Many years ago I did a few blog posts as the farm was starting up. I enjoyed sitting down and writing... I found it comforting. I found it to be a great release of energy to share some thoughts. What I wasn't able to find was the time ... the time to find a moment, on a regular basis to share some words and blog.
I still don't have time. Yet this past week has shown us how quickly things can change. Reflecting on the last handful of years I've been busy teaching at SUNY Cobleskill, a position that I like to say has "snowballed", yet together my family has grown this small farm in many ways. We've grown in animals and in acreage. We've grown our customer base, here at the farm, at farmer's markets and now we offer online shopping and shipping. The juggling act has been crazy with responsibilities....and then toss in the schedules of two growing boys....and I feel the constant excuse "there just isn't time."
Well last week that came to screeching halt. A virus that we don't quite understand has made us stop and re-think things...a lot of things. I now find myself not just teaching college students, but now trying to figure out how to teach my beloved hands-on-classes in an online format. I now find my two boys without a schedule and me pushing them to make sure they are finishing their online assignments, make sure Jacob is practicing his percussion instruments or just making sure they are simply reading. And the eating!! Ohh man do they eat!! Making full meals, so that we have leftovers each night and have been consistently going through one gallon of whole milk each day!! This eating also means dishes....but I'm not going to go down that negative road!
Yet in all this crazy-ness we find ourselves currently in, one thing that will never change is farming. All farmers, big or small, still have all the same daily chores to do. We still feed animals and milk cows every day, at least twice a day, virus or not. Your food will still make it to the shelves. Not one farmer will ever say "I'm bored."
As for us, are lambing now. Funny thing is I decided to lamb earlier this year due the insane schedule April brings me. Well here we are, almost done lambing, that wasn't too stressful after all - I had time, my boys were around - thanks to a virus. We are expecting our first round of meat chicks next week. The grass will green and grazing will be begin. Farming is consistent just like the seasons.
We are thankful to be able to supply our customers with quality meat and eggs at this time. We found ourselves flooded with people, looking for "real" food. Looking to connect with their farmers. We are grateful that our markets have stayed opened, we have hosted customers on our farm for pick up and we are shipping more than ever via our online store.
As we prepare for our busy season we still encourage you to fill out our traditional pre-order form. The one similar to what we have done for nine years! This form gives you the best prices and allows us to plan. We hope to see you at our regular markets. If you are at a distance we offer great shipping options. We also hope you will share our farm with others.
In the meanwhile, stay healthy and enjoy this unexpected quietness and peace, that has forced us all to take a step back and remember what is truly important.
Carrie grew up on a small dairy farm in downstate New York. After attending Morrisville State College and Cornell University, she continued her passion for agriculture in careers as a herd manager on a large dairy and working for Cornell Cooperative Extension. A handful of years living in North Carolina and working for NC State exposed Carrie to southern agriculture and beach life! A leap of faith has brought the family back to rural upstate New York, where Carrie now "practices what she preached" in small, sustainable agriculture production, along with now raising two small boys in a farm family tradition.