Tag Archives: Summer

adventures in the snow! ❄️❄️❄️

This winter has been a very cold and wet one. While you may complain (because who doesn’t want summer?) it is important that winter acts as winter should. If it doesn’t do its job, then the bug problems and tick infestations will be horrendous come summer (no one wants that) and the water reserves will dry up leading to brown grass an parched earth. So actually this winter is just what we need.
Anyways, the chickens find it amusing too… Below are some photos of them frolicking about.

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Unfortunately, the cold and shorter days means that I don’t have many eggs….
Summer:

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Versus winter

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Preserving Peppers

Close your eyes and imagine a beautiful cottage situated in the mountains of Italy… Hanging from wooden beams are braided garlic and onions, bouquets of drying herbs, and peppers handing on a string.
Sometimes we can’t exactly escape to our imaginations but we can find inspiration within them:

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Here are the last of Freedom Run Farm’s beautiful and delicious heirloom peppers drying in our kitchen, waiting to be used in hearty winter dishes, to remind us of the summers that are yet to come.

A harvest for Harvest

As you may know Harvest, a lovely and delicious restaurant in NULU uses my eggs in their cooking. Now they are using our delicious heirloom tomatoes!!! Please make sure to have lunch or dinner there as it supports their restaurant and sustains their philosophy of using local farmers to build their menu

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Early Morning Harvest

Everything was peaceful and quiet this morning; a repose before the stifling heat comes in. The perfect time to harvest the bounty of the high tunnel.

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What is your garden growing? Any recipes that I should try using summer’s gifts?

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Heirloom Tomatoes

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Jam making

Every summer on the last day of school the family goes strawberry picking. In the midst of stuffing our faces full of the juicy berries, we always manage to bring a bit back to make into jam to have on a blustery winter morning to remind us of the sweetness of summer…

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classic strawberry jam
Wash and hull 5 lbs of strawberries. Mix in about 3.5 lbs of sugar and the juice of one lemon. Cover and let sit for at least 3 hours until the juice starts running. Then turn on high heat and boil uncovered for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit until cooled. Repeat until desired consistency is achieved. Bottle it up in sterilized jars to avoid bacteria growth!

Peas Please!!

First harvest of fresh pease from the garden (grown from seed I harvested an dried from last years seeds)

Pasta and Pea dinner
Cook some penne, reserving 1/4 cooking liquid and drain. Put the penne, a bit of butter, salt, and the fresh peas in the bowl and mix. Add fresh asparagus and any herbs you have!!

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