Months have passed since my last entry. There has been SO much activity on the farm and my desire is to be outside experiencing it, not inside at the computer.
It’s mid September, harvest time. The new barn is 99% finished, one huge silo is up, there are now 12 dairy cows and 12 horses. The “milking parlor” is finished and our Amish family is now poised to be an official Maine dairy producer. All in 10 months time.
Meanwhile, they have planted oats, feed corn and their own vegetable garden. Our wonderful orchard which we reclaimed last summer is now ready to be harvested. I purchased a manual cider press this year and we will have “apple day” on the farm sometime in mid-October. We will make cider, cider vinegar and apple butter from the orchard apples and some of the wild apple trees ringing the farm.
Glenn and I went wild blackberry foraging and returned with about 30 pounds of berries. We were scratched and bleeding but thrilled with our haul. We gave them all to Barbara Miller (our Amish farmer’s wife) and within hours I was given 3 big jars of fresh blackberry jam! I can’t imagine what she actually produced. What a glorious Maine day!