Our First Brandywine Of The Season

And it’s a doozy!  We’re having hamburgers for dinner tonight, it will be perfect for slicing!

Out With The Old, In With The New

Here’s this morning’s harvest.   Along with pickling cucumbers, leeks, purple carrots and yellow plum tomatoes, we got the last of our english peas and the first of our cherokee purple tomatoes and purple kohlrabi.  Kohlrabi is pretty cool, it’s known as a broccoli apple.  It can be prepared in many ways.  Raw in salads, mashed, fried, you name it.  This is our first year growing it but not our last.

Let Me In

Jack’s waiting patiently at the pasture gate to wrangle the sheep.  Jessica’s keeping a close eye on her boyfriend.  Summer’s getting ready to run up to be petted.  A typical morning on the farm.

Oops

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We grow pickling cucumbers every year and I never plant enough of them.  One of these years I’ll learn.  I pick them between 2 and 4 inches long and make dill pickles out of them.  Some of the vines are co-planted with tomatoes and this ginormous one was hiding.   Those are quart jars.  I so very wanted it to fit into a jar to make one giant pickle but it wouldn’t even go into a wide mouth one.  Instead, I sliced it and made dill sandwich slices.  The slices are big enough to cover an entire hamburger patty.

Growing Our Own Mushrooms

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Our shiitake logs started fruiting again.  We’ve got them in a sling that Brian designed hanging under a bradford pear tree.  They like the shade and being kept off of the ground.  I tried to get a little bit of time lapse photography by taking a photo a day.  They grow pretty fast.  I sold some at the farmer’s market and we also grilled a few with asparagus and garlic scapes last night.  Olive oil, salt and pepper.  To die for!

While We Were Out

We’ve been away for a few days helping our daughter Tracy celebrate her birthday.  It’s been a while since we got away from our daily chores. My wonderful parents watched the farm while we were gone, which included milking our goats (so sweet of them!)  While we were gone, more tomatoes started ripening.  It’s going to be a delicious summer!

Cheaper Than Running Satellite TV To The Pasture

Of course, we’re so remote we don’t have a cable TV option…  Our weather finally allowed us to move the turkeys from the barn into a poultry tractor in the pasture.  They have since provided hours of entertainment for our cow, Jessica.

I Wonder If They Were Any Good?

We have… er had blueberries.  There’s been a chipmunk hanging around the back deck and we found a half eaten tomato the other day.  He’s an elusive little bugger.

Today’s Harvest

Cabbages, our first tomatoes and Snow’s Fancy cucumbers.  I’ve already started making pickles.  I’ve got two quarts put up so far which is good because we just opened the last quart of 2011 at dinner last night.

A Sour Experiment

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We’ve been harvesting cabbage and can only eat so much coleslaw so I decided to try something new.  Sauerkraut in a jar.  I did a lot of research and ended up deciding on a recipe that uses shredded cabbage, mustard seeds, juniper berries, pickling salt, honey and brine in a sterile jar.  It’s stored in a dark spot (our pantry) and should be ready in about 6 weeks.  I’ll keep you posted…

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