Farm

Lakeside Farms

We’re in Angola, Indiana. We’ll be here for a week, and we’re at a friend’s farm, Lakeside Farms. They have chickens, cows, and lots of non-GMO crops. They also sell farm equipment and mowers. The kids are Blake, age 7, Courtney, age 4, and Kendall, age 2. We met the Rager’s last winter in the Florida Keys, and have been friends ever since. Since we were passing through their neck of the woods, we decided to stop and hang out a while.

In the morning, at about 10:00, we get the eggs. Sometimes it’s just me and Blake, and sometimes Gordon comes, but most of the time I go by myself. I got attacked by the rooster once, when I was kneeling down to get a hard-to-reach egg. He attacked me again one time when I was trying to get out the door, and kept jumping at my legs. I kicked him until he finally retreated enough that I could get out the door without him escaping.

Me, Courtney, and Kendall washing eggs.
Me, Courtney, and Kendall washing eggs.

After the eggs are gathered you must carefully rinse the dirt and any stray feathers off of each one. Most of the time there are about 50 eggs to wash. Then you have to dry them and ether put them into egg cartons (to sell at the farm store) or into flats (to put into the big fridge in the confernce room). Afterwords you carry them to the place where that particular batch goes. We must do this twice a day, once at 10:00 A.M.-ish, and once at 5:00 P.M.-ish.

Then there are the cows to feed (which I’ve only done once), and the garden to work on. It’s just planting season right now, of course, and we can’t plant much because it rains almost every day.

Blake is building a tree house, so during free time we help him with that. When we got here he had already made a ladder, and almost finished the floors. The walls are about 2/3 done now, and the floors are reinforced. There’s even a hatch on hinges to climb through!

We also have Nerf battles, jump on the trampoline, play on the climber, and watch Shark Tank at night, after dinner when we’re all exhasted.

A big thank-you to Mr. and Mrs. Rager for letting us stay with you!!! We are enjoying it so much!!!

-Lillian

P.S. Photo credit on the top picture goes to Lakeside Farms!

5 thoughts on “Lakeside Farms”

  1. Ask your dad about his sister’s encounter with a rooster. We don’t have any roosters, but I do have a crook neck cane with me when I’m in the barn lot. It comes in handy with one goat that likes to push the kids out of the way when they are eating. I just have to show it to her and she knows she might get a little poke.

  2. So glad that you were able to help with the farm work. Sometimes when we are in the store, we don’t think about the whole process behind the food we buy. Also, when you grow/raise it yourself you know what you are getting.

  3. What wonderful friends to have! I agree with you, you re very lucky to know them as friends. It sounds like you are enjoying every second of every day! Even standing your ground with the rooster sounds fun! I bet Grandma Ruth gets a good laugh when she reads of your “kick boxing” moves on that rooster. You are hilarious Little Sis. Love, Grammy

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