Anyone who lives with a cat knows how they like to explore new territory. I had just put this basket on the floor as a reminder to take it to the basement when Fabs discovered it and decided to make it his own:
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015
|We always have beautiful sunsets at our house|
We worked the new market on Tuesday - the third week. The sky opened up as we were setting up and we thought the afternoon would be a total wash out. Turns out we had some dedicated shoppers who showed up to buy fresh food and flowers even in the rain. The rain stopped not long before the official closing time and more people ventured out. It ended up a pretty decent market day.
I made a delicious zucchini and blueberry bread using dried blueberries that I rehydrated in hot water. Next year I should be able to make it using our own fresh blueberries. Next I want to try a zucchini cranberry bread - maybe even add some pecans.
Melanie spent a lot of time cooking for us. She's a vegan and I told her I knew that meant I could and would eat anything she made. She was quite creative with her cooking and I tried some new combinations I would not have considered.
We had our big market day today. The market got off to a slow start but it picked up. We ended up selling out of almost all the produce we brought plus we sold a few other items, such as my cookbook, bug bite salve, herbs, and sausage.
|Processed chicken-of-the-woods mushroom waiting to be cooked|
Over the next few days, I'll be canning and freezing some of our surplus produce for the winter. I'm determined that this year we will reduce more of our food purchases and rely more on what we've put up. We had a few tomatoes left over from the market so I'm going to try a tomato jam. I also have some green beans that didn't sell at our Tuesday market so I'll be putting those up tomorrow. I pulled out an old cookbook with lots of vegetarian dishes and I'll be trying a few new ones with leftover eggplant. Of course, I'll cook and freeze some of the mushroom we harvested (it weight 4 pounds!).
Have a great week!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I'm trying to get back into my regular blogging routine. Today I'm sharing a link to a Mother Earth Living article about the healing powers of culinary herbs. Herbs are usually easy to grow, make food taste great, and have many health benefits. Check out the article here.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
It has been the saddest week on the farm. Yesterday we said goodbye to our dear sweet, loyal, brave, beautiful Lady Virginia "Ginny." She had been quite ill last fall but I was able to get her into remission after changing her diet and giving her a variety of herbal and homeopathic medications. Since she had been so ill, I knew each day with her was a gift. A few weeks back her health started to deteriorate again. This time around diet and other treatment didn't work.All the time she was ill, I treated her as I would want to be treated in a similar situation.Once I knew her quality of life was poor, it was time. It was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make. We will miss this amazing girl.
|Ginny as a puppy|
|Ginny developed a habit of getting a stick to remind us it was time to walk|
|Our cat Zelda loved Ginny (although the feeling wasn't mutual)|
|One of my favorite pics of Ginny|
Lady Virginia "Ginny"
June 2003-July 2015