Yesterday was an exciting day, as we harvested the first fruits of this year's labors. Our county fair is this week so we gathered up our contenders. We ended up with nine entries between the two of us: mini pumpkins, small gourds, one large pumpkin, an apple gourd, and the "monsters"--two Green Cushaw squash and two enormous and somewhat freaky-looking snake gourds. It's fun and exciting to make the first harvest, but man are the pumpkin vines and leaves prickly this time of year! My legs and arms are a scratchy mess!
Over the weekend Terry built permanent wooden benches on the hayrack. This should be a safer, more comfortable ride for our guests, not to mention much less messy than the previous straw bale seats. It's been extremely hot and humid lately, so we've been trying to do projects we can work on in the shade or indoors, including shopping for (almost) all of the rest of the materials we'll need to build the goat pens, chicken enclosures, and a new fence in the barnyard. Most of the gift shop merchandise is in, including some cute and funny Girl Power/Witchy Woman decor pieces.
It's crazy how fast it all starts rollin' this time of year! Watch for our ads (thanks to a grant from Nebraska Tourism) in Lincoln Kids! newspaper, Nebraska Life magazine, and the Omaha-area's "Let's Go" magazine soon. Those of you who attend the Cass County fair can pick up our new brochures at the Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association's booth. We'll also be in the parade Saturday evening.
Teachers are starting to think ahead toward fall field trips and our calendar is beginning to fill up. If you're interested in a field trip, birthday party, or campfire party this fall, call or email us and we'll get you on the schedule. We hope to see you soon at the farm!