With all the rain we have had lately some of the days we have to take our Quads and trailers to the field as it is so muddy. Then by the afternoon the sun comes out and it is a beautiful day, but you never know what the day will bring. Our team picks all day, seven days a week in all weather conditions except lightning. Elna doesn’t want anyone out in the field with lightning in the vacinity so if there is any lightning around she goes to the field and chases them all back to the yard.
March is calving season at Edgar Farms. I thought I would do a pictorial story of a calf’s first few hours of life.
This was taken on March 15,2012. That day we had 7 calves so this was just one of the seven.
This is a first calf heifer meaning this is all new to her. Everything that happen is all instinct on both the cow’s and the calf’s part.
This picture was taken at 7:10 PM. If you look closely you can see two white feet of her calf poking out for the first time.
This picture was taken at 7:25 PM. You can now see the nose of the calf.
This picture was taken at 7:30 PM. Once the head comes out the rest of the calf slides out with only one or two pushes.
This is what a newborn baby calf looks like. He doesn’t look very pretty being soaking wet, having opened his eyes to see the world around him, just being separated from his mother’s umbilical tube, and having to breath all on his own. What a big change in his life, in only one minute!!
This video was taken at 7:35 PM. The calf is now lifting his head and getting his bearings. The background noise is the engine of our quad as we are about to give him a sled ride to the barn.
This video was taken at 7:45 PM. In this video the calf is learning to stand and walk
In this video the calf is learning to walk and look for lunch
This Video was taken at 8:10 PM. The calf is now 40 minutes old and nursing very strongly. If you listen you can hear the calf smacking his lips as he drinks.
This picture was taken the next day at about 3:00 PM. Notice his hair is all dried off and he is actually basking in the sunshine.
Not all calving go this smooth and trouble free. As with anything there is a multitude of things that can and do go wrong, everything from inclement weather, unco-operative mothers, malpresentations. All thing things are just another hurdle we face every day and night during this busy season.
Well after a full week of rain the sun finally came out for our Asparagus Festival. The yard was still muddy and the road to the field was soft but at least it wasn’t raining. On Saturday we had lots of people show up and enjoy all the things to do. We had our petting zoo, a bale fort, an large sand box filled with dry peas a lots of toys. We had hand water pump duck races for adults and the kids. At the children’s area there was story time, coloring, and they could even plant a bean to take home. In the adult education area you could look over a large grain combine, look taste, and feel different kinds of grain, hay, straw, and silage. You could even taste some malted barley that was ready to go to the brewery to be made into beer.
They also had a lot of samples of good from the grocery store that were made with commodities made on the farm (for example” Smarties”) We had the head chef Andrew and his wife Jen from River Cafe in Calgary cooking Asparagus on an open wood fire. We also had several different artisan booths selling every thing from wooden bowls, paintings, ceramics and even homemade perogies. You could watch the asparagus being sorted, bundled, and washed in the processing shed. The Bowden Sunmaze had a bale maze for the kids to play in. The wagon ride was a popular event and allowed everyone to go to the field, watch the asparagus being picked. You could also bend pick and eat a fresh asparagus spear right from the field.
Tonight was Elna and my first look at the new Calgary Farmers Market building and our stall. After listening to all the naysayers about how bad every thing was about this new market we were really impressed with the whole thing. It has a lower ceiling than the old building which gives it a different look, but as with anything when you get to do things a second time you certainly improve on the old one.
Our booth is right across from a large coffee booth and is right around the corner from the food court. There will be at 2 main entrances and we are quite close to the south one. We still have three stalls as before but they are each a bit larger so we will more space in our new booth. We also have a small garage door on the back side of our booth that opens up onto a patio outside to display even more product when the weather is nice in the summer.
One of the concerns has been parking and access to the market. The manager of the market told us this evening that they have 644 paved parking spots on site and another 200 within a half of a block of the market. They also have secured summer parking for the vendors at a school parking lot right next door. The market as part of their development permit with the city has had to put in a new right turn lane on the street leaving the market and the city will also be changing one of the access roads to one way to improve traffic flow. Hopefully they know what they are doing but so far it sounds like they are the right track.
We see a lot of the old vendors are at this market with many of them expanding their stalls. Also we see some new vendors coming in adding more excitement to the market.
The plan is to open on February 4th if every thing falls into place. Presently there is some issues about getting some parts for the electrical service, but if that comes through every thing should open on time. If the parts are delayed there could be a delay in the opening date, but right now everyone has their fingers crossed. We all would like to be back at the market taking in money rather than spending money as we are now.