Fall is definitely here, I thought as I piled the dirty potatoes into a burlap bag. "Brush off the dirt before you put them in the bag," my grandma said. My bare feet were dug into the ground as I brushed off the dirt. I could tell that the soil was now cooler then it was three weeks ago. I knew that this would be the last time for barefoot gardening until next summer. I could see the changing colors of the trees, and I could smell dead crumbled leaves—not really a bad smell. Fall is quite simply beautiful at Krusen Grass Farms, sunny cool days with blue skies and a few fluffy clouds on the horizon. I will miss the warm summery days, but fall is the earth getting ready for bed, and winter is so peaceful when everything is asleep under a blanket of snow. Sunsets are extremely gorgeous in fall. Gold light comes streaming out from the sky as bright as a pumpkin. They are so full and wonderful thatin the middle of your work you just need to stop and stare.
Soon the horses will be coming in for the night. Through the summer and a little bit into the fall we keep them in the pastures day and night. But when the weather gets cooler and the winds harsher, I bring them in at night to a small fenced in area, where they have a three-sided shed that they can walk into if they need shelter. As my school day begins in the morning, my mom or dad lets them out in the pastures for me. Soon the chickens will say good bye to their portable home, and will retreat to their winter home, a chicken coop in our farmyard. In the day they wander around our yard.
All the animals are enjoying the last month of completely outdoor weather. Snow and winter they really enjoy, but fall is their favorite season it seems. The cows and horses can graze comfortably without flies and heat bothering them. In the fall you can actually see the pigs, because they are not buried into the mud trying to stay cool. When you gaze upon the chickens from a distance, you see specks of red, brown, gold and black all scattered around the field.
Starting about one month ago both the cows and the horses began to shed a lot of their coats. They were losing their summer coats. After that they began to grow thick, coarse, warm, winter coats. These coats build insulation, so when it's wet and cold outside they can stay warm and toasty.
Your Farm Friend,
Farm Fact: Americans eat about 125 pounds of potatoes a year, about half from fresh potatoes and half in processed foods.