Sunday, August 13, 2017

Another Chilly August Day...

The calendar tells us that it is mid-August.  Our high temp today was 62 degrees.  Just doesn't seem right.

I just have a bunch of random thoughts this evening and am not even sure where to begin.  You might be wondering how the pigs are doing - I'll say not that great.  At least none of them died this week but their condition and lack-luster appetite is concerning.

In the coops, the turkeys are routinely putting themselves outside of the fence and then calling until I trot out to open the gate so they can go back in.  I'm getting pretty well trained. 

The pumpkin patch is looking pretty good.  I tried to get some pictures out there of the blossoms and one of the bigger pumpkins but they are just not blog worthy, sorry about that - so you get these:

Cheese - Kurt and I made this farmhouse cheddar around the end of October and it has been aging in the wine fridge since then.  The flavor is good - quite sharp, but the texture is on the dry side.  It does not melt like a store-bought cheddar does so it wasn't a hit in Kurt's omelet. I am really enjoying crumbling it up on my salads and I think it would be good in a pasta salad, so may give that a try.

Spot - She has a talent for finding the sunniest place to nap - here on the dusty backside of the baler.
Ok, just noticed the wrapper on the baling twine next to her ... that makes me giggle a little - wonder what she is dreaming about?

Hoover - He likes to hang out as close to me as he can, so that means he is frequently underfoot in the kitchen.  You might think this was just a momentary pose but I believe he was sleeping when I took this one.  The kitchen floor was recently redone in painted plywood (thank you Rollie!).  That is working out okay so far although I do intend to put another coat on at some point - this winter maybe?
Sunflowers - behind the house they are really blooming - just beautiful.  I took 2 pails of them to the farmer's market yesterday to sell by the stem and they sold out by 10:30.  I will take more next week and hope they go well again.
With that, I will wish you a fine evening.  Be well friends!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Harvesting begins

Wow, this has been such busy weekend for me - I haven't been home a whole lot.  This post will be brief and short on photos I am afraid!

Our first harvest of the Turkey Red winter wheat is combined and in the shed.  We didn't get the yield we had hope for, but for a first time growing it we did all right. We will keep a little to grind for flour, and a little for our favorite local bread baker, but most of it will be going back into the ground in a couple weeks for this next year.  We will also have hard spring wheat to harvest later this fall - that is the the wheat we've been growing for several years now.
Rollie is at it again

We haven't lost any  more pigs but we are still concerned about their health - will keep you posted on that.  And reports of the demise of our turkeys have been erroneous.  They all just great. 

One of the things that has been filling my time is an event that our Sustainable Farming group is planning - we call it Farm2Familes.  It is a community event to bring farmers and consumers together in a fun and educational way to benefit all.  That's coming up on August 26.

Today I just had fun.  My friends Sara and I did a 5K in Minneapolis this morning that ended in Target Field and then attended the Twins game in the afternoon.  After the drive home from the cities I am whipped but will be ready to do it again next year!
Outside Target Field afterward - kind of sweaty but all smiles!
One more thing I will add - the sunflowers are starting to bloom providing buckets of sunshine which we take to the farmer's market to share. 

Until next week, be well friends!