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 PhotosWe used to invite our invaluable farm helper Emmet and his family over for a harvest dinner every year, but with Covid this year it’s hot dogs and s’mores at the farm. Still lovely.Just finished our annual @mosacertifiedorganic inspection/audit on this chilly morning. Only needed one additional piece of paperwork, which I will hopefully be able to forward to the inspector by the end of the day. 👍🏼👍🏼Sunflower 🌻 harvest ✔️. Not many photos, because we were racing to get it done before the rain. And it got done! Thank goodness for good help.It has been raining, so it’s been a minute since I’ve been to the farm. Came out today to find this cute little present from an anonymous friend! I guess this is a good prompt to let you all know that there’s an #evennewerfarmhand on the way sometime between now and Thanksgiving.Clean-out-the-fridge cornbread made with our own #heirloomgreencorn grits (milled pre-pandemic by @janiesmill ) was my dessert tonight.Spending the golden hour waiting for a truck. Truck drivers do a lot of waiting, and the fact that this guy is late is not his fault. Still kind of wish I had a better ETA so that I could make alternate plans. I feel bad texting “where are you now?” every half hour.Potato picking today, finally!Couldn’t ask for better weather for loading a truck. Got an email asking, “Can you load Friday?” and responded, “Sure!” And then the trucking company called late Wednesday to say, “We’ll have a truck there tomorrow.” 🧐 Quick-changed my work schedule and squeezed this one in after (office job) work and a doctor’s appointment (heyyy quick change of clothes in the shed! good thing the neighbor’s corn is still up!) and before my mom/babysitter needed to leave for dinner with an old friend. The #newfarmhand did have to help me put a couple of things away afterward and discovered that the auger hopper makes a cool turtle shell.
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.