First Post

Posted on Sep 21, 2012

Well here goes with my first ever blog post.

I hope you have already looked around on the website to see what we’re about at River Run, because I’m going to just kind of jump in head first with some goings on at the farm here in the middle of harvest season.  I’ll try to fill in some of the details as I go along the next few weeks and months on the blog.

The wood-fired kiln is going to be fired for the first time later this weekend.  I hope to load tomorrow and then light the fire sunday morning, fire through the day and night and then hopefully finish sometime monday afternoon.  I have some help lined up but if anyone reads this and wants to see or help please come out.  If you’re a potter bring a few pots, I should have room.

Also, my first batch of feeder pigs have made themselves unwelcome in the barn where I’ve kept them the last few weeks after they were weaned by eating 2 unsuspecting chickens who flew into their stall.  I guess its one of the dangers of a diversified farm, and it certainly reminds you that if given the chance cute little baby pigs will eat anything they can catch.

Lots of canning, drying, preserving is going on at the farm.  The high tunnel is full of peppers.  I made pear butter for the first time monday- I used an antique iron kettle my parents found, which probably hadn’t been used in 40 years.  It gave the butter a slightly minerally taste, but I guess this will dissipate after a few uses.

I’ll try to post again during the firing.