The wedding was wonderful! It was good to see some folks that I don't see very often, and Anthony hit it off with exactly who I thought he would hit it off with, plus some extras.
I guess because I was in NJ I drank way too much at the reception and most likely made an ass of myself. That doesn't generally happen up here. These crowds are just not as hardcore :)
The next morning we left around 8:30 to go to Bobolink Dairy
to help them put up some fence.
Holy cow was I hung over. Didn't think I would make it through the day, but it turns out that lots of fluids, some medicinal herbs, and putting up electric fence outside in a huge field on a beautiful day will cure a bad hangover.
We met some pretty fantastic people at the farm- some residents, some volunteers. The Whites own the place, and I became fast friends with their middle son. What a cool kid. A little too into Final Fantasy for me, but all the other stuff we talked about was interesting and fun and nerdy- just how I like it :)
When we were all done working, they fed us some of the famous cheese and hamburgers (on homemade buns) made from a bull who was not playing well with others. Anthony and I split our burger because we weren't sure how our digestive tracts would deal with eating beef. It's been more than a year for me and 12 years for him. We did fine, and I am completely convinced that the only reason for that is the lack of toxins in the meat. If an animal isn't sick before you kill it, it won't make you sick when you eat it. What a novel concept. The cheese was a bit overripe, but on the burger or on bread it was sooo good. They gave us a soft cheese that they had been selling at a farmer's market- I guess it is normally a fall/winter cheese. While we were eating picnic-on-the-ground-style there were free range chickens who were more annoying than the dog about begging for food. Actually, the dog did not beg at all. One of these chickens even did a sweet ninja move and ate some cheese right off my plate.
The people who run this farm are totally laid back. I found this to be good and bad. There was no stress whatsoever, but there was a feeling of being disorganized almost to the point of clusterfuck. This made us feel better because it shows that we can still be successful at something like this even if we don't get everything right all the time. I learned a whole lot about slaughtering, and the regulations surrounding it. I'm still not sure if I want to incorporate beef into our Someday Farm (or meat at all for that matter) but at least I know that it isn't that difficult to do it right (from an animal welfare perspective, anyway).
Overall, it was a very good weekend!