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.
Nesting boxes along the north side, maintained by one of our residents, provide a home for several families of colorful bluebirds.
And in 2013, we put up a kestral box and are eagerly awaiting our first nesting pair. (So far, they haven’t discovered us.)
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.
In the heat of summer, it’s wonderful to get out in the sunlight and watch the clouds.
In the fall, the surrounding trees provide a tapestry of color.
In winter, the hay field is a perfect place to try out your cross-country skis or snowshoes.
It’s a lovely place to visit every season of the year, and a great asset to Farrar Pond Village.