We’re making friends in our new area and we’re having a lot of fun. The folks from Yacolt Mountain Farm invited us over for dinner last week and we had a great time. First off, it takes a lot of courage to invite us over for dinner because we have five kids and we can be just a bit overwhelming when you aren’t used to a small herd of children.
Another cool fact is that we met them at the Battle Ground Farmer’s Market. We were in a booth next to them. I suppose that would make us competitors, but in reality I feel like we’re on the same team.
Anyway, we went to their farm and it was great to see other people with similar interests, but that are doing things a little differently. They work with horses, whereas we do everything with either a small rototiller or by hand. And we’re trying to move toward doing everything by hand. They are probably using horses because they are working on a much larger scale than we are. We will have about an acre of vegetables and then some more land in fruit trees and berries, while Yacolt Mountain Farm has about four acres in vegetables (if I remember correctly) in addition to a huge orchard and large areas for chickens, sheep and horses.
I hope this doesn’t sound bad, but I was happy to see that they had weeds and they had vegetables that were still a work in progress. Every week I look at their produce and notice that it is bigger than my produce and looks like its further along and doing better than anything I have. But to see their property, I was able to see that they have weeds too. They’re still well ahead of us, but they’re mortal.
They had a breed of sheep that shed its wool. Boy, would that save a lot of work. I’m thinking of buying a ewe from them and seeing what would happen with the offspring. We’ll see, I might do some research first.
I also decided that we should get chickens and guardian dogs. I just need to save up the money to make that investment first.
Stop by and visit us (and Dan and Caroline from Yacolt Mountain Farm) at the market at Battle Ground Village on Saturdays.