This last week has been the coldest week we can remember for quite a few years. Kirsten's brother and family was up from North Carolina for the week. It was great to see them and spend some time with them, but the weather sure kept us indoors. I think they were looking forward to warmer weather as they headed back south.
On the bright side, while we have the cold weather to deal with, we don't generally have tornadoes, hurricanes, poisonous snakes, or summer days in the 40s so there are good things about living here too.
We are growing more sprouts along with sunflower and pea shoots to help keep the diversity up for the boxes. It has been harder to heat the growing area for the sprouts and shoots so they are a bit small at this point. We hope they will make sufficient size for the boxes later this week.
We have started weaning our last summer calves one cow at a time. The system we are using provides for an almost stress free weaning. Each cow is penned for a week then let into an adjacent pen so the calves are within sight of their mothers while remaining with the rest of the flock. In normal systems, weaning can be a loud and stressful time for the cows and calves, but this way there is almost no noise or stress so the calves don't suffer the normal set back associated with weaning.
Our new flock of hens has just started laying. I hope to build their nest boxes this week. They have done really well and we look forward to increasing our egg supply in the near future. We are working on how to continue to supply eggs to our customers until the box season starts again in June. It looks like there will be a couple of stores in Fredericton carrying our eggs but we'd also like to see if we can offer an egg share delivered to Woodstock and Fredericton every other week. This may allow us to continue to offer meats during this time so we'll let you know as soon as we have the details ready.
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