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Posted 6/13/2011 8:14am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

its a girl

Just when you think you have Mother Nature figured out, she fools you again.  Two of our cows have been close to calving. We expected one to calve first based on when she was bred, but surprise the other cow had a calf first!  It took us awhile to find the calf because she was nestled in the grass just content as she could be.  Isn't she adorable!  Her name is Caroline.  She appears to be healthy, which we are very grateful for.  Hmm, when will the other cow calve?

The Oylers

Posted 6/2/2011 1:14pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

mowing forage

We are going in a million different directions today!  One direction is mowing down our forage (mixed plants such as orchardgrass, brome grass, alfalfa, and clover) to make it into baleage for our cattle to eat throughout the winter since we do not feed grain.  A second direction is thinning apples and peaches.  Moving the cattle to new grass and watering them is a third direction.  When we were moving the cattle this morning we noticed that two cows are showing signs of calving soon!  Assuming everything goes well, keep your eye out for new calf pictures!

The Oylers

Posted 5/28/2011 8:25am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

golden supreme         ida red

The picture in the upper left is a young Golden Supreme apple and the upper right is an Ida Red.  The apples are growing!

We wanted to remind you that you need to sign-up for your Apple Share through Spiral Path by June 1st to receive the early bird discount. You can find the details at http://www.spiralpathfarm.com/index.php?pID=17

We are excited about all of you who have joined so far and we look forward to bringing our certified organic apples to you this fall!

Happy Memorial Day!

 

The Oyler Family

Posted 5/18/2011 3:40pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

Take a minute to check out the article titled The Age of Toxic Anxiety.  It is quite interesting!

Posted 5/17/2011 12:16pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

peep     marathon

It's May 17th already and we are keeping busy.  We've been watching a robin's nest on top of one of the fence posts along Pleasant Valley Road.  As you can see, spring sure isn't silent!  Can you see the second peep beginning to hatch in the background?

May 1st was the inaugural running of the Gettysburg North-South Marathon.  It was a Boston Marathon qualifying marathon.  They ran right by our farm!  There were hundreds of runners who traveled a 26.2 mile course.  We allowed family and friends to park on our farm to cheer on the runners.  Can you believe they ran on our back country road?

We have been busy moving cattle, making baleage, and thinning peaches and apples by hand.

Posted 5/7/2011 11:18am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

mother

From all the mothers on our farm....Happy Mother's Day!!

 

patrick     lily and nacho

On the left is Patrick.  He was born the day after St. Patrick's Day.  We posted a picture of him and his momma, but never told you his name!  On the right are Lily and Nacho.  They are very much buddies as you can see; I think it has to do with only being born 2 days apart.  We are expecting more calves in about a month. 

Sara & Family

Posted 5/6/2011 1:53pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

apple blossom

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Adams County's 56th Annual Apple Blossom Festival is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.  The address of the fairgrounds is 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville, PA  17307.  Admission is $5 per person and kids 12 and under are free.

For more information, check out the website at http://www.uasd.k12.pa.us/upperadams/Fruitgrowers/festival.htm.

 

 

Posted 5/2/2011 4:14pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

fots

We have some good news!  We have been accepted as vendors at the Farmers on the Square farmer's market in Carlisle again for this fall!

Look for us there beginning September 14th.  We will be there every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

The Oylers

Posted 4/21/2011 3:54pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

peach blossoms     ida red blossom      The peaches are in bloom (upper left)!  The Ida Red apples are beginning to bloom (upper right).  The apple blossoms smell heavenly!

One thing we do not love is excessive rain.  In the past 8 days, we have received 5.7 inches of rain.  Can you believe that?  The forecast is showing a chance of rain for 7 days out of the next 9.  We are hoping that the rain slows down and holds off until the middle of the summer. 


Happy Easter!

 

The Oyler Family

Posted 4/14/2011 8:38am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

ladybug

Above:  This is what we LOVE to see!  Ladybugs hard at work searching for aphids to eat.

Below:  On the left is an Ida Red cluster and on the right is a York bud just emerging.  Did you know that the different varieties do not blossom right at the same time?  Also, did you know that just because an apple may blossom first, it does not mean that it will be the first to ripen in the fall?

ida red     york

Sara

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