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Farm Day

Our Farm Day celebration  on Sunday August 15 was a success! Probably because we got a circus tent.

Preparations started with some cooking, including the baking of this monster loaf of bread (as big as my torso, remarked one!) Tables hauled and set, and decorated with flowers-what else!? Poe  dog was really tuckered out from all the work. Next year I’ll  shorten his to-do list.


Folks began arriving mid-afternoon, and the fun began! With adults, it’s all about relaxation and good conversation, preferably in comfortable chairs. For the ‘youth’, it’s about stilts,  giant bubbles, and swinging on the hammock and playing tag and generally romping around barefoot.


Some adults stretched the boundaries, by constructing a scarecrow, or playing music!

After the farm tour was held (see the excruciating details on the video posted on Two Mountain Farm’s facebook page), everyone got down to feasting. I think there were over 60 people that gathered to celebrate Two Mountain Farm’s  5th growing season!  It was so great to have so many customers, friends, CSA members, and neighbors join in the festivities!

Aside from that bag of doritoes (ahem!), the spread of potluck dishes was downright phenomenal. I was so busy eating (three trips!) that I didn’t take any photos of the sit-down meal, where all chatted and got good and full.


This great foursome is in the midst of some serious grubbing.

After supper, some went home and some stayed to enjoy the evening, and the music. 


After it all, I was left with a good bit of clean up, and some wonderful garden scare-crows:




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Finally today, some meaningful rain…multiple hours of it, slow and steady. Good timing, too, because it’s a Sunday and there’s nothing like a day ‘off’ coupled with relaxing, calming, slow-you down, cozifying (new word) rain and a low, grey cloud ceiling. I was thinking this morning, as I put up these wonderful peaches for the freezer, where did August go???

And what was August like, anyway, since I’ve been so absent from this farming blog (almost a month, really….sorry!)? Well, aside from being really nice and summery, complete with awesome sunsets which, when making bouquets in the barn at 830 on a Friday night, are really great to step outside to, August was a lot of water anxiety.

 [subtext: the remaining and original post, which took me about 30 minutes to write, just got *poofed* away by the mysterious internet-connections fairy (GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR), so here is the abreviated version:

Dug Well = Dry . No Water. Haul it in trailer. Hand water. Fun.

Dry.  Planning for future water security = dig artesian well, maybe this fall or next spring.  Successions not taking, like this slow cover crop:

Things wilting. Dying. Dust. Chickens in Dust:


Lay eggs despite dust. Cool birds.  Even second rooster, Auracana discovered. Kee ker e kee ! = awkward chicken + puberty.

Below: not slip–n-slide;  prep for more things, raspberries or strawberries not sure

Tomatoes this year: YAY. wish i had planted some varieties in succession, they are so prolific. Lunches have been enjoyable. homemade bread + mayo + heirloom tomato = happy.

peppers funny = heat stress in early july = no blossom/fruit set on upper half of  very vigorous plants. just NOW putting new flowers out, they won’t get very far, esp if my hunch about fall and the other f word (for farmers/gardeners) is right…)

potatoes awful due to lack of consistant water, and potato bugs. everything else, decent.


Flowers always decent, especially in simple summary of buckets in cart, better than finished bouquets or in vase, I think.  And to bookend, another lovely august evening sky. oh august!


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