I've said it before, but it bears repeating - transitional seasons are my favorite seasons. Nothing is more refreshing than the first cool wind of fall, and nothing is sweeter than the first hints of warmth in spring. Our livestock guardian dogs Bonnie and Princess also enjoy this time of year. These girls are older (and wiser) and tend to work smarter rather than harder. Most days, you'll see them lounging around, occasionally quirking an ear when something seems amiss and only showing life when they sense trouble. When night falls, they become more active, patrolling the ranch to guard our livestock from predators.
Currently, their main job is to ensure the health and well-being of our flock of turkeys, who are also perking up now that it's cooler. Those of you who follow us on Facebook were treated to a video of the flock perusing the front yard for tasty treats earlier this week. As they have free access to the entire ranch, we find them in the weirdest places (see pics below). They are very curious and will follow us around watching with interest as we work throughout the day.
Although our laying hens aren't as interested in what we're doing (unless it involves treats), they are motivated by the lovely fall weather that we've been enjoying lately. Even though the roosters roused themselves to combat the upstart turkeys, they failed miserably and will definitely not miss the flock when they head to freezer camp. We have noticed that hens are laying more eggs now that the weather has cooled. They are also spending more time hunting for food in the pasture.
The cows, though, seem to appreciate the change in season more than any other animals out here. The herd as a whole, and especially the young, has been more active recently and I've even seen the lambs engaged in gamboling play with the calves. Our ranch family is taking a deep breath of cool air and taking a moment to appreciate this wonderful life we've been given. We are grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with you.
This Week's Markets
The Elgin Farmers Market is a year-round market that will remain open every Thursday. Pre-orders are encouraged.
The Taylor Farmers Market is a year-round market that will is open every Saturday. Pre-orders are encouraged. Live music most Saturday's from 11 -1.