It is defininately mid summer. All of the gilts and Inks have farrowed. The litters were smaller than in the past, but gilts will do that. Inks only had nine instead of her usual 12. The garden is in full production now, with tomatoes, zucchinin, yellow crookneck, chard, kale, and so much more. I look at green beans for next week. I have to mention that we have a bumper crop of weeds on the new place as well. These are fed to the pigs as they are pulled. The small reds in the field 1 and 2 are looking better after being over watered the first time. I have learned a lot about this new farm and is has not been a cheap education.
This summer has been as busy as ever. We have ventured into produce, produced more pork, and tried to get it all to market. We still have two weeks or so of fresh produce before frost and then we will have winter squash, onions, potatoes, carrots, eggs, pork, chicken and rabbit. If you would like tomatoes, green beans, beets with tops, peppers, honeydew melon,cucumbers, fresh raspberries, etc. now is the time to call. We also are about five months out on ordering butcher pigs. If you want a pig for January or February not is the time to reserve your pig. The photo is Inks second litter out on pasture at about three weeks old.
The potatoes are blooming and the first sweet corn is tasseling. Peas are ready and harvest is in full speed mode. This is our busy season and also the fun part of the year. We get to taste the fruits of our labor and see the beauty of it.