Thistle Byre Farm

  (Delphi, Indiana)
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Hay in the Barn

Every grass farmer wants hay in the barn or hay stockpiled before winter feeding arrives.  We are no different --especially since we had to buy 60 tons of hay last year.  Last summer where our dry, parched hay field produced 2.5 large, 1000 pound bales we were blessed to have 43 bales of dry, sweet smelling hay this cutting!  Rain was our secret ingredient. 

Dry hay, under cover, brings with it the hope of our future as a farm.  It is the encouragement we needed this week to keep farming.  We had a dry spell where we were able to catch up a bit on weeding, planting and hay harvest.  A window in time when we had clear, sunny skies and a breeze to our backs.  This wonderful summer weather made it possible to spend the longest day in June in the field working late.  These are the days that make farming rewarding.  The days when you feel the exhilaration of being a farmer.  Our hay is in the barn. The smell is sweet.  It means we will NOT have to buy hay for a second year if all keeps going well.  It means that our animals will eat. 

This is he time when our early potatoes are ready to dig, beets are yummy and sweet, the chard is crisp and the kale prolific.   It's the time of year we begin to savor the tastes of summer, basil pesto and dill in the pot of peas. It's canning time.  Soon the pickles will be ready.  It's the time to plant more seeds to keep the produce going through the fall season.  This week we have planted more lettuces, squashes,  French pumpkins, French beans, horseradish, elderberries, beans, beets and more tomatoes.  This is the time of year when we start to think of blueberries and cherries.  This is the time of year when we look for the first tomato...its when the hay is in the barn....

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