february on the farm

by eringoodman on February 12, 2010

in farms + food

Some days it’s a challenge to strike a balance between what I need/want  to do and what the kids need/want to do.

And some days, like yesterday, it couldn’t be easier.

For a while now, I have been needing to go over a few things with the farm manager at our CSA, where I work producing an e-newsletter and organize community events during the growing season. So yesterday morning, when our favorite farmer called and said he had some free time and did we want to come up to the farm, I immediately proposed the idea to the kids.

(Generally, Thursdays are our relax at home day – something they greatly enjoy — so I didn’t want to say yes unless they were on-board.)

“Can we visit the pigs?” Lily asked.


“And the chickens? And the sheep?”

“Yes and yes.”

As she grabbed her boots I looked at Quinn.

“Can we ride in the farm truck?”

“I think so,” I said.

He turned his attention back to his Matchbox cars.

I paused for a second and then grabbed my phone and hit redial.

A minute later, I was back in the living room clapping my hands and dancing around. (It takes some serious energy to get everyone motivated and out the door quickly – especially on a cold, snowy day – and I am not afraid to act a little silly to get things moving.)

“We get to ride in the farm truck! We get to ride in the farm truck!” I chanted as Quinn scurried to get his boots on.

Thirty minutes later we pulled through the gates that for the last six years have welcomed us to our home-away-from-home.

And soon we were visiting with the sheep. (Yes! We were as close to them as it appears.)

And the chickens, who are wintering in one of the greenhouses.

When there is not snow on the ground, the sides of the greenhouse are lifted for better ventilation and to encourage the hens to scratch around outside. But on this day, they had absolutely no interest in walking in the cold, white stuff.

And then we headed down the lane (in the farm truck!!!) to visit one of the sows and her week-old piglets — all 11 of them!

Ahhh…even in February, life is good on the farm.


Happy weekend, friends. 


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise February 12, 2010 at 8:21 am

okay, that is a farm. what a nice up close and personal visit. i’m jealous. enjoy your weekend too.
.-= Denise´s last blog ..teaching her to purl =-.


Katherine February 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

Looks like a perfect way to spend a snowy February day :) Great pictures and memories!


renee ~ heirloom seasons February 12, 2010 at 10:54 am

What a wonderful visit. How lucky to have the farm be such a part of your lives!
.-= renee ~ heirloom seasons´s last blog ..one small change update =-.


Ivy February 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

Sounds like a fabulous day. I read your post with my 6 year old and he loved the shots of the animals. Thank you!
.-= Ivy´s last blog ..Snuggled in With No Where to Go =-.


kate February 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

you remind me why I love living so close to our favorite family farmers. Going to load the kids up, as I need a few sweet potatoes anyway;)


6512 and growing February 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Those piglets! I want to squeeze one!

What a nice day; lucky kids.
.-= 6512 and growing´s last blog ..My enduring valentine =-.


BOATBABY February 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Oh those little piggy face — so sweet! thanks for sharing your special day!
.-= BOATBABY´s last blog ..‘Tis The Season =-.


Farmama February 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Hi ERin,
What a lovely farm, and what a lot of chickens! Holy cow! Our chickens don’t like to walk in the snow either.
Thanks for sharing, I always like to see farms in other parts of the country.
Happy weekend!
.-= Farmama´s last blog ..inside outside =-.


gardenmama February 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

ahhh your photos are so relaxing, it looks pretty perfect to be at the farm!!


renee @ FIMBY February 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm

This was so nice to read Erin. I really get the farm scene. The enjoyment to be had, the meaning it adds to family life and the good food it puts on our tables. I appreciate you sharing bits of this part of your life, I love it!


kyndale February 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Wow, that looked like so much fun! Especially those little pigs. How cute!
.-= kyndale´s last blog ..love : : independence =-.


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