Early morning fog, yesterday
We wrapped up broiler season yesterday and now our five chest freezers are stocked full of chicken to supply customers for the rest of the winter. We raised over 3,000 broiler chickens this year and I think I speak for our entire butcher crew when I say we are happy to take a break for a while.
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We are butchering stewing hens in a couple weeks and turkeys on November 18 and 19.)
Keith catching broilers
I do love the early morning chores and the chance to watch the sun light up the mist that hangs over the chilly fields. There is something magical about being out in a pasture, listening to the steady grazing of my heifers and hearing my turkeys gobble as they wake up to sunshine. Here in western Oregon, though, there is always the knowledge in the back of your mind that these delightful mornings are numbered. Soon there will be an incessant rain, cold fingers, muddy boots and wet hair that hangs in my eyes. There are still delights, I just have to look harder to find them.
Sleepy kids on the butcher crew – mirroring the sentiments of the grownups.
It’s time to slow down for the season, start thinking about putting a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup on the stove and begin making goals for the winter and spring. I’m looking forward to:
- Pressing more fresh apple cider
- Thanksgiving dinner with my beloved family
- Mad Men season 6. I don’t know when it will start, but I’m on the edge of my seat!
- Running more. Maybe training for something big?
- Having more time to tackle nagging projects that get put off during summer farm season…like equipment maintenance and fixing fences.
- Reading the next book club selection which just happens to be written by one of my favorite authors.
- Our church home group that starts tonight.
- Going skiing and soaking up some Mt. Bachelor sunshine.
What are you looking forward to as the seasons change?