We have been up to the usual busy nothingness of summer: moving, water parks, free bowling, kids' dollar movies, etc. The first week of July we got to sneak away just the two of us for a week to New Hampshire, and I think I'm in love. However, my dear husband tells me I haven't experienced a New England winter, and we have four kids who are required to live in a small area of Texas, so maybe we'll stay put for a while.
|My DH hiding in the shadows in front of part of the farm|
Our first full day there, after a delicious three course breakfast, we ventured down to nearby Keene to pick up some goodies at the Farmer's Market and do some window shopping. In the afternoon we stopped by an alpaca farm and learned about alpacas and maple syrup from the farmer. (And yes, we bought some goodies.)
|Community Pizza Night-the oven is in front of the building on the right|
The following morning we went to a small town's Fourth of July parade over the border of Vermont. Their local Farmers' Market marched in the parade and passed out carrots! After the parade, there were different merchant tents set up and food vendors. I found a lady selling jewelry made from beads through beads for life, a nonprofit organization that benefits impoverished women in Uganda, which I had just read about before our trip. How cool is that?
Our final day on the farm Jackie, the innkeeper (how often do you get to use that word in everyday conversation?), took us on a tour of the farm. She discussed how they garden, without tilling to preserve the layering of the soil, rotating crops, adding compost, and how they now use high tunnels to extend their growing season. We saw their baby chicks that grow to be egg layers and that grow to be used for meat. She discussed how they pasture the animals, rotating them on a timetable to get the most benefit for the soil, plants, and themselves out of the animals, and to provide the healthiest conditions for the animals.
|Yes, I am holding a baby chick.|