We are feeling a little snowed-in here on Oxbow Farm. It is the second day with school closures for the kids and if a friend hadn’t arrived for the six-year old and if the MineCraft server wasn’t working for the ten-year old, we may all be going a little crazy. There is only so much reading by the fire and baking we can do together before we start to get on each other’s nerves.
I have explained to the kids that a snow day means that they don’t have school. It does not mean, however that I get a day off. The animals still need to be fed and the bills still need to be paid, so to speak. So for part of the day today they were left to fend for themselves with their friend and computer.
This morning I headed out to feed/water the animals and had to trudge through about 5 inches of snow in the driveway. This is not a lot of snow of course, but the driveway had already been plowed last night. To add to this, it was extremely windy outside. It is windy here quite often, but with the added snow whipping around, it seemed even more extreme.
If you have ever been to our house, you know that our front door is in a little alcove. I have never had to shovel the front door or landing before because the wind never gets around to this section of the house. Well, it did today.
So, down to the barn I ventured. I was wearing everything I needed to make this miserable experience less miserable.
When I arrived at the barn this is what was presented to me:
A Whole lot of snow in front of all the doors. The plow could only get so close to the door so the tractor had to get the rest. (Thank you fabulous farm-hand Jake!)
It was then that I noticed that the pigs had not yet ventured from their enclosure. It was late and usually they are up earlier than this eating what was left over from the night before and waiting for their morning feeding. I figured it would be difficult for them to trudge through the snow to come and get their food. If they hadn’t done so already, they were not willing to move far from their structure.
So I ventured down through knee-high snow drifts, carrying buckets of bread, lettuce, apples and grain for their morning feeding.
Only Olivia and one other pig decided to brave the snow drifts to see if I had left anything else up at their troughs. I guess the little guy deemed it not worthwhile and ran back to the shelter.
(You will have to open this video in another window, the internet gods would not let me preview it on my page)
And this folks is why paying a little extra at the farmer’s market or the grocery store for your produce, eggs or meat is worth it. Because there is a farmer out there, somewhere in your neck of the woods, battling winds and blowing snow to ensure that you, the customer receive the best quality product you can. We are out there day and night no matter what the elements may bring, ensuring that our animals are healthy, well fed, safe and warm.
Thanks again for buying local!