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Posted 8/29/2013 7:35am by Heather Skorinko.

Although I have lived on the farm for over 25 years, every day is new and different.  What amazes me is the wild life I have been seeing recently.  We were picking peaches a few weeks ago when I spotted fresh deer droppings.  Soon I heard some rustling and spotted two young fawns.  As I watched, one of them stopped and turned towards me.  I slowly approached and took a few pictures.  I'm not sure who was more curious, the fawn or me.  They both then took off.  

A week or so ago I was putting out temporary fence when I spotted a red fox.  It wasn't far from me but I didn't have my phone with me so I could not take its picture.  We studied each other for a few minutes and it then trotted away.  Unfortunately it had severe mange, which is not uncommon to see in fox the Lehigh Valley.  Poor thing must have been very ill because it was found dead in a neighbor's dog house the other day.

Today two of the bucks got tangled.  After I untangled them I went in the barn to see how the clean out was going (I scrape it clean every summer to prepare for the fall lambing)  when I spotted a small dead snake on the floor.  I have seen several garder snakes and a few milk snakes (young) but the markings on this one were different.  I scooped it into a cup and brought it back to the house to show my youngest son, who is familiar with snake species.    It turned out to be an eastern milk snake!  I have never seen one before.  It is too bad this young one didn't make it. 

So life on the farm not only entails the work and the livestock, it is a great study in mother nature.

Posted 8/10/2013 11:06pm by Heather Skorinko.

Sometimes doing farm work gives me a chance to mull things over or just enjoy what is around me.  The other day I was cutting the last large field of first cutting hay.  The tractor and hay cutter tend to be rather noisy so I had on my ear protectors.  As I was cutting I drove a multitude of bugs up into the air (it was kind of annoying).  Soon there was a barn swallow, then another, and another until several started diving and swooping, enjoying the buffet I had presented them.  In another part of the field, the alfalfa rustled, moved, and before I knew it, I chased out a fawn who went darting into the raspberries and trees.  The bugs continued to fly, the barn swallows continued their swooping and diving.  Soon, a kestrel perched itself on a tree.  I eventually saw it dive and fly away, but returned to another tree and held its vigil for the rest of the day.  The circle of life, nature doing its thing, and me farming.

Posted 5/30/2013 6:54am by Heather Skorinko.

The cool weather last week was not benefical to some plants, especially okra.  This week the heat will have an effect on plants.  Watch the temps and keep your plants, and selves, well hydrated.  Try and water in the morning.

Admitedly the weather has been challenging for us.  Since we transplant on a biodegradable black plastic we cannot put plants out.  They will cook.  I am beginning to wonder what a normal spring is!

Posted 5/17/2013 8:19pm by Heather Skorinko.

Today was a rather exciting day.  Mayzie, one of the white cows, had a baby.  Actually, she had two babies!.  Twins are not that common in cattle and can present a problem depending on the sex of the calves.  If they are both male or both female, there is not problem  If one is male and the other female, then there is a 90% chance the girl is a freemartin.  A freemartin is a sterile female. The first birth went without a hitch.  I was able to get the cow and calf in the barn.  I got them settled and left for awhile.  I had a surprise when I peaked in and saw another head and leg!  This was not the best situation.  I tried pulling but with one leg back, the calf was not going to be delivered this way, the vet is on vacation, so I had to "step in".  I'm used to this situation with sheep but they are a lot shorter!  Well, till all was said and done, I was able to correct the issue and everything came out all right (pardon the pun)

This is our second set of twins, the others being born four years ago.  There were never twins born on this farm prior to the first set.  Mayzie is being a good mom, almost too good.  She is being very protective of both babies but British Park Whites, who are normally field raised, have that temperment.  Since the babies are born in the field, you want a good, protective mom.  In our barn situation it is not quite as good, but we will work with her.  Pictures have been posted.

Posted 5/12/2013 10:38am by Heather Skorinko.
For all of you who were anxious to get your plants out, please watch the weather.  We are going to have two cold nights that will kill tender plants.  If you can bring them in, please do so.  If not, try to cover them up.
Posted 3/29/2013 9:50pm by Heather Skorinko.

It may be spring by the calender, but the weather is being typically unpredictable.  I must say, I prefer a cool spring.  It is better for the fruit trees and strawberries.  We are also having some spring lambs being born.  However, not everyday is great on the farm.  Sometimes, especially with animals, things happen such as moms get sick, moms ingore their lambs, or moms don't have enough milk for different reasons.  When that happens it is necessary for me to bring the lambs into the house for a few days until they learn to drink from the milk bucket.  I currently have four in the house but they are quick learners and real cuties.  They'll be in their special pen in the barn in just a few days.

For my egg customers, we are working on figuring out why the hens are not laying.  About a month ago we got rid of all the old hens and we are getting the feed tested to be sure it has the proper nutrient values.

Posted 3/11/2013 12:27pm by Heather Skorinko.

Spring means change and that is what is happening on the farm.  For my egg customers, the chickens have not been producing for awhile now so we decided to get rid of all of the older ones and start all over.  We are getting some eggs from the youngest hens, therefore, there should be eggs in the cooler.  

Our lambing season went well so we have alot of lambs and sheep.  For my lamb meat lovers, that means a full freezer in a few months.  We just got some animals butchered so there is some meat available now.  In the next few months we will be culling out the older animals and ones that are not producing.  Yes, there is a pattern.  In order for a farm to continue to operate, just like any other business, we need our animals/fields to produce.  

Finally, we are working on getting the greenhouse open.  I'll keep you posted.

Just a reminder, we are now doing a CSA.  This is a good time to join.  Check it out on the website.

Posted 1/31/2013 7:08pm by Heather Skorinko.

There is very little down time on the farm.  Not only are the sheep and goats still lambing/kidding, this is a busy time for meetings.  The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference was this week.  It can be exhausting.  Each session is 20-40 minutes of intense information, in a very condensed version.  Add to that the drive to and back from Hershey for three days.  Fortunately this year my volunteer was able to feed the livestock so it was a bit better.  Sometimes, though, I get a bit discouraged.  The agricultural industry is being inundated by more and more regulations and it can seem overwhelming.  But I think of how much I love being a good steward of the land and my wonderful customers and it raises my spirits.  Thank you.

Posted 1/22/2013 9:02pm by Heather Skorinko.

With the cold weather upon us I start to think of cooking.  I went to a Farmer's Pot Luck last week and had to come up with a dish, FAST.  Trying to use what I had, I dove into my rather large selection of cookbooks, looking for something different.  I took out my pamphlet on how to cook cracked wheat bulgur and found a chili recipe.  It is a basic recipe that you can play with, easy to make, and rather quick.  Check it out.  

Posted 11/29/2012 3:34pm by Heather Skorinko.
With the cold weather upon us, don't forget our wool blankets and sweaters make great holiday gifts.  We also have wool hats, sweaters, and Christmas stockings.  Need a stocking stuffer?  How about our fruit butters.  We are open Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5pm.

SunflowersSeptember 20th, 2019

The other day a customer commented on how beautiful the sunflowers were.  They are beautiful but they serve a purpose or two.  First of all,  they provide food for the honey bees on our

HarvestJuly 12th, 2019

Hope everyone is having a good summer so far.  I am still working on the farm stand so I apologize for the mess. We have started picking so we currently have some broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage,

Barn FireApril 19th, 2019

After much thought and discussion, I have established a Go Fund Me account to raise funds for the five fire companies that responded to my barn fire.  Please consider a donation to these brave me