April 26, 2013

Bird Feeder Love

By Stowel Lake Farm

We put out a bird feeder mid-winter (it was a Christmas present to explain the bad timing) and it took forever for the birds to catch on. Given, there weren’t many around but still I was getting a little impatient. But, oh, has it paid off! So many birds have been visiting.
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Sparrows, finches, towhees, nuthatches, juncos, crossbills, siskins and even the odd flyby from a hummingbird wondering why there isn’t anything for him (don’t worry – it’s coming). They have been devouring the food, scattering it all over and under the deck but it has been so amazing to watch this show out the window throughout the day. We love it so.

April 19, 2013

Spinach

By Stowel Lake Farm

It is at this time of year that we fall in love with spinach again. The dark, thick leaves are so beautiful and reach upright into the warm spring air.  If I stand quietly in the greenhouse I can almost hear the spinach grow. Our first planting was at the beginning of March. It seems too cold and too wintery at that time to plant a garden, but 5 weeks later spring has truely arrived along with luscious spinach leaves.
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We grow a lot of seed lettuce here each summer inevitably lettuce seedlings pop up all throughout our gardens. You can see here that we were blessed with a little green oak leaf lettuce. We keep these little lettuce volunteers and are happy to see them all over the farm.
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This spinach is heading to our farm stand. It is enjoyed by the greater community as it sells very quickly. It is nice to think about our precious spinach on the table in so many households.

April 12, 2013

Chicken Day

By Stowel Lake Farm

Tuesday is our chicken day. Living in community means that taking care our our 50 chickens (sometimes more, sometimes less) is a shared responsibility. We each have a day where we feed, water, clean and collect the eggs.
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We are really hoping to have some of our own chicks this year so our first step is figuring out if we’ve got hens that will sit. Really sit. Enough to hatch eggs. We definitely have several that are broody but there is one, the one who really sqawks at you when you go to take her eggs, the one who give you the evil eye when you slip your hand under her warm feathers, the one who tries to peck you so that you won’t take them – we’re placing our bets on her.
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So we’ve started by tagging her nest. And then we wait for her nest to fill up. Once she has a clutch and starts to sit on the nest then all the eggs will synchronize and hatch at the same time. (We hope – we’re kinda new to this part….) If it seems like she’s the one we will set her up in her own little “broody house” so that she can sit in peace.
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Here is our rooster. We love this guy and all the ladies. Now that it’s spring again, the chickens are laying more and we are ever so grateful for the beautiful eggs that they lay. As the sun is setting, we walk out to the barn to shut the door for the night. Peeking in on the girls roosting and softly cooing, we know that they are safe for the night and all is well.

April 03, 2013

Farm Easter

By Stowel Lake Farm

IMG_9663We shared a wonderful Farm Easter. The sun was out and we were all warm- what a treat for an early Easter like this year. We feasted, we egg hunted, we treasure hunted, we visited, we ate some more and we felt the spring abundance. I think our photos tell the story.  Enjoy!
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