The summer seems to have sped by! Now here we are in one of my favorite months. The reason it is my favorite is because of its beauty. (Not because of it getting chilly 🙂 Summer on the farm is much more busy than winter but I like the warm days, beautiful sunshine, and out-door frolics of summer:). Here we are speeding up to frosty days. We do have lots of fun when the snow comes though! Snow ball fights and extreme sledding are just to name a few:) I am thankful for all the changing seasons God has given us. I know this winter holds many new changes for everyone lots of school is planned and new dreams for each life. What is October’s glory? It is the crisp air, golden leaves and sparkling blue skies that all gather and make you swell with joy!
If you feel heavy laden and that your cup is not full remember “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Life is SO busy that it’s hard to put it into words! I could go on about the daily grind of it and make us all tired :-). But there are so many everyday surprises! When I see every little thing with full optimistic eyes it all changes! The boring ol’ scenery turns into beautiful sunshine and amazing reminders of our creator everywhere. The most annoying task can be transformed into a new beautiful adventure!
One morning, early this week, we welcomed a small new life to the farm. One of our heifers was unintentionally bred too early. (The bull broke through into a pasture uninvited or unknown to us)… So this morning, we found this small cow a mother with the tiniest little calf next to her. We brought them down to the barn for milking as usual, but this new mother was not bonding with her calf like normal. Sometimes this happens when it is the mother’s first calf. Because she doesn’t know what to do, she rejects her baby. So the calf was rejected and we carried it to a stall in the barn where we could take care of her (the baby calf). It has been fun to feed and take care of this tiny delicate creature! She is less than half the size of a regular calf. When I would have to usually be wrestling and sitting on top of calves to feed them she simply stands there blinking her long eye lashes at me and drinks. What a precious reminder of innocent life this little calf is. Now this little calf and her mother are just animals. But to our farm and business they are important! The same with the lives of other humans each life matters! God knows all life, loves all life, and rules all life from the tiny people to the elderly people we are all HIS own!
It started just as dinner was finishing and dishes being cleared, Dad and Mom said that a neighbor had called and asked for us to come by and pick some corn in their patch. So after dishes were done and buckets gathered we went outside to load up.
But then a problem struck us. Sam had the van for work and we had our whole family (11 Fuhrmanns) and our cousins (3 of them) so we decided to get Josh’s truck and our car. It took some creativity and extra time, but soon everyone was crammed into the cab, car and the back of the pick up. When we arrived at the neighbors house we all climbed out and said hello and than guess what he said “Alrighty you guys just follow me the corn’s about a mile away” WHAT? We laughed and said “OK lets all see how fast we can load back up”
Now that’s a challenge! 14 people climbing and scrambling into 2 vehicles was definitely a sight but we did it and arrived safely at the corn patch. We all hopped out grabbed a bucket and started picking… several minutes later and lots of buckets full of corn later me and Sheila (my “corn picking buddy”) started walking back through the patch to the truck. Danny and Van Louis (our cousin) dashed by in a full fledged game of hide and seek and than we came upon John settled in the dirt murdering “bad beetles” with rocks 🙂
Soon we had all the corn (and children) loaded and headed home hot and laughing. Oh and by the way the night was finished off with volleyball and soccer :-). Things are always way more fun when the whole family works together! Spending the precious time we have been given with each other is a wonderful thing.
Fresh Grass Fed BeefWe just got a stock of all our beef in! We SELL OUT VERY QUICKLY so don’t miss it!Grass fed beef is a wondeful source of omega-3, be sure that you are feeding your body what it really needs to survive!-Ground Beef $8.50
-Roasts: Chuck Roast, Rump, Sirloin, Shoulder, London Broil, Eye of round.
For FOREST FARMER’S market we strongly recommend pre ordering! We sold out of chicken breasts the first hour last week. If we know what you want we can come prepared and your order will be ready, ticketed and waiting for you to pick up!
If you are a milk customer remember that you are paying a small fee for your milk to be delivered you are also going to the drop site weekly to pick up your milk so why not order some other products with it too?
