Rain at the wrong time is often a problem with small grain growing in the Midwest, but we do regularly grow a delicious hard red winter wheat (Arapahoe variety) and a winter rye (VNS). They are sold as food grade if they are of high enough quality (depending on the rain), or as animal feed if not. Despite harvesting in July, we often have to wait until September or October for cleaning and test results to know whether we have these grains available.
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Farm PhotosFinally got out to pick a bumper crop of apples in our little organic orchard. I think these are the Cortlands. #fall #organic #organicorchard #homeorchard #apples #applepickingWhen I had my first kid, I thought I would just wear him around the farm while I worked. Little did I know it wouldn’t be that easy. I do still take the kids with me sometimes, but I have to be prepared and much less ambitious.Just thinking back to the time when the only reason I ever wore a mask was for cleaning out a bin. And then for a while we saved the N-95s for healthcare workers and only wore cloth ones in the bin. Sure was glad I had a “real” mask today.It’s Watch Out For Clueless Juvenile Bird Season around here. (Aaawwww.) 📸 by our friend Emmet.Finally got the mower going but I do love the colors and textures that grew up this spring (where we don’t have noxious weeds!).Looks like we got some rain up there at the farm. #spring #storm #bigskyillinois #powerlines #tarandchipTour of our tiny orchard, blooming fit to bust. #spring #homeorchard #organic #organicapples #andoneapricotOur one little surviving apricot tree is flowering! First time I have seen it look so good.
Our annual Farm Tour & Tea is cancelled for 2019 due to an extremely wet planting season (we expect that some things might not be planted by the last week in June). We hope to host a potluck party on the farm later in the season instead. As soon as we have set a date, we’ll let you know here and via social media.