Thursday, June 28, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

French on the Solstice


It's been another lazy week on the Gaines Farm. The tractor only broke down twice. The corn maze field required only one planting and the temperature was only 92º for most of the week. The weather also provided the unique experience of humidity so high it was actually possible to drink the air, negating the normal hydration issues associated with high temps. 

Those hot days also reminded us that, indeed, horses do sweat, and not only from the heat. Charlie got a few long looks each time the tractor broke down, and quickly averted his own gaze, as if a lone horse, standing 30-yards away, would go unnoticed so long as eye-contact was avoided. We're not afraid of a little old-school plowing in these parts, and Charlie knows it. Best to keep one's head down when the tractor's conked. Luckily for everyone involved, Rump and his crack staff have the determination of a thousand horses and the tractor eventually succumbed to their will. The field was ploughed. The corn was planted. The Red Sox won. Is this Heaven? No, it's Guilford.

The goats reminded us that they're pretty much all about good times, and good goat times are not had in 90º heat. They stayed in the barn. 

Our newest, youngest, chickens started laying their first pullet eggs this week. The eggs were small but the chickens' obvious pride was large. We thanked the gals and ate those eggs up!

Speaking of "new": our new "Gaines Farm Store" freezer, is newly filled by the labors of our butcher with beef that… that is beyond description. It's like rays of sunshine in meat form.

We plan to eat plenty, but we'd never keep it all to ourselves, so we're working on our first advertisement tag line. It goes like this:

ON SALE NOW, Gaines Farm-raised beef. Stop by the farm and purchase your favorite cut, one-half mile north from the Vt./Mass. line, on Rt. 5. Give us a call and we'll meet you at the door. If we like the look o' ya, we'll sell you some meat. 802-257-0409
  • Hamburger - $5.00/lb
  • Rib Eye - $12.00/lb
  • Sirloin - $12.00/lb
  • Filet Mignon - $17.00/lb

…and insert your own "cash cow" joke here:

And so we bid adieu to spring and bonjour to summer, without really knowing what those words mean. The cat bid meow to the timely installation of our ancient, kitchen A/C unit. A unit that may look haggard, but still throws a powerful cold. 

Summer heat notwithstanding, we are thankful for a new season and yet another chance to work the lands we love so dearly. And as we walk the grounds, harvesting the season's first grasses, admiring the garden's budding veggies, and imagining a field of ploughed earth, destined for the bright lights of corn-maze stardom, we are reminded of Issa's famous haiku:

Oh Snail.
Climb Mt. Fuji.
But slowly. Slowly!

Friday, June 22, 2012

We found the beef!


ON SALE NOW, Gaines Farm-raised beef. Stop by the farm and purchase your favorite cut, one-half mile north from the Vt./Mass. line, on Rt. 5. Give us a call and we'll meet you at the door. 802-257-0409
  • Hamburger - $5.00/lb
  • Rib Eye - $12.00/lb
  • Sirloin - $12.00/lb
  • Filet Mignon - $17.00/lb

Do'H!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Beating the Heat

Summer arrives right on schedule in Vermont. 90ºF on the farm today. Bodie and Lyla took to the shade.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jackie Takes a Wrong Turn


Jackie takes a wrong turn on her way home from the Strolling of the Heifers.