Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Farm Breakfast

Rog sent me out to the garden and greenhouse this morning to  harvest soem greens, herbs and nasturtiums for his special breakfast concoction.
The nasturtiums and alpine strawberries are thriving in the aquaponics towers.
Breakfast consisted of  a frittata  slathered with pureed garden tomatoes and chives and a bit of homemade mozzarella, covered in greens (baby chard, nasturtium leaves, beet greens and mizuna) and served with Rog’s wood-fired sourdough toast. So pretty!
A peek under the greens. Thanks. babe! Thanks LaFonda and chickens!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Intern-al Workings

Saturday after the Farmer’s Market, we said farewell to Jessica, our 3-day-a-week WWOOFer since April.  She is off to experience other farms.  We will definitely miss her! Not to mention,  her meticulous weeding and wonderful baking. The critters, especially the cats, are bereft.
Late Sunday night, our 2011 interns, Bethany and Brendan arrived to spend a work day and do some wedding logistics planning. They awoke at dawn Monday morning to help me round up the meat chickens; it was the day of the dreaded event, the trip to the poultry processor.
Brendan caught the escapee.
Forty two meat chickens and three  additional roosters ready for their last adventure.  These are  Poulet Rouge/Freedom Ranger  chickens, and they have been such amiable and funny birds. They sound like kazoons when they crow, which is especially endearing.  They had become quite large, so will make generous, delicious roast chicken dinners. Even though I  have raised meat birds many times now, I still cried a bit when I delivered them.
While I drove the truckload of chickens to the processor, Bethany and Brendan weeded. It was a hot, sultry day and they took a well-deserved break in the shade of the grapevine. Their wedding (at Squash Blossom Farm!  is just  a month away, and they radiate happiness.
Hey, I saw that.
In the afternoon we sat down and talked wedding details.  So organized, Bethany has a portfolio of planning spreadsheets on Google docs. Everything looks under control so far, It is going to be so much fun.

All day, WWOOFer Lynette worked in the steamy hot kitchen, roasting and then freezing pans of tomatoes and making cheese.  I mowed the yard and pastures and when Rog got home he mowed the trail, where he found this beautiful, perfect giant puffball, which we shall eat tonight. Lynette was delighted - she is a major mushroom fan.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

In a Fog

Despite the sunflowers trying to brighten things up, we have thick fog again this morning.
The air is so heavy, you can’t believe that it can be so wet and not be raining (well, now it is raining.)  Your shoes get sopping squishy walking through the grass to the pasture.
Zinnie and Splotch inviting each other to play.
Now that Splotch is so much bigger and faster, Zinnie is a little more wary and keeps a bit of distance during their chases.
Still so much fun to watch them chase each other around the pasture.
Splotch is becoming  a handsome little steer.
His horns are beginning to grow - two hard little points.
The recent rains are sure welcome for the pasture.
Jitter managed to get a head full of burrs and will need some grooming, either by LaFonda or me.
While I milk LaFonda, Splotch shares his handful of grain with a hen.
Young silver laced wyandotte pullet.
Feeding the hungry catfish in the fish gazebo.
Twice a day when I feed the fish and check the aquaponics filters, I get a handful of yummy alpine strawberries.
Many more berries to come.
This morning, my first nasturtium was blooming in the aquaponics towers--adding welcome vibrancy to this gray day.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dripping Wet Mornings

We have had many heavy rains the past week, and it is warm and humid,  making for moist, misty mornings.
A couple nights ago it rained at least three inches, based on the depth of water in the big wheelbarow.  Not a smart place to have left garden tools.
I discovered a sprouting of mushrooms on the top inside of the  barn door!
Weeds are growing like crazy, and too wet to work in the gardens. Wish they would invent a scarecrow for weeds.
Water melon.
A swimming pool for bees in this squash blossom.
A katydid on this one.
Beautiful okra blossoms abound.
Jessica and Lynette watching the catfish eat breakfast. Don’t push Jessica in, Zinnie!
Hobo having a bad hair day.