Brookford Farm had their Heifer Parade today. A female bovine that has not been pregnant is a heifer. When they get to go out to pasture for the first time since the Winter started they are very excited. To mark this monumental occassion, the crew at the farm put together a fabulous event. We all met at the barn at 4:30. The hiefers were led from their barn, up the street to their new pasture.
It took a few of them a little longer to understand that it was time to head out.
We all followed behind, as closely as we could, but with the anticipation of new grass and the fact they have 4 legs, they got to the pasture well before we arrived, despite how enthusiastic we were.
Once we arrived the girls were all out on the grass, but there was still a little kick left in them as they ran about looking for the choicest greens.
My girls were amused and curious.
After several pictures of these beautiful girls we headed back to the barn.
They had a couple areas set up for the kids to enjoy, including a fort making area with milk crate building materials. My hands on farm girl was right into that, mud and all.
Decorating a Spring Cow was great fun for my little artist.
Dinner was amazing. I’m pretty sure all the food came from the farm, including Brookford’s very own rolls! This was my first experience eating dandelion greens with potatoes. Delicious! I’m gathering some tomorrow and am very happy I picked up potatoes at the market today!
There was music to accompany our dinner. We left before the barn dance started, because the girls were ready to hit the hay themselves, so we said good by to the cows…
…and headed home, where they were cleaned up and tucked in, with smiles on their faces from time on the farm.
Another reason why I love Brookford Farm!
Today was also the first Farmer’s Market of the Season in Portsmouth. I started my day there, where I had a great chat with Jeff at New Roots. I am trying to figure out how to manage my land, and what animals would compliment it, and he was not only helpful, but very willing to share his thoughts and experiences. He has given me some great options to look into…let the research begin! I also very much enjoyed a hot dog from his farm, cooked at the Market, with a Chai from White Heron Tea.
On my way out, I glanced over to see Liz from Riverslea knitting, which is not an uncommon sight, but I was immediately drawn to what she had her yarn sitting on. This thing is brilliant! It turns freely as you knit, unwinding the ball easily and smoothly. I love it! It was also made by a man in his 80’s by the name of Walter Sanderson, and his name is carved into the bottom of the stand. That made it even a smidge bit more endearing.
Oh, by the way, I’m loving the knitting of this sock. The pattern is free, Java, from Knitty.com. I’m using Claudia HandPaints Sock yarn, and it’s working up beautifully with the yarn. I started these May 2.
Finally, for today, I started Violet Syrup. The violets are steeping right now. I half gallon jar filled with violets, and 4 cups of boiling water, covered overnight.