and a metric ton of gourds. To put into perspective, we had planted about a half acre of plants. We should have been up to our elbows in pumpkin splendor. Now, though, we have learned a lot about the business of chemical free gardening and not reaching for pesticide even when the going is tough. We'll plant smarter next year.

We put together a lovely sign and organized the pumpkins onto a nice wagon in the front yard.

Pumpkins on the wagon

All we really wanted to do was make back our money on pumpkin seeds from the spring. The first week, there were no customers. That was understandable since it was not even October. However, as the days and weeks progressed, people from the area came trickling in to see what we had. "Organically Grown Pumpkins and Gourds" is not a sign readily seen in this area of Wisconsin, so the people that came in our drive were very interested in hearing about our other potential operations. Plus, it was a great way to meet the extended neighborhood! Most of our pumpkin customers this year were folks and families from the 10-mile area who normally passed our home en route to work or school. We were able to talk to them about our future plans and get the word out about our more sustainable farming practices. Hopefully, these people will stop in again. And, we were able to make our money back and then some!

During this time, we were wrapping up the garden produce. Mostly we had tomatoes, but we also brought in carrots, potatoes, broccoli, and a few herbs. We would have had squash, but in letting the sheep graze the pumpkin patch, we discovered that those animals love that fruit far more than we ever could. Honestly, we went to check our squashes (butternut and acorn) and couldn't even find the vines that the fruits were growing on! It was disappointing to be sure, but one of those experiences where all you can do is laugh.

Becky and Andy
11/13/2008 2:14:45 PM

Thank you Lacy! Of course, we all know that the farm has its ugly dirty parts, but who wants to see that in a blog? :-)

Razor Family Farms
11/11/2008 2:28:39 PM

I love the pictures! You've done such a lovely job with your farm! Blessings! Lacy NEWS @ Razor Family Farms (GRIT.com) www.RazorFamilyFarms.com

Becky and Andy
11/10/2008 6:00:41 PM

Thank you, Paul! We're so glad to have you reading about our farm. Hopefully as harvest wraps up, we'll be posting more often for you and other readers. Checked out your blog and it's awesome. I'll be sure to check that out as well!

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