Open Farm Day: Sunday, July 20

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We’re really excited to be part of Bowdoinham’s Open Farm Day again this year! What will you see if you come to the farm on Sunday, July 20 between 9:30 am – 12:00 noon? You’ll see baby animals including our goslings, … Continue reading

Roll Call: Farm Babies

That face!

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Spring is the time of year when you think of new life emerging and it certainly has here on the farm! We’re always energized by the arrival of lambs, kids and chicks even if we’re tired from late night checks … Continue reading

Share the news…Farm for sale!

Where did the end of the summer go?? It has been mighty busy around Apple Creek Farm and Bacon Brook Farmstead the last two months. Haying was wrapped up…finally. Five great calves were born at Apple Creek, our batches of organic meat chickens have all been processed as have our organic geese, and lime and manure are getting spread on some pastures and hay fields.

Abby and I were busy in August and September getting her house and farm ready to go on the market. That’s right, Bacon Brook Farmstead is for sale in the great town of Unity. We are eagerly looking forward to farming (one farm) together in Bowdoinham.

Pasture with broilers.

Pasture with broilers.

Lower pasture

Lower pasture

Here is the link to the farm: http://www.masiello.com/real-estate/unity/41-albion-road/1110433.cfm

We’ve put a lot of work into the fields and pastures – the broilers that you enjoy so much at the winter farmers’ market in Brunswick were the main sources of fertility. Heavy rotations have brought the pastures back in just two years. The goats and geese add a tremendous amount too. There are several great locations for vegetable production and still have space for raising livestock. This is the perfect little spot for a young farmer, or a pair, or whoever! Located just close enough to Unity but just out so that neighbors aren’t something one thinks about. We would appreciate folks who can share the link and information with friends and family.

Looking north.

Looking north.

Beat the summer heat – make hay and jump in the water!

What a summer! I think we’re ready to expect the unexpected from here on out of our farming lives. It is now creeping towards the end of July and we have yet to finish our first cutting of hay. All that rain in June really saturated the ground leaving us useless on the days when it was sunny, unable and not wanting to put a tractor in a field; leaving ruts we’d regret for the next 10 years. And even when the ground was just only slightly squishy, there was enough moisture that the hay wouldn’t dry completely. Or the threat of thunderstorms was so great we didn’t dare cut – sometimes to our advantage, sometimes not.

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When it did get nice though, it was beautiful! Until the humidity showed up. But the hay must be made and nothing feels better than jumping in the Cathance River after loading and unloading a full hay wagon.

Our geese, on the other hand, have enjoyed every damp, rainy, foggy day June and July threw at us. Even the hot humid days these guys can be found bopping in and out of the water tub, grazing happy-as-can-be, or sacked out catching some rays.

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Pool’s open!

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The best way to beat the heat.

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Just last week they were moved into their finishing pastures. We seeded down a section of pasture in the spring specifically for the geese – a mix of chicory and a pasture mix including perennial rye grass, timothy, and several clovers.

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Salad Bar!

Information about ordering a holiday goose can be found at Apple Creek Farm and there will be a blog post about it too.

Lastly our first batch of Red Bros are being processed this week and will be available for order or at the Bowdoinham Farmers’ Market. We will have more chickens being processed throughout the rest of the summer and available all winter.

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Feel free to contact us – applecreekfarmbham@gmail.com about getting chicken, goose, or any of our other grass-fed meat products.

Two Farms

Here are some photos from Apple Creek Farm and Bacon Brook Farmstead over the past few weeks.

Basking in the warm sun

Our second batch of Red Bros

Day old inquisitive little one

The goslings are growing up!

but still lounging around…

Winter rye and vetch was planted in the new field last fall at Apple Creek Farm….

here’s the vetch!

The cows were strip-grazed through during the rainy stretch last week

The rain helped the pastures thicken up

 

When the sun returned the mama goats and their kids did some lazing around in the grass

 

The yearlings.

 

 

Bluebelle

Carlo

 

Clover and Jimoo cool off in the trees along the field edges.