Spring has been slow to come here as it has been in many places in Canada. Lots of rain and cool temperatures has resulted in everything being behind. The seeds are ready to go in the ground as soon as it dries up!
Maple syrup season is over for another year. All the spiles have been pulled from the trees and the buckets are washed and put away. We had a better than average yield with mostly medium and amber syrup. Some of our syrup has traveled to northern Ontario, Germany, Texas and Mexico. We appreciate everyone who purchased syrup. There is still a good supply if you didn't get yours yet.
Spring brings all the new babies. We have a few goslings and a pair of ducks that are laying eggs so we'll have ducks and geese in the fall for your roast pan! James has been running the incubator with eggs in it and has hatched out some chicks; Barred Rocks, and Rhode Island Red chickens. The ducks will hatch out in mid-May.
The calves are beginning to arrive and we're anxiously awaiting the births of two Clydesdale foals. Bonnie is well over due and Flash is due next week. James also bought two young filly Clydesdale horses from Manitoba. They arrived here in late March.
Spring is a super busy time on the farm but we always have time for your visit. If you need meat or eggs or syrup someone is usually around but remember it's by chance or appointment Monday to Saturday.
I am including a simple little recipe here for Maple Butter.
1/2 cup soft butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
Cream the butter with an electric mixer and then mix in the syrup until well blended.
Store in the fridge. Makes about 3/4 cup. Serve on crackers, toast, bagels or muffins!
Till next time
Wendy for Knollbrook Farms