Farming can be wholly unpredictable and so much of it is about being prepared for the unexpected, but if there’s one thing about farming that is always true it’s that every day is completely different than the one before or after! In any case, we thought it would be fun to share what one of our recent Saturdays looked like here at Elmwood Stock Farm:
6:00 – 7:00 AM – We (Mac and I, Ann) get up fairly early each morning, and we always make time to have a cup of coffee, eat a quick breakfast, and check emails. We also message the rest of the team to figure out daily tasks and check in. Susan, who runs our booth at the Lexington Farmers Markets on Saturdays, is usually loading up the truck around this time. Mac also goes to feed and water the chickens, turkeys and peacocks while John takes care of the pigs.
7:00 – 8:00 AM – I coordinate with Susan and post photos of what’s available at the Farmers Market that day on our Instagram.
9:00 – 11:00 AM – Mac, Carrie (one of our team members) and I work for a while on renovating the farm store and shipping area. Slow and steady wins the race on this one, but we can’t wait for it all to be done!
11:30 AM – We all take a quick break for lunch and enjoy leftover farm favorite chili (a recipe passed down by Kay Bell) with mac and cheese and salad. Yummy!
12:00 – 4:00 PM – Mac and I take advantage of the sunny day and spend the afternoon moving the electronet sheep fence. We rotate our flock every three or four days to fresh pasture, and while it can be time consuming, it’s worth it for the big benefits we’ve seen from our rotational grazing program, including healthier animals due to reduced parasite exposure, fewer weeds, and improved plant growth! Meanwhile, John is feeding our herd of cattle. They’re at the heart of our regenerative farming system and also are continually rotated to fresh pasture to graze on fresh, nutritious grasses while contributing to healthier soil across our farm!
5:00 PM – We fulfill any last minute orders we receive for pickup at the Hyde Park Farmers Market on Sunday.
6:00 PM – It’s time for Mac to make the rounds and do evening poultry chores. John goes out to do the evening pig chores.
7:00 PM – Mac and I love to make a fire in the fireplace after all the chores are done in the evenings and when it’s chilly out. We also tuck into a delicious dinner of burgers (made with our new ancestral blend ground beef!), collard greens and a kale salad.
9:00 PM – It’s bedtime for us! Meanwhile, our livestock guardian dogs June and Axel will keep an eye out for any predators on our front porch.