Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
This is our new favorite meal. Easy and quick, and so yummy!
Take two Flatbreads and put it in the oven at 400, on a pizza stone or cooling rack to start to crisp it a bit.
In the mean time put Olive Oil and some Garlic in a pan. Slice a large onion and start to caramelize.
We like to add in a couple sliced roasted peppers to the onions. Once the onions are caramelized pull the flat bread out of the oven. Put a little olive oil on the bread.
Pile a couple large handfuls of spinach on top of the flat bread. Put half the onion/pepper on each. If you like olives add a few of those. Put as much feta on top as you like.
Put back in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the feta starts to get some color... ENJOY!
This has become a go to meal for us this spring.
Monday, March 28, 2011
- You will need multiple pairs of boots. In our household our boot list includes our everyday work boot, comfortable and utilitarian, these will be on your feet for most of the summer. So be sure you get a pair that is really comfortable. In addition to your main boot you will need a summer Muck boot,and a winter insulated&waterproof boot. (Muck boot note: because the tops are elastic, be sure the calves fit right. I have very Robust (read fat) calves. I needed to get a lower style, or else the higher ones wanted to hold my heel a little off the shoe, which gave me horrible foot cramps, as always FIT is essential.)
- Do not buy cheap boots, this is false economy. You are a grown up so your feet are done growing. Cheap boots may last for months, (or weeks in our experience). Good boots are worth every penny. For me my main boots are Airait, my Muck boots are Muck, and my winter/insulated boots are Sorrels. So you can see, you will probably have a couple hundred dollars in your boots.
- Take care of your boots. If they require oiling be sure to keep up on this, it is amazing how quickly July dust will crack leather...
- When you pick out your boots get ones WITHOUT flared tops. This may seem a strange thing to say but look, many boots have padded tops. These create a perfect place for dust, small stones, and dirt to rest and fall down into your boot. A fitted top is your friend. These boots, for instance, I would not buy...
- SOCKS, SOCKS, SOCKS... Good socks to match good boots. Especially in the winter. We love our WigWam socks. Be sure you bring the socks you plan on wearing when you buy your boots. Winter Socks with Winter Boots and lighter socks for your main boots.
- Did you know that boots can pull right off your feet in the mud. If the field is muddy enough and you stop moving, it becomes like quick sand, sloppy sticky quick sand. The first year hubby and I were farming together we were out looking at the field on the wetest, most disgusting day ever! Our old farm had drainage problems, so we were walking through the mud. I had overboots on, I got stuck. Pulled my foot right out of the boot (and my shoe) and ended up on my butt covered in mud. Nice! So here is a free tip for you - If your shoe gets stuck in the mud rotate it from side to side, and up and down (like a teeter totter) don't try to pull straight up... Also, do not take your foot out of the boot, stand on one foot, and try to pick up the boot stuck in the mud while balancing (I ended up in the mud that day too.)
Now that I have shared enough embarrassing stories, I will go! Feel free to share your own random boot stories...
Friday, March 25, 2011
So in this segment "Frugal Fridays" I see it as being a hodge podge of different things. Some will be directly farming related, some will be food related, and others will just be real life. Hope you like it!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Although I have not tried it yet, it is on my list, as soon as my Kale is ready for harvest. Here is the recipie: Kale and Cheddar Quiche If you try it let me know!
Monday, March 21, 2011
So the first of these is "Random things Mondays..." based around all of the Random Things I wish people had told me about Farming, but no one did!
This weekend I spent enough time outside for enough time to give me the first sunburn of the year, and while the sun was shining and it looked beautiful, at least on Saturday it was cold, especially on top of the hill in our back field, on top of a ladder. So I was thinking about coffee and farming. So here are Monday's Random Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Farming But No One Did...
- Buy a coffee cup with a handle you can hook on things, either on a fence, your pocket, or the tractor you will find yourself in the field with a coffee cup that you really don’t want to set in the mud!
