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Yard Sales, Birthdays and Gardening

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This last week flew right by and here it is already Sunday afternoon. A balmy 71 degrees October 15th Sunday afternoon. I’m sitting on my porch listening to the chipmunks chirp and the chickens cluck wearing a t-shirt, jeans and flip-flops. This seems a bit odd considering this time last year we were wearing multiple layers. It all makes me wonder what is going to happen when the snow starts

chickens enjoying the bean plants from the garden

Our chickens enjoying the bean plants from the garden.

coming down. My favorite time of year is fall so I hope we get some of that weather soon! Until then, I’m keeping my summer clothes in the closet.

Saturday was a busy day for us and was lots of fun! I started my morning frosting a cake I had baked Friday night after work. I can do pretty decent boarders and some swirls but one thing I would really like to learn is to do frosting flowers. Roses in particular, but any real frosting flower would be terrific to learn how to do along with realistic looking leaves. I watched a few how-to videos online but after fighting with the frosting for a good while, I gave up and resorted to my usual star-like flowers and Read More…

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October on the Farm

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It’s been a few crazy months here on the farm. July and August were all about playing catch-up on the farm. Fixing up the garden with newOctober Garden Bounty dirt, new fencing, weeding, planting, and keeping it all growing. For having started the garden so late in the season, with the extreme warm September and October weather, the growing season was extended enough that we’ve been enjoying fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, kale, basil and peppers right up to today.

While the garden and chickens have been happy and healthy, we have been a bit stressed coming back to everything and rushing to catch up. Both of us found jobs over the summer (well, I had moved back knowing I had an offer and started a few weeks after our return) and have been working hard. Unfortunately, we are working hard at things neither of us enjoy, which has lead to a bit of frustration. We keep reminding ourselves that we moved back to Vermont for a reason. Jobs are few and far between in this area but we have kept looking and will continue to do so until we find jobs in our fields. Until then, strong coffee, pep-talks, wine on the porch, and chicken hugs keep us going.

Our niece with one of the girlsMoving back to be near family has been lovely. Our nieces love having us closer and we enjoying being back to a steady part of their lives. The oldest who turns six this month did her first sleep over with us and it was a great success. She is a girl after my own heart and enjoys gardening and chicken tending as much as I do. She spent almost all her time with the “girls” and they received more treats than usual that day. While she claimed that she Read More…

Cooking Dandelion Greens

I was so excited when I saw dandelion greens in the local MarketFresh Dandelion Greens Basket this weekend! These are a terrific leafy green that you should be eating as they are rich in minerals, super high in vitamins, have potassium and manganese and lots of other good-for-you nutrients. Bonus? If you have a “clean yard” meaning you don’t use any chemicals, you probably have an abundance of these greens in your own back acre!

As we are renting a place for the next few months, I don’t have access to those “pesky dandelions” so I was happy to see they are available at my local supermarket. One thing to know about dandelion greens is that they are bitter. The younger greens tend to be less bitter but then you are gathering little greens all over your yard. Most often the ones you Read More…

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs – Every Time!

Hard boiled eggs are one of those simple yet frustrating foods to Perfectly Cooked Hard Boiled Eggsmake. Boil them too long and the yolk becomes chalky and dry and has an unappetizing green or brownish color. This is especially bothersome when you are boiling lovely farm fresh eggs with that bright yellow/almost orange yolk that you want to preserve for your dishes like deviled eggs, egg salad, or just to eat as a snack. Boil them for not enough time and the yolk might not be firm enough. Good for some things like a cob salad, but not everyone wants a runny middle.

A well boiled egg will also be more likely to peel easily, while under or over boiled eggs tend to stick to the shells causing you to be Read More…

July and Some August Garden Thoughts and Photos

Well, I’m not sure how July snuck by me but I woke up the other morning and realized it was already August! My weekdays have been filled with workgarden view from the porch and traveling and so my weekends have been used to try to take it slow. That means reading, drinking wine (while reading), visiting with friends, going to local events, and of course working in my garden.

I have to admit the herb and rose garden took a dive this summer. The lack of rain killed quite a few of the herbs. I had been traveling and nobody thought to water the garden….my owe fault for not reminding people! The roses didn’t do so hot over Read More…

Late June Garden Photos

I can’t believe it’s the end of June already.  I’m not sure where the month went. It’s always a bit crazy with my job duringBush beans growing this time with all my weekends doing Relays but this June seemed to fly right by me. Lucky it was such a warm early spring that I was able to plant most of the garden before I got really crazy.

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Chick Days on the Farm

I just can’t stand how cute these chick’s are! We have raised plenty of baby chick’s but this particular batch is incredibly friendly and very easy going as well as active. It is such a joy to spend time with them after a long day at work!

Funny Dusty Chicken Story

The weird weather has meant spending one day in doors with the fire roaring and then the next sitting outside in the sun with record

My dusty footprints from my chicken dust bath!

My dusty footprints from my chicken dust bath!

high temperatures for March in Vermont. On one of the nice days this week I was able to walk down to the mailbox in only a t-shirt and my pants and slippers.

There was one of the local farmer newsletters in the mail that day so I decided to enjoy the weather for a moment and so I sat down on the steps. Out from under the porch popped one of our chickens. She is always getting out of the coop run and exploring the area!

She so sweetly came onto the steps with me to keep me company. Apparently she had just had a VERY Read More…

Happy February! Some notes from the farm…

February has arrived and has been rather quiet here on the farm. The chickens are loving all this warm winter weather – the high this past weekend country heartwas 48 at our house! They have made a mud path down to the stream and back and have scratched up the dirt all around the fence. A few of the girls have decided it really is spring and have flown the fence to explore the gardens and pasture past the barn and house. Last year at this time we had to be so careful with them because of all the hawks around but it seems with this weather there is food enough to go around for everyone. The sun was out and – kind of scary – my daffodils are up almost half an inch! I hope they don’t come up much further as I hear a good 1-3 inches are headed our way soon. Until then, we have been able to get some tasks accomplished.

A project in the barn when your fingers don’t freeze off is always welcome! We had wanted to take a few trees down on the property but because the ground frost is not as deep as normal, there is mud everywhere and we didn’t feel like getting the tractor stuck. I finally took down the Christmas wreath and holiday signs. I have kept the snowmen up Read More…

Putting the Yard to Bed

It has been so WARM here in Vermont lately that it has been odd and pleasant at the same time putting the yard and garden to bed for the winter. I’m out in the yard mowing, pulling, turning over, and what-not in a t-shirt and jeans which is just unheard of around here! I even broke into a sweat turning the beds over.

Two of the beds are still producing as my fennel is still harvest-able along with the kale. My brussel sprouts are FINALLY starting to grow and I can’t wait to pull out my oven roasted maple recipe! For now though, the other beds have been stored for the winter.

garden away for winter

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