With all the colorful leaves fallen off the trees, and everything due to soon be blanketed in white, I went around the farm to look for what little bit of color might be left somewhere. I’m happy to say I found some!
The red berries on our Burning Bush look beautiful against the blue sky!
Our chickens come in all different colors.
The orange pumpkins and our yellow door provide some brightness for sure! The pumpkins are gone now, ready to be cooked this weekend. Thank goodness for our doors that provide those bright splashes of color year round!
Apples cover the ground under the trees. This year was the first year of the three we’ve been here that we got apples that were big enough to eat. There was obviously no shortage of them this year either!
I can’t wait tell you a little more about what we did with some of them next week. The deer enjoy them – which reminds me of a (kind of) funny farm story. The only thing left in our vegetable garden in late autumn was my small patch of kale and just a few small cabbages. Both were growing and thriving in the cooler weather they prefer. I knew the deer were nibbling on the kale a little bit, but I didn’t worry too much since we had plenty. We don’t use a ton of it, but I do use it in Luke’s food that I make, and in our Happy Harvest Dog Cookies which you can find in our online shop. One morning recently when walking Luke we were headed by the garden and when I went to look at our kale crop (I was going to be making Luke’s food that day, and cookies as well), I didn’t see it! Luke and I walked down to the garden and there was nothing left of either my kale or cabbage but nubs in the ground. The deer had eaten it right down to nothing!! No cabbage or kale for Luke’s food, and I had to go on the hunt locally for organic kale so I could make more dog cookies (I had to put them temporarily out of stock!). I guess next year I’ll have to remember to fence that off in the fall. The whole garden is fenced but we open it once most things are gone by, since our birds like to go in there. It just never occurred to me that the deer would eat it all!
Last but of course not least, since some mornings have been hovering around freezing or just above, it was time to get Luke’s fleece jacket out! That will be a bright spot all winter long. 🙂
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