Christmas~Solstice Trees for Sale

3 12 2007

Cooper Meadow in November

We will have trees for sale on the weekends up until Christmas Eve (needless to say, we will also be open the Monday before Christmas Eve as well. Look for our sign out next to the road. It is a bit of a walk to the trees, but it is a beautiful one. Now, this isn’t your standard Christmas tree operation with all these tidy trees in neat little rows. Our trees are the remains of an old planting. They have been maintained as bird and wildlife habitat so you will find that they havn’t been well-mowed or thinned. This also means that our trees are tall and some are filled with pine cones or birds nests. Given that, when considering trees to bring home, you’ll need to look to the tops and decide how big you want your tree to be.  You will have to cut down the entire tree but you can utilize the extra greens for wreaths and swaths, or leave them to continue being great habitat for the animals that live there. Trees are marked with colored tapes to indicate prices. Prices for Cut-Your-Own are $10, 15 & 20. We will also have pre-cut trees from another planting in one of the horse paddocks and those will be $15, 20 &25. 

For this Holiday season, remember your local farmers when purchasing gifts for friends and relatives. Our maple syrup makes a splendid and delicious present and we will happily ship it for you. Your local farmers are a great source of unique and carefully crafted gifts- look for amazing cheeses, soaps, jams, jellies, candies, yarn, wool & wool-crafted products, and so much more. Berkshire Grown’s website is a great resource for finding farms or shops that sell locally produced products. Some farms also offer gift certificates for their products. Don’t be afraid to call and ask them. 

Down on the farm in the last month we’ve had our first real snow, the wind is blowing strong and cold out of the Northwest (and will probably continue to do so until spring), the pond was frozen hard and clear on Thanksgiving Day, and we’ve sold out of seasoned firewood for the season. We also awoke on Monday morning to find a whole flock of seagulls wandering around in Holiday Field with the Canadian geese that don’t feel inclined to migrate just yet. Maybe they will all shove off together.

Lily, Feature & Royal in Pond Field Pasture

The horses are all blanketed (those that will wear them at any rate) most of the time these days, unless it is really nice and all are coming inside at night. They all look shaggy and warm- I often think they must love this time of year- even though there isn’t a lot of fresh grass out there- it is cold and dry and no bugs. The horse girls (Kendall, Marissa) are out riding the trails whenever they get the chance, even when it is on the dark end of twilight. We see them heading out and in with head-lamps on (mostly so that other people/cars/hunters will be able to see them coming rather than a need for light) in all types of weather. Seems like freezing rain/sleet is about all that keeps them from their daily ride.

Pinky & her brood

Animal news: Piglets are growing fast and will soon be moving away from their mother and into a pen of their own. Piglets usually only stay with their mother for the first six weeks before weaning, but we’ve let them stay with her a little longer. But it is taking more of a toll on Pinky than we would have thought- she has gotten pretty skinny in the last couple of weeks. We’ve just about tripled her feed at this point, but she is still not maintaining a good weight. So we are working on the new pen for the little ones. The new pen will be on the west end of the barn, and, as usual, it is taking longer than we hoped to get it built. There was a lot of cleanup that needed to happen both inside and out before we could get it started. The west end of the pig barn was where we were storing metal salvage and larger dump items and the Port-o-let (which has to be moved inside)and all that needed to be cleared up before we can cut through the gable wall. The clean-up is most of the way there and Jesse is working on the new pen as I write this.

Chickens minglingWe’ve combined the two flocks of chickens and everything is going well. We also added four newbies from someone’s home flock to the mix- a Light Brahma rooster and three hens. They have acclimated well to their new home. That brings our rooster total up to four, which is perfect for our current flock size. After some initial tussling, they’ve figured out the pecking order and have settled down with very limited violence. Two of them got a little scratched up, but that was it. The other roosters include a Buff Rock, a Speckled Sussex and Crock-pot (who we believe is a Red sex-link- the boys are always whitish). Our young hens have begun, tentatively, to lay—Jesse found the first mini-egg on Tuesday, November 27. 

We are expanding the CSA for next year! Starting in 2008, The Garden at Holiday Farm will include up to 60 members and Desirée & Jesse will be working with growers, John Bye and Peg Cowen, to help meet the expanded labor needs of the Garden. (Together with Rare Earth Market’s needs, we will be close to tripling the amount of vegetables growing at the farm!) Check out the Garden Page to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture, the benefits of direct customer-to-farmer sales, and membership. The new Sign-up form is now on-line, you can click on the link in the right-hand column and either print the page or ‘copy & paste’ it into word document and send it to us with your payment or deposit. We anticipate selling out fairly quickly, so don’t put off signing up.  We are also looking to hire an intern for the 2008 growing season, so if you know anyone who might be interested, tell them to give us a call or check out the Job Opportunities link to the right. We are looking for folks who have some experience working outdoors in the summertime, at the very least, and if they know somewhat about vegetables or animals, that is a plus. 
Morgan in Cooper Meadow
Happiness and Blessings to all for the Holidays. Be well and make merry.  

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