Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday...Amusement

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

Quote for the Day


"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
~Aldo Leopold

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Farm Update


We always have beautiful sunsets at our house
Summer is a great time on the farm, with lots of juicy produce available - tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc. I've been off schedule for the last couple of weeks, mainly due to the loss of my dear girl Ginny plus we had Melanie, our farm intern, staying with us. So I have a quick recap of random events from the past week, plus a little bit on plans for the coming week.

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
On our regular evening walk, Bill spotted a chicken-of-the-woods mushroom growing in the spot we found one last year. I cleaned it up and will be preparing it tomorrow. I got this book in the mail just in time to try out new recipes using the mushroom:

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

Wellness Wednesday

Herb
Source

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

Quote for the Day

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.” 
~Milan Kundera

Friday, July 24, 2015

Farm Friday - R.I.P. Ginny

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


Happy Ginny

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
R.I.P.
Lady Virginia "Ginny"
June 2003-July 2015