Friday, July 25, 2014

Our Barn Doors are More Open!

This week’s project was replacing the ugly aluminum garage door with French Doors, acquired from (where else?) Craigslist. Rog uninstalled the old overhead garage door and cut the opening slightly larger to fit. But we hired a professional, Sam, to build the doorframe and hang the doors.
Sam with the perfectly installed doors.
I primed and painted the outside of the doors to match the barn trim and withstand the weather.
Don’t they look pretty?!
Inside, looking out at the wood-fired oven.
With the wall of windows on the south side and the French doors at the east end, this part of the barn has great vistas and lovely light.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Projects & Progress

A Few Recent Farm Projects:

Gordita, the gourd-headed scarecrow, finally got a new outfit, She now has red rubber garden boots!
I don’t think I ever posted  a photo of my very first welding project, this heavy-duty trellis made from elaborate ornamental ironwork scraps. (I hung the ceramic mask from Mexico on it.)
A sweet little  thrift store plant stand find.
Two matching iron headboards  are now a fence in front of the chicken coop.
Fairy garden in a metal bowl.
One of those Pinterest ideas I had to try. Rog is not very fond of it--he thinks we have too many cockeyed, askew structures on the farm already.
We inherited these three amusing (but comfortable), patriotic tractor seat stools from a friend.
Garden Update:
The gardens are looking glorious, thanks mostly to our awesome WWOOFers. They are weeding machines!
The lilies and wildflowers along the  driveway are stunning.
Healthy tomato plants, laden with fruit.
WWOOFer Jessica whipped the granary flower garden into shape before the wedding a week ago.
The large pepper and tomato sculptures (that often cause people to do a double-take) are back in the garden.
Currants will be ripe soon.
We have begun to harvest the first zucchinis and squash blossoms from the straw bale plantings.
Calla lilies.
Red Russian kale.
A salad from te garden for last night’s supper -- featuring  mesclun salad mix, large purple radishes,  Egyptian walking onions, baby zucchini and squash blossoms.
Splotch, the calf, is growing fast and is  much larger than Zinnie (our collie/border collie pooch) now.  He was banded today -- a life-changing event that makes him a steer, not a bull.  He gets to nurse from LaFonda, and even though we are milk-sharing with him, we are still getting  3.5 to 4 gallons of milk per day.
Our newest WWOOFer, Lynette, learned how to make  mozzarella and  ricotta cheese from the fresh cow’s milk.
Lynette has also  transformed the barn stage into a yoga studio. (A great way to work out the kinks after a hard day of weeding.)  Zinnie is waiting for “downward dog.”
Rog finished digging (through rock!) and pouring the footings in the north end of the barn,  they passed  inspection, and the Lull came to move the 2 1/2 ton  oven into place.
The oven is successfully sited in the barn-- the first major, visible step in constructing our commercial kitchen!
Once this oven is operating, it will be able to bake 60 loaves of bread at a time.  I will need to step up my game and expand my bread-baking repertoire!   I made some fancy roasted garlic sourdough boules last week for the Farmers Market --it’s a start.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pancakes for Breakfast

Rog made giant pancakes for breakfast this morning,
made with  LaFonda’s milk, farm eggs, garden raspberries, buttermilk from yesterday’s butter-making, served with farm butter and syrup made from our silver maple trees. YUM!

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Wedding on the Farm!

 Saturday we hosted the wedding of two dear friends, Laurel and Darin, at Squash Blossom Farm. The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of planting, weeding, mulching, painting, sprucing up and getting the farm to be as beautiful as possible for this celebration.
The tent for the dinner was set up on Friday.  The forecast for Saturday was for very stormy weather, so they decided to rent a second large tent to cover the ceremony. That tent was set up Saturday morning.

The tables were adorned with colorful fabrics and ribbon-adorned burlap rand crocheted runners, made by Melissa.
Laurel and her sister Heather decorated the arbor with curly willow, ribbons and flowers for the ceremony.
An hour before the wedding, I helped Laurel pin up her hair and tucked in the flowers and Melissa sprayed it into place.

Beaming sisters.

Guests began to arrive,
delivering amazing gourmet  dishes for the potluck.

They signed the guest book.

Stephanie, mother of the bride (one of our favorite people on earth.)

Ella, daughter of the groom.

A hundred fifty guests  beneath the ceremony tent,
photo by Melissa Eggler

listening to a little Nodding Wild Onions music.

The bride and groom ready to become married!

A litte practice kiss.

On their way....
to becoming Mr. and Mrs.

Vows, (“I will always be on your side, except  maybe when we are playing Scrabble.”)


Bar on the patio.

Hand washing area.

Photo by Ella Smith

Kids exploring the gardens, chicken coop, barn.

Setting up  the fabulous potluck dinner. Rog, Jessica and I  were preoccupied making wood-fired pizzas for the potluck, so from this point I was too busy to take many photos.

Ella made the delicious wedding cake ---her first cake-making effort ever(!), with white, lemon and red velvet layers.

photo by Ella Smith
The cake was served just before the  promised thunderstorm let loose,
photo by David Shane Smith

but the band played and the bride and groom and the wedding guests danced under the tent, sheltered from the rain, late into the night!