Meadowset Farm & Apiary

  (Landenberg, Pennsylvania)
"...our land is not a gift from our parents, but a loan from our children..."
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autumn is in the air

 Autumn notes....

September is my favorite month! Growing season still underway but the nights are cool.... not bad for a Swiss mountain boy. We dried the ewes off last week, a month earlier than usual, but this year was tough with help and our precious "fairy helpers" have returned to school. Cheese making lasted from March into early September; the last weeks' rich creamy milk was used to tweak the yogurt recipe. With some luck we may be able to pull the yogurt making off for next season; if we can get the necessary equipment funded, that is. Stay tuned on that.

The ewes are on their honeymoon now and the ram is quite busy. The flock is enjoying the cool days and lush autumn grass as pastures have come in strong with all the rain we enjoyed.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite poems as nature winds down another growing cycle in PA:  

"Chant d'Automne" Paul Verlaine:

Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l’automne
Blessent mon cœur
D’une langueur

Tout suffocant
Et blême, quand
Sonne l’heure,
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure;

Et je m’en vais
Au vent mauvais
Qui m’emporte
Deçà, delà,
Pareil à la
Feuille morte.



.....growing season has come and gone...

Wow last entry dates back to February 09... not really surprising, at least not to me.  February usually brings the last quiet weeks before another growing season packed with successes and failures takes its beginning.


In review, the year was wet and unpredictable....lambing went smooth with almost 200% lambing rate, simple deliveries... or maybe moms who just know what they are doing? Sheep shearing in the middle of March was another success. We decided to keep the lambs on the ewes since we are still in process of finalizing the dairy, thus shifting some of the time towards expanding the apiary and vegetable garden.


We made a lot of splits and now as the honey bee colonies are ready for winter we are back to 30 colonies. The honey harvest was average this year and overall the colonies went somewhat lighter into late fall than in previous years, requiring somewhat more labor to get them all ready for winter.


While haymaking was a bit of a challenge, yet we got both cuttings in without rain, on the other hand, the grazing was great with plenty of grass almost throughout the entire season.


Fall harvest is winding down and stashes are plentiful, the rams are enjoying their honeymoon with the ewes and preparations are in full swing for the 2010 growing and milking season.


From our homestead to yours, we wish you a very peaceful holiday season.

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