May 25-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: May: May 25-08
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 02:55 pm:

Bruce Haataja sent this great shot of Victor Kemppainen plowing on his farm near Boston (Michigan) back in the day. Notice the big rock pile in the distance. Bet that job wasn't a cake walk.

As you know if you've read What'sUP recently, my wife an I are on a trip all the way to Ohio this weekend for a graduation open house. On our way down from the Keweenaw, we passed lots of sprouting fields that got progressively more advanced as we moved south. Seeing the gas prices shoot through $4.00 a gallon just about everywhere, we were wondering how that must impact farming. Makes you wonder if we'll ever go back to this type of cultivation.

We've been cultivating a different kind of crop here at Pasty Central the last 3 months: "Pasty Cameos". And now enough have sprouted to require a table of contents. Instead of a new vignette this weekend, here is a link to all of the Cameo's in case you've missed some along the way.

Sorry for the late start to another week of the Pasty Cam, but is has been a busy day down here in the Buckeye State. In fact, I stepped out of the open house just to finish uploading. Time to go back for some cake.

Have a good week :o)

By Ken, Kalamazoo, MI (Kenkazoo) on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 02:59 pm:

Good afternoon.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 04:02 pm:

Ours is still under $4.00, but not much. We still have a lot of through traffic, so for those of us staying at home, the rest are out there doing something.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 08:51 pm:

Gas may be $4.00 a gallon, but the feed for the horse is going up just as fast. At least where we live, unless you have the land to have your own stable, you would be spending a fortune to feed & board a horse. :-) Sadly, everything is going way up, not just fuel.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 02:04 am:

Marianne: Bought 1 1/2 pounds of sweet corn seed from our local feed store. It was $15! I almost choked! It has also got to the point that many around here including us, who have chickens, ducks etc. are considering quitting it all--Or we must knuckle down, go all out, high volume and make a profit at it. No more "casual or hobby" status!

Bird seed too is now priced out of the world!

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 10:02 pm:

Russell, I bought 50# of sunflower seed UP here the other day. Almost $22!! And 10# of thistle seed for $9.95 + tax. Have 5 feeders and 1 suet block holder. Guess I'll have to cut back, 'eh?
Oh, yes, and a hummy feeder, too.

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:13 am:

I see this one place near me use the mules to plow the corn field each year since I been here. I can hear the Donkey's up the road Hewha often.

A new Feed & Seed store just opened, up the road a ways. Their Chickens are about to hatch this week, and we plan on getting some.Will have to sum it up to see if it will be cheaper then $2.00 a dozen for eggs.

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