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Ford 960

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  • Driver: My brother Jon
  • Restored by: My dad and brothers Jon and Nate
  • 1955 Ford 960
  • 4 cylinder gas engine
  • 40 Horsepower
  • 4446 lbs (with driver)
  • 1955 price- $2561
  • Current price- NOT FOR SALE

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This is Jon in his second tractor pull.  He pulled lots of wheelies throughout.  He had two full pulls in the 4500lb weight class, and went out at over 7000lbs, which was an improvement from the first time.



Filed under Local Agriculture

Can I ever go back?

Walking around the fair today, I was repeatedly reminded of my eco-conscience.

I drank bottled water and wished I had thought to bring my reusable stainless steel bottle.  I didn’t want to use the plastic, but it was hot and I was thirsty.  Plus I’m still trying to skip HFCS (that’s another story), so I didn’t want to get a soda in a paper cup.  I was happy at least that recycling was easy.

I spotted all the litter on the ground and wanted to pick it up (but of course I didn’t).  I wondered how much litter and trash would be generated by the end of the fair and where it would go.

I watched the tractor pull and thought about carbon emissions.  I thought about how much energy went into pulling that sled of weights back and forth.  But I was still proud of my brother for pulling about 8,000lbs with his tractor.

I pondered, while skipping the line to the ladies’ room and heading to the portapotty, which is better for the environment? The portapotty uses less water but more chemicals, so I couldn’t decide which was better, but there wasn’t a line there.  I worried about creating a super-bug as I used the hand sanitizer, but didn’t want to skip it either.

I browsed through dresses at a vendor’s tent and commented that they’re probably made in sweatshops.  How else could they be so cheap?

I watched the horse pull and felt bad for the jumpy horses, getting yelled at and slapped on the butt.  My dad has always said that competitive pulling is cruel to the horses and I would tend to agree, but I still like to watch for a little while and check out the pretty animals.

I saw a lot of parents smoking around their kids and wondered what they were thinking.  It’s not BPA people, it’s not debatable or new science.  Cigarettes kill.

I looked at agricultural exhibits, animals, food preservation, crafts, photography, and the baking competition.  This glimpse of a simpler way of life was juxtaposed with the midway’s spinning rides and shouting carnies.  I wish the midway wasn’t there, but felt a sadness knowing that most people wouldn’t go if there weren’t rides and cheap prizes to win.

When I got home, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could ever go back.  Go back to the way things used to be, when I could enjoy an event without the stream of eco-consciousness running through the back of my mind.  Although I didn’t make all of the best eco-choices while I was there, I was keenly aware of what I was choosing to do: throw out paper plates and napkins, recycle water bottles, and take breaths of second-hand smoke simply because I couldn’t get away from it. 

I realize of course that I can never go back.  I can never un-learn what I know about the environment and how my everyday actions impact the earth.  With that knowledge comes a responsibility to act, to make good choices.  And I feel like I do make good choices most of the time, but I need to accept that I can’t choose the best option all of the time and I can’t be so hard on myself, or on others.


Filed under Local Agriculture, Sustainable Living

Best in Show

Not for the pie…  The butternut squash pie got a blue ribbon, but was beat out by a coconut cream pie for Best in Show.  I should have retired her a champion after last year.  Well, there’s always Durham next week.  Honestly, though, Durham is big time and I’ll be very happy with any ribbon there.

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But I did win Best in Show for my Caramel Apple Butter.  I was shocked… I almost didn’t enter it for a variety of reasons: I only had one jar left from last fall; I only entered it as an afterthought when I was filling out the canning form for the jellies; It has teeny air bubbles and I wasn’t pleased with how it looks.  Well, I guess the judges liked it.  Maybe it was the name, or that it was unique.  Either way, I’m pretty excited about it!

The strawberry jelly won a blue ribbon, and I really felt like that was my best canned item, definitely better than the caramel apple butter.  The peach jelly also won a blue ribbon.

Finally, the baby afghan got second prize, but was beat out by a gorgeous afghan, so that’s fine with me.


Filed under Home, Local Agriculture, Sustainable Living

A Fair is a Veritable Schmorgasboard…

Sunday Stroll


Filed under Local Agriculture, Outside

Guilford Fair Parade

Lining up the tractors.

Nathaniel and Jonathan stand by their restored tractor.

The first of many fife and drum corps.

The beginning of the tractors.  This one was pulling 4 hay wagons full of kids, pumpkins, mums, decorations and a few cows.

A restored Farmall that belongs to our neighbors.

My brother Jonathan on their tractor.

I told Ed that this is the kind of tractor I want him to restore for us! A two-seater!

The middle school color guard.  The high school and middle school bands and cheerleaders did a great job as well.

4-H members and llamas.

One of the elementary schools had little covered wagons that sported “Go Green or Bust” signs.

The theme of the parade this year was “Cowboys,” as you can see from this float.

The library float.

More fife and drum corps.

Even more fife and drum corps.

We all enjoyed the parade, including my mom! Then it was off to the fair!


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Best in Show!

Not only did my butternut squash pie win a blue ribbon in the “Miscellaneous” pie category, it won the rosette for BEST IN SHOW for pies.  The apple pie didn’t win anything, but that’s okay.  The rosette makes up for it!

My family’s fruit display also won BEST IN SHOW! We got a rosette and trophy! Yay!


Filed under Food, Local Agriculture

Guilford Fair Entries

Tonight was the night to drop off our entries at the Guilford Fair.  I grew up entering something every year, from decorated pumpkins to photos and pies.  Here are our entries this year!

 These beautiful, shiny Empire apples are a part of our farm’s display.  My mom, dad, brothers and I made the display this year.  Empires always seem to polish the best and shine the brightest.

 Dukie helped with the display, too!

My brothers and dad entered their restored tractor in the antique tractor contest.  Boys, if one of you reads this, please leave a comment with more specific details about the tractor.  I know it’s a Ford, but that’s about it! 

My brothers and dad bring in our fruit display.

Here’s the final product.  The fruit display contains Bosc pears, Empires, Mutsus, Macouns (my fave!), Jonagolds, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and McIntosh.  All of them were grown on our farm and picked, polished and placed by my dad, my brothers and me.  We also included some pumpkins, mums, goose squash (also called birdhouse gourds) and maple syrup.

Here’s a close-up of the display board.  The theme is “Go Green – Eat Local!” We hung some of our new reusable bags with our logo on them.  We also wanted to show some of the history of our farm, so we hung up old pictures of my grandfather and great-grandfather working on the farm, plowing and making hay with horses, and taking down the silo. 


The pies are my personal entries.  I made an apple pie (I’ll post the recipe soon) and a butternut squash pie.  I’ll be happy with anything for the apple, but I WANT A BLUE RIBBON for the butternut squash!

Ed and I are going to the fair tomorrow night, so I’ll be sure to post the results.  My mom and I plan to go to the parade on Saturday morning as well, so look for pictures coming soon!


Filed under Food, Local Agriculture, Sustainable Living