See below for some exciting news!!!
I grounded myself from the blogging world for about a week. There have been A LOT of things that I needed to do sitting in front of my computer other than blogging- a wedding to edit, a website to design, product pricing, research, and the list goes on. That's the life of a farmer's wife.
I'm finding so much satisfaction and joy being a helper to Farmer Jason and am overflowing with thankfulness that I can do so.
Jason and I toted the girls around the farm in their rubber boots and stroller so that I could take some photos of the farm for our website.
I wanted to find photos that represented our farm and the way we treat our animals. We want people to see content cows grazing in pastures, peaceful pigs rooting up dirt (I actually think one smiled at me when I was taking his photo- see below), and colorful chickens pecking at the dirt and grass.
Its been a long time since I've taken pictures of our cows. They are doing amazing. They rye and clover that Jason seeded last winter came up wonderfully which led to wonderfully fed cows. Watching these cows grow quickly and beautifully, was truly amazing to watch.
All of our baby piglets have graduated to pasture. We moved them from their mommas a few weeks ago out to our pasture area for our pigs. It was actually quite sad for a momma like me to watch because the sows (momma pigs) stood at the fence line watching their piglets for days. They were and are amazing mommas.
Our chickens are doing well too. The egg production has slowed down a lot due to the heat, but we are hoping for it to pick up again in the fall. By then, our 300 pullets should be laying. Can you imagine? 300 eggs a day! Wow. I know this is best case scenario, but still. That's still a lot of eggs.
You wouldn't believe this. We've had almost one person A DAY (***this week, exaggeration corrected after initial post. Sorry Honey! We'd be really popular if we had a person a day drive down our road...sheesh.) drive down our dirt road and asking questions like......
"What are you doing with all of those chickens?"
"Do you have chickens for sale? Frozen or live?"
"Do you sell eggs?"
"What are you doing rotating your cows like that?"
"Can we see your set up?" Farm terminology for "We want to see what you are doing."
A farmer that Jason ran into was telling him a story of another farmer talking about a farm off Highway 105 that "treats their cows so good they have sprinkler in the pasture for them to cool off with."
Jason said,"Hey, I think that is us."
And the ole' farmer said,"I think you're right! It is you."
People are taking notice that this isn't your typical farm today. However, our farm looks similar to what a farm years ago would have looked like.
I think people miss the old American farm that had a plethora of animals all dwelling within a natural environment living out their days grazing, rooting, and pecking. I didn't realize how rare a farm like ours is. But, the more cars that brave the drive down our dirt road overflowing with curiosity, the more I'm convinced that we are the exception and not the rule.
This is not to boast by any means. We are extremely blessed and thankful the Lord has given us this vision. Our hope is to spur on others.
As a result of these frequent "drive-ups" and also having product available soon, Yonder Way Farm has a storefront in the works. We will have a small store that will be open during certain hours and by appointment, where our customers can come out and pick up their products directly from our farm. Our intention behind this is to draw folks out to the farm in order to see their meat being raised and experience what we are doing firsthand.
We are beyond excited about this! Stay tuned for more info on this and photos as the building process gets underway.
Now for the photos! Here are some that will be featured on the Yonder Way Farm website that will be up and running soon!