Northern Colorado Small Farm

The absurdities of being older

I've been thinking about being older lately. Not getting older but actually being older. Every weekend when I haul my tables and displays to the farmers markets I think about it.  This spring when I realized I had packed on few pounds over the winter and they weren't shedding like usual I thought about it.  When I practice yoga and meditation and I send the breath to where it hurts and don't have enough breath for all that, I think about it. I used to be incredibly flexible. I could do the splits until I was 40 and then one day I found I couldn't. On the other hand, I'm gentler with myself now (mostly). I'm more intuitive about eating, resting and contemplating life. 

I do love this new non 9:00-5:00 life I've carved out for myself but sometimes I think I came to it a little late, learned to listen to myself a little too late.  I'm a fearful person by nature. Don't ask me why, that's a road you don't want to go down.  I am and that's that. Last week I went to a little gathering at a friends house.  Just three couples and our collective brood of 4 kids. One couple is younger than the rest of us by I'm guessing 15 years. We were talking about my business and I was saying that I'd rather be doing online and wholesale sales exclusively rather than the physical work of the markets. This younger guy asked me why I didn't just do it. I launched into my typical excuse about not being very good at promoting myself or seeking new clients. He looked genuinely puzzled and again asked my "Why?" Caught a little off guard but feeling at ease with these friends I said, "because they might say, no". And he said "So?"  In that moment the tiniest light of recognition about how absurd that argument  is dawned on me. 

I've done a few brave things in my life. I've climbed a few mountains, used to ride hunter jumper horses, put myself through grad school, had two babies, gracefully survived being fired at 50 and nearly 30 years ago I plucked up the courage to tell my sweetheart that I had fallen in love with her.  

Growing older brings the luxury of introspection and a delicate toughness.  I'm embracing it.  I'm hauling my market paraphernalia for another season and I'm preparing for the future by facing the possibility of "yes" rather than the absurdity of no.

Mobile Hen - Farm Fresh Eggs in Fort Collins, CO

Get your farm fresh eggs delivered to your business in Fort Collins, Colorado by Small Acre Farm

Nothing says farm fresh like fresh eggs!  Did you know that Small Acre Farm offers weekly egg delivery to your business from spring through fall in the Fort Collins Area?  Our delivery area is the square between Harmony Road, Taft Hill, Vine Drive and Lemay Avenue.  If you are outside our delivery area we can bring your eggs to the Fort Collins farmer’s market on Harmony in the Ace Hardware parking lot on Sundays.  

Bars of our goat milk soap can be added to any delivery.  Requests for soap can be placed by text or email by noon the Sunday before egg delivery.  

There are still several egg memberships available.  Contact us to sign up

Delivery day
Tuesdays to your business
Sundays to the Fort Collins Farmers Market

Egg prices (delivered) 
$6.00 per dozen
$3.00 per half dozen

We love it when you recycle your reusable egg cartons with us. Please check our soap store for available soap and prices.

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Most chickens are seasonal layers.  Once the days start getting longer they swing into action! Commercial egg operations and some chicken owners put lights on in their chicken coops to make the hens lay year around.  We let our chickens cycle naturally so that they get a break. Needless to say the first fresh egg of the season is much anticipated.

This year our lovely ladies started laying intermittently in February.  Even in the winter they like to get out around the farm during the day and we were finding eggs in the snow.  That’s the kind of Easter egg hunt I like!  Now they are laying in their boxes and gathering isn’t as much of an adventure (except for the one hen who found a great hiding spot under an overturned wheelbarrow).  

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We love our chickens and we love their farm fresh eggs. Sign up for a "Mobile Hen" subscription today!

Springtime on Small Acre Farm - Kids, Lambs and Puppies - Fort Collins Small Sustainable Farm

Spring is probably the most anticipated time on the farm and this year was no exception.  There is something about the birth of an animal that makes everything right with the world.  

This year has had a lot of ups and downs and I needed that right with the world feeling.  This winter we lost our special BFL ram.  He was such a gentleman and all that I could hope for was that all the ewes were pregnant with his lambs before he died.  Our sheep are pasture bred.  That means we turn the ram out with the ewes in the fall and let nature take its course.  It also means that due dates are a mystery.  So we watch and wait, and wait...and wait.  Every year I go through a period when I am sure no one got bred and there will be no lambs and then the first one arrives.  This year it was Flora, a Teeswater, Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) cross who led the lambing.  Last year Flora had a really hard birth and then she abandon her lamb which resulted in a lamb running around my kitchen for a couple of weeks.  I was pretty worried about what would happen this year.  Flora did not disappoint.  She had two beautiful ram lambs and...picked one.  I tried with the other but she just pushed him away.  When she shoved him into the hay feeder I had had enough and upstairs he went.  All the rest of the births were uneventful except that they waited until after we sheared in April.  All but Flora, had single births.  The current count is four bouncy lambs in the pasture with their mothers and one portly lamb in the barn, growing up with a goat kid who was born around the same time.  There is one more ewe that I think is holding out.  Only time will tell.

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Goat breeding at Small Acre Farm is different than sheep breeding.  Some of our goats are bred by artificial insemination and some are live bred.  Either way, we know pretty accurately when they are due.  This year the goat due dates are all spread out, one in February, two in March, one in April and one in late May.  We raise the kids in the house.  What does that mean?  It means that for the first week someone feeds those kids every four hours around the clock.  Since I am full time on the farm now I usually pull the middle of the night shift during the week.  I have loved having the babies close but this year I was pretty excited to have them move to the barn.  Of course as soon as that happened, another goat would give birth.  Just like the sheep, there is one goat left to kid.  I have three more weeks to sleep peacefully.

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To round out the spring population explosion here at Small Acre Farm, it is a puppy year.  Look for more information about our English Shepherd pair, Tilly and tuck and their upcoming litter in a future blog post.

Spring is surely here and all is right with the world.

TeDi

Chief Shepherdess

Small Acre Farm