In 2007, Ted Montgomery from Deertrail Colorado gave Gary and Stacie May 2 of their donkeys, Dolly and Clementine. Dolly was trained by Ted to sit on a couch, shake hands and kick a ball. Dolly is now 24 years old and Clementine is 13 years old, and they are always together. Dolly and Clementine are grey, with a black cross across their backs. Donkeys are very smart, very stubborn, they like to be around people, and most certainly have their own distinct personalities. We turn them out into the barnyard and other fenced-in areas and they keep those areas weed-free for us. Dolly and Clementine love fresh vegetables of any kind, apples, bananas, chips, bread, and their favorite treat…..Twizzlers!
Three years ago Ted gave us a beautiful dark brown mule we named Eleanor. A mule is the offspring of a female horse and a male Jack (donkey), and is called a Jennie. Eleanor is more high spirited than Dolly and Clementine are, and she will not allow us to brush her, but she likes all the treats the donkeys like, and is also a good weed eater!
The donkeys can be pretty verbal during field trips….they bray (hee-haw) for attention.
A popular area in the May Farms barnyard is the chicken coop. The breeds of chickens we have are Ameraucana (“Easter egg” chickens), Golden Laced Wyandotte, Buff Orpington, Welsummer, Leghorn and Barred Plymouth Rock.
Hens start to lay eggs at the age of 4-5 months, depending on the variety. They lay best during their first year, and each year after, their egg production decreases. A healthy hen lays about one egg a day. Summertime is best for egg production, as sunshine is crucial for egg laying. In the winter months, egg production decreases dramatically. The color of the egg shell has nothing to do with the taste or nutrition of the egg…an egg is an egg. Egg shells can be white, beige, tan, brown, dark brown, speckled, light pink, or green. A hen’s feathers do not tell you what color her eggs will be; her ear lobes do. White ear lobes mean white eggs, and red ear lobes mean colored eggs. A hen will always lay the same color of egg.
If you know when eggs are laid and they are collected and refrigerated in a timely manner, they will stay fresh in your fridge for 2 months. Farm fresh eggs, as opposed to store bought eggs, have taller yolks and they are not a pale yellow color, but rather an almost orange color. You do not need a rooster to get an egg…hens just naturally produce eggs. If you want chicks, however, you need a rooster. The chickens at May Farms are fed twice a day, and this ration is a mixture of cracked corn, millet, wheat and sunflower seeds…all grains produced at May Farms. They also enjoy whatever leftovers we have…..bread, salad, fruit, vegetables, hot dogs, hamburger…yes, they like meat, but we don’t feed them a lot of meat. Also when we pull weeds, we throw them inside the coop and they love to scratch around and eat those as well. Plenty of fresh water is very important.
Sweet Corn is one of the simplest to prepare and enjoy. First step is always shucking and removing as much silk as desired unless you are going to grill or microwave it, we’ll cover that later. You can either boil it or you can even microwave it. To boil simply bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil, add some salt and then your shucked corn. Let boil for 15-20 minutes then remove from heat and let it stay in the water for another 10 minutes. You’ll see the color intensify and deepen, this is a sign you are ready to eat! I serve it with clarified butter, salt, and pepper.
Another way is to Microwave it. Trim the ends of the husk to ensure it will fit in your microwave. This would mean cutting the protruding silk and any stem remaining. Most microwaves will fit 3-4 ears properly but for this example I’ll use 3. Arrange in a triangle so they are not touching(a lot) or overlapping. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes depending on the strength if your microwave. After cooking, let them rest for a couple minutes and peel back a section to test for doneness; I take a little nibble to check. Using a sharp knife cut about 1” up from the stem to remove the end. Grasp the ear from the top and squeeze downward and the ear should slide right out bringing most of the silk with it. Serve with butter and salt/pepper.
- Heat grill to medium.
- Leave the husks on for this.
- Pull husks back to the base of the ear and remove the silk by hand.
- Fold husks back into place and place ears in a large bowl of cold water that contains about 1 tbs. of salt per gallon. Fully submerge for 10 minutes.
- Place the corn on the grill and grill for a total of 15-20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes.
- Kernels should be tender when pierced with a paring knife.
- Serve with butter and favorite seasoning.
You are invited to join us at May Farms on Thursday, May 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for an evening of fun, food, and education for the entire family.
This free community event will feature representatives from #ConocoPhillips discussing activities in the area, including topics such as safety, water and traffic management, air quality, infrastructure, and responsible well site construction and operations while enjoying Cajun themed food by area chefs Mo Foster and Josh Paschal.
Join us at the May Farms Sunflower Pavilion for this fun and educational event. The address of the event is 64001 East Hwy. 36, Byers, CO 80103. Parking is free.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-822-5800 to RSVP today.
This event is presented by ConocoPhillips and the May Farms #CountryKids Foundation.
Here is a slideshow with great information about agritourism and what it means to Colorado. Included are some resources available for those interested in joining the industry!
Enjoy Christmastime on the farm this year!
Reserve the pavilion for your company party or join us on December 13th for our annual “A May Farms Christmas” with Tony David & Wildefire. Christmas music and a prime rib dinner make this an unforgettable evening.
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