BY ROSANNA BAUMAN – PART I
Editors' Note: This is part I of a three-part series about a typical day on the Bauman farm.
When folks first get introduced to our family farm, they are sometimes suspicious of its diversity, wondering how our family can truly do all these different things on one farm. The important thing is, our farm is all interconnected, both people and projects are woven together that we function only as a whole. To try to compartmentalize our lives or ventures would be disaster. Here, I have attempted to record what happens in my life on a typical farm day:
Morning: Prayer, Proof-reading, and Commute: It’s Friday morning, and I roll out of bed around 6:30 because today isn’t a butchering or market day. On those days I peel myself out of bed at 5:00. I am, unfortunately, neither a morning person nor a coffee drinker. Therefore, the first thing I do after my eyes pop open is pray for wisdom and courage to do the tasks I need to do today, and then I try to remember what needs done! Ivin and Dad are at the shop for their 7:00 meeting with the rest of my brothers, where they are also strategizing about who does what today. My mother is starting laundry and Joanna leaves for the Butcher Block, to assist with meat-cutting today since they are short-handed. In the relative quiet, I critique my column that I wrote the night before and make adjustments and additions. I am ferocious about proof-reading my writing because it’s important to me that the words I choose convey what I intended. Finishing this, I load my laptop in the basket of my bicycle to bike the quarter-mile to the farm. I love the short bike to the farm, but the spring has been so late coming that I haven’t gotten to enjoy it much this year. But now, the sun is rising, and I bike with great contentment past our pasture filled with spring-green grass and munching cattle. I notice that the Canada geese have taken their goslings out for a pasture stroll…
Mid-Morning: Poultry, Paperwork, and Planning: Rolling into the farm at 8:00, I meet a farmer from Missouri named Dan who is here to pick up his chickens we processed and some livestock feed. I pull his chickens out of the freezer and discover that he actually wanted them kept fresh, but it wasn’t written on our packaging order. Oops. We discuss the state of the local food-system for a bit, comparing notes on farmers of mutual acquaintance and their farming practices, as well as consumer-advocacy groups. We both know that there’s room for all the farmers at the local-food table, but we need to collaborate more. Dan loads his chickens in coolers, then pulls out to the feed mill for Ivin to load his non-GMO feed. We stand in the sun, discussing his future piglet supply. We don’t have piglets here, so we have to work closely with farmers who do have sows so that we can purchase quality hogs for our own customers.
Here is a great recipe to start the day!
- 5 cups rolled oats preferably not instant
- ¾ cup sunflower seeds
- ¾ cup wheat germ
- 1½ cups chopped nuts your choice
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- In a saucepan heat together but do not boil the following:
- 1 /2 cup brown sugar
- 3 /4 cup water
- 3 /4 cup canola oil
- 1 /4 cup honey
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 /4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1 /2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Pour syrup over dry ingredients arid stir well.
- Spread in two 9x13 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. (I am too lazy to dirty that many dishes so I mix It up and roast the granola in the same turkey roasting pan.
- This takes longer in the oven; I roast for about 45-60 minutes and stir every 15 minutes.)
- When the granola has cooled, mix in 2 cups of your favorite dried fruit. (I typically do part raisins; part dried cranberries because they are readily available.)