Farmer Rob and Intern Virginia took the oxen out this morning to spread manure. The job also had a second purpose: to begin conditioning the oxen for fall plowing.
Visit Howell Farm this Saturday to observe the farm's annual old fashioned honey harvest.
The "bee yard" will open for visits from 10:30am, when beekeeper Bob Hughes removes the boxes that contain frames of honey. Visitors who want a close-up view of the action--which involves "brushing" the bees off the frames-- should avoid wearing perfume, cologne or hairspray.
It's August. The storage onions in the kitchen garden are ready for harvest, and the leaves of the sweet potato plants have spread everywhere. The watermelons are beginning to size up, and so are the tomatillos. The summer's cabbage is sitting in a jar somewhere, turning into sauerkraut.
On a rainy Thursday, the Howell Farm staff continues to prepare for this weekend’s 4-H agricultural fair. (Wetness continues to be a theme of the summer – parts of nearby Philadelphia received 8 inches of rainfall in just four hours on Sunday, shattering the all-time one-day record. Fortunately, most of the deluge passed south of Howell Farm.)
This weekend’s forecast calls for highs in the low 80s and only a small chance of scattered thunderstorms. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free, with a suggested donation of a canned food item.
Up first at 10 a.m. on Saturday: The 4-H Goat Show.
The Furrow is the online newsletter of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. We will be updating this site about once a week with crop reports and other insights into life on a horse-drawn living history farm.
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