The Hayfield

The hayfield at Farrar Pond Village is something we all get to enjoy. Even when we don’t have time to visit, we see it every day as we drive in and out along Kettlehole Drive. Protected as conservation land, the field is mowed for hay each summer by Codman Community Farm.

Early in the spring the hayfield is bright with fresh green grass and yellow dandelions. The Association keeps a path mowed around the perimeter, so it’s a great place for residents to take a morning walk, or to exercise their dogs. 

Hayfield in spring

Hayfield in spring

Nesting boxes along the north side, maintained by one of our residents, provide a home for several families of colorful bluebirds. 

Bluebird.  (Photo by Harold McAleer)

Bluebird. (Photo by Harold McAleer)

And in 2013, we put up a kestral box and are eagerly awaiting our first nesting pair. (So far, they haven’t discovered us.)

Raising the kestral box.  (Photo by Harold McAleer)

Raising the kestral box. (Photo by Harold McAleer)

In early June, the Codman farmer comes to mow the hay. First they cut the grass and leave it lying to cure in the sun. They might come by a time or two with a stirring machine that mixes it up and keeps it from matting down. Then when the hay is dry, they will come with a baler. In some years it’s a baler that makes rectangular bales and tosses them up a chute into a flatbed trailer attached behind. But in recent years, they’ve been making  large cylindrical bales which may sit in the field a while before they’re carted away.

Hay bales in June

Hay bales in June

In the heat of summer, it’s wonderful to get out in the sunlight and watch the clouds.

Hayfield and clouds in summer

Hayfield and clouds in summer

 In the fall, the surrounding trees provide a tapestry of color.

Hayfield in fall

Hayfield in fall

In winter, the hay field is a perfect place to try out your cross-country skis or snowshoes. 

Hayfield in winter

Hayfield in winter

It’s a lovely place to visit every season of the year, and a great asset to Farrar Pond Village. 

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