Antaya Acres Heritage Farm

  (Silverwood, Michigan)
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Spring Fever

Ten inches of snow 3 days ago, and here I sit filling in my seed order.  I am so ready for garden Its infecting my dreams.  Last night was the piglets raiding the pumpkin patch dream, and I don't even have the pigs and the garden on the same property.  After a bitter cold, but not too snowy Michigan winter (the ten inches the other day was one of only 2 really signifigant snows all season), I'm ready for planting trays, fresh garden fare, sun tea, and sweat.  Our four kids are just bursting with anticipation.  They were piled up on me looking through that seed book this morning like we were breaking dirt tomorrow.  Cassie wants strawberries.  Lucas has never met a tomato he didn't like, and the 15 varieties I actually did order were no where near sufficient to cover his appetite for the garden favorite.  Alex is 14, as of this Saturday, and she just wants to grow everything big - Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkins, Kolb's Gem watermelons, Honey Rock cantaloupe.  If I grew like Alex wants me to, I could barely fit one CSA share in the back of the flat bed - which I am sure the customers would see the value in, as they pondered what to do with their 900lb. pumpkin.  And that still leaves Olivia, she will be 1 on St. Patrick's Day - she just likes to crinkle the pages for now (usually in that precise moment I am trying to copy the item number onto the order form), but by mid-summer she will be tumbling through the garden, stuffing her cheeks full of cherry tomatoes right next to Lucas. 

I think the influx of babies on the farm adds to spring fever.  We had 7 litters of piglets in 10 days.  Makes for a tired household, let me tell you.  For those of you who don't know, almost all piglets are born at night, so an anticipated litter means bi-hourly barn checks and once they do arrive..what a joy they bring.  I've raised dogs for years, but there is nothing cuter than a baby Large Black Hog.  Except of course, one's own children - but its still close.  Well it appears God heard my prayer this morning, and the sun is coming out to greet me.  I better not waste such a blessing.  Happy Spring and May God bless you with answered prayers this morning too!


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