The weather here has been beatuiful, the mud is drying and we have even more beautiful farm babies! Lambing season continues, we now have a total of 6 healthy little lambs...5 rams (boys) and one ewe. Last years we fininshed the season with 4 ewes and only 2 rams, so I guess it's just the boys' year this time! We also have three more ewes who we are watching closely, as they have yet to deliver.
Both our sows have delivered their piglets, with Fern giving birth a few days after Char. We have a grand total of 19 healthy little piglets! Wow!
The incubator is filling with eggs and our first chicks of the season will hatch next weekend. I've missed the soft peeping of chicks, so I'm excited about that, too. I also spotted the first goose egg of the season this week. This goose found a nice spot under the rabbit cages in the back yard. It's fairly out of the way, but I can watch from my kitchen window, so I'm hoping she sticks with this spot for hewr nest this year. I noticed this location as I moved the bantam Japanese chickens from that rabbit cage back into their summer home. It is a bottomless pen called a chicken tractor, and now that the snow has melted, I can put those birds back out on grass. It sure is nice to see them in the yard again!
The plants are coming to life as well. I noticed the first glimpses of crimson popping up through the mulch covering our rhubarb patches. The blueberry bushes are showing little buds and it looks like my rosebush survuved the winter. A few early leaves of green mark where the oregano, thyme and lemon balm are in the herb garden as well. The daffodils are poking up and I'm sure the forsythia and lilac bushes will be blooming soon, as the buds are starting to swell on the branches.
Besides all the spring excitement, I'm also looking forward to the Farm to Table conference set for next Friday & Saturday at the David L. Lawerence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. While the cost of a table for the 2 days was a bit out of our farm's advertising budget this year, we belong to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, aka PASA. They are featuring member farms and giving free samples of products at a table there, so I've already sent them a box of our jams and mustards. Dan and I are planning on attending on Friday as well, and if all goes according to plan, we'll be at the PASA table when our farm is featured to answer questions and have some of our products to sell. I think this is really neat, but I'm also just as excited to check out what other farms in our region are doing. When I find out the actual time our farm is scheduled, I'll be sure to post it so that you can stop by and say hello if you're there!