A little flash back to fall on this 18 degree winter morning. Thanks to Alice for taking this great picture of the farm.
Every day we go to the farmers market to pick up fresh food for our animals. The farmers are happy because we provide a service and the animals are happy because they get a smorgasbord of veggies and fruits. Here we have two of our farmers when we arrived to pick up with some stylish Thanksgiving headwear.
Well once again I was out of town. I worked to put some posts together ahead of time so everyone would have something to read and so it wouldn’t be so obvious I was gone. No sense advertising you aren’t around publicly. After a week in Las Vegas (it was business, snore) it was great to get home this morning. Although getting to bed at 3am was a bit late and the 6am milking alarm was a tad too early. I am pretty jet lagged today but will soldier through.
All that was worth it though to be able to come home and make the morning smoothie for the family. In the picture above you see some of the ingredients, real coconut, watermelon, peaches, strawberries and fresh cows milk. No sugar or extra gunk, just fresh and frozen fruits. It was yummy!
People ask me sometimes how it is that I am able to spend so much time around my animals and then kill them and eat them. I could do another 3000 words on why its not only doable but important for you to know your animal before you eat it. However sometimes all that doesn’t matter. Sometimes you look forward to putting one of these critters in the freezer. Some animals just cause a lot of trouble for no apparent reason. Samuel is one of them. He isn’t a bad cow. He has a decent temperament. He just has this annoying habit of getting tangled up in anything that you are trying to keep untangled. Then to make matter worse he seems to merrily go about his way with no regard to you or your equipment. He will drag wire reels across the pasture, break stakes, and even mess up the waterer. In this video, I have just moved the paddocks and am standing not 10 feet from him watching everybody graze. I turn around and find what you see here. There was a small gap where he could even get into the water hose and 3/4 acre of lush never grazed grass that was completely open without obstacles.
I reminded Sam he wasn’t far from the freezer before we parted ways.