We have received all the cattle we plan to this winter season to feed. Milton and I worked the last 42 head on Friday. It went smoothly and only took us about 2 hours, which was good! This load was much calmer than the original ones we received. The weather was chilly but we both survived. We have pulled a few and separated them from the rest of the herd, as we think they may be sick.
We have a total of 173 head to feed for the winter, here’s hoping it stays that way! Twice a day Milton goes out to feed them and look them over for any sick ones. It has been fun to go over and help with chores, to complete them as a family.
I love to watch our daughter play in the hay, chase the farm dog, and be excited about helping. PV takes it all in stride most days and even requests us to not work the cattle when she is gone.
My favorite picture from recently is this one. Our daughter with Milton’s father looking over the cattle in the pen. I have no idea what they were talking about but I know it was a treasure. Having her live close to her grandparents is a blessing and I’m grateful they are still here to know her and that she can know them.
What is inside the cattle pen is essentially a big deal, but the way it has brought our family closer together on the outside of it, well that makes this farm-wife/momma quite happy.
I’ll close by saying that the risk involved in farming and having cattle is a big one. Choices are made, mistakes happen, success does occur, but what is most important is how you live your life doing it. How you balance the life of being that farmer or cattle-person with family life and how you share the goodness that farming brings. How you bring together the two things and create a legacy that generations can be proud of.
Including our family of three we fed 16 people! We had to drag out the white six foot table to add to our dining room table to have enough spaces. We are fortunate to be blessed with eight families as landlords and all but one was able to attend! I love to host dinner parties and this is quite a special one to me! There is just something about all of us sitting around the dinner table, I guess because some of my own childhood memories were made around my Mom’s table is why it means so much to me.
The menu we chose this year was…..
Everyone seem to enjoy it. The potato recipe I pulled from my Pioneer Woman cookbook, they are kind of labor intensive. But I found that the taste of them made it well worth the work! The green beans were found via Pinterest and they were quite delish! I used frozen verses fresh as that was less expensive for me.
The blackberry pie was from our own blackberries I had in the freezer and the custard pie was made with farm fresh eggs. We have an abundance of eggs right now so I made two of those pies. My mother used to make custard pie, I never cared for it but my other three siblings like it. Whenever I fix this recipe at least one or two people rave about it, so here is the recipe if you want to take a try at this very simple pie! The cheesecake was a box mix by The Cheesecake Factory, I personally mixed my small piece with a piece of the blackberry pie. YUM! YUM! YUM!
The farmer baked the ham on his Green Mountain Grill and we served the dinner rolls you buy in the freezer section. We kept it somewhat simple, we wanted it to feel like a Sunday dinner with family around the table. To be honest, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had. We listened to stories and laughed and it lasted for almost three hours!
One thing that came out of the conversation was that Milton’s father started farming some of the rented ground after he came home from being in the Army in the Korean war that ended in 1953. So in 1954 Richard began farming the land that sits next to his homeplace to the east. Milton and I began farming this particular set of rented acres in 2015. Sixty three years.
When one of the current landlords said “that has a lot to say” it felt very profound to me. I talk about legacy here on the blog and this is part of that legacy. The point they were getting across was that their family had owned the same land for many generations and then that the family that had rented from them was still the same people for sixty three years.
That has something to say about both families, especially my father-in-law since the landlords can pick and choose whomever they want to farm their ground. It was a proud moment and I hope the legacy continues for many years for both our families.
No one knows what the future holds for us. One year we may lose some rented ground, another year we may gain some. I’m proud of my husband because he has done a good job on farming, not only for his own acres but the rented ground as well. Milton really does care for the land. He doesn’t just throw some seed in the ground and not do the work that needs to be done to produce good crops. There can be areas with drainage issues or weed issues. Needless to say I’m proud of the work he does.
Our evening ended with little bags of goodies going home with the guests! This year we included sticky notes with our farm name and address, a seasonal pumpkin, some candies, and of course homemade jam! I hope they enjoy it all!
A couple of the landlords brought us this BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement too! I just love it! Fall colors always are so lovely to work with!