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The frost is on the pumpkin, which is terrific for my cattle. Freezing then thawing makes squash squishy and easier for my bovines to chomp into. We still have many pumpkins for want-to-be pumpkin smashers, so come to the farm during store hours to feed the cows pumpkins.

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My boots-crusted-with-mud and pants-stained-with-something prompted me to mention my vocation to the lady behind the counter at Walmart. "Thank you for being a farmer," she said as I signed up for my third COVID shot.

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With a dozen calves already born and one more due, I have a lot to be grateful for this year. All of the newborns are alive, and some even have new homes. This year people from all over the country have bought Miles Smith Farm babies and young cows.

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My husband looked at me and waited until the ruckus stopped. “What did you say?” Bruce asked. I heard him, but then the deafening bawling of calves started again, and it was useless to respond. Louder than stock cars roaring around a NASCAR track, the calves were clamoring for their mothers'…

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Goblins and ghosts are getting ready to haunt and scare mere mortals. Soon little people dressed as werewolves, dinosaurs, or pirates will wander the streets, exclaiming, "Trick or treat!" Now it's the cheery cry of a child about to get candy. But it originated as an ultimatum: "Trick or tre…

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The cows are grazing on an abundance of fall grass, two calves were recently born, and some of our livestock have been blessed. On Oct. 4, in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day, goats Dixie and Pixie were blessed by the Rev. Charles Wynder in the chapel of St. Paul's School in …

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It's fall. Trees are about to burst into dazzling colors, frost is on the pumpkin, and Miles Smith Farm cattle are grazing beside the Audubon Center in Concord. Most of my cattle had been at the farm all summer, eating abundant grass fueled by prolific rain. This summer, we had so much rain …

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We sell eggs and maple syrup from Windswept Maples Farm in our Miles Smith Farm store, so I thought visiting there would be fun. Their place, which is in Loudon, is only eight miles from ours.

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Our hairy critters would have suffered in bright sun and high temperatures, but the weather last weekend was perfect: overcast and cool. We were at the 2021 Scottish Highland Games at Loon Mountain with June and Bear, two Scottish Highlander yearlings.

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Have you ever wondered which is smarter: cows or horses? I think they're intelligence is about equal, but their behavior is different. Here's what I mean:

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The pandemic threw me off my stride, and while Marianne has staffed the Miles Smith Farm booth selling our meat, I was only recently free to visit the Concord Farmers Market. If you haven't been, it's not too late. The market takes over Capital Street from 8:30 to noon every Saturday through…

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The only thing better than life on Miles Smith Farm is taking a road trip once in a while — even if it means towing a trailer full of cattle behind the pickup. Planning to show six of our Scottish Highlanders at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair, husband Bruce, friend Diane, and I boar…

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Farming is hard work, but it can be exciting and picturesque — especially for kids. Family farms are fewer these days, but plenty of grownups still cherish memories of sunny, sweaty summers amid crops and livestock. On a recent visit to my chiropractor in Concord, office manager Joyce Supry …

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It is a lucky child who grows up on a farm with cows to milk and a loft filled with hay for games of hide and seek. Just as fortunate is the child who spends the summers on a cattle or sheep farm run by grandparents, an uncle, or maybe a great aunt. That child might witness the miracle of a …

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Arcadia Publishing had been publishing books of old photos derived from local and regional history for a long time, and this area is no exception. A new one has just been published called “The 4000 Footers of New Hampshire’s White Mountains,” by Mike Dickerman.

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