Thinking About Halloween

The frigid temperatures really are not good for anything except thinking about warmer days (and it’s too cold to take the camera out).  I’m thinking about planting.  I really missed having a garden last year.  I’m also thinking about pumpkins.


I mentioned at the start of the year that I plan on tiling another corner of the farm and planting pumpkins.  I want people to come to the farm to pick their own pumpkin.  I want them to have a wonderful time while they are here.  That means I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what would make it a great experience.


My mom has drawn the design for a couple of boards where people can take pictures.  There might be a goat in one of the designs.  Someone else told me I need to have one with a measuring stick for “How Tall in the Fall” photos.  That’s a good idea.  We plan on having a corn pool and a stack of hay bales to climb on.

kid in corn pool

I can have my soaps and jams and other craft items for sale.  I thought about inviting other local talents to display and sell their products, too, so we can have a full craft sale/farmer’s market.

farmer's market

I will probably wean my June babies up in the area for a petting zoo.  If I have kids up there, I’d like to have a llama again to protect them.  Who knows what else I’ll have for a petting zoo by then.

Robbie and Ronnie

Robbie and Ronnie (Reva’s brothers)

My dad is building a cart to pull behind the Ranger, so I can give older people a ride to the pumpkin patch rather than having to walk.


What else do I need?  What are your favorite parts of a pumpkin patch? What do you really dislike?  Help with brainstorm ideas!

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter is H.  H is for Halloween, help, and hope (for the future).

Bottling Wine

Over the weekend, we bottled three wines.  Madilyn’s Delight is a dry pumpkin wine.  The Apple-Plum is a new one this year.  Who knew you’d get a grapefruit taste by mixing apples and plums?  It’s an interesting blend, and even I can enjoy this one.  It just needs to age a bit to smooth its flavor.  Finally, we bottled some blackberry mead.  It will be ready to drink in two years.  Winemaking is not for the impatient.

Wine 08ew

We also racked our last wine.  Mirth is an apple and golden raisin sweet wine.



We’ll bottle it just before my toe surgery, and then we’ll be done until we start making wine again this fall!


Thanksgiving Pumpkin

Most people grow pumpkins and then enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns or making delicious pies.  Around here, we do things a little differently.  We grate our pumpkin and add water, sugar, and yeast (and a couple other things).

making pumpkin wine

We started some pumpkin wine.  If we chose our pumpkins well, we’ll call it Madelyn’s Delight.

pumpkin wine

It will clear perfectly white and be a good dry table wine.

mum in wine glass

mum in wine glass

All those insides can’t go to waste.

pumpkin insides

I took them to the birds.

chickens eating pumpkin

There might have been some left-over celery too.

duck eating celery

peacock eating celery

I also had some pumpkins that we didn’t need to use, so I decided to treat the goats.  I started with showing it to little Moose.



He didn’t get it, but when the big goats started checking it out, he finally got interested.

Maisie, Moose, Bud & Harley

Maisie, Moose, Bud & Harley

How many goats can eat from one pumpkin?

Minnie, Bud, and Harley

Minnie, Bud, and Harley

It looks like I needed to harvest some more.

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