Saturday 3 October 2015

Summer flew by in a blink of an eye....

Everything on the farm went a lot smoother now that we have a new hire operating the tractors...
Only if his feet were longer that tractor may have moved somewhere.

Like mother, like daughter...Haruko and Sakura spending quality time together chewing cud.

Ha! Caught on camera messing the new bale of hay!
Dill is the super friendly sheep on the farm. He'll even help out by becoming our workbench!

Rosemary's kids examining the new bale of hay...
We definitely need to put some wire around it or they'll mess it up really fast.

Sheepdog and sheep face off!

While the sheep got their shed remodeled
the pig did some remodeling of their own...
Re-floored the whole pig pen with muck and ripped up the flooring in their shed.

Soon our market will be moving indoors to Grow and Gather.
Be sure to come and check us out indoors on October 17 from 10-3.
Do take note of new place and new time for indoor market.

Saturday 7 March 2015

Dry Start for Spring....

Unlike previous years, this Spring started dry and warm. 
Hopefully, with such good start we will have a bountiful year!
We know for certain the rhubarbs are enjoying this weather. 
Grow rhubarb grow!

A savory twist to sweet potatoes...
For this dish, I placed 3 sweet potatoes into the food processor.
Then they were sauteed in the pan with just a touch of butter, 
salt, pepper, and sage.

See what happens when the dogs goof off....
What in the world are you two doing in there?
Where are the sheep?!?

Another nice spring veggie to enjoy...Swiss Chard! 
Most people in my family didn't like Swiss chard before because of the 
tart after-taste. 
This dish certainly changed their opinions on Swiss chard.
A bunch of Swiss chard cut to 1" pieces, 
stir fry the stems in the pan with some oil, diced garlic, and lemon zest.
Let the stem cook for a while before adding, the leaves,
lemon juice and salt to taste. 
(This particular photo has kale in the pan as well.)

Of course, our newest addition to the farm...
Piggies! Meet Tigress on the left and Miss Spot on the right. 
This photo was taken right after they were let into the coop. 
5 minutes afterwards....they turned the whole place upside down!

Not to be upstaged by the pigs...
the sheep gave birth to a triplet just this weekend!
Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!
Yes dear. Yes dear. Yes dear.

Oh dear...can I get some help here?!? 
Three is too much for Rosemary to handle all by herself! 

Saturday 31 January 2015

What's Happening on the Farm in Mid-Winter....

Newest fashion for sheep.
Too rainy sheep get innovative in ways of having FUN indoors...

Lotus onion anyone?
Just cut the onion into 8 sections without cutting all the way through,
let the onions sit in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to coat thoroughly,
place onion into baking pan with spaces in between each onion for them to spread,
sprinkle with salt and pepper,
cover with foil bake in oven at 425F for 25-30 minutes, 
uncover foil and bake for another 10 minutes, 
and done!

Radish salad or appy
This recipe works for many different veggies such as kohlrabi, daikon,
cauliflower heart...etc.
Slice, dice, or julienne the radish, 
sprinkle with little bit of salt,
drizzle with some sesame oil, 
top with cilantro...
and voila a very appetizing side dish!

Our new puppy is growing up...VERY FAST
My! What big ears you have Carmie!
She loves to play chase with Mozart but most of all
she likes to go bug Izabelle. 

Sunday 4 January 2015

Brr Winter is Here...
and ALL We Got is 2" Snow Cover...

Mozart overlooking this sad thin layer of snow...wondering how is he going to cool off this winter....

Hey! Who are you? Do you like snow too? Meet our new puppy - Carmie! 
She's our backup for Izabelle. Don't be deceived by her small size, 
she is one feisty puppy!

This is how you play in this white thing...dip and roll! 
Carmie looks on as the pro does his demonstration. 

And who are you?!? Woof! Woof! Woof! 
Carmie loves to challenge Izabelle everytime she goes outside. 
As for Izabelle? - "Who is this little pest?!?"

Izabelle says, "go away already!"
Izabelle doesn't take kindly to ANY dogs...she tolerates Mozart....
these two will need a lot of time to build a better relation. 

Chickens need gravel...dogs too?!?

From our furry troopers to you....

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! 

Monday 18 August 2014

The HEAT WAVE!! Oh My!

Roasting sheep hoarding the water buckets.
Your fleece is not long enough for another shave yet!
Looks like you guys will need to bear with it or hope for rain!

Wake up everyone!
Wake up neighbours!
Wake up wildlife! 
(This bird has been going at it since 4AM!!!)

Animal instinct....befriending a different specie approach from the rear...
what's that little whip that keep slapping my face?!?

Let's be friends! I sniff your butt you sniff mine...
minus the feather duster please.
Magic Panda and Mozart are best of friends in the sheep/dog world!

Red treasures in the soil. These are the Pontiac Reds.
They have more starchy content than the Norland which make them very good for mashed potatoes.

They look even nicer after they have "bathed". 

Got a visitor resting right on the door frame of our house. This little tree frog is only the size of a loonie but it doesn't look as skinny as the one resting on our dahlia roots a couple of years ago. 

Cabbage patch! 



Peaches! What in the world? 
Damn bear has been feasting on the fruit trees AGAIN!
First it cleans off the cherry trees now taking bites here and there on the peach trees!

It's bath time! WHAT?!?! A kiddie pool!?!? This is insulting. 

A swim in the ditch. Ahhh....that's more like it! A proper swim hole for the ducks!
We ducks RULE on this farm anyways.....

Monday 2 June 2014

Summer is Almost Upon Us....

Sally enjoying a carrot from our farm.
She thought we were going to take her carrot away so she headed back into the house.

A Silkie baby chick hatched by the mommy herself!
Because of their size these little guys are extremely hard to keep in the fenced area!

On rainy days the ducks rule the front yard! 
They love bathing in the pond and any puddles along the way.

This year's kale is now harvest-able size! Kale chips anyone?

Salad Mix is in! We've got these green ones, red ones, mizuna, and baby arugula!

My! Aren't you dressed a little TOO WARM for this season?!?

Magic Panda says, "fine, take it all off then." are quite skinny....all that bulk was just FLUFF.

Tree Peony is also in bloom. 
The only peony that comes close to this colour is Border Charm.

Earliest tree peony to come into bloom this year. 
This one is about 10" across.

Market is now in full swing. 
Come visit us every Saturday at the Peace Memorial Park in downtown Maple Ridge. 

Market opens every Saturday from 9am ~ 2pm.

Monday 14 April 2014

New Things on the Farm

Now that spring is officially here, the farm is in full swing once again. Even the egg production has doubled since end of February! Above is a picture of our blue egg laying hens lounging in the sun. They really know how to relax after a day's work. 

Here's the new addition to the farm to start the year off. The arrival of the sheep and their lambs! 
Where mommy goes the baby follows. 

This marks a milestone for our farm...the first lamb to be born right here in our barn! The mommy was a little unsure as to what the heck that baaing little thing was at first but the lamb's persistence paid off. 

It took about five minutes or so and the little lamb was on his feet and snuggling with mommy. The ewe next to them was really jealous. She kept poking her head through the gaps to get a glimpse of the new lamb. 

Meet Magic Panda the ram. He settled into his new house very fast.
He is a really nice ram warming up to us really quick. 

While the animals were busy....the veggies weren't slacking off either.
There are trays and trays of these waiting to be transplanted! 
Hopefully, we will have some nice salad mix ready for the first market.

Mozart on the lookout of any "misbehaving" chickens/ducks/sheep and kids!

First market event of this year is coming up pretty soon. 
We will be there for the Earth Day celebration on April 26 from 10am-2pm. Hope to see you there!