Farm Girl Note
On a fine, but hot, summer day I was nearly at the end of my hike to the hen house to do my evening chores. In one hand I had dog food (for the Great Pyrenees Guard Dog on post) and an egg basket, while the other hand was sometimes occupied by John David’s little hand. He was more often diverted by a big cricket hopping in front of him or a pretty flower… As I walked a long with the little blond head bouncing next to me I stopped to turn on the pump for the hens, in my momentary pause John scampered on to the hen house, “No harm” I thought as I kept going.
When I got to the hen house I fed and petted the dog, and also fed and watered the chickens. I then looked around the house hastily for John but he was nowhere to be seen… as I hurried up to the chicken house door I saw a small boot disappearing through the small chicken door (the tiny one cut out for the chickens to use!). I got to the door and carefully opened it and there, proudly standing in the middle of the chicken house, with happy hens clucking around him, stood John with a huge smile spread across his face. He reached up to me with a brown egg in his hand and as I looked at him he cheerfully sang “EGGS!” I caught him up in a big hug and then we finished collecting the other eggs “heggs” he says, and carried them home. As I went along I pondered on that little scene.
The thought came to me of how so many little kids and even adults do not know where their food comes from. Of course if you ask an adult where milk or eggs came from they would say cows or chickens, but do they really know how those chickens live or what they are fed? I am very thankful for all that I know, but it is saddening and scary at how the industry has really been able to hide the truth behind faux happy stories and pretty pictures. We all know it’s not all glamor and fun out there in the world of industrial food production. There are some hidden secrets that we should know.
Now I am not a food freak, but I have been educated in the truth. The Lord has given us amazing bodies and he has also given us the choice on how to take care of them! I strive and hope to keep my body nourished and strong so that wherever God calls me I can go and serve Him. Keeping our bodies in a state of fitness and energy is necessary so we are equipped for life’s challenges! I am so thankful for the good real nourishing food our family is blessed to raise. I know it is helping us to all grow healthy and strong.
It is wonderful to know that our chores, all the sacrifices and hard work, help so many other families become healthy and strong too.
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…” 1 Corinthians 5:20. We are God’s lights to shine in the darkness. Be strong and of good courage! More important than being mighty in body is being mighty in spirit! Remember:
HE WILL NEVER DIE HE WILL NEVER FAIL YOU! JUST TRUST AND HAVE FAITH IN HIS MIGHTY POWER!
FOR HE HAS SAID I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE NOR FORSAKE THEE!
Outside during the winter it is quiet and still down here on the farm. Everyone does their best to stay warm:) But inside it is quite a different thing! Everyone is bustling around with their daily duties and lessons. We just started up music lessons again and are all thoroughly enjoying it! The house is now filled with music almost all the time with six children practicing! Winter is a wonderful time for us to do lots of book work! For the spring summer and fall months are always full of fun hard work learning lots outside and tending our flocks and herds:) Living on a farm has its ups and downs but at the end of the day, when you fall into you bed, you really feel like your day was profitable and you are always learning new lessons that will help all your life! Wherever you are and whatever you do there are always ups and downs in life. But the most important thing is to not worry and trust in the LORD! Take each moment and cherish it! Time flies and before you know it you will be in a different place. Let’s live without regrets and treasure the most important things: God and People. So be happy now and share the LOVE of Christ to all!
Our girls: Got RAW milk?!we’re expecting some new calves sometime soon! We’ll keep you posted if more shares become available once they freshen. For now:
The above products are only available to herd share customers.
Chicken available: A nutritous health-giving choice!
We have chicken available! Whole and parts! Make sure to order yours before we sell out… we won’t have fresh chickens for another 10 weeks. Try a whole roasted chicken and don’t forget to make and enjoy the delicious bone broth once you finish!
Little John David loves helping outside with his older siblings! One of his first words was “Eggs” because egg yolks were his first solid food! He loves to go out and collect his own snacks 🙂