Ole Lake Farm is a special place in north central Minnesota. It has been the privilege of three generations of the Flowers family to live, work, hunt, and play on this land since 1966. We grow a small amount of produce like pumpkins and some grain each year, like corn and wheat, as well as raise chickens, goats,and pigs. We also manage our forest to produce lumber for construction projects and heat for our home.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Feeling like a squirrel
I’m not running up and down trees (yet) but putting food
away for the winter makes me think that I may have some character traits in
common with squirrels.I know, squirrels
are not popular critters with many folks due to their chattering and penchant
for destruction, but you have to admire their industriousness, at least I
do.And they are cute…Here’s what we are up to at Ole Lake Farm
Jacob’s Cattle Beans?I finally got them
shelled.I love how they look!(photo below) Not a bumper crop, but enough to plant next
year, save a jar for the County Fair next summer, and cook up a batch.
Spuds:Kurt dug the
potatoes this week.We are big fans of
this tuber around here, and if we had better storage for them we would grow
more.Some might say that there’s not
much difference between a homegrown spud and a store-bought one, but I would
disagree with that.
A few red potatoes for fall and winter enjoyment
Tomatoes:Made more tomato sauce yesterday. I was able
to procure some paste tomatoes from Ole’s Farm, an Aitkin Farmer’s Market
vendor so today there was a lot of slicing
and dicing to transform them into salsa.There are as many salsa recipes out there as there are salsa makers, and
maybe easier methods.I make it chunky, which makes it fairly labor
intensive.The finished product makes it
well worth the effort.By the way, there
is only one more week for the farmer’s market in Aitkin, so I will encourage all you
locals one more time to stop in and support the growers.
shared some plums with me this week, so I canned some plum syrup today.We are not much for jelly or jam around here,
but it’s nice to have some fruit syrup as an alternative for pancakes, and as a
basis for making sweet-and-sour sauce.
Beans! Salsa! Plum syrup!
and dicing for the freezer.
Field and Forest:Rollie, Ardis, and Kurt have been working on getting up the winter’s
supply of wood.The outdoor furnaces
that keep both of our homes warm (and by both I mean our house here at Ole Lake
Farm, and The North House, where Ardis and Rollie live) have voracious
appetites, and in case we have another harsh winter like the last, we need to be
ready.Kevin has been plowing and discing
with whatever time he can scrounge. He reports that it's pretty dry out there.
Apples:Kevin and I
visited Gilby’s Orchard this morning.Locals, if you haven’t been there, you should visit.They have more than just apples (evenhoney, which has been a little scarce
locally), and today they even had Northwood’s Pizza there making wood-fired
pizza’s in their portable set-up.It was
really neat.They were baking up a
breakfast pizza for someone else, and boy did it look and smell good!!!Anyway, I picked up some apples and next weekend I will be making
Chickens:The deed is
done.Some of my older hens, and the
young cockerels were delivered to Wellspring Farm yesterday, and picked up on
ice.For me, this is a sad
occasion.I can and do say to other
folks how they had a good life here, were treated well, and this is not a bad
way for them to go, and that is true.I
still feel a little pang saying good-bye to those old girls.