Happy Solstice

Happy Belated Solstice 🙂

I figured I should tell you all a little about the Williams farmers market. Williams Farmers Market happens every Monday from 4-6:30. It’s the best place to be in Williams on Monday. The same people come every week which means I actually know a lot of the town people just from market! Every booth has something special to offer. There’s our booth which sells all the fresh veggies and fruit that your heart desires! There are booths that sell bread, cheese, meat, artwork, instruments, ceramics, spices and sauces, kombucha, baked goods, and my personal favorite: popsicles. It’s very easy to spend a lot of money at market so you really have to limit yourself. the bread, kombucha, and popsicles are my regular purchases. Everyone at market is so friendly and it’s such a good way to start the week. It’s a tiring event after harvesting all day, but it is so worth it!

This weekend I volunteered at the library. I worked with some little kids and taught them about different pollinators and then we got to planted some seeds that would attract lots of pollinators and sent them all home with a pot 🙂 It was adorable and lots of fun. We also made origami butterflies!

Emily, the other intern, and I also made cheese on Sunday. It was our first time making cheese and we did it all on our own. We made Gouda!! It will be about a month until we can actually eat it, but I’m so excited. Making cheese is a very complicated process. You have to follow directions so carefully! Emily and I decided we want to try to make a new kind of cheese every week! The sad part is that by the time a lot of them are done aging we will already have left the farm and won’t get the chance to try them 😦 But I’m excited to go on a cheese making adventure and learn through success and mistakes!

In terms of farm news there are so many cherries.. we cannot keep up with harvesting them so the crows are getting to them. Every time I look up when I’m out in the field I see a crow with a red beak (full of cherries). My back has been really sore so I’m hoping to bike into town tomorrow for  a yoga class.

4th of July is coming up! I’m very sad because I found out that there are no fireworks here .. it’s fire season so fireworks are prohibited. I will sure miss them and possibly celebrate 4th of July in August when I’m back on the east coast.

I hop all you other farmers out there are staying sane.. keeping your backs in good shape, not getting too hot, avoiding ytpical farmer problems, and best of all I hope you are all getting to eat lots of fresh veggies!

– Murph

 

P.S . Last night I found  lizard in my clothing bag. I put my hand in and felt it slithering around. I was terrified that it was going to be a poisonous snake or a scorpion, but I’m happy it was just a cute little lizard 🙂

 

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The Bee Girl

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So in terms of my farming adventures things have pretty much been the same. Harvest, weed, mulch, mulch, weed, lay out drip tape, fix drip tape, chase chickens around while trying to get them into their coop so I can go to bed. It’s exhausting, fun, repetitive and exciting, and a lot of work! I like farm life though. I get into a routine. I especially like going to bed at night here. Nights here are cool so it feels so good after a hot day to go to my tent, get in my sleeping bag, and listen to an audiotape for 5 minutes before I pass out. The work is satisfying and rewarding and so it gives me a good night of sleep. IMG_0644

This past Sunday I had another farm course. For this class I got to go to Ashland and take a beekeeping course. The coarse was with a girl who actually calls herself the bee girl. She had so much knowledge about bees! We had 2 hours of classroom time and then we got to go check out her hives for a couple hours. She has 50 hives! So many bees.. It was incredible. We suited up and got to go in the hives. Honeybees are amazing. They are so sweet and gentle and truly do so much for us. It was a magical experience to be so close and at peace with these cute and fuzzy little pollinators.

Also exciting news this week. Today I got to participate in preschool! Pre-school (which we decided we need to rename cause some of the kids are to big for pre-school) is for kids ages 3-5 and they come twice a week to the farm to learn and adventure around our farm. Today was my first day participating and there were 10 kids (not the whole group .. there are 17). We sang, did kid yoga, made raspberry muffins (it was kind of chilly today), learned about herbs, made songs about herbs, harvested herbs, ate cherries, dressed up all crazy and sang and danced. It was a blast, but it was so draining! The kids leave at 1 and then after we take a little break we have to go back out and do farm work, which is so hard to find the motivation for!

I think this Friday I’m going to go work at a beef ranch for the day and see if I can work there on some Fridays. Saturday I’m going to try to start volunteering at the Library in town. The library does a lot of kid education stuff and they have a garden so I told them I might come down and help a few times.. We will see if I’m to exhausted from kids by the weekend to go work with more kids!

Until next time,

-Farmer Murph

A Blog About Fruit Trees

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Have you ever tasted something so sweet and delicious that it actually hurts? Well I have. The very first thing I did when I got to white oak was harvest strawberries. That’s only the beginning of it… 

There is so much fruit at white oak. There are currently strawberries, raspberries, and cherries. Soon we will also have apples, pears, peaches, figs, blackberries, and more! This is why I could write a whole blog on fruit trees. 

I could write about  how good they taste warm and fresh out in the field when you’re hot and tired. Or how mulching the trees with bales of hay in 90+ degree weather and getting itchy, irritated skin while simultaneously cutting back thorns from around the trees does actually pay off. 

Or I could write about how cute it is when the 5 year old who lives on the property spends all her time in the cherry tree. She calls out “help” after only being up there for about a minute because most of the cherries are out of her reach. When she can reach them she is “as sweet as a cherry” and brings some that she picks out to you while your working in the field. 

Even the goats like the fruit trees. When moving them to another pasture they like to try to pull you toward them so they can munch on their leaves.

The majority of my stomach aches here come from eating copious amounts of fruit.. especially the raspberries. It’s takes the longest to recover from an over-eating-raspberries stomach ache.

The fruit here is really something special.