|apples, pears and milk for sale|
|stand for sale items next to chicken enclosure (sussmost is fresh apple juice)|
|mature fruit trees|
In the four years we've lived here, we have witnessed other farm changes. The first few years, they planted corn in the field nearest to us. This year wheat is growing in the same field.
Although they do sell very mature yellow corn in the grocery stores (does not look appetizing to me), this corn was not picked. The ears of corn and the stalks are being chopped all together, presumably for animal feed.
|chopping down the corn|
|"our" cows as seen from our balcony.|
These cows are grazing right on the other side of Ziegelmattstrasse.
|cows and back of farmhouse|
The farm has also had sheep in the past.
|notice the Alps in the background|
|spraying manure - usually a day before predicted rain|
I never imagined that weeds would be fertilized. The fields around the farm that were sometimes used as pasture were also left unattended at times. The weeds were fertilized with smelly liquid sprayed from the blue tank.
The weeds grew very tall and then were eventually cut down as in the picture to the left. After they are cut and allowed to dry, they are raked into rows by a special machine and then wrapped into large white "marshmallows" for storage. I believe this is food for the cows when they are inside in the winter.
|these would make very big s'mores!|
|I wonder how the farmer felt about this!|
|cows with "marshmallows" stacked in the background|
Sheep are transported from one enclosure to another to "mow the lawn". They go underneath the vehicle to find shade.
On my way home from a local walk, I witnessed our farmer neighbor gathering his sheep into a truck to bring them somewhere else.
|very small enclosure helps|
|man walking his donkey on our street|
There is a riding school near us which means we often see a class of horses with riders out walking in single file. I don't have any pictures of that and now with the road construction, I don't expect to see them. This threesome out for a walk/ride was a unique sight. I wonder who was the "leader".
Shortly after I published the original version of this post, a group from the riding school came parading through the farm. It was a Sunday - no road construction happening at the time.
|about $4.00 for 2 pounds!|
Pick your own cherries! Ladders provided for picking, but I only chose the ones I could reach from the ground. The trees were loaded so that was no problem.
My cherries are in the plastic bag and I am weighing them to determine how much money to leave. I found no receptacle for the money and left my coins on the scale.
|vines are resting|
Some vines are covered and protected from birds. Others not. I don't know how they decide. This small vineyard has many varieties of grapes planted.
|leaves turn color as the fruit ripens|