- Buy BRIGHT colored coffee cups or water bottles… Then they will be easier to see when you forget it at the end of the row of tomatoes, or drop it as you are driving the tractor.
- Invest in a good thermos. Few things make working outside on a cold rainy day more bearable then knowing you can have a sip of something hot whenever you want it. All thermoses are NOT created equal. Typically the more expensive, the better. We use an old Thermos brand metal thermos, which was my husband’s father’s. It sat with him on the Tarmac when he was working as an airline mechanic and now it sits with us in the field, in the hoophouse, and in the barn. There are few days between October and June that it is not filled to the rim before we leave the house in the morning.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Our first week of our CSA is not until June. We still have more than 12 weeks. Our spring share starts in a little more then a month, but we do not have that many members for that season, and their first couple weeks will be heavy in the greens department and suplemented with some other local products.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
These two were OK standing in the box for a minute, but would not face the right way, and when I went to put a chick between them they jumped out...
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
These little ladies keep climbing INSIDE their feeder! And we are finding them with their little heads sticking out.
Tuesday morning I went in at 6:00 am to check them after their first night. There was a chick in the feeder. The evening before we had pulled several out, unsure if they were getting stuck. So when I saw this chick laying in the feeder, and I gently poked her and she did not move, I feared that we had lost her, stuck since 10 the night before, unable to get water. So I opened up the feeder and she popped up looked at me and looked around, and off she ran.
As of this morning there were no more chicks in the feeder, so I think they are getting too big...
It is amazing how fast they grow... Like children.
I can hardly express to you the volume they can produce. When the post office called on Monday to tell us they were here the call went like this:
"Hello, this is Leon with the Peninsula post office."
"Hi, Leon, are they here?"
"Yep, they just came in."
"Are you coming to get them now?"
"I will have my husband come get them."
"Is he coming now, because we close at 12 for lunch."
I looked at the clock and it was 11:35. I am at my "real job" and have no idea
what hubby was up to that second. He could be at Lowes, or muddy, or in the back field. "He will come in the early afternoon."
"oh...." And it was a defeated and depressed "oh...."
When he got there at 1:12 he was greeted as he opened the door to the loud and happy cheeping of little voices. Leon looked up and pointed at the cheeping box next to him "Are these yours?" Hubby confirmed it and Leon looked very happy.
Leon said that they had another chick order this morning, it came in with the first truck. A small box, the person came for them right around 11:00. He said he was happy for the quite. As soon as they were gone though another truck came in and this one had our mega box of 150 chicks. Poor guy.
I understand the feeling, because when I was putting them in the brooder I was about to go deaf! I put the box in the brooder and one by one had to pick them up, and dip their beaks in the water to show them where it was. That can take a while with 150, in the mean time they all are PISSED and loud. EVERY one cheeping for their mamas.
Well buddies, I am your mama! But bending over with my head a foot from them for about an hour, I really thought my ears would never stop ringing!
So I guess that is not really a cute thing, you will have to wait for another post for that! It will give me something to post about tomorrow!
(There farmer-boy, 2 posts in 2 days!)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This year one of our big changes will be the addition of lots and lots of chickens to the farm. These ladies below (150 of them) will make up the base of our egg laying flock. At peak production we expect them to lay somewhere around 65 dozen eggs a week.
They will be raised on pasture and their feed will be free of any animal byproducts. But that is in the future. In the video above the chicks are just one day old. So they need to stay nice and warm, under heat lamps (about 90 degrees for the first week.) When they are four to six weeks old (depending on weather) they will get to try out grass for the first time.
In addition to these hens we are planning on trying some broilers as well this year. We are planning on a slower growing red broiler, in keeping with the French Label Rouge type and requirements (obviously not certified as this is not available in the US.) If you may be interested in preordering a number of these please let us know and we will get you details as we go forward with this second project.
This is looking like a year of Chickens at our Farm!