Friday, January 24, 2014

For Lisa

I am posting this just because one of my sweet friends is also a loyal reader and she has all but demanded an update from me.

And I do suppose I owe it to everyone who is kind enough to take a peek at these pages now and then.

 I really don't have any good reason for not writing other than blogging at the public library is a lot harder (and a lot less fun) than I imagined it would be.

Since I last wrote, winter has come on.  We've had snow.  We've had rain.  And we've had snow again.  Now we are having plain old-fashioned bitter cold.  It was 6 below when Seth and I got into the Suburban to head out this morning.

I don't mind the snow but the extremely low temperatures can be frustrating.  I don't worry about the house so much.  We have a pellet stove on the main level and a wood stove in the basement. We've never had a frozen pipe yet. 

Critter care is a different story.  Water freezes in less than an hour in this weather.  All of the rabbit's water bottles are like bricks by lunch.  Same with the chicken waterers.  I am so glad we don't have any large animals in the barn this winter, which reminds me...

We did sell Francis.  She is with a lovely herd of goats in Vermont living with another homesteading/homeschooling family.  I miss the discipline of milking.  I find myself sleeping in later - chickens are patient creatures-  and spending less time in the barn.  Neither of which are good for me.

But we will soon have pigs again!  How I love piglets! How I love bacon!

February will bring all the Farm Folks back together again.  There will be a meal and some planning.  What did we grow too much of last year?  What do we need more of?  What veggies do we love?  What veggies do we hate?  Who is willing to eat rabbit meat?  Who wants bacon?!

I love bringing everyone together. 

Some of my personal goals for the farm include:  creeping toward full scale meat rabbit production, developing a landrace crop or two, thinking about a cash crop.  I always have such big plans.  But high standards, even if we fall short, always produce better results than low standards, right?
I would love to see one more family/couple/person join the farm this year too!
(Too bad you don't live a tad closer, Lisa.)


















Saturday, October 12, 2013

You were right!

Those of you who guessed "mushroom" were right and those who said "puffball" were perfectly right.

I was making cream of mushroom soup.

But no, I am not about to tell you how to make it, or how to identify an edible puffball, or anything of the sort that might leave me liable for your tragic case of mistaken mushroom identity.

BUT I will tell you, that they are very easy to identify correctly and in lots of areas in the country they are at their picking peak right now.

Go do some research.  You won't be disappointed.


(I am also inserting apologies here for those of you who are so patient and wait so long in between my posts.  I am using the internet at the local library now.  Learing to use it well, has been a challenge.)

Friday, October 4, 2013

What is this?

                                I will give you three guesses because it is not cheese or bread.




Saturday, September 28, 2013

Apples!

My favorite, favorite thing about fall is apples!

They are crisp like the air and smell as sweet as fallen leaves.  

Here are some photos of our recent apple picking and cider pressing adventures.

Seth working hard on pressing day

Mmmmmmm 
Some of the best apples I have ever tasted
The 1868 cider press.  Still going strong.
Ian cranking the press.  Thank goodness for the flywheell!

Before I finish up this post I have to say that none of this would have been possible if it weren't for Lucille.  She introduced us to Jen who very generously invited us to help her pick her abundant apple crop and who gave us a very large box of apples and lots of yummy cider just for coming out and having fun doing what we like best.  Thank you!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not fair.

Okay, apparently we are the only place to have gotten a hard freeze so far this season.

Lucky me.

The farmer directly across the very narrow road did not, apparently, experience said freeze.

Neither did my friends the Hall's, or Breese Hollow Dairy, or the Patterson's up by Perry's Orchard, or Bonnie the librarian.

I have stopped asking people how they feel about the early frost.

Since, apparently I am the only one who has had an early frost. 

Huff.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Beautiful MIlking Stand For Sale - Comes With Goat

Well, I put Francis up for sale.  Someone will be getting one great dairy goat, that's for sure.

I listed her stanchion as well.  It will be almost as difficult for me to get rid of that as it is to sell the goat. Tim built it and there isn't a stronger, better one in this county.

I am just grateful to have had the chance to learn from her. And grateful for all the early mornings I never would have experienced if it weren't for milking.

But it is time to move on. 

Pork, here we come!



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Post Frost

Does anyone else feel  like mid September is simply much too early to have a hard freeze?

I am feeling the pinch of living this far north for sure.  This is the shortest growing season we've ever had.

Nonetheless, as I walked in the gardens this morning I found a few things to admire.

 
A butternut squash just beginning to soak up the sun.

The Swiss Chard is bolting?  What?



Peas!  Going strong!