Late November and early December aren’t what most people would call the prettiest season on the farm. Unless there’s a snowstorm that sticks around for few days, the landscape is pretty drab. Dull. Brown, brown, brown.
During these busy holiday shopping weeks in the
Beekman 1802 Mercantile, we almost never see the farm in daylight. We head down to the warehouse before the sun comes up, and come home long after it goes down. And while we think we might not be missing much, we are.
Because just like in life, when things around you seems colorless and boring, you really just need to look a little more closely. We recently took a walk around the farm and discovered a lot more brilliance than we could see from inside the windows.
Let’s head out to the barn…
Careful. There’s been a bit of rain lately.
We break up any extra giant pumpkins for the goats. They love the flesh and seeds.
The goats choose to spend most of their time in the barn right now.
They don’t like having their hooves wet, and hate the mud.
Apparently everyone is pretty happy in the barn.
All of these girls are pregnant. They’re all between 1-3 months along.
They’re just beginning to show.
The first batch of kids begins being born around Valentines Day.
The births will continue through April.
No one here seems in any rush.
Some songbirds have moved into the barn for the winter. It’s nice to still have some “summer noise.”
Egg production drops drastically with less daylight hours. But there’s still enough for holiday baking.
By the time we leave the barn, the night lights have come on.
A couple of pumpkins we’re saving for winter treats for the goats.
Our vegetable garden looks sad, right? But…
…Onder has some exciting things to show us.
There’s still some lettuce ready for picking!
And Siberian kale!
And rhubarb! (But we’ll leave this little guy…not even enough for a tart.)
And brussels sprouts!
People always think of gardening as a summer hobby. But there’s really only about 3 months of the year when we can’t find anything to harvest.
This pumpkin came from a vine that grew up through one of the tomato cages. The pumpkin grew inside the cage and is now trapped. We’ll have to wait till it decomposes enough to remove it.
Even Onder gets a little more subdued this time of year.
Unless, of course, she spots a barn cat.
These snow patches have stuck around for a week.
Are these Bur Oak acorns beautiful? We need to make a wreath from them one year.
The weather has been so strange. Snow. Rain. 70F temperatures. It’s very rare to find a mushroom growing this time of year.
Unless there’s snowfall, Josh can always find a four leave clover…
Or four. (He’s got a gift.)
An extra bright spot of color. A rose hip.
This house has stared down 214 oncoming winters.
Onder loves snow. Even when there are just a few patches.
When the leaves are gone, you notice the more subtle colors of a tree.
Sometimes not so subtle.
Sometimes downright vibrant!
This was a giant pumpkin given to us by a kind neighbor. We’ll save this for a giant Christmas present to the goats.
Onder is never ready to end a walk. Sometimes she leaves us hints that there’s still more fun to be had outside.