Where does the time go? It is August already...almost September even. Summer is gone-where did it go?! What has happened since May? Haying, cattle, chickens, vacation, waterer installations, and a million and half other things. Summer time means long hours for us. The days are lighter for so much longer making it easier to stay out and work longer. The hot days makes it ideal to check the cows early in the morning or late at night when they aren't in the shade. During the hotter parts of the day we were busy putting up hay for the winter for the cattle. The summer is just an insanely busy time of year on the farm, but let's be real...every season is busy, it's just a different kind of busy.
After we got the hay put up, My Forever and I slipped away for a vacation. Planning vacations and nailing him down on a specific location and definitely a specific time is nearly impossible (amen farmers wives out there?). So booking hotels is always a little tricky. He finally agreed to Galveston, Texas, and I booked an ocean front, or technically I guess it's bay front hotel two days before we left. We left after our Farm Bureau tractor pull, about 9:45p.m. I drove to Oklahoma City or until about 2 am. Matt drove from 2-6 and then I drove the rest of the way. We love traveling at night, especially since we were going through some of the big Texas towns. There is NO traffic in the middle of the night and the nightmares of traffic jams are nonexistent. We hit a bit of traffic in Houston, but it was okay. We were eating breakfast right down the street from our hotel before 9:30 the next morning. It was a gorgeous time away from home, being present with each other and not having the distractions of being home. The water was gorgeous. It was a nice escape from reality for a bit. It sounds like it is not a good place to be right now. Our thoughts are definitely with the people and animals of Texas.
But it is back to reality now. We've got several things going on. This week we are busy putting in spring development systems so the cattle will have clean and fresh water without having to worry about the ponds and potentially getting stuck. I'm very excited about getting these put in and able to utilize them in our fall herd better.
Speaking of the fall herd, we will start calving soon. It's still a bit early, but it's on the horizon. Along with calving fall harvest will be here before we know it. There is always something on the farm to do!
Hopefully you have heard by now, or maybe you've come to us because of this, but we're very happy and proud to be able to sell our farm fresh beef and free range eggs directly to consumers now. We have been going to the Topeka Farmers Market. We are excited about this opportunity and being able to connect with consumers and share our delicious meat and eggs that we get to enjoy!
That's all for today. Like I said, we're doing a lot of work on spring developments which means some extra mouths to feed with some extra help, so doing some meal prepping today to be ready for the week. Be sure to follow us on Facebook (@SustainableBitesLLC) for daily, or almost, live videos featuring what we're doing on our farm. We want to be open and honest with our consumers about what it is like on a family farm. Thank you for sharing a bit of your day with us and inviting us into your lives for just a bit. My goal, I know I know I've said this before, but my goal is to get a new thought bite out every Sunday so stay tuned! I'd love to hear back from you. Tell me what questions you have about our operation or what confuses you when you go to the grocery store or any questions you have for a farmer. I'd love to answer them and deliver the content you want to read! Have an amazing day!