I went to Massachusetts Audubon's Drumlin Farm yesterday to take some photos of laying hens for a post I am working on. When I got to the gate I was admonished not to miss the pig who had given birth to several piglets the previous night. So straight to Hattie's pen it was.
So many. So tiny.
It was a gorgeous spring day, and for a while I forgot about the chickens and enjoyed the farm in all its glory. I thought about the the good times I had here with Alex and Chris when they were younger. This is a great place to bring children, either to wander around and enjoy the animals and the activities that are offered daily or to register for and attend a specific program.
I thought about the spring afternoon Alex, Chris and I spent in the Sheep and Goat Barn watching a ewe successfully give birth to a tiny lamb.
And the day an onery goat stuck his head between the slats of the fence and tried to eat our shirts.
In recent years the farm has expanded, adding among other things, new barns to replace old sheds, more teaching facilities as well as a greenhouse and more diverse vegetable farming.
The animals are entertaining, but at the end of the day, this is a working farm. Farm products currently for sale include wool yarn, eggs, maple syrup and, yes, a limited selection of frozen meat. Soon spring then summer veggies will be available and the meat selection more varied come fall.