Beautiful berries. Sleepy littles. Skies of rain. There are indeed sunny skies ahead. The blond is almost turning white on these little farm kids’ heads. They just don’t want to miss a moment. The pigs squeal, the goats are forever trying to eat the shirts of their visitors. And the quiet call of the alpaca turns the head of the inquisitive child. As the rooster crows, the ducklings scuttle in and out of their place in the barn running for the pond and back again. It’s a good life. For us. For them. Even if goats are forever escaping and horses find grass on the other side of the fence. Berries abound here still and picking will continue this next week. And the goats will still climb into wagons and strollers with or without consent.
A happy customer sent me this one!
The sky is grey. The wind is blowing. It’s not cold but it is enough to chill you. It’s enough to want to grab a cup of tea and snuggle up with a good book. One of those lazy rainy days. It’s quiet. Kind of peaceful here at the farm. It has been a blessed blur of busyness around here and not much rest. The season is short. At least the season of people and picking and long hours and little sleep. Of missing my baby time. But missing laundry time too which is not at all something to miss. Thanks mom.
We are still so new to this. And we are trying to please and fill our farm with kindness and a family atmosphere and offer an experience to those who are looking for the adventure of berry picking and farm and fresh country air and a little quiet. But the reality has oh so quickly sunk in that I guess not everyone looks for the good, not everyone finds the wonderful experience we are so trying to create. And we will keep learning and changing things to be better but we will never be perfect and we will never be able to please everyone. I have to laugh at how everyone compares one farm’s berry taste to the next. Yes, I would have to say it depends most on variety and whether you like that variety or not. We all plant different plants and varieties and we all have different tastes. I actually sat down and tried about a dozen strawberries of one variety. You know what? Some of them weren’t sweet. Like at all. And then there were the ones that tasted like there was sugar on them already. So incredible. So funny. We didn’t create them. We didn’t make them. We are just trying our darn best to grow them the closest to nature that we possibly can without the intervention of any nasties. We are seeing what variety grows well and produces well and tastes amazing. We are working and growing and trying and it all takes time.
So thanks for being in this adventure with us. We love our farm. We love our family. And we are loving the beautiful people we have met that are in this with us. Truly. Thank you. For being here and trying to heal here when it hurts and sharing your family with ours.
A customer just told me the other day that you don’t ever stop learning until you are six feet under. She’s right. And I am glad. But what have I learned this past week? Well, first off that farming is very misunderstood. If there were never any green berries or white berries or even any pink berries out in the field then our season would be oh so very short and the berries would be gone before we knew it. I dare say even faster than that. So, even though some don’t appreciate that not all the berries are ripe at the very moment of picking, I for one am very happy for that. I’m learning patience. Because no matter if one or all of us just wish that these berries would turn to a marvelous and beautiful juicy red now, that is just not in our hands or our timing. So we’ll slow down and enjoy this short lived season and maybe those slow turning berries will give us just one more day to be out picking and marvelling and enjoying this here farm. This is Manitoba. Really. It’s going to snow soon.
Happy picking. Or happy picking up. Or just happy. That’s good too. Thanks for coming to the farm. And do come if you haven’t yet. We’d be happy to have you visit us:)
It has been a crazy couple of days around the farm! But we are so very thankful for all the support and seeing all the familiar faces and all the new ones. It truly amazes me. And all the kind words. It is a gift how people can come and enjoy our farm and our family…meet our kids…ask about our baby…and our daughter who was sick. We have met and got to know people by name, people who come from all over the world. Just wow. I hope you all know how blessed we feel:)
BUT…We have just started….lots more picking to go! And hey…we are on Instagram. Check us out if you can:) Hope to see you if we haven’t yet…and tell your friends. We’d appreciate it a whole bunch!