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Growing Season Begins

Posted by kari on February 22, 2010
Posted under food, weather

rubarbThe rhubarb and garlic are growing already! We’ve had such warm weather that today I was sweeping wasps nests off the roof and found a wasp. The nights have been very cold, though. there is no cloud cover at night, so we have a real risk of frost taking the buds off the apple trees and killing the garlic and rhubarb.

Whole Lot of Cleaning Going On

Posted by admin on September 7, 2009
Posted under barn, food

upstairsWith the start of our annual winter fear fest, we started pulling down the last of the hay from on top of the barn. It was there that we discovered what a fine and glossy-coated herd of mice we’ve raised. These were the fattest and healthiest mice you can imagine. In fact, they were living happily in our hay and eating our hormone-free, antibiotic-free feed. They opened several bags that we’d hoped would keep the cows over the winter, and a few bags of llama and general live stock feed. There was one bag that was eaten down to 1/2 of it’s original 50 pounds. Obviously we’d become lax since we’ve never had a mouse infestation of this size before. The answer is larger feed bins and barn cats, I’m afraid. The llama will stomp mice if he can see them, but he can’t reach the rafters.

Back in the kitchen we did a pre-winter cleaning and made gallons and gallons of no-fry re-fried beans. That’ll keep us from getting too lazy and eating in town. Also, there were 7 jars of dill pickles (we always give so many away) and some really great pure made.

Chicken Harvest

Posted by kari on August 26, 2009
Posted under chicknes, food

chickenRay came home early today to round up the Cornish Crosses and the Australorp rooster for slaughter. He drove them down to another farm that has a plucker. We’ve decided plucking feathers by hand is for the birds. Minus driving and catching the rooster, the entire process was done in the time it would have taken us to pluck the feathers of one bird. To the right is a picture of some of the birds in the refrigerator. They will age in the fridge for a couple of days before moving into the freezer for use in the next year. You can really tell the difference between the rooster (middle) and the Cornish Crosses.

Berry Season

Posted by kari on August 24, 2009
Posted under food

berriesWe’ve been harvesting and hosting harvests for about a month now. The blackberries are spectacular this year. These are invasive Himalayan blackberries. The native species is a little sweeter, has a bit more seed in it and will be available all September. If we leave any for you!


Posted by kari on August 10, 2009
Posted under food

Today we pulled  in some of the harvest. The corn wasn’t as abundant as we’d have liked, but in reality, we don’t eat much corn. There are three tomato varieties, onions and a few cloves of garlic ready for storage. The potatoes did awesome.

On a frightening note, Ray crawled under the truck for a little look around. He’d noticed the trailer hitch sagging, so it was worth a look. The hitch was almost off on one side! The remainder of the afternoon was spent sanding, figuring and finally, welding the hitch back on. Thank goodness for safety measures.

Lettuce Seed

Posted by kari on July 24, 2009
Posted under compost, food

Our friend Heather introduced us to the way that gardens are done these days. Even large scale farmers are doing this. It’s actually easier, so we’ll go with it for this year, anyway. So we won’t till next year, we’ll just put our compost on the rows we already established. We’ll put the shavings from the apple tree trimmings between our rows (either that or that’s where we’ll till to keep the weeds down). This way we’ll have walking paths and not be giving too many weeds our hard-earned manure.

Berry Time

Posted by kari on July 22, 2009
Posted under food

It’s that time of year again. Now we have raspberries that need made to jam. Lots of stuff in the freezer that will be great later.

This is the first time we’ve tried freezer jam. It feels almost like cheating. There is so little mess to clean up, so few dishes, no stove top heat. Hope it turns out!

Brave little tomato

Posted by kari on July 11, 2009
Posted under food

These little guys came back from the brink after being stepped on and having a small drought. Thank goodness for tastely little troopers.

Working on the Food

Posted by kari on June 27, 2009
Posted under food

While Ray went to our favorite organic dairy/farm to help out with their chicken slaughter/dressing today Kari started the first cauldren of jam. With a little help from the littlest memeber of the family, we’re well stocked on plum jam for the year.


Posted by kari on June 20, 2009
Posted under chicknes, food

Ray has begun getting the weeds out of the garden. It’s had to wait a little bit, but just look at these results. We have more lettuce than we can reasonably eat. ( I will not be making cream of lettuce soup. I’d rather give away a couple dozen heads. Cream of Lettuce soup tastes like chlorophyll to me, anywya.) There are new broiler chicks in the barn. We’re not taking pictures since they won’t be with us long.

Garden Goes In

Posted by kari on April 24, 2009
Posted under food

The garden is in! A little more work on Ray’s part, and a lot of help from the baby, we finished the irrigation and planted the first round of seeds and transplants. 

Xposted Taste Testing

Posted by kari on September 15, 2008
Posted under food

Sashti is a cutie.

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Putting Food By The Sequel

Posted by kari on September 9, 2008
Posted under food

We did put up as much food as we’ve been able to. Still there are farmer’s markets and harvest boxes to consider, but it’s been a hard year on gardens all around. Broccoli, coloflower, spinach, and other early season, but very important vegis didn’t do well. We will have to work hard to store up tomatoes, simply becuase we use so many each week.


For onions, we use them as quickly as we put them up! As you can see from the pictures, a braid is put up and by the end of the week, we’re down to two onions. So off to the farmer’s market this week for more onions than our little garden can provide. In fact, for onions and tomatoes, we could plant our entire back field, and still not have enough for a year.

Putting Food By

Posted by kari on August 27, 2008
Posted under food

There are many reasons to try to freeze food. But this year we are fairlyjuicer determined to attempt to make it throug the winter without buying fruits or vegis. We won’t look at it as a failure if this doesn’t happen. We make incrimental steps each year to do a little better:

First, I had asked for a juicer one year. That seemed like kitchen clutter, but extended family heard the request and we got more than one for my birthday. We gave the extras to juicerless families and kept one for ourselves.

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Posted by kari on August 16, 2008
Posted under food

Things have gone weirdly this year. Snow in the springtime, desert weather in the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

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