The snow is melting, the ground is thawing and we're gearing up for our next blueberry season. Spring is a great time to clean-up inside and out; for us, most of the clean-up happens outside as we prepare the blueberry bushes. But it also provides a place for me to do some internal clean-up.
I love this time of the year. The sap is running and the sugar houses in New Hampshire are boiling. The subtle smell of wood burning and sap boiling. I have such good memories of helping my uncle and cousins with sugaring as a child; gathering the buckets and watching the sap boil.
It doesn't happen very often, but occasionally, a baby lamb is abandoned by her mother. That happened to us this year and it was a learning experience for us. Luckily we found the baby in time and were able to bottle feed her and find her a new home.
When we first moved to our farm in New Hampshire, we had lots of suggestions about what we should farm. The one thing we swore we weren't going to do was milk or dairy products.
When we first got sheep, we thought they would be an inexpensive and organic alternative to weed control, as well as provide the cuteness factor for our U-Pick blueberry operation. One year later the only thing we are sure they provided is the cuteness factor.