Monday, August 25, 2008

Weekend tasks...

It feels like it was a productive weekend! We got a chance to spend some time with my mom and I went with hubby for a nice birthday dinner. We got some farm chores done and a little bit of planting. We even made it out to Costco and picked up a nice Mandoline, a toy I've been wanting for a while!

We also got some preserving done. We made 4 pints and seven 12 oz jars of a golden plum jam with local plums. We made pepper rings, 7 pints of hots and 7 pints of sweet (now what can we use those on besides subs?), and we froze half a bushel of green peppers, all sliced up and ready to use for cooking this winter.
Tonight I am going to make up a couple dozen or more chili rellano's and stick them in the freezer so we can have them when we want them in the winter.
We are hoping to be able to eat from our garden for at least some of the winter, and are trying to do things now to help make that happen.

We had a touch of rain, but not nearly enough, keep hoping for rain!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Week 9 pickup

Waiting for pickups while hoping for rain...

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Aug 17th share

This weeks' share... 1 large zucchini, 2 small summer squash, 1 sm cucumber,1 nice carrot bunch, small bunch of beets, 2 hot & 6 mild banana peppers, 1 small bag of basil, 1 bunch of leeks, 1 small red onion, 1 bag of cherry tomatoes, and 1 bag mixed tomatoes...

Now if it would just rain?

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008

2008 Onion Harvest...

The main onion harvest has begun. There are a lot more where these came from. Now the trick is to make sure they dry right so they will keep and we can have lots of French Onion soup this winter...

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Saturday, August 2, 2008


Evening in the back field...

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Friday, August 1, 2008

First the bees - Then...

You just have to read this article on honey bees and insecticides.

I think we often are to quick to start widespread use of items before we really know what it means. Did we not realize that France had already seen a problem with nicotine based pesticides when in 2003, they saw widespread losses and banned these products.

There is an old story about a man who was spreading rumors. He confessed his sin and was told as penance to go to the top of a hill and release a pillow full of feathers. Thinking he got off rather easily he did so and came back to the priest. At which point we was told that now he must go and collect each and every feather for like feathers his words floated and spread until knowledge of their original source was lost. A task he decried as impossible, and it was...

I feel that is what we are currently doing. Unknown consequences and once unleashed it is impossible to bring back to undo what has been done. Perhaps, we should move slightly less quickly? Perhaps?